AH2914 Physical Geodesy 7.5 credits

Physical Geodesy

Gravity field of the earth. Geoid determination.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

  • Gravitational law, Laplace's equation and boundary value problemsb.
  • Gravity field, normal field and anomalous field of the earthc.
  • Global gravitational field and spherical harmonic expansionsd.
  • Stokes' formula, Poisson's integral and Vening Meinesz formula
  • Trunction errors, combination of Stokes' formula with global gravitational modelsf.
  • Molodenski's theory, Bjerhammar's methods and collocation

Intended learning outcomes *

After completing the course, students should

  • be familiar with the mathematical and physical fundamentals of physical geodesy
  • understand the principles of gravity field determination
  • be able to carry out practical geoid computations

Course Disposition

Lectures:       28h

Laborations:  36h

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Bachelor of Science in surveying or geomatics including at least 120 credits and documented proficiency in English B or equivalent.

For students enrolled in a program at KTH:

AH2922 Map projections and reference systems or equivalent.

AND

AH2923 Global navigation satellite systems or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

For single course students:

Bachelor of Science in surveying or geomatics including at least 180 credits and documented proficiency in English B or equivalent.

For students enrolled in a program at KTH:

AH2922 Map projections and reference systems or equivalent.

AND

AH2923 Global navigation satellite systems or equivalent.

Equipment

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Literature

Fan, H. (2008). Theoretical Geodesy. KTH.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Written exam (TEN1; 4.5 cr)

Approved laboration (LAB1; 3 cr)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Huaan Fan

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AH2914

Offered by

ABE/Geodesy and Satellite Positioning

Main field of study *

Built Environment

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Satellite Gravimetry

Contact

Milan Horemuz (milan.horemuz@abe.kth.se)

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.