MT37D-Remote Sensing Methods and Applications

Module Provider: Meteorology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: MT24B Atmospheric Physics
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Nicolas Bellouin


Summary module description:
This module is divided into two halves. The half on passive remote sensing considers the numerous ways in which scattered solar radiation and emitted thermal infrared radiation from the earth can be interpreted by satellites in terms of the properties of the atmosphere. The half on active remote sensing considers the use of radar and lidar instruments for recovering higher resolution information about precipitation, clouds and winds.

This module aims to develop an understanding of the principles of remote sensing of the atmosphere from space and from the ground

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of this module the student should able to:

• Demonstrate an appreciation of the accuracy and sampling limitations of various satellite sounding systems;

• Demonstrate an understanding of which parts of the electromagnetic spectrum can be used for remote sensing from space;

• Assess the accuracy and limits of passive sounding from space;

• Analyse the capability of ground and space-based radar and lidar systems for sensing precipitation, clouds and winds.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

• Satellite orbits and platforms;

• Radiation concepts for remote sensing;

• Temperature sounding by infra red and microwave techniques;

• Limb and nadir viewing techniques;

• Measurement of precipitation, clouds and winds using radar and lidar from the ground and from space.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be twenty 50-minute lecture classes Problems will be set as homework and marked in the lecture classes.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Set exercise 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Two assignments each worth 15%.

Formative assessment methods:
A number of question sheets are given out after lectures that the lecturer will then go through at the start of the next lecture. These provide practice for both the course assessments and the exam.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One 1 1/2 hour paper requiring answers to two questions out of three.

    Requirements for a pass:

    40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resit examination paper only.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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