spring 2024
FYS-3001 Physics of remote sensing - 10 ECTS

Type of course

The course is available as a singular course. The course is also available to exchange students and Fulbright students.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are a Bachelor's degree in physics or similar education, including specialization in physics worth the equivalent of not less than 80 ECTS credits.

Local admission, application code 9371 - singular course at Master's level.

Course overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

FYS-3001 Earth observation for satellites 10 ects

Course content

The course teaches the physical foundation, concepts, and instrumentation associated with active and passive remote sensing. The course explains the physics related electromagnetic radiation and the interaction between radiation and matter, and explains the basic principles of radiometry, radar measurements, and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging. Various applications of Earth observation data are discussed.

Recommended prerequisites

FYS-1002 Electromagnetism, FYS-2006 Signal processing, STA-2003 Time series

Objectives of the course

Knowledge - The student can

  • describe how electromagnetic (EM) radiation is generated
  • explain the propagation of EM waves and how they interact with matter through absorption, scattering and emission
  • recognize spectral signatures of gases and solid matter
  • describe radiation concepts and transfer
  • explain basic antenna theory
  • describe how a synthetic aperture radar works

Skills - The student can

  • interpret multi-spectral remote sensing images
  • interpret spectral signatures
  • interpret SAR images
  • identify artifacts created in the SAR imaging process

General expertise - The student can

  • understand the complete chain of processing involved the generation of remote sensing products; physics, the sensor, propagation effects, analysis aspects

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 40 hours Exercises: 40 hours

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange students.

Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty: INBOUND STUDENT MOBILITY: COURSE COORDINATORS AT THE FACULTIES | UiT



Examination: Date: Weighting: Duration: Grade scale:
Off campus exam 03.04.2024 09:00 (Hand out)
17.04.2024 14:00 (Hand in)
2/10 2 Weeks A–E, fail F
Off campus exam 22.04.2024 09:00 (Hand out)
08.05.2024 14:00 (Hand in)
2/10 2 Weeks A–E, fail F
Oral exam 30.05.2024–31.05.2024 6/10 A–E, fail F
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Re-sit examination

There is no access to a re-sit examination in this course
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: FYS-3001
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