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CEG8712 : Advanced Geodesy

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ciprian Spatar
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To introduce students to a range of active research areas in physical and space geodesy including the geodetic background, methodologies and measurements and their use in a variety of applications.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will instruct students in aspects and techniques of physical and space geodesy. In particular, methods for modelling the Earth’s static and time-variable gravity field, satellite orbits and orbital perturbations, the principles of orbit determination and various space geodetic techniques will be discussed. Subject material will cover topics underpinning the mathematical formulation of the Earth’s gravity field, the geoid and gravity anomalies, the normal gravity field and its use in height systems, precise orbit determination, modelling the Earth’s gravity field from orbital perturbations, altimetry, gravimetry and dedicated gravity field missions.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion215:0030:00Practical write-ups
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:309:00Revision for exam
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:00Preparation for lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00PC based
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1117:00117:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Core material is primarily delivered through lectures, supplemented by extensive directed reading from the research literature. Analysis skills will be developed in computer-based practical sessions closely linked with the lecture material.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A70Unseen written exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M15Practical Report (1000 words)
Practical/lab report1M15Practical Report (1000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Practical write-ups will demonstrate the student's ability to apply suitable analysis techniques and geophysical models, as well as testing research and written coursework skills, and deeper knowledge in the chosen topic. A written exam will cover the knowledge and synthesis of the lecture material and directed reading.

Reading Lists