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1. Course title

Satelliittikaukokartoitusmenetelmät aerosolitieteessä
Satellite remote sensing methods in aerosol science
Satellite remote sensing methods in aerosol science


2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 530233 Satelliittikaukokartoitusmenetelmät aerosolitieteessä, 5 op

3. Course status: optional

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences

-Which module does the course belong to?
ATM300 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences
optional for

  • Study Track in Aerosol Physics
  • Study Track in Remote Sensing
  • Study Track in Meteorology

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

-The recommended time for completion may be, e.g., after certain relevant courses have
been completed.

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

The course is offered in autumn every year (starting 2018).spring 2018

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Prof. Dr. Olaf Krüger

9. Course learning outcomes


  • Interpretation of satellite data.
  • Synergistic analysis of different data sets.
  • Use of satellite data for model validation.
  • Use of satellite data for climate change studies.

    The learning goal is to understand the basic principles of satellite remote sensing of the atmosphere. The student will learn how to interpret and utilise publicly available satellite atmospheric data. 

    10. Course completion methods

    -Will the course be offered in the form of contact teaching, or can it be taken as a distance
    learning course?

    -Description of attendance requirements (e.g., X% attendance during the entire course or
    during parts of it)
    -Methods of completion

    11. Prerequisites

    -Description of the courses or modules that must be completed before taking this course or
    what other prior learning is required

    12. Recommended optional studies

    -What other courses are recommended to be taken in addition to this course?
    -Which other courses support the further development of the competence provided by this

    13. Course content


  • Detection of aerosol properties over land and ocean.
  • Influence of aerosols on the radiation budget.
  • Aerosol-cloud interactions.
  • Synergistic analysis using satellite and in-situ data.
  • Validation of atmospheric models.

    The course will cover satellite-based remote sensing of aerosols, greenhouse gases, ozone and short-lived trace gases (air quality). We will give a short overview on atmospheric radiation and retrieval methods. Multiple satellite instruments and their measurement techniques will be introduced. The focus will be on practical applications such as satellite data interpretation, visualisation and validation, which will be practised during the course. Instead of a traditional exam, there will be a final project where satellite data will be utilised. 

    14. Recommended and required literature

    -What kind of literature and other materials are read during the course (reading list)?
    -Which works are set reading and which are recommended as supplementary reading?

    15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

    -See the competence map (
    -Student activities
    -Description of how the teacher’s activities are documented

    16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

    -See the competence map (
    -The assessment practices used are directly linked to the learning outcomes and teaching
    methods of the course.

    17. Teaching language