Prerequisites: PH300, PH301, PH304, PH503, PH508.
To understand the nature of the solar activities, emissions and its properties, and its effects on the Earth’s atmosphere and the near-Earth space within which spacecraft operate.
To have a familiarity with the modes of operation of remote sensing and communications satellites, understanding their function and how their instruments work
To be familiar with the current space missions to Mars and their impact on our understanding of that planet.
Solar Terrestrial physics
The sun: Overall structure, magnetic field and solar activities.
Interactions with Earth: plasma physics, solar wind, Earth’s magnetic field.
Ionospheric physics. Terrestrial physics: Earth’s energy balance, Atmosphere. Environmental effects.
Modes of operation of remote sensing satellite instruments: radio, microwave, visual and infrared instruments. Basic uses of the instruments. Digital image processing, structure of digital images, image-processing overview, information extraction. environmental applications: UV radiation and Ozone concentration, climate and weather.
An overview of recent and future Mars space missions and their scientific aims. Discussions of the new data concerning Mars and the changing picture of Mars that is currently emerging.
This module appears in:
Lectures (30 hours); workshops/revision sessions (3 hours).
Total study time 150 hrs (including private study time).
This is not available as a wild module.
Method of assessment
Coursework (class tests) 30%;
Final (written, unseen, length 2 hours) exam 70%.
Physical Principles of Remote Sensing; Rees, Gareth 2001