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Course Postgraduate
Semester Electives
Subject Code ESG669
Subject Title Remote sensing and GIS for atmospheric science and ocean studies


State of the atmosphere; Main constituents of dry air, Vertical thermal structure of the atmosphere; Standard atmosphere; Hydrostatic equilibrium; Weather and its phenomena – Winds, cyclones, precipitation, hydrologic cycle; Surface weather and vertical structure;

Elements of radiative transfer in atmosphere- Basic quantities, Blackbody radiation – basic laws -  Radiative transfer equation, Physics of Gaseous absorption, emission, Scattering, Solar radiation and surface reflection; Radiation balance;

Satellite and radar meteorology; Meteorological satellite instrumentation - Operational polar orbiting and geostationary satellites, weather sensors – passive radiometry, spectroscopy and occultation; active - Radar basics, conventional, radar and satellite rainfall measurements, , NEXRAD system, Image interpretation; Visible infrared and water vapor imagery, Spectral properties, inversion methods and Image processing techniques for atmosphere and ocean: calibration, validation and quality control for weather data products - applications of ground-based and satellite remote sensing for studies of e.g. temperature, composition, aerosol and cloud properties, precipitation, as well as the properties of sea surface and sea ice : chlorophyll, sea surface temperature, carbon sequestration.

Text Books
  1. Atmospheric science – An introductory Survey – John M Wallace and Peter V Hobbs. 2nd edn, 2006
  2. Satellite meteorology: an introduction -Kidder, Stanley Q., Thomas H. VonderHaar. (1995). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
  3. Satellite meteorology: online remote sensing guide. Prepared by WW2010, Urbana Champaign: University of Illinois. Online access:
  4. Burrows J.P., Borell P., and Platt U., The Remote Sensing of Tropospheric Composition from Space, Springer
  5. Satellite Oceanography: An Introduction for Oceanographers and Remote Sensing Scientists, By I. S. Robinson. (Chichester: Ellis Horwood Ltd, 1984