The course deals with remote sensing techniques and their application to the athmosphere and oceans. This includes the underlying physics, analysis methods, as well as the scientific and operational use of remote sensing data.

Topics to be addressed are:

  • atmospheric structure, composition and radiative transfer
  • passive remote sensing techniques such as radiometry, spectroscopy and occultation
  • active remote sensing techniques such as radar, lidar, sodar, DOAS and scatterometer
  • inversion methods, data analysis in atmosphere and ocean
  • methods for calibration, validation and quality control
  • applications of ground-base and satellite remote sensing for studies of e.g. temperature, compositon, aerosol and cloud properties, precipitation, as well as the properties of sea surface and sea ice

Admittance requirements

Knowledge corresponding to Atmospheric physics and chemistry, 30 credits (MO4000) or Meteorology I, 15 credits (MO8001) and Meteorology II, 7.5 credits (MO8002). Also required is knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English B.


The schedule will be published at least one month before the course starts.

Course literature

Burrows J.P., Borell P., and Platt U., The Remote Sensing of Tropospheric Composition from Space, Springer


The syllabus is a formal document for the course:

Course material

Grading criteria, course literature and other material and correspondence related to the course will be available on the course Athena-site at or you can ask the responsible teacher.

Upcoming courses

Starts during the autumn semester. 


Via (Swedish) or (English). For more information see Application and admissions.