Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2017/2018
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on NAUTICAL, AERONAUTICAL AND METEO-OCEANOGRAPHIC SCIENCES
Disciplinary sector: 
OCEANOGRAPHY AND PHYSICS OF THE ATMOSPHERE (GEO/12)
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
6
Year of study: 
3
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
First Semester
Hours of front activity: 
48

Language

Italian

Course description

The course is aimed at providing the basic knowledge for the use of the most common types of satellite data in oceanography.

Prerequisites

Basic physical-mathematical and informatic knowledge and familiarity with the main meteo-oceanographic variables (temperature, salinity, solar radiation, etc.) are required.

Syllabus

Part I: Basic concepts

- Introduction to Remote sensing: motivations, advantages, problems

- Fundamental principles of satellite remote sensing

- Main characteristics of a satellite mission

- Electromagnetic radiation and its interaction with atmosphere and sea surface

- Active and passive sensors for remote sensing of the sea surface

Part II: Ocean Color and Sea Surface Temperature

- Ocean Color: basic principles, sensors, measurement theory, algorithms, available satellite products (SeaWiFS, MODIS, VIIRS), validation and integration with model data and in situ measurements

- Ocean Color: scientific and operational applications in the Mediterranean Sea and in the polar regions

- Sea surface temperature: basic principles, sensors, measurement theory, algorithms, available satellite products (AVHRR, MODIS, VIIRS), validation and integration with model data and in situ measurements

- Sea surface temperature: scientific and operational applications in the Mediterranean Sea and in the polar regions

- Examples of use / interpretation of satellite products (chlorophyll, temperature)

Part III: Altimetry and currents

- Altimetry: basic principles, sensors, measurement theory, scientific and operational applications

- Oceanographic currents, gyre, eddies

- Examples of use and interpretation of elevation data

Part IV: The microwaves

- Brightness temperature and surface temperature of the sea

- Superficial salinity of the oceans

- Satellite observations SMOS, AQUARIUS, SMAP

- Direct and indirect applications of SMOS observations

Part V: Environmental Applications and Climate Change

- Extension and concentration of sea ice

- Type and thickness of sea ice (SSM / I -IS, AMSR-E, AMSR2, CRYOSAT, ICESAT)

- Sea ice: frazil and pancake ice (SAR and inversion algorithms)

- Sea ice: drift and polynye

- Icebergs

- Oil spill and marine litter detection

- GNSS and target identification

- Future satellite missions, drones, other platforms

Part I: Basic concepts
Part II: Ocean Color and sea surface temperature
Part III: Altimetry and currents
Part IV: The microwaves
Part V: Environmental Applications and Climate Change

Teaching Methods

The course will be carried out during 24 lectures/laboratories of 2 hours each.
Both frontal lectures are planned, aimed at providing basic knowledge and presenting case studies of national and international relevance, both practical exercises in the classroom and in the laboratory.

Textbooks

• Martin, S. (2014) An Introduction to ocean remote sensing (2nd edition), Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 542pp.
• Robinson, Ian S. (2010) Discovering the ocean from space: the unique applications of satellite oceanography, Berlin, Germany, Springer/Praxis Publishing, 638pp.
• Robinson, I.S. (2004) Measuring the oceans from space: the principles and methods of satellite oceanography, Berlin, Germany, Springer/Praxis Publishing, 669pp.
• Slides and scientific publications provided during the course

Learning assessment

The evaluation takes into account the work done during the lessons, with particular reference to practical exercises and possible completed projects, and the outcome of the final exam.
The final exam consists of an oral test based on the course topics.
The final marks will be awarded based on the student's ability to answer all the questions asked, based on the effectiveness in acquiring the notions and properties of technical language in expressing them.
o pass the exam it is necessary to obtain a mark equal to or greater than 18/30.

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