Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2020/2021
Belonging course: 
Disciplinary sector: 
OCEANOGRAPHY AND PHYSICS OF THE ATMOSPHERE (GEO/12)
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
6
Year of study: 
3
Teachers: 
AULICINO Giuseppe
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
- Gli iceberg
- Oil spill e marine litter detection
- GNSS e target identification
- Missioni satellitari future, droni, altre piattaforme
- 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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