Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After completing this course, students will understand and deepen their knowledge of a range of modern geodetic measurements and observations, including space geodetic techniques; understand the methods and data behind global and local reference systems; be familiar with applications based on geodesy; and understand how geodesy is used in Earth observation.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.01.2024 - 21.02.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mirjam Bilker-Koivula

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course gives students a deeper understanding of geodetic techniques both on land and in space, with a particular focus on global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), satellite laser ranging (SLR), very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) and gravity satellites, among other topics. The course will familiarize students with modern reference systems and show how geodetic techniques can be used to monitor movements on and of the Earth on different spatial and temporal scales. The focus of the course may vary between years.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Examination and assignments

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures (24 h), assignments (60 h), self-study (30 h), preparation for examination + examination (21 h)


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    15 Life on Land


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring IV
    2023-2024 Spring IV

    Enrollment :

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