Single-Course Danish 5 ECTS

Geo- and Planetary Physics ll

Overall Course Objectives

The course provides an introduction to the climate systems of the planets in the Solar System planets, focusing on Earth’s climate. In addition, the course provides an introduction to satellite geodesy and mapping of changes in geophysical parameters using satellites.

Learning Objectives

  • explain the basic features of the components of Earth’s climate system and their role in climate
  • describe the basic composition, structure and circulation of the planetary atmospheres, including solar heating, greenhouse effect and albedo, and calculate the basic physical parameters
  • describe theories for the development of planetary atmospheres and calculate the basic physical parameters
  • describe the magnetospheres of the planets
  • describe the evolution of climate on Earth, Mars and Venus
  • use simple models to describe the interactions between the atmosphere, ocean, ice sheets, geosphere and biosphere
  • explain methods for Earth observation and exploration of the solar system
  • describe geodetic coordinate and time systems, and use Kepler elements to describe the orbits of planets and satellites
  • calculate key geodetic/geophysical parameters from simple examples
  • evaluate figures/graphs of key geodetic/geophysical parameters related to positions from GNSS, satellite surface temperatures, ocean dynamics and ice mass change.

Course Content

Part 1: The evolution of the planets’ atmospheres, atmospheric dynamics and properties, energy currents in the atmosphere, the planets’ climate system and climate development, the future climate on Earth, the planets’ magnetospheres, and

Part 2: Satellite geodesy for observing changes from satellites.

Recommended prerequisites


Teaching Method

Lectures and exercises.


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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 30142
Course type Bachelor
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Wed 13-17

7.500,00 DKK