Courses & Units

Geodesy: Observing Our Changing Planet KGG307

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Introduction

Geodesy is the study of the Earth's dynamic shape, size, and gravitational field. Modern space geodetic observations underpin not only our ability to determine precise location on Earth and in orbit, but a broad number of scientific fields that address questions of direct societal relevance; the study of regional and global changes in mean sea level, quantifying changes to polar ice caps, determining the velocity of tectonic plates, measurement of surface deformation associated with geo-hazards and understanding changes in hydrology based on time variable gravity and associated ground deformation.

The unit is comprised of 4 problem-based modules that each address a particular application of geodetic science in understanding our dynamic planet. In completing the learning modules, students will learn about the modern geodetic observation techniques including GNSS, VLBI, SLR, altimetry and space gravity. The practical component of the unit provides students with hands-on experience in analysing real-world data to investigate processes including sea level change, climate signals, glacial motion, plate tectonics and earth deformation.

Summary

Unit name Geodesy: Observing Our Changing Planet
Unit code KGG307
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Christopher Watson
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the use of geodetic observations to observe, understand and monitor Earth processes.
  • Explain modern geodetic observation techniques.
  • Analyse geodetic data to investigate changes in a range of Earth processes.
  • Communicate the results of geodetic analyses.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
031101 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,798.00

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Requisites

Prerequisites

KMA154

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

1 x 1 hour lecture per week.

1 x 3 hour practical per week. 

AssessmentQuizzes (x5) (20%)|Exam (35%)|Practical Reports (x3) (45%)
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Textbooks

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