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Geomatic Engineering Master Information
Major Courses
Major in Space Geodesy and Navigation
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
103-0158-01LNavigationW5 credits4GG. Möller
AbstractIntroduction to the concepts and basics of navigation related total systems on land, air, sea and space
ObjectiveThe students gain an overview of human spatial navigation concepts as well as modern navigation systems and their major principles. The students are able to deepen their knowledge by their own and recognize and understand principles of systems in different applications.
ContentConcepts of human spatial navigation, Reference systems, Navigation principles, Statistics in Navigation, Filtering, Basics of state space control systems, Satellite navigation systems, Vehicle nav, Air traffic control systems, Spacecraft and autonomous navigation.
Lecture notesMoeller G., Navigation, Lecture notes
LiteratureEkstrom A. D., Spiers H. J., BohbotV. D., Rosenbaum R. S., Human Spatial Navigation, Prinction University Press, ISBN 9780691171746, 216 p., 2018

Hofmann-Wellenhof B., Legat K., Wieser M., Navigation, Springer Nature, ISBN 9783211008287, 427 p., 2003
103-0178-00LGeodetic Earth MonitoringW4 credits3GM. Rothacher
AbstractThe three pillars of geodesy, i.e. the geometry, rotation and gravity field of the Earth contribute to Earth system monitoring and will be considered here. 1) Earth rotation: theory, estimation and interpretation; 2) Gravity field: satellite missions, theory, estimation and interpretation; 3) Geodynamics (geometry): plate tectonics, earthquake cycle, isostasy and uplift rates.
ObjectiveUnderstand the basics of Earth rotation and gravity field theory, with what type of methods they are determined and what they contribute to monitoring the Earth system. Get familiar with the major geodynamic processes within the crust and mantle and how they are being observed and monitored.
ContentPart 1: Earth rotation
- Kinematics of a solid body
- Dynamic Eulerian equations of Earth rotation
- Kinematic Eulerian equations of Earth rotation
- Free rotation of the flattened Earth
- Influence of Sun and Moon, Precession, Nutation
- Earth as an elastic body
- Determination of Earth rotation parameters
- Mass distribution and mass transport affecting Earth rotation
Part 2: Gravity field
- Satellite missions
- Gravity field determination from satellite data
- Geoid computation from terrestrial data
- Combination of satellite and terrestrial gravity fields
- Precision of geoid computations
- Mass distribution and transport affecting the Earth gravity field
Part 3: Geodynamics:
- Plate tectonics theory: including ocean bottom floor magnetism Curie temperature, age of the ocean bottom floor
- Notions on crust material (oceanic/continental)
- Concepts of mantle plumes, mantle convection and mantle flow and evidences supporting them
- Earthquake cycle: elastic rebound theory, strain and stress measurements and measurements in the field during inter-, co- and post-seismic periods
- Isostasy and strength models
- Surface uplift rate applied to continental crust, volcanism, eroded areas.
Lecture notesA script and slides will be made available
LiteratureBeutler G., Methods of Celestial Mechanics. II: Application to Planetary System, Geodynamics and Satellite Geodesy, Springer, ISBN 3-540-40750-2, 2005.

Hofmann-Wellenhof B. and Moritz H., Physical Geodesy, Springer, ISBN 13-978-3-211-33544-4, 2005/2006.

Fowler C.M.R., The Solid Earth: An Introduction to Global Geophysics, Cambridge Univ. Press, ISBN 0-521-38590-3, 2005.
Prerequisites / NoticeRecommended: Basics of Higher Geodesy
Of advantage: Basics of Geodetic Earth Observation
103-0738-00LGNSS LabW5 credits4GR. Hohensinn, G. Möller
AbstractConsolidation of knowledge in satellite geodesy and its application to GNSS.
ObjectiveStudents know the technological background of GNSS. They are able to interpret and to qualify GNSS results and to carry out error estimations. Autonomous work on GNSS-related problems.
ContentAutonomous development, planning, and carrying out of a small GNSS-project. As needed further satellite geodetic background will be given ( GNSS-positioning and navigation, satellite orbits, consolidated knowledge of GNSS, observation equations, principles of measurements, disturbances, practical operation)
Lecture notesNavigation, Alain Geiger, GGL-ETHZ
GNSS, Markus Rothacher, GGL-ETHZ
103-0838-00LGeomonitoring and GeosensorsW4 credits3GA. Wieser, M. Rothacher
AbstractThis course provides an introduction to sensors, measurement techniques and analysis methods for geodetic monitoring of natural structures of local to regional scale like landslides, rock falls, volcanoes and tsunamis. Several case studies will highlight the application of the presented technologies.
ObjectiveUnderstanding the core challenges and proven approaches to monitoring of local and regional deformation; gaining an overview of established measurement and data processing techniques for monitoring geometric changes.
ContentIntroduction to geomonitoring; sensors and measurement technologies: GNSS, TPS, TLS, GB-SAR, geosensor networks, geotechnical monitoring sensors; areal and point-wise deformation monitoring; congruency tests, network deformation analysis, sensitivity, regression and jump detection; estimation of strain tensor, block analysis; case studies.
Lecture notesThe lecture slides and further literature will be made available on the course webpage.
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents should be familiar with geodetic networks, parameter estimation, GNSS and Engineering Geodesy. Students who have not taken the related courses of the ETH curriculum (or equivalent courses at another university) but want to take this course should contact the lecturers beforehand.
103-0157-00LPhysical Geodesy and GeodynamicsW4 credits3GM. Rothacher
AbstractGravity field of the earth. Equipotential surfaces and geoid determination. Fundamentals in Potential Theory and inversion methods. Measuring techniques and gravity anomalies.
ObjectiveObtain knowledge in Physical Geodesy as a fundamental topic forming the basis for Geomatics and Geodynamics. Acquire skills in calculus covered in Physical Geodesy.
ContentGravity field of the earth and its parameterization. Equipotential surfaces, deflections of the vertical and geoid determination. Fundamentals in Potential Theory and inversion methods. Gravimetric measuring techniques and gravity anomalies.
Prerequisites / NoticePre-Requisite: Basics of Higher Geodesy
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