Autumn Semester 2020 takes place in a mixed form of online and classroom teaching.
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Geomatic Engineering Master Information
Major Courses
Major in Space Geodesy and Navigation
103-0187-01LSpace GeodesyO4 credits3GM. Rothacher
AbstractGPS, VLBI, SLR/LLR and satellite altimetry: Principles, instrumentation and observation equation. Modelling and estimation of station coordinates and station motion. Ionospheric and tropospheric refraction and estimation of atmospheric parameters. Equation of motion of the unperturbed and perturbed satellite orbit. Perturbation theory and orbit determination.
ObjectiveUnderstanding the major observation techniques in space geodesy as modern methods applied in Earth system monitoring (geometry, rotation and gravity field of the Earth and the atmosphere), in national surveying and navigation.
ContentOverview of GPS, VLBI, Satellite and Lunar Laser Ranging (SLR/LLR), Satellite Radar Altimetry with the basic principles, the instruments and observation equations. Modelling of the station motions and the estimation of station coordinates. Basics of wave propagation in the atmosphere. Signal propagation in the ionosphere and troposphere for the different observation techniques and the determination of atmospheric parameters.
Equation of motion of the unperturbed and perturbed satellite orbit. Osculating and mean orbital elements. General and special perturbation theory and the determination of satellite orbits.
Lecture notesScript M. Rothacher "Space Geodesy"
103-0657-01LSignal Processing, Modeling, InversionO3 credits2GA. Geiger
AbstractTimeseries analysis, Interpretation of measurements, Parameterestimation and Inversion of analytical and voxel-type models
ObjectiveStudents are able to analyse data in view of specific scientific questions and interpretations. They have basic methodologies at hand to mathematically formulate engineering and scientific problems. Students know terminologies and basic methodologies in order to be able to further study the expert litrature.
ContentTimeseries analysis, fourier transformation, DFT, auto-, crosscorrelation, ARMA Interpretation of measurements, Parameterestimation and Inversion of analytical and voxel-type models, resolution, uncertainties
Lecture notesLecture notes
Alain Geiger
Prerequisites / NoticeCourses corresponding to:
Analysis I+II, Geoprocessing and Parameterestimation, Linear Algebra I
103-0627-00LAstro and Gravity LabW5 credits4PS. Guillaume, C. Hollenstein
AbstractKnowledge of up-to-date astro-geodetic methods aiming at the determination of the direction of the local plumb line in terms of astronomical latitude and longitude.
ObjectiveKnowledge of the astro-geodetic methods aiming at the determination of the direction of the local plumb line in terms of astronomical latitude and longitude.
ContentEarth- and space fixed coordinate systems and their changes in time, basic astronomic calculation procedures, time scales, time keeping, transformations, star catalogues, computation of precise apparent places, relevant methods for the determination of latitude/longitude, CCD technique and astrometry, application of deflections of the vertical as regards the geoid determination.
Lecture notesdiv. sources
Literatureadditional literature will be distributed during lectures
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lectures will be given in English in case of need
103-0787-00LProject Parameter Estimation
Does not take place this semester.
W3 credits2P
AbstractSolving engineering problems with modern methods of parameter estimation for network adjustment in a real-world scenario; choosing adequate mathematical models, suitable data-flow and performing software
ObjectiveLearn to solve engineering problems with modern methods of parameter estimation in a real-world scenario.
ContentAnalysis of the given problem, selection of effective mathematical modells, use of appropriate software.
Lecture notesAssignment of tasks; selected documentation
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisite: Statistics and Probability Theory, Geoprocessing and Parameterestimation, Geodetic Reference Systems and Networks
102-0617-00LBasics and Principles of Radar Remote Sensing for Environmental ApplicationsW3 credits2GI. Hajnsek
AbstractThe course will provide the basics and principles of Radar Remote Sensing (specifically Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)) and its imaging techniques for the use of environmental parameter estimation.
ObjectiveThe course should provide an understanding of SAR techniques and the use of the imaging tools for bio/geophysical parameter estimation. At the end of the course the student has the understanding of
1. SAR basics and principles,
2. SAR polarimetry,
3. SAR interferometry and
4. environmental parameter estimation from multi-parametric SAR data
ContentThe course is giving an introduction into SAR techniques, the interpretation of SAR imaging responses and the use of SAR for different environmental applications. The outline of the course is the following:
1. Introduction into SAR basics and principles
2. Introduction into electromagnetic wave theory
3. Introduction into scattering theory and decomposition techniques
4. Introduction into SAR interferometry
5. Introduction into polarimetric SAR interferometry
6. Introduction into bio/geophysical parameter estimation (classification/segmentation, soil moisture estimation, earth quake and volcano monitoring, forest height inversion, wood biomass estimation etc.)
Lecture notesHandouts for each topic will be provided
LiteratureFirst readings for the course:
Woodhouse, I. H., Introduction into Microwave Remote Sensing, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2006.
Lee, J.-S., Pottier, E., Polarimetric Radar Imaging: From Basics to Applications, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2009.
Complete literature listing will be provided during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course in combination with 102-0627-00-G: Applied Radar Remote Sensing for Environmental Parameter Estimation is providing a profound basis for independent data analysis. It is recommended to take both courses together.
103-0687-00LCadastral SystemsW2 credits2GD. M. Steudler
AbstractNature, role and importance of cadastral systems and related concepts such as land administration, land registration and spatial data infrastructures (SDIs).
ObjectiveThe students will get an understanding of the nature, role and importance of cadastral systems and related concepts such as land administration, land registration and spatial data infrastructures (SDIs). The Swiss cadastral system as well as a range of international approaches both in developed and developing countries will be reviewed.
ContentOrigins and purposes of cadastral systems
Importance of documentation
Basic concepts of cadastral systems (real estate, legal basis, conceptual
principles, property-ownership, property types)
Swiss cadastral system:
- legal basis
- organization
- technical elements
- methods of data acquisition and maintenance
- profession
- quality assurance
Digital revolution, access to data
Benchmarking and evaluation of cadastral systems
International trends, developments and initiatives
Lecture notessee:
LiteratureLarsson, G. (1991). Land Registration and Cadastral Systems: Tools for Land
Information and Management. Harlow, Essex, England: Longman Scientific and
Technical, New York: Wiley, ISBN 0-582-08952-2, 175 p.

see also:
851-0724-00LProperty Law for Geometers: Land Registry and Geoinformation LawW2 credits2VM. Huser
AbstractFundamental concepts of Land Register Law and Land Surveying Law (substantive and procedural rules of Land Register Law, the parts and the relevance of the Land Register, process of registration with the Land Register, legal problems of land surveying, reform of the official land surveying).
ObjectiveOverview of the legal norms of land registry and surveying law.
ContentBasic principles of material and formal land registry law, components of the land register, consequences of the land register, the registration process, legal problems of surveying, the reform of official surveying, liability of the geom-eter. The lecture unit is carried out within a frame of 8 sessions (2 hours): the first hour of each is given in the form of a lecture, the second in the form of a case-study.
Lecture notesAbgegebene Unterlagen: Skript zugestellt per e-mail
Literature- Meinrad Huser, Schweizerisches Vermessungsrecht, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Geoinformationsrechts und des Grundbuchrechts, Beiträge aus dem Institut für schweizerisches und internationales Baurecht der Universität Freiburg/Schweiz, Zürich 2014
- Meinrad Huser, Geo-Informationsrecht, Rechtlicher Rahmen für Geographische Informationssyteme, Zürich 2005
- Urs Ch. Nef, Grundzüge des Sachenrechts, Zürich 2004
- Dieter Zobl, Grundbuchrecht, Zürich 1999
- Roland Pfäffli, Der Ausweis für die Eigentumsübertragung im Grundbuch, Thun 1999
Prerequisites / NoticeRequirements: Property Law (12-722)
651-4016-00LGeophysical GeodesyW3 credits2GN. Houlié
AbstractThe course is an introduction to the concepts of geodesy applied to the seismic cycle and to the monitoring of ground deformation.
Objectivea) Students are introduced to various geodetic techniques and to their most famous applications in Earth Sciences;
b) Students are able to independently conceptualize 1) the inter seismic strain accumulation for an earthquake and 2) inflation of a spherical reservoir (i.e. magma chamber of a volcano) or 3) water level change within aquifer. c) Students are then introduced to news techniques linking seismology and geodesy.
Content1. Plate Tectonics before Space Geodesy.
4. Space geodetic techniques (VBLI, gravity, etc.)
2. Seismic Cycle in Seismology (California, North Anatolia fault, Sumatra).
3. The seismic cycle monitoring (Moment release, seismology, Stress transfer)
5. Presentation of GPS and Applications 1 (positioning, rigid plate motions)
6. GPS networks in the world. Development of tectonic geodesy and Applications 2 (Practical on inter-seismic deformation)
7. Presentation of InSAR, psSAR, etc. Applications to earthquake. Post-seismic deformation.
8. GPS and deformation related to volcanoes (Practical on Mogi source)
9. GPS, Strain, Stress and Plate motion.
10. InSAR applied to subsidence and small deformation.
11. Trosposphere sounding. Accuracies of GPS and InSAR.
12. GPS and geodynamics
13. Future of GPS. Future of InSAR.
14. GPS and normal modes?
Lecture notesSlides. Script in English is planned. PDF of articles cited.

Geology and Geophysics equivalent to Bachelor program at ETH
Math of Bachelor program at ETH
LiteratureSee webpage
Prerequisites / NoticePre-Requisite:

Of advantage:
Higher Geodesy Basics; Physical Geodesy and Geodynamics I; Seismotectonics

The grading is based on participation, homework sets, and a final oral presentation. There is no final exam.
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