122.031 Global Change Monitoring
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to judge the utility of common remote sensing methods for monitoring of selected global cycles. The latter includes the carbon and water cycle, and tipping elements with respect to climate change. In addition, students obtain or extend the ability to find relevant scientific literature, to document it and to present it.

Subject of course

The course covers following topics - Introduction to Climate and the greenhouse gas effect, carbon and water cycle - Overview on available sensors for global monitoring and detectable parameters - global datasets from remote sensing and selected parameter retrieval methods. Further on databases of scientific literature as wells as satellites will be explained. Calculations based on global datasets will be made using a GIS software.

Teaching methods

Literature survey, discussion of selected examples, calculation of examples

Mode of examination


Additional information

As part of the exam, each participant holds a presentation (in English) about a subject related to the topics of the lecture. The exact subjects of the presentations are selected together with the lecturer. Example topics: glacier changes, forest fires, flooding, desertification, landuse change ...



Course dates

Fri13:00 - 16:0004.11.2022 - 13.01.2023Sem.R. DA grün 02 A - GEO Global Change Monitoring
Global Change Monitoring - Single appointments
Fri04.11.202213:00 - 16:00Sem.R. DA grün 02 A - GEO Global Change Monitoring
Fri11.11.202213:00 - 16:00Sem.R. DA grün 02 A - GEO Global Change Monitoring
Fri18.11.202213:00 - 16:00Sem.R. DA grün 02 A - GEO Global Change Monitoring
Fri25.11.202213:00 - 16:00Sem.R. DA grün 02 A - GEO Global Change Monitoring
Fri02.12.202213:00 - 16:00Sem.R. DA grün 02 A - GEO Global Change Monitoring
Fri13.01.202313:00 - 16:00Sem.R. DA grün 02 A - GEO Global Change Monitoring
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Submission of the documentation of the literature survey, contribution to discussion of application examples (assignment of example in advance), presentation of results from the literature survey; written: revision of the content of the lecture (multiple choice, open questions).

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.10.2022 09:00 27.10.2022 22:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 421 Geodesy and Geoinformation Mandatory elective1. Semester
066 462 Survey and Land Registration Mandatory elective9. Semester
066 463 Geodesy and Geophysics Mandatory elective9. Semester
066 464 Geomatics Engineering and Cartography Mandatory elective9. Semester
066 566 Environmental Engineering Mandatory elective
660 Surveying and Geoinformation Mandatory elective9. Semester


all lecture slides can be downloaded via TUWEL