RS4016 Satellite Meteorology Syllabus:

RS4016 Satellite Meteorology Syllabus – Anna University PG Syllabus Regulation 2021


 To impart knowledge in Concepts in Meteorology, Radio and Satellite Meteorology and its Applications


Weather and Climate- composition of atmosphere- weather elements and characteristics – Global temperature, pressure and wind belts – scales of atmospheric processes, Land/Ocean Coupling, Vegetation types and climate, climatic classification by Koppen and Thornth waithe, energy in the atmosphere – Indian monsoons – weather systems and seasons, Indian Climatology – Radiation transfer- radiation spectrum – Absorption and emission of radiation by molecules- Radiation lawsscattering principles – atmospheric particles and radiations – Mechanism of cloud formation- Types of Clouds- Precipitation processes-weather stations, data, maps and symbols.


Principles and classifications of Radar- Meteorological Applications of radar – atmospheric sounding Radio Sonde – pilot balloons – Wind estimation through Radar – Rawin Sonde – Doppler techniques for precipitation estimation – Precipitation Radar (PR) – Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM), Ozone soundings – principle and satellite measurements of ozone – Aerosol soundings Tracking of weather Thunderstorms, Tropical cyclones, Tornadoes through Radar – Hydro meteorological Applications of Radar – Applications to aviation meteorology – TIROS Operational and Vertical sounder – Retrieval methods and algorithms.


Orbital dynamics of satellite – Critical velocities – Polar and Geostationary weather satellites – Active and passive sensors (Radar/Lidar/Radiometery,scatterometer and altimeter) – Absorption bands of atmospheric gases – Design and characteristic of different types of sounders and imagers used in Meteorological satellites – Viewing geometry – INSAT Meteorology – Data Processing System (IMDPS), IRS series – APT – AVHRR – Need for Remote Sensing techniques in weather forecasting and Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) – imaging and non imaging techniques in Meteorology.


Precipitation – soil moisture – estimation and their Applications – Normalised Difference Vegetation Index – Ocean Colour monitoring – Coastal zone mapping – Satellite communication systems in operational meteorological Applications (Cyclone Warning Dissemination system / Automatic Weather stations – Meteorological data dissemination) – Estimation of snow and ice cover – Water body boundary mapping – aerosols – Dust storms and Volcanic ash clouds and fires – maritime, dwelt, floods and agriculture.


Global and sub global events – tracking of large weather system – Cloud motion vector – Dvorak‟s techniques of Cylone Intensity estimation – T-phi and other climatic charts – T number and current intensity No. – Applications to storm surge estimation – Satellite soundings – Global Warming – Sea level changes and Consequences.


On completion of the course, the student is expected to be able to

CO1 Impacts the knowledge about basis of Meteorology
CO2 Acquire knowledge about radar techniques in Meteorology
CO3 Understand the knowledge about platforms and sensors used in Meteorology
CO4 Develops knowledge about the remote sensing for Meteorology
CO5 Gives solutions to manage critical meteorological events.


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