The first part will give an introduction to potential field theory, to the principles of satellite gravimetry and magnetometry. The principles and goals of the satellite missions CHAMP, GRACE, GOCE, ØRSTED, SAC-C and SWARM are discussed, as well as applications of these satellite data in earth sciences.
The second part will give an introduction to ESA's Earth Observation programs and satellite missions, such as ERS, ENVISAT, Sentinel. The lecture will focus on the scientific missions, the instruments carried on board and the obtained data sets. The main applications of Earth Observation data within Earth System Science will be introduced.