Geophysical laboratory I / II

Rok akademicki: 2019/2020
Semestr: zimowy/letni


Geophysical Laboratory  I (summer semester) / II (winter semester)

Rules for Academic year: 2019/2020 (summer semester) and Academic year: 2020/2021 (both semesters)

Field of study: Geophysics (Physics, II degree)

Organizational unit: Institute of Geophysics, Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw

Coordinator: Iwona Stachlewska (iwona.stachlewska@fuw.edu.pl)

Tutors: Gustavo Abade, Daniel Albuquerque, Leszek Czechowski, Marek Grad, Łucja Janicka, Konrad Kossacki, Szymon Malinowski, Krzysztof Markowicz, Jakub Nowak, Hanna Pawłowska, Iwona Stachlewska, Dominika Szczepanik, Dongxiang Wang, Olga Zawadzka-Mańko, Piotr Żmijewski.


The aim of the Laboratory is to familiarize students with experimental and theoretical methods and advanced analysis of geophysical data. The thematic scope of the proposed exercises includes topics in atmospheric physics, lithosphere physics and planetology. The laboratory consists of performing three (GL II winter semester) or four (GL I semester) exercises. Descriptions of the proposed exercises with names of tutors are listed below. Literature is determined by tutors, according to the indyvidual topic and scope of the exercise. Assessment of the final grade is based on the student's reports on the selected exercises (3 for GL II and 4 for GL I). Each report is evaluated by the tutor. The final grade is the average of the ratings obtained from the individual reports. The laboratory is realized solely in English.

Student workload:
- preparation for exercises 30h (GL II), 40h (GL I)
- exercises 30h (GL II), 30h (GL I)
- preparation of results and preparation of reports 30h (GL II), 40h (GL I)

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 situation there are no restrictions on number of students performing each exrcise and no restrictions on number of exercises conducted by tutors !

NOTE: The tutors are obligated to check for plagiarism and add information: "No plagiarism detected", along with the grade, date, and signature on the first page of each evaluated report. The scan/photo of this page has to be provided byt the tutor to the coordinator asap.


  1. The student selects the exercises from the list below and contacts the tutors to confirm that the exercise can be performed in a given semester.
  2. Information about selected and confirmed exercises must be communicated by the student to the GL coordinator within 1 month of the beginning of the semester.
  3. The student carries out each exercise under the tutor's supervision.
  4. After completing the exercise, the student prepares a report and submits it for review by the tutor.
  5. The coordinator receives an evaluated final report (with grade) from the student by the end of the exam session.
  6. The report must contain following information in the heather: name of the laboratory: Geophysical Laboratory I (summer) or Geophysical Laboratory II (winter); academic year: 2019/2020 or 2020/2021; full title of the exercise; name and surname of tutor; name and surname of student; student registration number at UW (USOS); date on which the report is submited to tutor.
  7. The report must be written in English language.
  8. Failure to submit the graded report to the coordinator by the end of the exam session of a given semester means an unsatisfactory grade from the given exercise.
  9. The final grade obtained by the student is the average of the ratings of the individual reports (3 grades for GL II and 4 grades for GL I, including the unsatisfactory grades.
  10. The coordinator proposes the final grade to the student no later than one week before the end of the exam session.
  11. The final grade is inserted to USOS on the last day of the exam session.
  12. It is possible to improve each report until the end of the make-up session of a given semester.
  13. The final grade is then the average of 3 (GLII) or 4 (GL I) grades (highest grade per excersize).
Zajęcia / Prowadzący Typ zajęć

The aim of the exercise is to retrieve the aerosol size distribution on the basis of spectral aerosol optical depth measurements by MICROTOPS sun photometer. The aerosol size distribution will be approximated by two log-normal distributions based on minimizing the cost function. During minimization, 2 or 4 parameters describing the size distribution are determined.