Undergraduate course

Geophysical Methods

Objectives and Content

The course aims to familiarize students with the main geophysical methods used for studying the Earth's interior structure, development through time and active geodynamic processes, as well as for mapping structures and resources in the Earth's crust. The principles for reflection and refraction of seismic waves from earthquakes and artificial sources will be presented. Magnetic, gravity based and electrical methods for mapping the crust, radiometric dating of rocks, earthquake mechanisms and heat flow are other main themes. The individual methods and their application will be illustrated through examples and exercises.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course GEOV111 the student should be able to:

- Explain the basic principles of magnetic, electric and gravity based methods for studying the Earth's crust

- Describe the principles for reflection and refraction of seismic waves, and their significance for mapping the crust and the Earth's interior structure

- Explain the connection between earthquakes and different fault mechanisms, and different methods for determining the strength of an earthquake

- Describe the principles for radiometric dating of rocks and heat flow in the Earth

- Give examples of the importance of geophysical methods in a plate tectonic context, hydrocarbon exploration and prospecting for other georesources

- perform simple mathematical calculations related to geophysical data analysis

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Exam information