Undergraduate course

Computational Methods in Solid Earth Physics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGEOV219
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The goal of this course is to teach numerical techniques (including multidimensional interpolation, solution methods for ordinary and partial differential equations, least squares inversion techniques) using Matlab and apply these to topics in geophysics, with emphasis on exploration seismics and seismology.

Learning Outcomes

After having taken course GEOV219 the students should be able to:

- use basic numerical techniques (interpolation, integration, differentiation)

- apply these numerical techniques to geophysical problems using Matlab

- have a basic understanding of seismic exploration and/or seismological data analysis

- use two or three more advanced numerical techniques, such as finite difference methods, ode solvers and least squares methods in Matlab

- apply these more advanced numerical techniques to geophysical problems in wave propagation and heat flow

- do a small independent research project in computational geophysics (including literature search, programming in matlab, writing a report and giving a presentation)

Required Previous Knowledge

Basic principles in the solid earth physics, linear algebra and differential equations.

Forms of Assessment

Report/portfolio evaluation.

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.


Contact Information

 Department of Earth Science, studiekonsulent@geo.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Portfolio assesment

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