Postgraduate course

Applied Seismology

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course gives an introduction to practical methods in earthquake seismology including source, path and receiver. As a starting point some general concepts in earthquake seismology and links to society are discussed. The course gives an introduction of seismic instrumentation and uses the seismometer as an example of a damped oscillator. This is followed by the Earth¿s structure and the seismic phases that are observed at local to global distances. Various aspects of the earthquake source are presented including the source mechanism. The concepts of waveform forward modelling and moment tensor inversion are discussed. Apart from the fault geometry, the course will also deal with dynamic properties related to the rupture process. Another important topic in seismology is that of earthquake location, which will be dealt with as a classical inverse problem. The course closes with a presentation of seismic attenuation.

Learning Outcomes

The student will get:

  • A general overview of earthquake seismology, and it¿s link to society
  • An overall understanding of source, path and receiver as the main components in seismology
  • A better understanding of inverse problems
  • An understanding of how the earthquake mechanism is derived from waveform data
  • A better understanding of how the observation of earthquakes leads to improved Earth models

Required Previous Knowledge

Basic principles of physics of the earth.

Recommended Previous Knowledge


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

Student adviser, Department of Earth Science, e-mail: studiekonsulent@geo.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    29.11.2017, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline