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Instrumentation and Data Processing in Earthquake Seismology

Objectives and Content

This course deals with fundamentals in earthquakes observation from the instrumentation to data processing. Theory and practice are linked by having lectures, lab and computer exercises in parallel. While the course in principle aims to prepare students for the operation of seismic stations and more advanced data processing in earthquake seismology, it teaches general skills in physics and signal processing. The course starts with the basics of the seismometer and digitizing equipment, then also deals with broader aspects of seismic observation and networks. Practically, the student learns how to setup a seismometer and recording equipment. This is used to record the Earth microseismic noise, which is then the starting point for the computer based data processing part. The course deals also with topics such as identification of seismic phases, earthquake location and magnitude determination. The course may also be of interest to students in exploration seismology.

Learning Outcomes

The student will get:

  • to know practical aspects of handling seismic instrumentation, which should help to gain a better understanding of electronics and signal processing.
  • a better understanding of observational aspects in earthquake seismology.
  • learn aspects of signal processing from computer based exercises as required to routinely analyse earthquake data.
  • a better understanding of inverse theory and signal processing.

Required Previous Knowledge

Basic principles of seismology.

Forms of Assessment

4 hours written exam. Examination support materials: Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations

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