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Objectives and Content

Objectives: The purpose of the course GEOV255 Seismotectonics is to explain the relation between seismology and tectonics.

Content: Processes associated with earthquakes occurring in different deformational settings such as convergent, divergent and transcurrent plate boundaries will be described through examples. The relation between the stress accumulation and strain will be described in global, regional and local scales. Additionally, deformation processes associated with the intraplate areas and stable continental interiors will be explained. Processes that are related to stress build-up, fault rupture and earthquakes will be defined. Application of paleoseismological methods in identifying pre-historic earthquakes will be presented.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

The student can

  • describe the relation between the stress accumulation and strain
  • describe the relation between the fault regimes and the stress pattern
  • explain processes associated with the deformation along plate boundaries and intraplate areas
  • explain the relation between the fault rupture and earthquakes
  • describe the geological processes associated with earthquakes

The student can

  • compute the location of an earthquake based on seismograms recorded at different geographical places
  • compute the magnitude of an earthquake based on seismograms recorded at different geographical places
  • compute the focal mechanism of an earthquake based on seismograms recorded at different geographical places

General competence
The student can

  • communicate basic concepts of Earth's deformation to a non-expert
  • read scientific articles and summarize the content
  • discuss scientific topics

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a program of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Teaching and learning methods

This course will be run as a digital course. The students will watch 64 prerecorded teaching videos, and participate in digital exercises. The course scedule contains time slots to facilitate digital self studies where the students may follow the course material.

Two physical seminars are arranged in week 3 and 14, where the course teacher will be present. For the rest of the semester, all contact with the course teacher will be on digital platforms.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students are required to complete compulsory assignments, 2 hours per week

Forms of Assessment

Portfolio assessment: written assignments and oral presentation.

Examination Support Material

Not applicable.

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.

Assessment Semester

Spring. Assessment in this course is only given in semesters with teaching.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and Deecember 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Coordinator

The course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or you may contact studierettleiar@geo.uib.no

Course Administrator

The Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth Science has the administrative responsibility for the course and program.


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