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 may also be of interest to students in exploration seismology.
The course starts with the basics of the seismometer and digitizing equipment, then deals with broader aspects of seismic observation and networks. Practically, the student learns how to set up a seismometer and recording equipment. This is used to record the Earth micro-seismic 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, fault plane solution, source spectrum and magnitude determination.
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
- discuss basic electronics and signal processing that are relevant to earthquake seismology
- explain the various methods and equipment used in observational earthquake seismology
- discuss general concepts of inverse theory and other mathematical approaches used in observational seismology
- can explain the components of a seismic station
The student can
- build seismic field stations
- can process basic earthquake data
The student can
- communicate basic concepts of earthquake seismology to non-experts
- write scientific reports
- handle scientific instruments and datasystems
Required Previous Knowledge
Basic principles of seismology.
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a Masters Programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Teaching and learning methods
- Lecture, 2 hours/week
- Exercises, 2 hours/week
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
The students are required to write exercise reports. Compulsory assignments are valid for three (3) semesters, including the semester they were approved.
Forms of Assessment
Exercises 25% and written examination (4 hours) 75%. Examination is organized digitally, visit: http://www.uib.no/en/student/87471/digital-assessment-students
Both exam parts must be passed to get final assessment in the course.
Examination Support Material
Non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations.
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester, and only the written exam are offered.
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
The course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or you may contact email@example.com
The Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth Science has the administrative responsibility for the course and program
The student coordinator can be contacted here:
Tlf 55 58 35 19
For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam. Candidates must check their room allocation on Studentweb 3 days prior to the exam.
Type of assessment: Written examination and exercise
- Withdrawal deadline
Exam part: Written examination
- 29.05.2020, 09:00
- 4 hours
- Examination system
- Digital exam
Exam part: Exercise