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Course Overview

Modern seismology is wide-ranging and encompasses topics such as earthquake and tsunami hazard, the structure and dynamics of the Earth and other terrestrial planets, exploration for hydrocarbon and minerals, monitoring of micro-seismicity for a variety of purposes (carbon sequestration, induced fracturing and aftershock surveys) and even ocean circulation and weather variations. This course will teach the fundamentals of modern seismology, from exploration to the solid Earth, and will include a component on seismic imaging, which is the premier tool for illuminating Earth structure from small to large scales.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Cornwell

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Geology And Petroleum Geology (GL) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

1. Introduction and review of vector operators
2. Continuum mechanics
3. The seismic wave equation
4. Body waves
5. Surface waves and dispersion
6. Ray theory
7. Ray tracing in practice
8. Anistropy, attenuation and anelasticity
9. Earthquake location
10. Source mechanisms and radiation patterns
11. Earthquake magnitudes and moments
12. Free oscillations of the Earth
13. Active source imaging
14. Passive source imaging

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

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Summative Assessments

There are in-course exercises for formative feedback. The summative elemont consists of two exercises, totalling 60% of the assessment, and an examination (40%). the exercises are: 1. a workbook recording practical work throughout the whole course (40%), and 2. an assigned exercise (20%). The examination will be by multiple choice and will be computer marked.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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