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GL5061: SEISMOLOGY AND EARTH IMAGING (2022-2023)

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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 First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr David Cornwell

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme
  • MSc Geophysics

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

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Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

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