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Exploration and Environmental Geophysics 7.5 credits

Geofysik för prospektering och miljöundersökning
Second cycle, O7007K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)
Earth Science and Physical Geography
Main field of study

Entry requirements

90 credits in geoscience

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After completing the course participants should be able to:
• suggest geophysical methods for solving exploration and environmental related problems
• describe limitations for the geophysical methods
• explain qualitatively Solid Earth Physics, physical fields, composition and structure of the Earth
• explain basic interpretation principles, including here the principles for choosing of principal/conceptual model when interpreting geophysical data, ambiguity, relation between data uncertainty and uncertainty on model parameters, application of petrophysical measurements and other a priori information
• explain and apply the concepts of convolution, Fourier transformation and filtering and provide examples for use in geophysics
• explain the significance of data sampling density and the concept of aliasing
• describe basic principles (physics, measurement techniques and interpretation) for the geophysical methods treated in the course. 

Continuous and discrete data: Sampling; spectra; Fourier transformation and filtering.
The magnetic field of the Earth – magnetometry: The Earth magnetic field. Magnetic properties of rocks and unconsolidated sediments. Measuring techniques and data processing. Exploration for mineral resources.
The gravity field of the Earth – gravimetry: Geodesy with emphasis on the gravity field of the Earth. Density of rocks and unconsolidated sediments. Corrections to gravity data and the calculation of Bouguer anomalies. Regional/residual anomaly separation. Gravity method in exploration.
Electric and electromagnetic methods:  Electric conductivity of rocks and unconsolidated sediments. Dielectric constants of rocks and unconsolidated sediments.  Electric methods based on natural and artificial currents. Electrical sounding and mapping.  Examples in mineral exploration, environmental studies, prospecting for and planning of water resources, pollution of ground water. Electromagnetic fields. Depth of penetration. Electromagnetic methods with examples of application in mineral exploration and environmental studies.
Ground Penetrating Radar and borehole radar with examples in environmental studies.
Magnetic resonance sounding.
Radiometric method: Measuring of gamma radiation and applications.
Borehole methods and logging: acoustic/sonic log; calliper log; density log; gamma log, induction/conductivity log, neutron log, resistivity log, SP-log (self-potential); temperature log; IP log (induced polarization) and magnetic log. Examples from logging in hard rock and sediments. 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The teaching will be as lectures and one compulsory laboratory training on petrophysical parameter estimation. Lectures are complemented by computer exercises performed in dedicated lecture rooms with computers and software. The lectures are focused on basic theory and applications.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Petrophysical laboratory work with written report.
Written examination with differentiated grades (G U 3 4 5) will be arranged at the end of the teaching period. The examination will include theory as well as problem solving.
Petrophysical laboratory work with written report is graded (G U). 

O7007K is equivalent to KGG003 and cannot be combined

Transition terms

Thorkild Maack Rasmussen

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Michael Dentith, Stephen T. Mudge: Geophysics for the Mineral Exploration Geoscientist, 2014, ISBN 9780521809511

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Written examG U 3 4 57.00MandatoryA15
0003Laboratory workU G#0.50MandatoryA15

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
Course plan approved by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences 2007-02-28.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021