Exploration and Environmental Geophysics 7.5 Credits

Geofysik för prospektering och miljöundersökning
Second cycle, O7007K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2016 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
Course plan approved by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences 2007-02-28.

Last revised
by Eva Gunneriusson 13 Jun 2016

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)
Earth Science and Physical Geography

Entry requirements

90 credits in geoscience

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

After completed course, the student is expected to 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 á 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.


Basic principles applied in interpretation: Geophysical models; calculation of model responses and inversion of geophysical data; imaging; the choice of a principal model in interpretation of geophysical data; ambiguity; relationship between data errors and uncertainties on the derived model; application of petrophysical measurements.

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.

The teaching will be as lectures, laboratory and field training. Participation in laboratory and field training is compulsary. The lectures will be focused on basic theory and applications. The laboratory and field training will be directed on laboratory and field instrumental training, field measurements and data processing.


Laboratory work with written report.
Written examination with differentiated degrees will be arranged at the end of the teaching period. The examination will include theory as well as problem solving.
Students who have failed an examination on five occasions will not be allowed further resits.

O7007K is equivalent to KGG003 and cannot be combined

Transition terms

Thorkild 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

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