Quantitative Interpretation of Geophysical Data 7.5 Credits

Kvantitativ tolkning av geofysiska data
Second cycle, O7008K
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2016 Sp 3 - 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 12 Feb 2015

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. 15 credits in Physics and O0001K or corresponding course

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:
• explain and apply fundamental principles of geophysical data inversion
• explain basic principles (physics, measuring techniques, data processing and interpretation) for the geophysical methods treated in the course
• explain strength and weakness of geophysical methods
• interpret geophysical data into a geological context
• explain and apply processing techniques for potential field data
• explain and apply the concepts of convolution, Fourier transformation and filtering, explain the • significance of data sampling and the concept of aliasing

Inversion of geophysical data: Characterization of data and data errors. What are the characteristics of a good model? Model parameterization and Tikhonov regularization. Forward responses and Fréchet derivatives. Solving linear and non-linear inverse problems. Relation between data errors and errors on model parameters. Trade-off between resolution and parameter errors. Á priori data. Monte Carlo inversion. Examples with inversion of various types of geophysical data. Applications in mineral explorations and environmental investigations. Seismic: Data processing and interpretation. Ground penetrating radar: Data processing and interpretation. Potential field data: Source parameter imaging and Euler deconvolution. Equivalent sources. Modelling of complex geological structures.  Physical properties of rocks: Estimation of physical properties of rocks in the laboratory and the link to geological composition.

The teaching will be as lectures and laboratory training. The lectures will be focused on basic theory and applications on geophysical data. The laboratory part will be on application of the theory.

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

O7008K is equivalent to KGG004 and cannot be combined.

Transition terms

Thorkild Rasmussen

Literature. Valid from Spring 2016 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Aster R.C, Borchers, B & Thurber, C.H: Parameter Estimation and Inverse Problems. Elsevier Inc.
Kearey, P., Brooks, M. & Hill, I. (2002). An introduction to geophysical exploration [electronic resource]. (3rd ed.) Malden, MA: Blackwell Science.

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

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