651-4006-00L  Seismology of the Spherical Earth

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersM. van Driel, S. C. Stähler
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


651-4006-00 GSeismology of the Spherical Earth3 hrs
Thu09:15-12:00LEE D 105 »
09:15-12:00NO D 11 »
M. van Driel, S. C. Stähler

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AbstractBrief review of continuum mechanics and the seismic wave equation; P and S waves; reciprocity and representation theorems; eikonal equation and ray tracing; Huygens and Fresnel; surface-waves; normal-modes; seismic interferometry and noise; numerical solutions.
ObjectiveAfter taking this course, students will have the background knowledge necessary to start an original research project in quantitative seismology.
LiteratureShearer, P., Introduction to Seismology, Cambridge University Press,

Aki, K. and P. G. Richards, Quantitative Seismology, second edition,
University Science Books, Sausalito, 2002.

Nolet, G., A Breviary of Seismic Tomography, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis is a quantitative lecture with an emphasis on mathematical description of wave propagation phenomena on the global scale, hence basic knowledge in vector calculus, linear algebra and analysis as well as seismology (e.g. from the 'wave propagation' lecture) are essential to follow this course.

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersM. van Driel, S. C. Stähler
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionA repetition date will be offered in the first two weeks of the semester immediately consecutive.

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Earth and Climate Sciences BachelorElectivesW+Information
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Computational Science and Engineering BachelorGeophysics: Subject 6WInformation
Computational Science and Engineering MasterGeophysics: Subject 6WInformation