651-3541-00L  Exploration and Environmental Geophysics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersP. Edme, H. Maurer, A. Shakas
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


651-3541-00 VExploration and Environmental Geophysics3 hrs
Thu14:15-17:00NO F 39 »
P. Edme, H. Maurer, A. Shakas

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AbstractOverview and understanding of the most important geophysical methods: Potential field methods (Gravimetrics and Magnetics), Electrical and electromagnetic methods, Refraction and reflection seismics, Georadar. Discussion of survey design, sources and receivers and data processing.
ObjectiveOverview and understanding of the most important geophysical methods. Proposed solutions to assess and observe problems relevant to exploration and environmental geophysics in soil, ice and lithosphere at different scales. Getting familiar with measuring- and interpretation procedures. Pointing out the possibilities and limitations of geophysical methods.
ContentBasics of Geophysical Methods: Potential field methods (Gravimetrics and Magnetics), Electrical and electromagnetic methods, Refraction and reflection seismics, Georadar. Important geophysical (subsurface) Parameters. Operating procedures for sources and receivers. Principles of digital Signal Recording. Explanation of various steps of Digital Signal Processing. Outlook on advanced methods and interpretation procedures. Examples of specific problems, like landfills and rockslides. There will also be demonstrations in the classroom.
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LiteratureKeary, Brooks and Hill (2002), An Introduction to Geophysical Exploration, Blackwell Science Ltd. ISBN 0-632-04929-4

Reynolds, J.M. (2011), An Introduction to Applied and Environmental Geophysics, 2nd Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 978-0-471-48535-3
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesSelf-presentation and Social Influence assessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersH. Maurer, P. Edme, A. Shakas
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationIn der Mitte und am Ende des Semesters je 60 Minuten schriftliches Examen; Schriftliche wöchentliche Übungen werden zur Note mitgezählt

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