GEO4120 - Near-Surface Geophysics

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Course content

The course gives an introduction to geophysical methods for mapping and monitoring the physical properties of the ground at shallow depths, with specific focus on environmental, geohazard, water resources and engineering applications. Emphasis is given to seismic, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and electrical methods, while other methods will be briefly presented (gravity, geomagnetism, and electromagnetism). A short field demo on seismic refraction, GPR and resistivity may be given if time allows, beside assignments with software.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course:

  • you are familiar with the most common geophysical methods applied in environmental, geohazard, water resources and engineering studies.
  • you understand which physical parameters are measured in each method and how they may relate to soil and ground properties of interest in each domain of application.
  • you understand the principles of the key acquisition, processing and interpretation methods, especially for seismic refraction, GPR and resistivity.
  • you are able to perform elementary processing steps of each method mentioned above, through using standard software, and interpret the final results, keeping in mind possible geophysical limitations.

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Prerequisites

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Introductory course in mathematics and physics.

Teaching

Lectures, assignments and possible half day field demo. Written assignments must be approved before you can take the final exam.

We reserve the right to cancel teaching in this course in semesters when less than 3 students are admitted.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address: studieinfo@geo.uio.no

General information about excursions at the Department of Geosciences.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Examination

Assignments and written final exam (3 hours).

Language of examination

In this course any written exam questions or assignment questions may be available in English only.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

This course was periodic evaluated in spring 2012 (PDF).

Other

This course changed name from Environmental Geophysics to Near-Surface Geophysics from autumn 2016.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Master

Teaching

Every autumn

Examination

Every autumn

Teaching language

English