GEO9151 - Earthquake and Volcanic Processes

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Course content

This course will focus on the physics of Earthquake and Volcanic processes, which are both important endogenic processes accommodating the deformation of the Earth’s crust. Building on geomechanics concepts, we will introduce key controls on Earthquakes including the strength of faults, stress transfer, triggering and anthropogenic seismicity. We will investigate magma transport through dykes, sills and other magma intrusions, fracture mechanics associated with dyke and sill propagation, volcano deformation induced by the emplacement of magma, and the stability of a volcanic edifice before it collapses. Inter-links between volcanic systems and earthquakes will be addressed. The course will integrate laboratory, numerical and theoretical approaches.

Learning outcome

After this course, candidates will have knowledge in:

  • Magma transfer and emplacement in Earth’s crust
  • Volcano deformation and volcano-tectonics
  • Earthquake and fault mechanics
  • Stress transfer and triggering
  • Links between earthquake and volcanic systems
  • Publication level scientific writing
  • Independent research based project work

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.

GEO9151 and GEO4151 admits a maximum of 10 students in total. If the number of applicants exceeds the course capacity, applicants will be ranked in the following order:

1A. Students in the programme option Geohazards in the Geosciences master’s programme

1B. PhD candidates at the Geosciences Department

2A. Students in other programme options in the Geosciences master’s programme

2B. Other PhD students and visiting PhD students

3. Master’s level exchange students and other master’s level students at the MN Faculty

4. New single course students on master’s level

Admission will be decided by drawing lots for applicants who are ranked equally.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with GEO4151 - Earthquake and Volcanic Processes

Teaching

The course includes lectures, seminars and mandatory hours in experimental and numerical laboratories. In addition there will be oral presentations by students.

General information about excursions at the Department of Geosciences.

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 [studieinfo@geo.uio.no]

To attend the field trip/excursion it is required that the following course is passed:

To attend the mandatory lab work it is required that the following course is passed:

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

All mandatory activity must be approved before the candidate can take the final exam.

Final exam consist of a written scientific report, an oral presentation on independent research project and an oral presentation on a linked volcanic - earthquake system. All parts must be passed in order to pass the course.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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.

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.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

PhD

Teaching

Every spring

Examination

Every spring

Teaching language

English