GEO9151 – Earthquake and Volcanic Processes
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.
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
PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.
If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.
PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.
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.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
Recommended previous knowledge
- GEO4131 – Geomechanics
- Basic maths and programming
10 credits overlap with GEO4151 – Earthquake and Volcanic Processes
The course includes lectures, seminars and mandatory hours in experimental and numerical laboratories. In addition there will be oral presentations by students.
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 [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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.
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.
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.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.