GEO9151 – Earthquake and Volcanic Processes
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus Spring 2020
Teaching and examinations will take place digitally. This may result in changes to your schedule, mandatory activities, exam form and grading scale. See updated information on the semester page and in Canvas.
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
Admission to the course
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.
The courses GEO4151 and GEO9151 have a joint admission with a joint capacity of 10 students. If the number of applicants exceeds the course capacity, applicants will be ranked in the following order:
- Students in the programme option "Geohazards" or "Geohazards and Geomechanics" in the master programme in Geosciences.
- PhD candidates at the Geosciences Department.
- Students in other programme options in the Geosciences master’s programme.
- Other PhD students and visiting PhD students.
- Master’s level exchange students and other master’s level students at the MN Faculty.
- 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.
As the teaching involves laboratory and/or fieldwork, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.
We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been 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 Student 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:
All mandatory activity must be approved before the candidate can take the final exam.
The final exam consist of a written scientific report, an oral presentation on an independent research project and an oral presentation on a linked volcanic - earthquake system. All parts must be passed to pass the course.
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.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
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.
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.