Master’s studies

Syllabus for Seismology

Seismologi

Syllabus

  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1GE044
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5.
  • Established: 2014-03-13
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2014
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits in total.  Of these, 80 credits in physics and mathematics, including Global geophysics, 10 credits; alternatively, 70 credits in Earth science, including Global geophysics, 10 credits, and 30 credits in mathematics and 15 credits in physics. Recommended previous knowledge: Applied and Environmental Geophysics, 10 credits.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After having followed the course the student should be able to

  • discuss the concept and limitations of basic theory for seismic wave propagation.
  • use principles of seismological instrumentation to select suitable equipment for various applications.
  • apply methods of forward modelling and inversion to locate earthquakes and infer earth structure.
  • account for how the inner structure of Earth can be derived from seismological data and discuss the uncertainty and resolution limitations of various methods.
  • locate the earthquake source and calculate in detail the mechanism from seismic observations.

Content

Sources of seismic waves. Seismic wave propagation. The wave equation in different forms. Exact and approximate (numerical) solution methods such as ray tracing and tomography. Examples of the results of the modelling of seismological data. Body and surface waves in heterogeneous media. Data storage and analysis. Networks and arrays. Earthquake source parameters. Macroseismic studies. Risk and hazard. Seismotectonics. Earthquake statistics.

Instruction

Lectures, exercises, compulsory home work

Assessment

Written examination corresponds to 8 credits and the compulsory part to 2 credits.

Reading list

Applies from: week 10, 2014

  • Lay, Thorne; Wallace, Terry C. Modern global seismology

    San Diego: Academic Press, cop. 1995

    Find in the library

    Mandatory