Syllabus for Applied and Environmental Geophysics

Tillämpad och miljöinriktad geofysik


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1GE017
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G2F, Earth Science G2F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 60 credits in mathematics and physics, or 60 credits in earth science and 15 credits in mathematics.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

* Understand the physical principles governing the propagation of seismic waves.
* Know the principles of seismic data acquisition and have a broad understanding of the instruments used in the field.
* Interpret a seismic section and identify different seismic phases.
* Describe the basic processing steps of reflection seismic data.
* Derive a model of the subsurface based on refraction seismic data.
* Be able to make gravity measurements and calculate Free-air and Bouguer anomalies.
* Describe the common types of magnetisation and understand how a Proton and a Cesium Vapour magnetometer works.
* Compute model responses and interpret gravity and magnetic data.
* Describe the different electrical and electromagnetic methods and how they relate to electrical conductivity and dielectric permittivity.
* Understand the physical limitations of the geophysical methods.
* Compare different geophysical methods, describe their weaknesses, strengths, and applicability to different problems and geological environments.


* The seismic reflection method.
* The seismic refraction method.
* Gravity measurements.
* Magnetisation and magnetic measurements.
* Electrical methods.
* Electromagnetic methods including ground penetrating radar.
* Radiometric methods.
* Geophysical field techniques.
* Geophysical modelling and interpretation.
* Field course.


The course consists of lectures, seminars, exercises and a compulsory short field course.


Written examination. The written examination corresponds to 7 ECTS and the compulsory part 3 ECTS.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Reynolds, John M. An introduction to applied and environmental geophysics

    2. ed.: Wiley, 2011

    Find in the library