Applied Earthquake Seismology

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1GE061

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Earth Science A1F, Physics A1F
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 7 March 2019
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

180 credits including 75 credits in physics and mathematics. Seismology, 10 credit, and Continuum Mechanics in Geophysics, 5 credits. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

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

* explain the most important models for crack propagation and friction in rock.

* derive the relationship between the seismic moment tensor and deformation in a homogeneous material.

* determine source parameters based on observations of deformation in the vicinity of an earthquake.

* determine source parameters for large earthquakes using seismological broadband observations.

* explain the seismic cycle and relate to the physical processes that control it.

* compare different methods to determine the rock's seismic wave speed and how it affects the earthquake locations.


Brittle failiure in rock, rock friction, fault mechanics, earthquake mechanics, the seismic cycle, Green's functions for elastic waves. Determination of earthquake parameters based on local observations. Distributed sources and their mathematical description. Seismotektonics. Induced seismicity. Earthquake forecasts and risk assessments. Impact of the pore pressure on fault stability and earthquake frequency and magnitude. Determination of seismic velocities.


Lectures, exercises, seminar presentations.


Written examination (2 credits), homework assignments (2 credits), and seminar presentation (1 credit).

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.