Applied Earthquake Seismology

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1GE061

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Earth Science A1F, Physics A1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2 February 2022
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 successful completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

  • explain and critizise the most important models for crack propagation and rock friction.
  • analyze the seismic radiation pattern, how that pattern is related to the source and how this can be formulated in terms of the seismic moment tensor.
  • calculate earthquake locations in both absolute and relative terms using seismic observations.
  • calculate focal mechanisms and moment tensors with various methods using seismic observations and evaluate the results.
  • explain how synthetic seismograms are constructed and use methods to simulate synthetic seismograms.
  • present how a seismic hazard assessment is performed.


Brittle failure of rock, rock friction, fault mechanics, pore pressure effects, earthquake mechanics, Green's functions for elastic waves. Earthquake detection. Absolute and relative location of earthquakes. Determination of focal mechanisms and moment tensors. Modelling of the earthquake source and resulting seismic waves. Synthetic seismograms. Induced seismicity. Earthquake forecasting and hazard assessment.


Lectures, exercises, seminar presentations.


Homework assignments (4 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.