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GE407 Applied Geophysics

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Contents and structure

The course provides an introduction to important geophysical concepts:

  • Electrical resistivity methods
  • Electromagnetic methods (in particularly georadar)
  • Applied Seismology
  • Seismic refraction surveying
  • Seismic reflection surveying
  • Geomagnetic methods
  • Gravity methods
  • Geophysical fieldwork using electrical resistivity methods, georadar and refraction seismic.

Learning Outcome


  • Students will develop an understanding of various geophysical methods and their application in geological investigations.


  • Students will know how to interpret geophysical data collected using gravity and geomagnetic methods, reflection- and refraction seismics, electrical resistivity methods and georadar.
  • Students will be able to determine which geophysical method is best suited for various geological investigations and challenges.
  • Students will learn how to plan and carry out geophysical fieldwork using georadar, 2D electrical surveying techniques and refraction seismic.
  • Students will know how to process, interpret and present measurements collected with georadar, 2D electrical surveying techniques and refraction seismic.


General qualifications

  • Students will obtain a thorough understanding of a range of the most commonly applied geophysical methods.
  • Students will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to plan and carry out geophysical fieldwork, conduct subsequent data processing and present a thorough interpretation of the collected data.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

GE406:           Introduction to Geology

MA414:          Mathematics for Science Studies

FY400:           Introduction to Physics

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Practical exercises with 6 mandatory exercise reports
  • Mandatory fieldwork and report
  • Mandatory seminar

Compulsory learning activities

  • Approved reports from practical exercises (6/8)
  • Mandatory fieldwork
  • Approved report from fieldwork (group work) 
  • Mandatory seminar


4 hour written exam (digital). Counts for 100% of final grade.

Grading: A-F.

Examination support material

Calculator and ruler.

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Course reductions

  • GE407 - Innføring i anvendt geofysikk - Reduction: 10 studypoints