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SCO2045747, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENVIRONMENTAL GEOPHYSICS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GIORGIO CASSIANI GEO/11
Other lecturers JACOPO BOAGA GEO/11

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses GEO/11 Applied Geophysics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Group didactic activities 0.0 8 0.0 No turn
Laboratory 2.0 32 18.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2009 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 BOAGA JACOPO (Presidente)
CASSIANI GIORGIO (Membro Effettivo)
GALGARO ANTONIO (Membro Effettivo)
6 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 CASSIANI GIORGIO (Presidente)
GALGARO ANTONIO (Membro Effettivo)
DEIANA RITA (Supplente)
5 Commissione 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 CASSIANI GIORGIO (Presidente)
GALGARO ANTONIO (Membro Effettivo)
DEIANA RITA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Essential prerequisites include: basics of mathematics and physics
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at introducing students to the use of geophysical techniques for environmental application. Methods will be discussed that can provide high-resolution information with penetration of the order up to a few hundred metres underground. With a view to a more complete and authentic understanding of the capabilities and limitations of the proposed methods, students will be given a general introduction to Geophysical Exploration techniques, including issues of data acquisition, processing, inversion and interpretation of results.
Upon completion of this course students should have acquired a critical capacity of comparing strengths and weaknesses of each method, and of geophysical methods with respect to other methods, as well as a general understanding of what methods can be used for what purposes, and in what ways.
Examination methods: Oral examination including also the discussion of a scientific paper to be chosen among the ones previously distributed to students
Assessment criteria: The following will be evaluated:
-ability to expose a scientific paper relevant to the subject
-ability to critical analysis of the presented methods
-ability to link possible methods to specific applications
-ability to physical-mathematical reasoning
Course unit contents: The course will be composed of two parts:
part 1: introduction to exploration geophysics, will introduce the general concepts of Geophysics applied with particular regard to:
• physical principles of the main electrical, elettomagnetic, seismic, magnetic and gravimetric methods
• concepts of resolution and penetration
• general definition of geophysical inversion
• basic concepts about data acquisition of the main methodologies

Part 2: exploration methods for environmental purposes. The methods that will be discussed are:
-traditional and tomographic geo-electrics, particularly with special regard to hydrological and hydrogeological applications
-spectral induced polarisation with applications to identify contaminants in the subsurface
-low frequency electromagnetic methods for contaminated site exploration and identification of structures in the first meters of the subsoil
- GPR and its potential applications to stratigraphy, engineering, hydrology, with a particular focus on processing and interpretation
-advanced high-resolution seismics for structural and stratigraphic definition of the top tens to hundreds of metres
-seismic refraction and surface waves seismic engineering and their geotechnical applications
-seismic, radar and geoelectrical cross-hole geophysical methods
- well logs and their environmental and hydrological applications.

For all methods special attention will be given to their applications, with examples from literature and from the experience of the lecturer. Demonstration will be given of the main methods methods, followed by processing, inversion and interpretation of laboratory data.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Class lectures. Practical demonstrations in the field and in the laboratory.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Study material, based on lecture slides, will be distributed together with scientific papers from international literature.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Sharma, Environmental and Engineering Geophysics. --: Cambridge University Press, 1997. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Reynolds, An Introduction to Applied and Environmental Geophysics. --: John Wiley and Sons Ltd, 1997. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Action learning
  • Problem solving

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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