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SCO2045747, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENVIRONMENTAL GEOPHYSICS
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
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 JACOPO BOAGA GEO/11
Other lecturers GIORGIO CASSIANI 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
Laboratory 2.0 32 18.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2009 course timetable

Prerequisites: Essential prerequisites include basics of mathematics and physics, and concepts of general and applied geophysics
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at providing students with the conceptual and practical tools necessary to the educated use of geophysical techniques for environmental and geological 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 on the subjects discussed. The exam will also include 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: 1. Review of the concepts of exploration geophysics
2. theory of inversion, direct and inverse modeling
3. application of the geophysical techniques for environmental purposes
4. geo-electrical method, with particular reference to electrical resistivity tomography, in 2D and 3D from borehole and surface, and time-lapse applications.
5. electromagnetic methods, theory and distinction between different methods.
6. Ground-Penetrating Radar: theory and applications, from borehole and surface, and time-lapse applications.
7. Electromagnetic induction methods, with particular reference to frequency-domain mapping methods.
8. Seismic methods for shallow exploration, general information.
9. Seismic refraction method.
10. Seismic methods based on surface waves, both passive and active with particular attention to seismic micro-zonation and geotechnical applications.
11. Field and laboratory practice on all the techniques introduced.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Class lectures. Practical demonstrations in the field and in the laboratory.
Additional notes about suggested reading: • Henry Robert Burger, Anne F. Sheehan e Craig H. Jones, Introduction to Applied Geophysics: Exploring The Shallow Subsurface. --: W.W. Norton & C., 2006.
• W.M. Telford, L.P. Geldart, R.E. Sheriff, Applied Geophysics. --: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Henry Robert Burger, Anne F. Sheehan e Craig H. Jones,, ntroduction to Applied Geophysics Exploring The Shallow Subsurface. --: W.W. Norton & C.,, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Matlab