- Code EMSC3033
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Earth and Marine Science
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Physics, Earth Physics, Geology, Environmental Science
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Simon McClusky
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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Geophysical surveys are utilised across a wide range of public and private sectors that require investigation of the shallow sub-surface. This includes resource exploration, groundwater management, storage of waste products, archeological investigations, and in general, detection of underground structures or objects (e.g. locating buried utilities). This course builds on concepts from EMSC2022 (Introduction to Global Geophysics) to demonstrate practical applications of common geophysical tools and methods. Students across the breadth of Earth Sciences are expected to encounter such geophysical datasets in future careers. Students will be equipped with the practical skills and knowledge to make informed geological insights and decisions based on such datasets.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the physical principles underpinning geophysical methods.
- Critically evaluate geophysical techniques, acquisition procedures, and survey designs for various subsurface targets.
- Process and analyse collected geophysical data.
- Employ appropriate modeling methodologies, and evaluate strengths, weaknesses, and limitations.
- Infer physical properties at depth and formulate geological interpretations from those properties.
- Demonstrate effective team-work and communication skills.
- Three written assessments (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Independent project (including a report, 20% and a presentation, 20%) (40) [LO 4,5,6]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 2 x 1 hour lectures plus 1 x 3 hour practical per week.
- Approximately 65 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary Reading"An Introduction to Geophysical Exploration" by Kearey, Brooks, and Hill (Blackwell)
“Principles of Applied Geophysics” by Parasnis (Chapman & Hall)
“Applied Geophysics” by Telford, Geldart, & Sheriff (Cambridge University Press)
“Environmental Geophysics” by Vogelsang (Springer)
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