- Code EMSC4109
- 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, Earth Physics, Geology
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
This course is for Honours students
This course consists of a series of modules dealing with the advanced geophysical methods that are used to explore Earth. The course combines advanced theory in these areas with integrated case studies, laboratory experiments, and applications related to current research topics. Three fundamental disciplines form the core of this course:
(i) rock physics; (ii) seismology; and (iii) geodesy. Typical questions addressed include: (i) how and why do rocks deform? (ii) how can we measure deformation of the Earth? (iii) How can the structure and evolution of planetary interiors be sensed remotely? (iv) How are active tectonic processes and the Earthquake cycle related?
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Module 1: Rock Physics 1- Understand the fundamental solid mechanics theories of rock physics; 2- Solve simple quantitative problems using straightforward analytical techniques; 3- Understand how rock physics is relevant in engineering, structural geology and petroleum geophysics; 4- Apply the theory of rock physics to interpret the seismic properties of rocks; 5- Understand the crucial role of laboratory testing of rocks.
- Module 2: Geodesy and the Earthquake Cycle 1- Describe and explain the fundamentals of Geodesy, with particular emphasis on satellite techniques for measuring deformation of the Earth (e.g. GPS/GNSS, SLR, VLBI, SAR, GRACE); 2- Use GPS and/or InSAR geodetic techniques to measure Earth deformation associated with active tectonic processes and the Earthquake cycle; 3- Exploit geodetic data to develop models of active tectonic processes that are both the cause and result of earthquakes.
- Module 3: Seismology 1- Understand the principles of seismic wave propagation through the Earth; 2- Analyze and interpret seismic data recorded on seismometers; 3- Demonstrate how seismology can be used to investigate physical properties and processes within Earth’s interior.
- Rock Physics (33.33%): 1- Take home test aimed at assessing students understanding of rock physics (LO 1.1-1.5); 2- Lab class report on one of the two rock physics labs to be undertaken (LO 1.5). (33) [LO 1]
- Geodesy - computer programming assignments in (33.33%): 1- Analysis of satellite observations (LO 2.1); 2- Modeling of Earth Deformation using satellite data (LO 2.2 and 2.3). (33) [LO 2]
- Seismology (33.33%): 1- Take home test assessing students understanding of seismology (LO 3.1-3.3); 2- Computer lab class report on tasks related to the inversion of the 1D Earth’s seismic structure (LO 3.3); 3- Critical synthesis of a frontier scientific article on seismology (LO 3.1 and LO 3.3). (33) [LO 3]
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Lecture attendance (40 hours); Labs (8 hours); Tutorials and Workshops (24 hours); Self-study (60 hours). In most weeks there are three 3-hour blocks that consist of a lecture followed by a practical. The Course guide on Wattle will give up-to-date information about the exact scheduling of classes.
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You will need to contact the Research School of Earth Sciences to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
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