GEOP4001 Exploration Seismology

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours option in Physics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Exploration seismology is perhaps the most important geophysical method available for imaging the Earth's subsurface. It is invaluable in the exploration for geological resources such as petroleum, minerals, groundwater, geothermal energy etc., and also for other applications such as imaging of geologic structure at regional, basin and tectonic scales. Students learn the physical and mathematical theory underlying modern exploration seismology, and apply these concepts to real seismic data sets in computer laboratories and assignments. Topics include all major aspects of exploration seismology such as elastic and acoustic wave propagation, rock and fluid physics, seismic data acquisition methods, sources and sensors, data signal processing and filter theory, seismic image processing, seismic inversion, and quantitative seismic interpretation methods.
Students are able to (1) understand the physical and mathematical theory underlying seismic exploration methods, formulate and solve quantitative physical analysis problems; (2) understand and apply concepts in digital signal processing, seismic image processing and seismic inversion; and (3) understand the relationships between wave propagation and rock/fluid physical properties, and relate them to seismic data and images via quantitative interpretation and analysis techniques.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) problem sets; and (3) computer laboratories. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor David Lumley
Unit rules
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers (or equivalent)
MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 (or equivalent)
Contact hours
lectures: 6 hours in class plus 6 hours preparation per week; computer labs: 3 hours in class plus 5 hours out of class per week; examination revision: 20 hours (aim for a 6-week block teaching)
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