GEOP4002 Near-Surface and Environmental Geophysics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
Geophysical methods are in common use whenever there is a need to map or detect features in the shallow subsurface. Examples include locating ancient and modern graves, mapping shallow marine sediments, assessing groundwater quality and mapping pollute/saline areas, and determining depth to bedrock. This unit will explore common geophysical methods used for shallow (near-surface) investigation with specific modules on geoscientific, archeological, forensic, marine science, agricultural, hydrogeological and engineering applications. Students will participate in field data acquisition. Possible survey types include seismic reflection and refraction, gravity, magnetics, conductivity mapping, resistivity profiling and ground-penetrating radar (GPR). Students also participate in supervised data acquisition.
Students are able to (1) use geophysical surveys to address near-surface geoscientific, archeological, agricultural, environmental and geotechnical problems; (2) demonstrate proficiency in geophysical survey acquisition design, data collection, processing and interpretation, data integration and communicating results; and (3) demonstrate an understanding of the role, strengths and limitations of common geophysical techniques.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical exercises; (2) quizzes; and (3) independent project (written and oral components). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Mike Dentith
Contact hours
3 x 4 hour workshops per week for 5 weeks
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