autumn 2022
GEO-3126 Practical seismic processing - 5 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from countries within EU/EEA: June 1st for the autumn semester.

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester.

UiT students: September 1st for the autumn semester.

Type of course

This course is available as single course.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree in geology, or a similar degree following a program of study of at least three years, or similar education approved in accordance with the Norwegian Universities Act section 3-4. In addition, specialization in geology worth the equivalent of at least 80 ECTS credits is required. Normally, an average mark of C or better is required at the bachelor's degree level or other program for basis of admission.

Application code: 9371.

Course overlap

Du vil få en reduksjon i antall studiepoeng (som oppgitt under), dersom du avlegger eksamen i dette emnet og har bestått følgende emne(r) fra før av:

GEO-8126 Practical Seismic Processing 5 stp

Course content

The course will give a concise and practical treatment of the theoretical basis and philosophy for constructing each module in a typical seismic processing sequence, from loading the field data to the finished processed section. It provides a comprehensive overview of the steps that are commonly applied in seismic data processing and discusses their inherent assumptions, strengths and weaknesses. Through several practical exercises, participants will gain a working knowledge of the different processing methods and enable them to assess the quality of a processing result. The exercises will cover processing of a 2D seismic line, with documentation and reasoning for choosing processing parameters during the different steps.

Recommended prerequisites

GEO-3123 Marine Geophysics

Objectives of the course


The student has

  • a basic theoretical understanding of signal analysis of time series.
  • an understanding of the basic principles of seismic acquisition geometries that can be translated into the proper sorting and binning of the seismic data.
  • a theoretical understanding of the basic seismic processing steps: amplitude corrections, static corrections, frequency filtering, deconvolution, velocity analysis, normal moveout and stack, and migration.
  • the ability to identify random and coherent (e.g. multiple, ghost) noise in seismic data.
  • an understanding of signal-noise ratio.
  • an understanding of the role of processing, particularly seismic amplitude correction processes as pertains to subsequent interpretation.


The student can

  • develop and apply a typical seismic processing sequence including the proper parameterization of the individual processing steps.
  • identify acquisition artifacts as well as random and coherent noise in seismic data and devise a processing sequence to efficiently remove artifacts and improve signal-to-noise ratio.
  • conduct a velocity analysis of multi-channel seismic data and distinguish between the different seismic velocities (RMS, stacking and interval) as pertaining to the processing.
  • synthesize, explain and defend his/her seismic processing decisions through written and oral presentation and defense.

General competences

The student has

  • the capability to carry out an independent processing of seismic data.
  • overview of current research and new methods in seismic data processing.
  • the ability to carry out the most important elements of geological research projects: penetrating literature, analyzing data, and communicating results in written and oral form to fellow students/scientists.
  • the ability to work independently and/or in a team.

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction is English and all the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English.

Teaching methods

A total of 40 hours of lectures and practical exercises.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements, including prerequisites. Please see the Admission requirements" and the "Prerequisite" sections for more information.

Do you have questions about this course?  Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:


Examination: Date: Grade scale:
Off campus exam Innlevering: 15.12.2022 kl. 13:00 Passed / Not Passed

Work requirement

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:
Approved journal Approved/ Not approved
UiT Exams homepage

More info about the coursework requirements

Approved course reports.

Re-sit examination

There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course.

Info about the weighting of parts of the examination

Students will be evaluated through the practical exercises and approved course reports. This counts 100 % of the final grade. GRading scale: Pass/fail.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: GEO-3126
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet