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Høst 2020

GEO-3123 Marine Geophysics - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for geovitenskap

Type of course

This course is available as a single course.

Course overlap

GEO-8123 Marine Geophysics 10 stp

Course contents

This course gives a thorough introduction to marine geophysics and the associated geological interpretation of marine geophysical data. The core theory of marine geophysical mapping is highlighted, with a special focus on the acoustic reflection method. Controlled source electromagnetic methods are discussed to a limited extent. Fundamental limits on the spatial resolution, noise sources, the differences between 2D and 3D seismic systems, and practical data acquisition and processing strategies are discussed. Applications to stratigraphy, seafloor imaging, imaging of hydrocarbon reservoirs, imaging of glacial processes, and the detection of gas hydrates and associated shallow gas are covered through lectures by specialized speakers in the different topics.

The course contains a set of compulsory exercises. The exercises include problems related to the theory covered during the course as well as interpretation of seismic data using the software Petrel. The final exercise consists of a report on the interpretation of a provided 3D seismic data set and presentation of a conceptual model illustrating interpreted geological processes.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree in geology, or a similar degree following a study program 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.

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General competences

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Teaching methods

40 hours of lectures, 40 hours of practical exercises.


4 hours written exam (counts 60 % of the final grade), take home exam (counts 40 % of the final grade).

Grading scale: Letter grades A-F, where F is fail. There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.

Compulsory learning activities

Admittance to the exam requires approved reports from the practical exercises.

Date for examination

Written test 23.11.2020;Home examination hand out date 06.11.2020 hand in date 06.11.2020

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.