2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
SOEE3260 Global Seismology
10 creditsClass Size: 50
Module manager: Sebastian Rost
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsStudents require a solid background in university level maths and geophysics (particularly calculus and basic seismology).
This module is mutually exclusive with
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module will combine lectures and practical seismic data processing to teach the fundamental principles of global seismology including the theory of seismic wave propagation, seismic instrumentation, seismic sources and the effects of material properties and structure on seismic wave propagation. Theoretical principles are emphasised with a focus of modern seismic imaging of the Earth's interior. The practical sessions focus on digital seismic data analysis to study seismic sources and Earth structure.
ObjectivesTo provide training and understanding of the background and theory of seismic wave propagation, seismic sources and their theoretical description, seismic hazard and risk and seismic imaging techniques to study the Earth's interior. To provide students with the background and knowledge to critically assess current seismological literature and to assess the potential and restrictions of seismic imaging techniques. To provide experience and insight into modern seismic processing and interpretation of results from digital earthquake recordings.
On completion of this module, students should be able to: - Understand the principles of seismic wave propagation and basic principles of calculation of synthetic seismic data - Process earthquake seismic data to interrogate seismic source properties and seismic structure and properties - Quantitatively analyse seismic data - Understand the basic principles of seismic hazard and risk and approaches to estimate these from seismic data - Critically assess a variety of seismic imaging techniques and assess performance and limitations of approaches in seismic processing.
1. Analysis of stress and strain; Hooke's Law; elastic properties;
2. Seismic wave equation, P and S waves in homogeneous media;
3. Travel times and ray-theory;
4. Seismic tomography;
5. Seismic wave propagation in heterogeneous media;
6. Surface waves, dispersion relation, group and phase velocity; normal modes;
7. Seismic sources, Moment tensor and fault plane solution;
8. Seismic hazard;
9. Seismic imaging.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||66.00|
|Total Contact hours||34.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyClass notes, computer based learning material, directed reading of current literature, follow-up of practical material, background reading of theory and practical applications, revision.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackComputer Exercise Scientific report based on computer practical
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Computer Exercise||Lab report and problem sheet based on computer practicals||50.00|
|Computer Exercise||Scientific report based on computer practical in common geophysical journal format||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Student should resit component of summative assessment failed in the first attempt. Format remains the same. Potentially requires access (perhaps remotely) to SEE computer lab to reprocess data.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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