NFYK15004U Advanced Seismology

Volume 2021/2022

MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience
MSc Programme in Physics


The course will cover several aspects of global earthquake seismology and applied refraction- and reflection seismology. The focus will be on mathematical and numerical aspects of seismology, including seismic sources, elasticity theory, wave propagation, ray theories, seismic tomography, imaging, waveform inversion, seismic signal analysis and data processing.

Learning Outcome


This course aims to provide the student with skills to

  • compute seismic source mechanisms from seismic data
  • simulate simple seismic wave propagation
  • compute seismic rays in inhomogeneous media
  • perform simple seismic tomography
  • compute Earth images from seismic reflection data
  • understand and explain the principles of seismic waveform inversion in the acoustic approximation
  • perform basic seismic signal analysis and data processing



The course will give the students

  • a basic understanding of of the mathematics and numerical techniques of seismology.



The students will be able to:

  • plan, develop and carry out basic seismic data analysis, including data simulation, data inversion and processing.

Will be announced in Absalon

Mathematical analysis, basic partial differential equations, linear algebra.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Lectures and computer exercises
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 32
  • Preparation
  • 68
  • Practical exercises
  • 16
  • Project work
  • 50
  • Guidance
  • 40
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, ~2 weeks
Oral examination, 30 minutes
One (individual or group) project (50%) followed by an individual oral examination (50%).
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
several internal examiners

Same as ordinary exam; the student can choose to re-use points from the project or make a new project.

Criteria for exam assesment

see learning outcome