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Primo Semestre

Training objectives

Students will have a good theoretical and practical knowledge of geophysical prospecting with specific aspects of applied geophysics in different fields: Geology and Hydrogeology, Environment, Energy, Engineering. In addition, they will learn the use of some specific software both of processing and data inversion. Through some lessons in the field, students will use different types of geophysical instruments allowing to have a direct knowledge of them through a passage from theoretical to practical-applicative.


It is necessary that students have knowledge of physics and mathematics basic. In addition, a basic of hydrology should be help the students to understand some parts. Finally, a good capacity in the use of the PC is welcomed.

Course programme

The course includes lectures and tutorials. It is divided into the theoretical basis of the main methods of investigation and exposition of the methods of processing and inversion of the data. The students will use some instruments in the field and they will use some elaboration software.
The framework of the course is:
1.INTRODUCTION on the Geophysical prospecting (1 hour)
2.GEOPHYSICAL METHODS (20 hours): Geoelectrical methods, Induced polarization (IP) method, Electromagnetic surveying, Ground-penetrating radar, Magnetic method, Self-potential (SP) method, Magnetotelluric field methods, Seismic surveying
3. GEOPHYSICAL APPLICATION (9 hours): Exploration Geophysics, Energy Resource geophysics, Environmental Geophysics, Hydro-Geophysics , Engineering Geophysics, Archaeo-Geophysics
4. GEOPHYSICAL DATA (10 hours): The principles and limitations of geophysical exploration methods, Data Analysis, Data elaboration, Data interpretation
5. Field application (6 hours)
6. Technical Geophysical Report (2 hours)

Didactic methods

The course is organized as follows:
- Lectures on all subjects of the course;
- Exercises in the classroom through the use of specific software
- Exercise in the field with the use of geophysical instrumentations
- Drafting of a geophysical report.

Learning assessment procedures

Oral examination at the end of the course: exposure of at selected by the teacher is requires. Acquired skill, completeness of exposure and propriety of language are assessed.

Reference texts

• Reynolds John M.: An Introduction to Applied and Environmental Geophysics, John Willey and sons, (1997).
• Rubin Yoram and Hubbard Susan S.: Hydrogephysics, Springer (2005).
• Sharma, P.M., Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, Cambridge University Press. (1997).
• Telford, W.M., Geldart, L.P., Sheriff, R.E., Keys, D.A.: Applied Geophysics, Cambridge University Press, (1990).
• Reinhard Kirsch, Groundwater Geophysics.A Tool for Hydrogeology. Springer (2006)
• Harry Vereecken, Andrew Binley, Giorgio Cassiani, Andre Revil,Konstantin Titov, Applied Hydrogeophysics
• G. Santarato, N. Abu Zeid, S. Bignardi. Lezioni di Geofisica Applicata (Libreria Universitaria Editrice, Padova, 2015).
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