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Didactic period
Secondo Semestre

Training objectives

Students will have a good theoretical and practical knowledge of the geophysical prospecting with specific aspects on applied geophysics in several fields: Geology, Hydrogeology, Environment, Engineering and Archeology. Moreover, they learn the use of some specific software on the elaborations and inversion data. Through the lessons in the field, students will use some geophysical instruments in order to have direct knowledge of the same through a passage from the theoretical to the practical use.


It is necessary that students have knowledge of physics and mathematics basic. In addition, a good capacity in the use of the PC is welcomed.

Course programme

The main thematics are:
2.Insights and applications of Geophysica methods: Geoelectrical methods, Electromagnetic surveying, Magnetic method, Seismic surveying,
3. Definition of applications with applied geophysics methods
4. Determination of an aim to apply different geophysical methods
5. Acquisitions
6. Data Elaboration
7. Interpretation of results
8. Geophysical Report

Didactic methods

The course will be 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 questions and discussion of a project work.

Reference texts

- Reynolds John M.: An Introduction to Applied and Environmental Geophysics, John Willey and sons,
- Reinhard Kirsch, Groundwater Geophysics.A Tool for Hydrogeology. Springer
- Mark E. Everett, Near-surface applied geophysics, Cambridge University
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