Cancelled Advanced Seismology

Course content

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.


MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience
MSc Programme in Physics

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.

Lectures and computer exercises

Will be announced in Absalon

Mathematical analysis, vector calculus, partial differential equations, linear algebra.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree in physics is recommended.

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
Criteria for exam assessment

see learning outcome

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 32
  • Preparation
  • 68
  • Practical exercises
  • 16
  • Project work
  • 50
  • Guidance
  • 40
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 4
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience
Contracting department
  • The Niels Bohr Institute
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Klaus Mosegaard   (9-787a7e70726c6c7d6f4b796d74397680396f76)
Saved on the 17-12-2021

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