Processing of Seismic and Georadar Data

Course content

The course is focused on basic principles for data quality assessment and processing of seismic and ground-penetrating radar data.

Basic principles and theoretical aspects of different processing methods are presented and discusses during a series of lectures. Students will work with different methodological principles and obtain experience with different processing tools during practical exercise sessions. We will discuss how processing tools can be used to improve signal-to-noise ratios and result in improved geophysical analysis and geological interpretation of the geophysical data.

The aim of the course is that the student should obtain basic insights regarding how typical processing methods work and how they can be applied, so that the student can choose and apply such methods for treatment of real field data.

The student is expected to be able to explain and describe different processing methods, their basic theoretical foundation and applications. The student will obtain theoretical as well as practical skills, which will make the student able to process seismic and georadar data, assess the quality of the data and describe the interpretation potential of the data.


MSc in Geology-Geoscience

Learning outcome


Basic theoretical background and principles for application in relation to processing of time series of seismic and ground-penetrating radar data.

Key methods and principles for assessment of seismic data and ground-penetrating radar data, their data quality and judgement of relevant processing tools to apply as well as assessment of data interpretation potential.



Describe the basic theoretical background and application of fundamental methods for assessment and processing of geophysical data sets.

Describe and assess digital time series of data.

Process time series of real seismic and ground-penetrating radar data.

Conduct quantitative analysis and assessment of the geophysical data, including analysis of most important uncertainties.

Quantify rock physical parameters based on analysis and processing of data.

Construct processing flows for proper analysis and treatment of time series of seismic and ground-penetrating radar data.

Apply processing methods for optimization of data quality and potential for geophysical and geological interpretation.



Explain and apply typical/standard methods for processing of seismic data and ground-penetrating radar data.

Explain the application potential and relevance of different processing methods/algorithms.

Combine different processing algorithms for data processing in practice.

Choose relevant processing algorithms for optimized estimation of rock physical parameters for subsurface modelling.

Explain and apply processing methods for analysis of data used in sustainable exploration of groundwater and other raw materials as wells as for geothermal prospecting and CCS (carbon capture and storage).

The teaching will consist of a series of lectures and practical exercises at a PC/workstation.

See Absalon.

BSc in Geology-Geoscience, Physics or similar.

Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)

Combined individual and group feedback in connection with exercises. Individual feedback (in addition to mark) at the oral exam.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
At the exam the students draw a question and are examined without preparation.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 171
  • Exercises
  • 35
  • English
  • 206