Applied Geophysics


The module introduces the principal techniques of:

  • Geophysical exploration
  • Seismic reflection and refraction
  • Ground penetrating radar
  • Gravity surveys
  • Magnetic surveys
  • Electrical methods - resistivity

It covers basic principles, applications and simple interpretation.

Aims: To develop an understanding of the principal methods of applied geophysics used to provide geological information.


  • 10 hours lectures
  • 20 hours practical work


  • 2 hour written examination (60%)
  • Exercises (40%)

Exercises include two sets of multiple choice questions and longer exercises on seismic reflection and gravity/magnetics.

Key skills

  • Maths skills
  • Physics skills
  • Seismic interpretation skills
  • Graph plotting and reading
  • Spreadsheet use and data manipulation