Fall 2022 - EASC 207 D100

Introduction to Applied Geophysics (3)

Class Number: 1918

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    SWH 10075, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 9, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 5039, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Andy Calvert
    1 778 782-5511
    Office: TASC 1 Room 7415
  • Prerequisites:

    MATH 152, and one of: (PHYS 102 and PHYS 133), (PHYS 121 and PHYS 133), (PHYS 126 and PHYS 133) or (PHYS 141). All with a grade of C- or better.



An introduction to geophysics emphasizing seismic, magnetic and gravimetric observations of the Earth. Applied geophysics. Quantitative.


Course Outline:

Use of physical measurements in determining the subsurface properties of the Earth. Principles underlying analysis of geophysical data. Basic rock physics. Gravity surveying: basic theory, instrumentation, data reduction, and anomaly interpretation. Magnetic surveying: rock magnetism, Earth’s magnetic field, instrumentation, data reduction, anomaly interpretation. Electrical surveying: (i) resistivity of rocks, electrode arrays and current flow in the ground, resistivity sounding and profiling; (ii) induced polarisation, IP measurement and applications; (iii) self potential methods. Seismic surveying: stress and strain, seismic waves, reflection and refraction of seismic waves, critical refraction, rays and waves. Seismic refraction surveying: seismic sources and detectors, geometry of refracted raypaths for horizontal, dipping and undulating layers, data interpretation.

Course Topics:

· Introduction to geophysical data: physical properties of rocks , sampling, time vs. frequency
· Gravity surveying
· Magnetic surveying
· Electrical methods: resistivity, induced polarisation and self potential
· Seismic refraction methods


  • Midterm examination 20%
  • Laboratory/Assignment 30%
  • Final examination 50%



An Introduction to Applied and Environmental Geophysics, by J.M. Reynolds 2nd Edition 2011 (Wiley)
ISBN: 9780471485360


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