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SOES2038 Exploration Geophysics and Remote Sensing

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Development of 3D perception
  • Working with others as a small team
  • Manipulation of data using spread sheets
  • Assessment of data quality
  • Working as part of a team
  • Time management of project
  • Presentation of scientific results
  • Report writing
  • Familiarity with remote sensing systems, image processing, and GIS.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Presentation and manipulation of data, e.g. the methodology of picking seismic reflectors, tying to wells, etc
  • Handling of geophysical equipment and selection of appropriate geophysical methods
  • Earth science applications of remote sensing techniques e.g. mapping, deformation during earthquakes, hazard assessment and mitigation.
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Contribute effectively as a member of a team
  • Aware of the limitations of certain geophysical interpretations
  • Aware of how to undertake an investigative field experiment
  • Be familiar with ground, air, satellite and marine based sensor platforms
  • Be able to select and apply appropriate data manipulation and visualisation methods for a number of Earth Science applications, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
  • Be able to operate PC-based visualisation software effectively
  • Able to understand the basic physical principles underlying the gravity, magnetic, electrical and seismic methods of exploration geophysics
  • Familiar with the geological applications of exploration geophysics
  • Aware of which methods are best suited to particular natural resource exploration targets
  • Capable of planning and carrying out a simple geophysical survey
  • Conversant with the procedure of field data reduction and processing techniques
  • Able to understand how geophysical anomalies. e.g. simple Bouguer gravity anomalies and magnetic anomalies can be interpreted
  • Aware how seismic refraction and seismic reflection profiles are interpreted
  • Able to know how borehole geophysics is used in exploration and exploitation


Exploration Geophysics Lectures will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of exploration geophysics. Geophysics practical work forms an integral part of the module and provides training in the field, use of geophysical equipment and data interpretation. GIS and Remote Sensing The principal software platform will be ArcGIS incorporating various remote sensing data sets as well as topographic data. You will learn the basics of image processing, spectral data analysis and applications in geosciences including digital elevation models.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Exploration Geophysics Formal Lectures (20 x 45 minute lectures): will provide an introduction to the theory underlying exploration geophysics. Exploration Geophysics techniques covered will include seismic reflection, seismic refraction, gravity and magnetic surveying, electrical methods and borehole techniques. Laboratory Classes (10 practicals over 25 hours): exemplify theory and allow you to develop appropriate practical skills in exploration geophysics data collection, reduction and interpretation. Practical classes are fully interactive affording hands-on experience of using geophysical instruments and equipment under laboratory and local campus conditions (weather permitting). Remote Sensing: Support will be available when practical classes run 1. Hands-on teaching in computer workstations by experienced staff. 2. Lectures to describe different remote sensing systems and their applications 3. Independent learning using image processing and GIS software. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs

Independent Study103
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 50%
Coursework 50%


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no additional costs associated with this module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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