SIO239: Geophysical Field Methods, Spring 2015

Field course teaching practical aspects of near-surface geophysical exploration.  Lectures supplement the field work with  theory and background on GPS, gravity, radar, resistivity, magnetics, electromagnetic induction and seismic methods. Includes preliminary data analysis and student presentations.

Kerry Key (, 858 822-2975)
Steve Constable (, 858 534-2409)
Adrian Borsa (, 858 534-6895)


Week 1:
Tu, March 31  - introduction, magnetotellurics, transient electromagnetics
Th, April 2      - resistivity, magnetics, ground penetrating radar

Week 2:
Tu, April 7   - gravity, gps
Th, April 9   - reflection and refraction seismology

Week 3:
Tu-Fri, April 14-17 - field survey in the Mojave Desert

Week 4:
Tu, April 21  - break out into teams, distribute data and analysis codes

Weeks 5 - 9:
Preliminary data analysis by student teams

Week 10:
Team presentations of preliminary data analyses

Recommended Reading:

Near Surface Applied Geophysics by Mark Everett, Cambridge University Press, 2013. A copy is available in the IGPP Reading Room.