EOSC 556 · Studies in Applied Geophysics

This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

Course Availability & Schedule


D. Oldenburg

EOSC 556B:  Studies in Applied Electromagnetics

Tentative time: Tuesday, Thursday 11:00-12:30

Organizational meeting: Thursday, Sept 5, 11:00 am

GIF seminar room (ESB 4th floor)

Electromagnetic surveys have numerous applications in resource exploration, in environmental and geotechnical problems and large scale earth tectonic problems.  In this course we review the basics of electromagnetic methods, associated surveys, data acquisition, processing and inversion of the EM data sets.  Field data sets are used to motivate the choice of material covered and to ensure that the processing and inversion techniques are appropriate for the particular application problem. The course is a combination of lectures, student presentations, and individual or group projects.

Lecture Topics

  • Background: Maxwell’s equations
  • DC resistivity and MMR surveys
  • Frequency domain surveys (ground and airborne)
  • Time domain surveys (ground and airborne)
  • Natural source fields: MT and ZTEM
  • Dispersive physical properties:  Induced polarization and superparamagnetism
  • Borehole EM