Module Details

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Code ENVS388
Coordinator Dr S De Angelis
Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15


To provide the students with:

- A thorough understanding of the challenges and practices in collecting and analyzing Geophysical time series

- Knowledge of the wide variety of earthquake signals that occur in nature, including volcanic seismic sources and non-volcanic tremors

- Knowledge of the structure of the Earth in tectonically active regions, and volcanic and geothermal areas.Understanding of the methods to infer the Earth’s structure using seismic data.

- Understanding the temporal and spatial evolution of seismicity before, during, and after large earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Outline knowledge of the use of this information in early warning and hazard mitigation schemes.

- Knowledge of mechanical models for earthquake and volcano deformation,and their validation using geophysical observations

- Understanding of surface volcanic processes by means of geophysical data analyses and numerical modeling

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Knowledge and Understanding.  After successful completion of thismodule the students will be able to:understand and discuss the fundamentalsof the theory of elasticity and seismic wave propagationappreciate the approximations made indescribing seismic sourcesunderstand the fundamentals of deterministic and probabilistic seismic hazardassessmentunderstand volcanic processes and their seismic/geophysical signaturebe familiar with earthquake and volcano monitoring practicebe able to use seismic and other geophysical data to evaluate volcanicunrest and produce eruption forecastsbe able to perform computer-based statistical analyses of seismic data

(LO2) Intellectual Abilities.  On successful completion of this module,students should have developed their skills in:communication (written and verbal)numeracy through practicals and assessmentteamwork in practicals/group presentationsIT literacy, including programming skills, through practicalstime management through practicals and homework

(LO3) Subject Based Practical Skills.  On completion of this module, students should have developed competence in: Manipulation, reduction and interpretation of geophysical data. Modeling of various geophysical processes using computer software packages.  

(LO4) General transferrable skills. Numeracy, graphical presentation, word processing, software, computer literacy

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

(S4) Working in groups and teams - Time management



Applied Earthquake Seismology lecture plan:

1.1 Scope of the course and overall learning objectives, recap on seismic waves, earthquake location and mechanisms.

1.2 Recap on stress/strain, theory of elasticity, and the wave equation

2.1 The earthquake source, magnitude and intensity

2.2 Statistical seismology

3.1 Seismic ground motion, attenuation, and noise

3.2 Seismic hazard and risk

Paper seminars:

4.1-4.2 Induced Seismicity

5.1-5.2 Seismic hazard

Applied Volcano Seismology

6.1 Fundamentals of volcanic seismology I

6.2 Fundamentals of volcanic seismology II

7.1 Earthquake Swarms

7.2 Volcanology in the lab and Failure Forecasting

8.1: Volcano Deformation

8.2 Volcano acoustics (infrasound)

Paper seminars:

9.1-9.2 Volcano seismology and monitoring

10.1-10.2 Volcano acoustics

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Lectures (Synchronous and Asynchronous Online)
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: 10 x 2 Hour Lectures

Teaching Method 2 - Practical/Lab Work
Description: 10 x 2-hr weekly on-campus practicals
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Practicals involve follow up tasks for students to complete (self-directed) after scheduled sessions.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 12





Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 102


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Data Processing/Programming Assessment Assessment 1 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When)   2 hours    50       
Assessment 2 'Conference' Submission (Extended Abstract and e-poster) There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessmen  c. 3000 words    50       

Recommended Texts

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