Time and Location Tuesday/Thursday 12:05 pm - 1:25 pm, ES&T L1116
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 13:30 pm - 14:30 pm (or by appointment)
This course contains a comprehensive review of reflection/refraction seismology and its application to oil and gas exploration industry. It includes key aspects of basic seismic wave propagation, data acquisition, processing and interpretation.
Required Textbook: None
- Sheriff, R. E., and L. P. Geldart (1995), Exploration Seismology (second edition), Cambridge University Express.
- Yilmaz, O. (2001), Seismic Data Analysis: Processing, Inversion, and Interpretation of Seismic Data, Society of Exploration Geophysicists. || Yilmaz, O., SEG wiki page on Seismic Data Analysis
- Zhou, H. (2014), Practical Seismic Data Analysis, Cambridge University Press.
Additional material will be either handed out in class or made available on the course website.
See Supplementary Lecture Material
Homework assignment (35%); Midterm exam (25%); Final exam (25%); Course project (15%)
There will be seven homework assignments*, which will involve deriving equations, solving geophysics-related programs, computer simulations, or data analysis. The homework is designed for each student to work by him/herself. The homework will count as 35% of your overall course grade, with each counting 5%.
There will be a midterm* (25%) and a final exam* (25%). Both of them are close book. Reference to texts or other documents such as previous semester course materials during exams is strictly forbidden. Using these materials will be considered a direct violation of academic policy and will be dealt with according to the GT Academic Honor Code. The use of electronic devices (e.g. cellular phones, computers etc.) other than non-programmable calculators during exams and quizzes is not allowed.
You are required to write a term paper on any topic related to geophysics. This can be a literature review of a selected topic, or research project involving calculations, data analysis, or theoretical results done in consultation with the instructor. The topic needed to be approved by the instructor before the midterm. Your paper should be written up in a journal form with length, figures and referencing in a format suitable for submission to journals like Geophysical Research Letters (GRL). Preliminary version of the final paper should be shown to the instructor for approval at least two weeks before the final due date. You will present your term paper in a 15 minute AGU-style talk; a 12 minute presentation with 3 minutes of questions. The project will count as 15% of your overall course grade. Grading for your project will be based on the 12% of the quality of the research and the written paper, and 3% of your presentation.
It is expected that all students are aware of their individual responsibilities under the Georgia Tech Academic Honor Code, which will be strictly adhered to in this class. The complete text of the Georgia Tech Academic Honor Code is at
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