Applied Geophysics

Course Information
TitleΕΦΑΡΜΟΣΜΕΝΗ ΓΕΩΦΥΣΙΚΗ / Applied Geophysics
CodeNGGP 405Y
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorGeorgios Vargemezis
Course ID600019032

Programme of Study: PPS-Tmīma Geōlogías (2020-sīmera)

Registered students: 119
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course427

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
1) Students learn about the importance of Geophysical methods to the study of the interior of the Earth. 2) They are taught about the physical properties of geological formations and the factors that influence them. 3) They get familiar with the current applied geophysical techniques (magnetic, gravitational, seismic, electrical and electromagnetic, logging, radiometric) as tools for investigating the earth’s interior 4) They will link the geological structures and subsurface targets of economic interest with their the geophysical detection methods. 5) Students are acquainted with the results of utilizing applied geophysical methods with numerous application examples.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
1) Introduction to Geophysics 2) Seismic methods: Refraction-Reflection, principles, measurements, applications, case studies, use of seismic methods to applied and theoretical research (i.e. structure of basins, geotechnical investigation etc.) 3) Gravimetric measurements: corrections of the gravity field. Bouguer anomalies in applied and theoretical research (isostasy, study of the Earth’s crust, investigation for hydrocarbons, etc.) 4) Magnetic measurements: Principles, measurements, applications, case studies, use of magnetic methods to the applied and theoretical research. 5) Electrical and electromagnetic methods: Principles, measurements, applications, case studies, use of electrical and electromagnetic methods in mining exploration, hydrogeology, geotechnical and environmental investigations. 6) Well Logging and radiometric methods: Principles, measurements, applications, case studies Structure and contain of exercises Seismic refraction and reflection method. Basic data processing, identification of first arrivals of seismic waves and calculation of the seismic velocity of the geological strata. Interpretation of seismic sections. Gravity method: Basic processing and interpretation of gravity measurements, gravity anomalies of simple structures, gravitational maps. Magnetic method: Basic processing and interpretation of magnetic data, magnetic anomalies of simple structures, magnetic maps. Electrical methods: Interpretation of electrical profiling and electrical tomography data. Electromagnetic methods: Interpretation of electromagnetic data from VLF profiles and Georadar sections. Well-logging data interpretation (resistivity and gamma logs) applied to hydrogeology. Field demonstration of basic applied geophysical Field demonstration at locations of the Univ. Campus of the application of applied geophysical methods. Location: Univ. Campus Content Field demonstration of the application of geophysical methods with the participation of students in groups that includes the collection of measurements in the field using the following geophysical techniques: seismic refraction, electrical Tomography, magnetic method, GPR Evaluation method for students (if done separately from the course). The students deliver a relevant report with the basic interpretation of the collected field data.
Applied Geophysics, magnetic field, gravity, electromagnetism, seismic methods, well-logging, mineral deposits detection, hydrocarbons, water resources detection
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
1) All class material is available in electronic form to all students through the course web page, as well within the E-Learning platforms and the Opencourses platform of the Aristotle Univ. Thessaloniki 2) The teacher communicates with students through email and Facebook 3) The teacher/class evaluation is performed by the students through the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Course Organization
Laboratory Work78
Reading Assigment14
Student Assessment
Quality management system of the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P.)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
  • Oral examination for students with learning disabilities. Intermediate written examination.
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Εισαγωγή στην εφαρμοσμένη γεωφυσική, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 11261,Έκδοση: 1η έκδ./1996,Συγγραφείς: Παπαζάχος Βασίλης Κ.,ISBN: 960-431-359-2,Τύπος: Σύγγραμμα, Διαθέτης (Εκδότης): Ζήτη Πελαγία & Σια Ο.Ε. Εισαγωγή στη Γεωφυσική, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 7969, Έκδοση: 1η/2010, Συγγραφείς: Ταξιάρχης Παπαδόπουλος, ISBN: 978-960-6759-499, Τύπος: Σύγγραμμα, Διαθέτης (Εκδότης): ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΝΕΩΝ ΤΕΧΝΟΛΟΓΙΩΝ ΜΟΝ. ΕΠΕ Εφαρμοσμένη γεωφυσική, Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 50659068, Έκδοση: 1/2013, Συγγραφείς: ·Άκης Τσελέντης ·Π. Παρασκευόπουλος, ISBN: 618-5012-02-2 Τύπος: Σύγγραμμα, Διαθέτης (Εκδότης): LIBERAL BOOKS
Additional bibliography for study
Milsom, J. and Eriksen A. Field Geophysics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Fourth Edition, 2011 Parasnis, D.S. Principles of Applied Geophysics, Chapman and Hall, London, Fifth Edition, 1997. Sheriff, R.E. Encyclopedic dictionary of Exploration Geophysics, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, 1981. Telford, W.M., Geldart L.P. and Sheriff, R.E. Applied Geophysics, Cambridge University press, New York, 1993. Kearey, P., Brooks, M. Hill, I.. An Introduction to Geophysical Exploration, 3rd ed. ix + 262 pp. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 2002. Dobrin, M.B. and Savit, C.H. Introduction to geophysical prospecting. McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York , 1988.
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