Course Title : Fundamental Theories in Geophysical Exploration

Code 10F073
Course Year Master and Doctor Course
Term 1st term
Class day & Period Fri 3rd
Location C1-172
Credits 2
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language Japanese
Instructor Hitosih Mikada, Junichi Takekawa

Course Description

We are outlining various basic mathematical principles used for the analysis of the dynamic and kinematic earth-scientific problems in conjunction with wave propagation, mass transfer, etc. in the crust, and presenting examples of such analysis techniques in the area of earth sciences and earth resources engineering.


Rating is performed by the combination of exams (40%) and the attendance to the class (60%).

Course Goals

The aims of the class is to understand various signal-processing theories, the applied seismology, and the applied geo-electromagnetics with respect to exploration geophysics as application tools in seismology and in geo-electromagnetics.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Introduction to exploration geophysics 1 General introduction to the lecture.
Seismic wave propagation and signal processing 8 Acquire knowledge on the propagation phenomena of elastic waves to learn the equivalency of 1D propagation with the theory of system function. The topics included would be, z-transform, Levinson recursion, Hilbert transform, etc.
Fundamentals of geo-electromagnetics and their application to exploration geophysics 5 Learn fundamental theories of magnetotellurics, instantaneous potential, spontaneous potential, and apparent resistivity methods, etc. that deal with geo-electromagnetic phenomena. Case studies are introduced to understand the advantages of geo-electromagnetic exploration schemes.
Wave propagation problem in seismic exploration 1 Discussing fundamental theories of elastic wave propagation, used in subsurface structural surveys, in terms of the actual utilization and the theories of wave phenomena.



Claerbout, J.F. (1976): Fundamentals of Geophysical Data Processing (Available online URL:


Students should understand exploration geophysics of undergraduate level.

Independent Study Outside of Class

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