PG8108 - Geophysical Inversion


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 100/100

Course content

Modeling methods for electromagnetic and seismic wave propagation in one-dimensional and three-dimensional anisotropic media. Inversion is defined as model fitting problem with unknown parameter which are estimated by Bayes estimation or maximum likelihood. Numerical solution of linear and non-linear least-squares problems. Parameter estimation and migration for electromagnetic and elastic waves.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The student should have basic knowledge of methods for seismic and electromagnetic depth imaging and inversion. This includes main classes of depth imaging (Kirchhoff, wave equation), different approaches to inversion (deterministic, statistic), and basic principles of simultaneous joint inversion (seismic, EM and gravity).
Skills: The student should be able to develop methods for seismic and electromagnetic depth imaging and inversion, both theoretically and numerically, as part of a PhD project.
General competence: The student should get general insight into the use of geophysical imaging and inversion in petroleum exploration and production, and insight into the possibilities and limitations of different methods.

Learning methods and activities

The course is taught by arrangement with the lecturer. The course is given if at least 3 students attend. Lecture, colloquia and self-study.

Further on evaluation

To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)
Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics (PHPETR)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the PhD programme Engineering, specialization within Geophysics, or approval from the person with course responsibility. The course requires good mathematical skills.

Course materials

Selected papers from journals.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  12.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 6
Lab hours: 3
No.of specialization hours: 11

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Seismics
  • Applied Geophysics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum



Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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