TPG4195 - Interpretation and Modelling of Gravimetry and Magnetometry


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2022/2023

Course content

The interpretation of gravity and magnetic data in exploration and regional studies with focus on integrated modelling of potential fields to improve seismic and geological interpretation in exploration and regional studies. Calculation and application of potential field attributes. Petrophysical properties of rocks. Potential field theory. Instrumentation. Gravity and magnetic measurements, processing, and map analysis. Anomalies from simple geometric models. Separation of anomalies. Fourier transform. Processing in the wave number domain, 1D and 2D. Direct and indirect methods. Available potential field databases in Norway.

Learning outcome

The students should have a good understanding of the application of gravimetry and magnetometry in interpretation and modelling, with special focus on application in exploration to crustal scale studies. Knowledge: The students should understand the main principles behind processing and interpretation of magnetic and gravity data and how these methods are exploited for improved understanding of onshore and offshore subsurface. The students will be able to perform processing, map production, interpretation and forward and inverse modelling using PC software. General competence: The students should understand how different methods are combined in geophysical interpretation to improve reliability and increase information availability. They should also be trained to use critical evaluation of data and models, and to present scientific work to others.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. Exercises are mandatory and comprise at least two days with fieldwork with gravity and magnetic data acquisition (will be scheduled for a weekend). The teaching may be given in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

The examination papers may be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral examination.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Blakely, R.J., 1996. Potential Theory in Gravity and Magnetic Applications. Cambridge University Press.ISBN: 0-521-57547-8William J. Hinze, Ralph R. B. von Frese, Afif H. Saad, 2013. Gravity and Magnetic Exploration: Principles, Practices, and Applications.Cambridge University Press, 512 pp.Reeves, C., Aeromagnetic surveys: principles, practice & interpretation. e-Published by GEOSOFT (, 2005, 155 pp.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG4063 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level



Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Petroleum Geophysics
  • Ore Geology
  • Applied Geophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Geology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


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