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ErSE 310 - Seismology II

(offered in spring semester)

The course provides an introduction to global seismology and earthquake physics, and consists of two parts.

Part I: Whole Earth wave propagation (body waves, surface waves, normal modes); imaging Earth 3D structure with ray-based methods; introduction to methods beyond ray-theory; attenuation and scattering of seismic waves.

Part II: Earthquake source mechanics; earthquake kinematics and scaling laws; earthquake dynamics, fracture modes and crack propagation; introduction to probabilistic seismic hazard assessment. Throughout the semester, students work in teams towards a term project, with intermediate discussion sessions and short reports leading up to a final project report and presentation. 


ErSE 390C - Computational Geophysics

(offered in fall semester)

The course provides an introduction to different numerical methods applied to geophysical problems. In particular, the finite-difference, pseudo-spectral, finite-element, and spectral-element methods will be presented and applied to basic geophysical problems including heat flow and wave propagation.

The course offers hands-on lab experience in numerically solving partial differential equations relevant to geophysics. The students will program simple versions of these methods.