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Institute for Groundwater Studies (IGS): GEOH6855 Groundwater Geophysics

Previous code: GHR613

Description

This module will provide students with an understanding of the physical principles on which the geophysical methods, which are routinely used in groundwater studies, are based. Students will be able to plan and execute geophysical surveys aimed at addressing geohydrological problems, such as groundwater exploration and contaminant plume mapping. In addition, students will be able to process, analyse, and interpret geophysical data in terms of the geological and geohydrological conditions within the surveyed area.

On completion of the module, the student is expected to :

  1. describe the physical principles on which various geophysical methods operate;
  2. define key concepts of the various geophysical techniques that are most commonly used in groundwater studies;
  3. plan and execute geophysical surveys with the different geophysical techniques;
  4. describe geological structures that may be targeted with the various geophysical techniques during geohydrological investigations;
  5. process, analyse, and interpret the geophysical data in terms of the ambient geological and geohydrological conditions.

Lecturer
Dr Francois Fourie

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