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Marine Geophysical Mapping Methods

The course addresses marine geological mapping with geophysical methods and sediment sampling.


The course includes theories on the geophysical mapping methods applied, a field mapping component, geophysical data post-processing and geological interpretation. There is a specific focus on mapping of the unconsolidated seafloor sediments and bottom topography using acoustic methods including single and multibeam echosounders and side-scan sonar.

Course period Autumn 2021: Monday August 30–Wednesday September 29 (incorrect study period in the right column).

iconField trip with Research Vessel Electra

Autumn term 21 | The course will be run on campus. We will make sure we follow the Universities guidelines for teaching during COVID. A final schedule will be published near the end of August. However, it will not differ much from the preliminary schedule. The field component with RV Electra on the island of Askö is planned to be carried out. If the COVID situation changes we will take measures to meet the situation during the course.

  • Course structure


    One written exam, and a written report from the field trip.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Consists of current scientific articles.

  • Course reports

    Course evaluations allow the possibility to affect and take responsibility for your own learning and gives important information for our work with pedagogical development.

    It's important that all students complete the course evaluations after each course, it gives the Department the opportunity to improve the courses' quality.

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    Course report = course leader's reflections about the review

  • Contact

    Martin JakobssonProfessor of Marine geology and geophysics
    Martin Jakobsson
    +46 (0)8 16 47 19 | Room: R209