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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.

iconField trip with Research Vessel Electra

Fall term 20 | The course is planned to be carried out through lectures given on campus, which at the same time are filmed so that they can be viewed over internet off campus. Some lectures may be given entirely through the web. Exercises that depend on infrastructure, such as labs on campus, as well as the field moment with the Research Vessel Electra are planned to be carried out with smaller groups to allow for physical distancing.

  • 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.

    The schedule has been updated August 28 2020.

  • 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.

    The course evaluation is composed of a number of questions and specific questions for each course. If you, as a student, want to contribute with more course specific questions you may send them to

    If you haven't received the course evaluation for your finished course, or if you have other questions regarding course evaluations at IGV please contact

    Course evaluation = student's review of the course
    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