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Digital Processing of Marine Geophysical Data

The course covers digital processing and presentation of geological, geographical, and geophysical data.

collage of two images, illustration of icebreaker Oden and a bathymetry image

Lectures on data processing (formatting, filtering, terrain modeling, map generation and visualization) and spatial databases are mixed with practical exercises, where geoscientific data are processed and analysed. The course includes script programming, and results from the programming exercises are used for digital map making with GIS (Geographical Information Systems).

A large part of the course is aimed to give practical knowledge in digital data processing, map making and analysis for today’s geoscience research and industry.

Autumn term 20 | The course will be given with a mixture of distance and campus based teaching. All lectures will be given by distance using Zoom. All exercises except the terrain modelling will be done by distance. The terrain modelling part uses licesed software the requires students to be present on-site; this part will be done in small groups at separate times to ensure social distancing in the computer room. Questions and supervision will be handled by e-mail/phone/Zoom.

  • Course structure


    Written exam (80% of the grade) and report (20% of the grade).

  • 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.

    Schedule updated November 24 2020.

  • Course literature

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

    Heywood, I., Cornelius, S., Carver, S., 2011.

    An Introduction to Geographical Information Systems, 4th edition, 496 pages. ISBN: 0-27372-259-X

  • 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

    Richard GyllencreutzRichard Gyllencreutz
    Senior lecturer, Marine geophysics
    +46 (0)8 674 75 95 | Room: R221