Advanced Seismology I
Seismic Imaging: Theory and Applications


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Mon 14:30 - 16:00
Wed 14:30 - 16:00
Fri 14:30 - 16:00
ERL Conference Room (Building 54, 5th floor)

Stéphane Rondenay
e-mail: rondenay (at)
office: 54-618
office hours: by appointment

Alison Malcolm
e-mail: amalcolm (at)
office: 54-522
office hours: by appointment

Recommended Texts
Supplemental material will be posted on the course website.

Course Description
In this class, we will introduce fundamental principles of seismic imaging used in both exploration and solid earth applications. Topics will include ray theoretical approaches, scattering theory, and seismic waveform modelling. Through lectures, projects and student-led discussions of journal articles, the class will cover the whole process of seismic imaging, from data preprocessing to model generation and geological interpretation of the results.
  • 3 problem sets: 60%
  • term paper: 30%
  • class participation (review of previous class, discussion): 10%
  • Term Paper
    Students will select and read a series of papers on a specific field in seismic imaging (e.g., data preprocessing, migration in seismic reflection, teleseismic receiver functions, teleseismic migration). They will be required to write a paper (5-10 pages double spaced) summarizing the field, including recent advances and current challenges, and give a class presentation (~20-30 minutes + questions) outlining their findings.