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  • Master's Degree in Geophysics for Natural Risks and Resources - A.Y. 2022-23

    Class: LM-79 Geophysics Duration: 2 years
     Branch: Padova  Language: English
     Programme Coordinator: Prof. Giorgio Cassiani
     Access: open access with admission requirements


    A newly activated course in English, aiming to train professionals in the theory and applications of physical methodologies for the exploration and characterization of the subsoil with a multidisciplinary approach. The aim of the course extends to multiple areas, focusing on study of the soil and subsoil: from the search for mining and energy geo-resources, to the characterization of the subsoil for renewable energies, to the application of non-invasive techniques to civil and environmental engineering up to geological description linked to hydrogeological and seismic risk. You can take on roles of responsibility in the energy industry, both fossil and renewable, or work as a freelancer in the area of protection and management of the territory, as in the drafting and management of safety and emergency plans.


     Educational Offer - Course Units

    First Year: Physics Data Analysis, Management and Analysis of Physics Datasets, Advanced Statistics for Physics Analysis, Geotechnics, Statistical Mechanics of Complex Systems, Numerical Methods for Continuous Systems, Digital Data Processing, Electromagnetism, Solid Earth Geophysics, Numerical Methods for High-Performance Computing, Mathematical Physics for the Earth System, Applied Geophysics, Petrophysics, Geophysics for Cultural Heritage, Georesources, Geology for Geophysics, Applied Hydrology, Geophysics for Cultural Heritage and Civil Engineering, Earthquake Geology and Fault Mechanics 

    Second Year: Seismic Response of Built Structures, High Level Programming, Programmable Hardware Devices, Machine Learning, Geothermics, Numerical Methods for Differential Equations, Exploration Seismology, Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, Physics of The Atmosphere, Internship 

    • Characteristics and objectives

      The Master's course in Geophysics for Natural Risks and Resources has the main goal of educating professionals and researchers capable of approaching in a multi-disciplinary manner the theory and applications of physical methodologies for the exploration and characterization of the subsoil. This exploration can take place ad different spatial scales, from meters to tens and hundreds of kilometers, with aims spanning a large number of application and theoretical areas where the knowledge of soil and subsoil is crucial, such as:
      - Search for mining and energy resources
      - Subsoil characterization for renewable energies such as geothermal energy
      - Non invasive techniques for civil and environmetnal engineering, including geotechnical applications
      - Engineering geology characterization with specific attention to hillslope stability and hydrological risks in general.
      - Characterization for seismic risk both at global (fault presence and nature) and local (amplification mechanisms) scales.
      - Application to built structures, with specific reference to the historical buildings, foundations and soil-structure interactions.
      - Applied Geodesy to study Earth?s dynamics
      The offer of courses has been constructed with two goals in mind: (i) educating professionals in the geophysical sector with a wide and solid quantitative background, thus capable of accessing a number of careers in industry and research; (ii) attracting students from different backgrounds and produce graduates with a fluid interaction with the international geophysical community.
      In order to satisfy the requirements of the job environment, two majors are foreseen:
      (a) a computational specialization, tentatively directed towards large scale geophysical applications (e.g. 3D and 4D seismics) with a predominant role in mining and energy subsoil exploration, bit also for satellite applications.
      (b) a field specialization, with applications directed towards the management of natural resources and environmental and engineering disciplines, with the aim of educating independent professionals.

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