Marine Geophysics

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General information

Marine geophysics is the scientific discipline that is concerned with the application of geophysical methods to problems of marine geology. Exploration of the oceans using geophysical methods has had a profound effect on the way we view the structure of the Earth and has played a significant role in the search for natural resources and our understanding of marine sedimentary processes and offshore geohazards.

The aim of the course is to present the main geophysical techniques used to explore the seafloor and subsurface of the ocean floor: the theoretical principles, their applications and some practical exercises.

Programme information: 

Theme 1. Principles and limitations of geophysical exploration at sea.
Theme 2. Positioning observations made at sea.
Theme 3. Seismic exploration at sea.
Theme 4. Underwater acoustics.
Theme 5. Offshore Mapping.
Theme 6. Marine seismic reflection profiling.
Theme 7. Well logging and borehole geophysics.
Theme 8. Earth’s magnetic field at sea.
Theme 9. Seabed investigation using electric and electromagnetic methods
Theme 10. Marine seismic refraction data.
Theme 11. The gravity field.

Practical lectures will be focused on seismic reflection data processing and interpretation. On demand, we may also devote a maximum of 1/3 of the practical lessons to processing multibeam bathymetric data.

Contact Person: Francisco José Machín Jiménez (


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Venue: Institute of Marine Sciences
Barcelona, Spain

The Institute of Marine Sciences is located in Barcelona’s Villa Olimpica District between the Hospital del Mar and the Olympic Towers. 
Institut de Ciències del Mar
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49



Full price of this course is 510€. A reduced registration fee of 425€ is applied for early registrations (20 days before the opening of the course).


BSc Geology, Physics, Marine Sciences, Environmental/Geological/Civil Engineering. Any other experimental science with a master degree related to Earth Sciences. Participants will need to bring their own laptop computer. Minimum recommended configuration: Windows Vista and above, 4 Gb RAM, Virtual machine with Linux Poseidon.

Application Procedure:

Use the ADD TO CARD button on the course's website to book a place and make your payment.


Students attending to at least 80% of the classes will receive a certificate confirming their participation in the course, signed by the Barcelona Ocean responsible person and by the Lecturer of the course.


Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning


Oral defense + written exam.

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