Courses - Faculty of Science


Geophysics

Stage II

GEOPHYS 213
15 Points

The Geophysical Environment

This course explores the physical principles governing – and the connections between – the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and interior. Topics include the structure of the solid earth, ocean currents and tides, and fundamental aspects of weather and climate.

Prerequisite: 15 points from PHYSICS 120, 121, 150, 160 and 15 points from ENGSCI 111, MATHS 108, 120, 130, 150

Restriction: PHYSICS 213

Stage III

GEOPHYS 310
15 Points

Physics of the Earth

Covers the physics of the solid earth from the surface to the core. Specifically, the course explores the Earth’s gravitational field (including the rotation and figure of the earth), seismology, heat flow, the magnetic and electromagnetic field to unravel the properties, processes, and structure of the Earth’s interior.

Prerequisite: 15 points from EARTHSCI 103, 120, GEOLOGY 103, and 15 points from GEOPHYS 213, PHYSICS 213, and 15 points from ENGSCI 211, MATHS 253, 260, PHYSICS 211

Restriction: GEOPHYS 330

GEOPHYS 311
15 Points

Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Physics

Examines the physical and dynamic processes shaping the atmosphere and oceans, covering the thermodynamics of the climate system and the dynamics of global atmospheric and oceanic circulations. Explores the fundamental physical processes that control Earth’s climate and investigates the dilemmas they present in our current understanding of climate.

Prerequisite: 15 points from PHYSICS 201, 231, and 15 points from GEOPHYS 213, PHYSICS 213, and 15 points from ENGSCI 211, MATHS 253, 260, PHYSICS 211

Restriction: GEOPHYS 331

GEOPHYS 339
15 Points

Special Topics in Geophysics

GEOPHYS 361
15 Points

Fundamentals and Applications of Geophysical Exploration

The fundamentals of geophysical exploration methods and their application. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of seismic techniques, geophysical borehole methods, and an introduction to gravity, electric, magnetic, electromagnetic, and radar techniques. Applications of these will be considered including hydrocarbon, mineral and geothermal exploration. Geophysical data will be acquired and analysed through field and laboratory work.

Prerequisite: 15 points from EARTHSCI 103, 120, GEOLOGY 103, and GEOPHYS 213 or PHYSICS 213 and MATHS 208 or equivalent

Restriction: EARTHSCI 361, GEOLOGY 361

GEOPHYS 399
15 Points

Capstone: Geophysics

Students will employ core methodologies (experimental, observational, computational, numerical) to investigate some aspect of a key geophysical phenomenon, and relate their findings to contemporary research in the field, considering wider societal aspects and issues. Students will develop their skills in communication, critical thinking, teaching and creative problem solving.

Prerequisite: 30 points from GEOPHYS 310, 311, 361

Restriction: EARTHSCI 399, PHYSICS 399

Diploma Courses

GEOPHYS 690
30 Points

GEOPHYS 690A
15 Points

GEOPHYS 690B
15 Points

Graduate Diploma Dissertation in Geophysics

To complete this course students must enrol in GEOPHYS 690 A and B, or GEOPHYS 690

GEOPHYS 691
30 Points

GEOPHYS 691A
15 Points

GEOPHYS 691B
15 Points

PG Diploma Dissertation in Geophysics

To complete this course students must enrol in GEOPHYS 691 A and B, or GEOPHYS 691

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

GEOPHYS 711
15 Points

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Explores geophysical fluid flow dynamics in the atmosphere and ocean. Rotation and stratification in the atmosphere and ocean lead to fascinating characteristics of geophysical fluid flow that will be explained mathematically and/or numerically. Topics include the general circulation, Hadley and midlatitude circulations in the atmosphere, Sverdrup balance and western boundary currents in the ocean, quasi-geostrophic model, waves, and instabilities.

Prerequisite: GEOPHYS 311 and PHYSICS 332, or other 600 or 700 level courses approved by the Programme Coordinator

GEOPHYS 712
15 Points

Climate Dynamics

Examines physical processes underlying Earth's climate and variations of climate in both space and time, providing a basis for understanding, observing, modelling and predicting natural and anthropogenic climate changes. Topics include Earth's energy budget, atmospheric radiation, greenhouse effect, ocean heat content, the meridional heating imbalance that drives the general circulation, and seasonal and long-term climate variations and changes.

Prerequisite: GEOPHYS 311 or other 600 or 700 level courses approved by the Programme Coordinator

GEOPHYS 713
15 Points

Turbulent Processes in Climate

Examines turbulent processes in the atmosphere, oceans, and at their interface, and the associated transport and exchange of momentum, energy, and moisture. In the atmosphere these processes include phase changes and the course will explore cloud formation, dynamics, and precipitation.

Prerequisite: GEOPHYS 311 and PHYSICS 332, or other 600 or 700 level courses approved by the Programme Coordinator

GEOPHYS 760
15 Points

Integrated Basin Exploration

Students will conduct exploration and characterisation of a sedimentary reservoir in the context of basin analysis. The geological background of a sedimentary reservoir is supported by a one-day field trip to Waiheke to understand scale, facies and depositional processes and their relation to seismic imaging. The course is project based and students will independently develop a geological model by integrating field observations, seismic velocity analysis and, borehole and 3D seismic interpretation.

Prerequisite: EARTHSCI 361 or GEOLOGY 361 or GEOPHYS 361 or equivalent

GEOPHYS 761
15 Points

Subsurface Characterisation with Geophysical Methods

Pertains to subsurface characterisation through the inversion of geophysical observations. The course covers a combination of rock physics, seismic methods, ground-penetrating radar, as well as gravity, magnetic and electrical methods.

Prerequisite: GEOPHYS 330, EARTHSCI 361 or GEOLOGY 361 or GEOPHYS 361 or equivalent

Restriction: GEOPHYS 763

GEOPHYS 780
15 Points

Special Topic in Geophysics

GEOPHYS 789
30 Points

GEOPHYS 789A
15 Points

GEOPHYS 789B
15 Points

BSc(Hons) Dissertation

To complete this course students must enrol in GEOPHYS 789 A and B, or GEOPHYS 789

GEOPHYS 796A
60 Points

GEOPHYS 796B
60 Points

MSc Thesis in Geophysics

To complete this course students must enrol in GEOPHYS 796 A and B

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