Fundamentals of Geophysics

Structure of the Earth’s interior - density, seismic velocity, pressure and temperature dependence. Earth’s magnetic field - the dynamo process, paleomagnetism, geomagnetic reversals. Plate motions - absolute and relative motions, Euler poles, triple junction, simple calculations. Elements of potential field theory and applications, Earth’s gravity field, geodesy, isostasy, Plate tectonics, earthquake and faulting processes, types of faults and relation to stress fields, moment tensors and earthquake focal mechanisms


  • Fowler, C.M.R., The solid earth: An Introduction to Global Geophysics, Cambridge University Press, 2005. W. Lowrie and A. Fichtner,

  • Fundamentals of Geophysics (3rd edition), Cambridge University Press, 2020.