28121 - Geophysics of Environmental Risks

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  • Teacher Antonello Piombo

  • Credits 6

  • SSD GEO/10

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Ravenna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Environmental Assessment and Management (cod. 8418)

  • Course Timetable from Mar 30, 2022 to Jun 09, 2022


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Sustainable cities Life on land

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

During the course, students learn to use some geophysical techniques useful to study environmental problems, in particular ground penetrating radar and resistivity methods.
At the end of the course, the students know the methodologies to evaluate the seismic risk for a certain area, and to elaborate a plan for the prevention and mitigation of seismic disaster.

Course contents

Introduction: environmental problems amenable to solution by geophysical means.

Resistivity surveys: electrical resistivity of earth material, theory of current flow in the ground, field procedures and selection of electrode array, instruments, interpretation of resistivity data, environmental applications.

Ground penetrating radar: basic principle, data acquisition and processing, determination of radar velocities, environmental applications.

The seismic risk: the earthquake, the plate tectonics, the seismicity in Italy, the seismic hazard estimates, the fake news, the scientific citizenship.


W. Lowrie, A. Fichtner, Fundamentals of Geophysics (3rd edition), Cambridge University Press, 2020

Teaching methods

Lectures, educational movies, cooperative learning, field and computer labs.

Assessment methods

Oral exam consists of the presentation and the discussion of laboratory works and field measurements. The presentation should include suggestion of best practices, strategies, guidelines to prevent and mitigate environmental disaster.
The presentation will be judged on the basis of fluency, appropriate vocabulary use, organization and structure of the material presented, content/information, and comprehension.

Teaching tools

Power-point presentations, educational movies

Office hours

See the website of Antonello Piombo