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The Master of Science Programme was established in 2007 by the Department of Earth Sciences and the Department of Physics, with the contribution of the Department of Information Engineering, of the University of Pisa, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Polytechnic of Milan. The course is 2 year-long full-time, leading to the acquisition of 120 ECTS of which 40 credits are dedicated to the M.Sc. thesis work. The programme is offered in English.

Exploration and Applied Geophysics is a discipline that integrates physics principles and knowledges with knowledges of geology, engineering, and digital processing. It develops and applies non-invasive research methods aimed at the study of the shallow parts (from a few centimeters to a few kilometers) of the Earth and of man-made manufactures (Other Information).

The course is research-oriented and it develops through a process aimed at a deeper methodological understanding of different surveying techniques (electric, magnetic, radar, seismic, gravimetric), and of methods related to the processing, analysis and interpretation of the data (Objectives of the Degree). The principal applications are in the domains of exploration and production of energy and mineral resources, of investigation for engineering and environment, and of geological and archaeological research (Job Prospects). During the course of studies, the students will acquire hands-on experience using industry standard software and equipment.

Admission requirements: the course is open to all students with a pertinent scientific bachelor's degree, or other equivalent or superior foreign academic qualification. Our records show that past students have come from a wide range of disciplines including Geology, Physics, Telecommunications, and/or Electronics Engineering, Civil and/or Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics. Admission to the Master’s Degree course is subject to passing a test by which we evaluate the candidate’s skills and motivations, and verify that the necessary requirements for the course are satisfied. A knowledge of the English language equivalent or superior to B2 level is a prerequisite for admission to the programme.

Double Degree Programme: the University of Pisa and the Montan University of Leoben (Austria) have established a Double Degree Programme “International Master of Applied and Exploration Geophysics”. Students will be awarded a double diploma in Applied and Exploration Geophysics issued by the two partner Universities. Students enrolled in the Master of Science Programme in Exploration and Applied Geophysics at the University of Pisa may also apply for admission to the “International Master of Applied and Exploration Geophysics”.

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  • Lecture "Discrete element method for modeling wave propagation in dry and saturated granular media"
    PhD Hongyang Cheng from the University of Twente (NL) delivers the lecture "Discrete element method for modeling wave propagation in dry and saturated granular media". The students and researchers are invited on Tuesday, the 11th of September, at 10:30 am, room F of the DST.
     
    Abstract
    The Discrete Element Method (DEM) captures the collective behavior of a granular material by tracking the kinematics of the constituent grains. DEM simulations using measured particle configurations as input, e.g., from X-ray imaging, allows for a micromechanical interpretation on the acoustic response of a given granular system. This talk covers the fundamentals of DEM and the applications to wave propagation in dry and saturated granular media. For the calibration of DEM models, we use an iterative Bayesian filtering approach to infer the posterior probability distribution of grain properties, conditioned to experimental data. Once calibrated, time and frequency domain techniques can be applied to investigate the acoustic properties such as dispersion relations. The numerical modeling of wave propagation in saturated granular media requires a coupling of hydrodynamics with particle motion. The coupling scheme is briefly presented and its powerful capability shown in the comparison with Biot's analytical solution of wave velocities in saturated granular-elastic media.
     
    Short biography
    Dr. Cheng is a postdoc in the Multi-Scale Mechanics group of Prof. Stefan Luding at the University of Twente (UT). Before joining the UT, he worked on multiscale characterization of structured/nonstructured fibre-soil mixtures at Hiroshima University, Japan. During his PhD, he initiated an independent research line on Bayesian uncertainty quantification in discrete element method (DEM) simulations of granular media. He developed a Bayesian calibration toolbox GrainLearning for the open-source DEM package YADE, which allows the inference of grain properties from macroscopic measurements. Within the Bayesian framework, his research now focuses on wave propagation in dry and saturated granular media, using coupled numerical methods (DEM/FEM/LBM).
     
    Only for the students of the Master Course in Exploration and Applied Geophysics, participating to the lecture will contribute to obtain cfu for the "Other Activities".
     
     
  • IMPORTANT NEWS FOR THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019

    Latest news. Dates of Admission Tests for Academic Year 2018-19:

    September 04, 10:00 AM, September 13, 10:00 AM, September 14, 10:00 AM.

    The tests will be held at the Department of Earth Sciences, via S. Maria 53, PISA. It is necessary to register for the test writing an email to gea@dst.unipi.it

    People who already passed the test in the previous weeks are excluded by this evaluation.

     

    Other Important news items for the next Academic Year 2018/2019:

    1) Starting from September 2018, all the courses, lectures and laboratory activities related to the first-year Master’s Degree course in Science in Exploration and Applied Geophysics will be delivered in English. From September 2019 English will also be used for the second-year courses. knowledge of the English language equivalent to B2 level is a prerequisite for admission to the courses.

    2) The University of Pisa and the Montan University of Leoben (Austria) have established a Double Degree Programme International Master of Applied and Exploration Geophysics, starting in autumn 2018. Interested students will be selected on the basis of their academic performance to spend at least one term at the partner University in order to acquire at least 24 ECTS. Students will be awarded a double diploma in Applied and Exploration Geophysics issued by the two partner Universities, in compliance with the different national rules and agreements signed between the partner institutions. A B2 English qualification (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for admission. Students enrolled in the Master’s Degree course in Science in Exploration and Applied Geophysics at the University of Pisa may also apply for admission to the “International Master of Applied and Exploration Geophysics”.

    Further information coming soon