# Fisica | TERRESTRIAL PHYSICS

## Fisica TERRESTRIAL PHYSICS

 0522600013 DIPARTIMENTO DI FISICA "E.R. CAIANIELLO" EQF7 PHYSICS 2016/2017

 YEAR OF COURSE 1 YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2014 PRIMO SEMESTRE
SSD CFU HOURS ACTIVITY TYPE OF ACTIVITY GEO/10 6 48 LESSONS SUPPLEMENTARY COMPULSORY SUBJECTS
 ROBERTO SCARPA T
Objectives
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
THE AIM OF THE COURSE IS THE ACQUISITION OF THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE ON THE PHYSICS OF THE PLANET EARTH AND OF THE MAIN METHODS FOR UNDERSTANDING GEODYNAMICAL PROCESSES WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO SEISMIC AND VOLCANIC ACTIVITY

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
THE OBJECTIVE IS TO DEVELOP ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND AND TO ANALYZE GEODYNAMIC PROCESSES. IN PARTICULAR, THE COURSE IS DEVOTED TO:
- KNOWLEDGE AND ANALYSIS OF THE PHYSICS PROCESSES LEADING TO GEODYNAMICS;
- KNOWLEDGE OF THE MAIN METHODS FOR THE STUDY OF EARTH’S INTERIOR AND ITS SHAPE (INVERSE GEOPHYSICAL PROBLEM) AND FOR UNDERSTANDING AND MODEL GEODYNAMICAL PROCESSES.
Prerequisites
BASIC KNOWLEDGE IN MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS
Contents
THE CONTENT OF THE COURSE IS BASED ON THE PRESENTATION OF THE PRESENT STATUS OF KNOWLEDGE ON THE INTERIOR OF THE PLANET EARTH, ON THE DESCRIPTION OF METHODS FOR THE STUDY OF EARTH’S INTERIOR (GEOPHYSICAL INVERSE PROBLEM), ON THE MODELS AND INTERPRETATION OF GEODYNAMICAL PROCESSES.
THE MAIN TOPICS OF THE COURSE ARE:
- STRUCTURE OF ERTH’S INTERIOR: CRUST, MANTLE, CORE AND THEIR COMPOSITION;
- THE GEOPHYSICAL INVERSE THEORY: FORMULATION OF THE INVERSE PROBLEM. PROBABILITY THEORY. THE DESCRETE LINEAR-GAUSSIAN INVERSE METHOD (NORM METHOD; GENERALIZED INVERSE AND MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD METHOD). THE INVERSE NON-LINEAR METHOD AND THE NON GAUSSIAN DISTRIBUTIONS. THE CONTINUOUS INVERSE PROBLEM. THEORY AND APPLICATION OF GEOPHYSICAL TOMOGRAPHY.
- THE SHAPE OF THE EARTH, HEAT FLUX AND THE CONVECTION.
- THE LITHOSPHERE-ASTENOSPHERE SYSTEM, THE LATERAL HETEROGENEITIES AND THE GLOBAL DYNAMICS.
Teaching Methods
LECTURES AND EXERCISES ON THE STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS OF THE PLANET EARTH.
Verification of learning
THE EXAM IS STRUCTURED SO AS TO VERIFY WHETHER THE ORIGINAL OBJECTIVES HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED OR NOT BY THE STUDENT.
THE EXAM IS PERFORMED THROUGH AN ANALYSIS OF A CASE HISTORY, WITH A WRITTEN AND ORAL DISSERTATION.
THE FINAL SCORE WILL BE BASED ON THE AVERAGE SCORE OF THE WRITTEN AND ORAL DISCUSSION OTHER THAN THE REPORT.
Texts
D.L. ANDERSON, "THEORY OF THE EARTH" (BLACKWELL SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS, BOSTON, 1989)
A. TARANTOLA, "INVERSE PROBLEM THEORY" (SIAM, PHILADELPHIA, 2005)