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Characteristics and objectives

  • Characteristics and objectives

    The Master's course in Geophysics for Natural Risks and Resources has the main goal of educating professionals and researchers capable of approaching in a multi-disciplinary manner the theory and applications of physical methodologies for the exploration and characterization of the subsoil. This exploration can take place ad different spatial scales, from meters to tens and hundreds of kilometers, with aims spanning a large number of application and theoretical areas where the knowledge of soil and subsoil is crucial, such as:
    - Search for mining and energy resources
    - Subsoil characterization for renewable energies such as geothermal energy
    - Non invasive techniques for civil and environmetnal engineering, including geotechnical applications
    - Engineering geology characterization with specific attention to hillslope stability and hydrological risks in general.
    - Characterization for seismic risk both at global (fault presence and nature) and local (amplification mechanisms) scales.
    - Application to built structures, with specific reference to the historical buildings, foundations and soil-structure interactions.
    - Applied Geodesy to study Earth?s dynamics
    The offer of courses has been constructed with two goals in mind: (i) educating professionals in the geophysical sector with a wide and solid quantitative background, thus capable of accessing a number of careers in industry and research; (ii) attracting students from different backgrounds and produce graduates with a fluid interaction with the international geophysical community.
    In order to satisfy the requirements of the job environment, two majors are foreseen:
    (a) a computational specialization, tentatively directed towards large scale geophysical applications (e.g. 3D and 4D seismics) with a predominant role in mining and energy subsoil exploration, bit also for satellite applications.
    (b) a field specialization, with applications directed towards the management of natural resources and environmental and engineering disciplines, with the aim of educating independent professionals.