2017 Solid-Earth Science C

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Nakajima Junichi 
Class Format
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Tue5-6(石川台, 2号館, 実験棟1-103)  Fri5-6(石川台, 2号館, 実験棟1-103)  
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Course description and aims

In the first half of the class, I will present background of elasticity and seismic tomography, the nature of anelasticity, and interpretation of heterogeneous structures in the Earth. Students will read a famous paper by Dziewonski and Anderson (1981) and understand the basic concept and underlying physics of Preliminary Reference Earth model (PREM).

Student learning outcomes

Understand seismic heterogeneity in the Earth and the basic concept of PREM model that is widely referred to in the solid earth sciences.


seismic tomography, subduction, plate, hydration, PREM

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Take attendance in every lecture. Students will have presentations during the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 General introduction Learn general topics
Class 2 Elasticity and seismology Understand elastic theory
Class 3 Seismic tomography and inversion techniques Understand the method to image 3D structures in the Earth
Class 4 Anelasticity and seismic attenuation Understand the nature of anelasticity
Class 5 Interpretation of seismic heterogeneity Understand the causes of seismic heterogeneities
Class 6 Seismicity in the world Understand seismicity in the world
Class 7 Seismicity in subduction zones Understand seismicity in subduction zones
Class 8 Magmatism in subduction zones Understand magmatism in subduction zones
Class 9 Seismotectonics beneath Japan Understand seismotectonics beneath Japan
Class 10 Read PREM paper Understand the concept of PREM model
Class 11 Read PREM paper Understand the concept of PREM model
Class 12 Read PREM paper Understand the concept of PREM model
Class 13 Presentation of papers assigned to each student Understand plate tectonics
Class 14 Presentation of papers assigned to each student Understand seismo and volcano tectonics
Class 15 Summary Summarize the lecture


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' course scores are based on reports and presentation.

Related courses

  • EPS.A336 : Dynamics of the Earth and Planet
  • EPS.A331 : Earth Materials

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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