Using a range of geophysical and other methods, students will study this site, providing valuable information of its history.
Coordinator: Dr Ana Ferreira
- Module details
Title Field Geophysics UG Code GEOL0020 Coordinator Dr Ana Ferreira Other Contributors Dr Alex Song, Dr James Hammond Term 1 Credit 15 credits Written Exam Coursework 10% field notebook; 30% group presentation at the end of the fieldwork to present preliminary results (English Heritage will attend this and will be done at Marble Hill House); 60% individual report. Pre-Requisites Second year geology and geophysics courses:GEOL0012 Global Geophysics or equivalents. Maths & Stats Content and Requirement To process geophysical field data, students are expected to be able to organize data in spreadsheets or Matlab to produce graphs and maps. Students will build their own data processing and analysis, codes/programmes, along with proprietary software. To plot data on regional scale maps, students need to understand transforming between latitude/longitude and grid co-ordinates systems. Students will use advanced filters and the Fast Fourier Transform for some data processing. The theoretical background of the geophysical signal processing performed in this module is covered in PHAS2246 Mathematical Methods III. Total Number of Hours of Student Work 150 hours Hours of Lectures/Seminars 6 hours Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes 10 hours Days of Fieldwork 4 days Other Report and notebook 50 hours
A new field area near London, with easy access for students. The new area is Marble Hill Park, a 27 Hectare site in Twickenham, SW London most famous for Marble Hill House an 18th centre retreat for Henrietta Howard, mistress of King George II. The landscaped gardens around the house dates back to 1724 and have been altered a number of times. Currently the park is under the care of English Heritage, but is open to the public, where much of the grounds are used for sports pitches. Recently, English Heritage have undertaken a project to survey the site, to identify any archeological sites, particularly those linked with the original landscaping of the gardens for future development of the site.
Through ground penetrating radar (GPR) and resistivity studies they have found a number of targets that require further investigation to tie in with the history of the grounds. It makes this an ideal new site to train our students in field geophysical techniques.
To learn the fundamental principles of key geophysical methods in the field, including the collection, processing and analysis of data to assess a site.
- Students will become familiar with the application of practical geophysical field methods (ground penetrating radar, seismics, magnetics, gravity and resistivity) and complementary techniques at Marble Hill House in Twickenham, SW London.
- Students will learn to make geophysical measurements in the field. They will learn how to analyze these data and synthesize the results using geophysical data visualisation techniques with data from field observations.
- 3 days of lectures prior to field work.
- 4-day field course.
- Practical sessions supporting the analysis of field data.
- Familiarisation with key concepts and principles in relation to geophysical field techniques.
- Familiarisation with methods used in the analysis and synthesis of geophysical data.
- Presentation skills and data analysis.