Paleomagnetism - Rockmagnetism - Environmental Magnetism
Geophysical Inversion - Signal Processing

Department of Earth Sciences

Dedicated to Preparing Geoscience Professionals for the 21st Century

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Here are some basic facts about professional knowledge and the times:

  1. While in the 1900's, the average life-time of ones knowledge is long enough to span most of his active professional life, today (i.e. post e-revolution) this average has shrunk to merely 5 years. What does this mean? Something very sobering indeed. It means that as a professional, your knowledge is current for only 5 years after that it is obsolete; unless of course you keep updating your knowledge and skills!

  2. As a post e-revolution Earth Science Professional, you are faced with three difficult challenges that lie in the rapid advances in:

    1. Mathematical and Physical Theories of your trade,

    2. Instrumentation Technology,

    3. Exponential growth of Information.

  3. Furthermore, you are competing in a job market with an ever-changing priorities and emphases toward:

    1. Environmental Protection

    2. Resource Conservation

    3. Sustainable Development

Are you professionally prepared to take on these challenges and meet job-market demands?


The Earth Sciences Department at KFUPM has the resources and expertise to provide quality education and focused training that keeps you current in your challenging career and competitive in a demanding job. At ESD-KFUPM, we design courses and hands-on training workshops that suit the client requirements. The areas of emphases include:

  1. Petroleum Geology

  2. Oil Exploration Geophysics

  3. Mineral Prospecting Geophysics

  4. Environmental Geophysics and Geology

  5. Reservoir Characterization and Modeling

  6. Water Resource Exploration and Management

  7. Municipal and Industrial Waste Disposal and Management

  8. Landfill Siting, Monitoring and Environmental Impact Assessment

In addition, the RMML offers the following specialized short courses and training workshops.

If you have "smoothed" your data by computing their running average, then you have practiced data processing. Processing of data is a first step towards their interpretation. Geophysical data processing involves the application of the methods and techniques of statistical and filter theories to produce "better" data or "transformed" data.

This course provides a basic practical background in these methods and techniques. It introduces in compact form various important topics in data processing including elementary statistics, experimental error analysis, time series analysis, stochastic processes, convolution and LS filtering, and computer aided simulation of simple geophysical systems.



Much of the explorationist work is centered on making inferences about the subsurface from geophysical observations made at the surface. This is geophysical data inversion! Applied geophysical inversion has indeed become the basic tool of the trade. It is being used by geophysicists in all fields from seismic exploration and reservoir modelling to archaeological prospecting and environmental assessment.

This course is intended for geoscientists who practice data analysis and hence, data inversion. Using Matlab as a training tool, we introduce the students to the basic concepts and methods of geophysical data inversion via real but miniaturized geophysical problems. It covers the most important aspects of linear inversion such as norm-based inversion; placement of constraints and introduction of prior information; solution appraisal via resolution and covariance measures. In addition, modern inversion strategies such as sequential, joint, and cooperative inversion are discussed and compared with the conventional direct inversion approach. Students will have the opportunity to apply these inversion techniques on real data and draw their own conclusions.


This course is tailored to the needs of new geophysics graduates who plan to peruse careers in potential field geophysics. The course offers in-depth discussions and practical training on up-to-date methods and techniques used in the analysis and interpretation of potential field survey data. Topics covered include: linear transformations (fields continuation, directional derivatives, pseudogravity and pseudomagnetic transformations, etc), filtering, modeling and inversion in the space and frequency domains, depth-to-basement analysis techniques, gradients and source boundary analysis.

This course is intended to introduce interested earth scientists to the fundamentals of rock magnetism, and provide them with a hand-on training on applications of some of its powerful methods to rock characterization and petrofabric analysis. The course also provides the needed background for an introduction to Paleomagnetism.

Paleomagnetism has grown to be a sophisticated and versatile tool in the geological sciences. Many earth scientists find themselves in need of basic knowledge of the concepts of paleomagnetism and its applied methods and techniques. This course is designed to provide that basic background with a practical approach. Participants will conduct practice-studies involving field, laboratory, data analyses, and interpretation tasks.

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