Why join the Geophysical Field School Camp January 2021?

The course meets professional registration requirements from Field Techniques (Geophysics).



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national to enhance public trust and confidence in geophysial services

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Geophysical School Field Camp Background
The KSG Geophysical School Field Camp is a required course taken by KSG students or institutions during the January and June during year. The course for the Field Camp takes place off-campus, providing a unique opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate student instructors, faculty, local personnel, and industry specialists to collaborate. Students enrolled in the course engage in all aspects of geophysical data acquisition and processing, applying the skills and knowledge obtained during their previous geophysics courses at Geophysical school Field Camp. The first in preparation of through lecture presentation and second weeks of Field Camp are spent off-campus at a predetermined location where students, with the aid of academic and industry experts, collect geologic and geophysical data in an attempt to characterize the underlying structure of the area. Once data is collected, students return to the Geophysical school Field Camp to process and interpret the data collected in the field. The deliverables of the camp week workshop with are a final report and presentation summarizing the results and conclusions from the investigation, both of which are made available to the public. For decades, the Geophysical school Field Camp has been successfully preparing Geophysical school Field Camp. students for upcoming careers as industry and academic professionals, while cultivating effective communicators, leaders, and problem solvers.

What is Geophysics?
Geophysics involves the integration of physics and geology with the goal of studying various characteristics of the Earth. The general approach consists of measuring fields and physical responses at the Earth’s surface to create a model of material properties and geologic structure of the subsurface. There are a variety of commercial and academic applications of geophysics, some of which include resource exploration, Earth hazard mitigation, and hydrology. The different geophysical applications require different methods depending on the target subsurface property. For instance, subsurface density can be modeled using gravity measurements and electrical conductivity can be modeled using DC resistivity. Other methods include deep and near-surface seismic, magnetotellurics, self potential, time domain and frequency domain electromagnetics, and ground penetrating radar. A typical geophysics work flow is as follows: determine objective, assess survey site, set survey parameters, acquire data, process data, interpret results, and, finally, and make final conclusions and recommendations. Therefore, a successful geophysicist is a “jack-of-all-trades” of sorts, possessing knowledge of survey equipment, physics, geology, math, and computer science.

Course Description
Geophysical Field School Camp Course is a junior-senior-level field course that takes place off-campus for 10 – 15 days in January and June in the two weeks prior to the start of the semester. It is followed by four weeks of tutorials, which run twice a week in the evenings, giving student’s time to process and interpret the data that was collected in the field. There is usually only one section offered each year. The course is lead by two or three professors, as well as several technicians and graduate teaching assistants. There are usually enough spots for 35 – 45 undergraduate students (split into three groups). Additional faculty and staff may join your class on occasion. You will be working in groups of 3 – 4 students depending on the exercise of the day and for safety purposes. The Department provides transportation for all field school participants - you are not allowed to use personal transportation.

It is very important that you are on time each day, and that you are rested and prepared for a full day of fieldwork. If you sleep in, you will be left behind. You must bring food each day, as most localities are not near convenience stores or restaurants. It is recommended that you bring extra munchies in case the day’s activities run late. Bring appropriate clothing and lots to drink. Field activities may be changed due to circumstances beyond the instructor’s control; dates will not change. The course runs in rugged field conditions and varying weather, for which participants must be prepared and equipped.

The geophysics field school provides students with opportunities to design, plan and execute a variety of geophysical and geological surveys, including seismic, gravity, magnetic, electromagnetic, resistivity, induced polarization and topographic surveys. You will work together to deploy geophysical equipment, collect the resulting data, and process it, then prepare the resulting interpretations for presentation. Teamwork and communication skills are key learning goals of this field school. Students are also asked to consider “big-picture”, contextual implications related to the geometry and origin of rock units, geological history of an area, as well as exploration and exploitation of natural resources. The course meets professional registration requirements for Field Techniques (Geophysics).

Learning Outcomes: Students completing the course will:-
---Be able to operate proficiently basic geophysical instrumentation
---Be able to design and carry out geophysical surveys to meet industry needs in mineral exploration, environmental engineering and petroleum exploration
---Be able to reduce and interpret data arising from such surveys
---Be able to communicate the results of the surveys through professionally written reports and presentations 

Eligibility & Prerequisites
The geophysics field school is a required course for majors in the Geophysical science program. Majors in other programs may be allowed to take geophysics only.

Registration & Fees
Although field camp runs in January and June, it is considered a fall course. Therefore, students in the Geophysical program are eligible to register in it through Kenya Society of Geophysicists from October registration date. All other students must wait until the restriction lifts of COVID 19 get vaccine as requirement of Health Regulation before open registration date. (usually at the end of July or beginning of August – see Enrolment Services website).

Because field schools take place off-campus and provide students with real-world learning experiences, they are very expensive (for both the Department and students). It’s a good idea to start saving money for field school as early in your university career as possible

The student costs associated with taking GEOPHFS include:
---Regular tuition and fees (10) associated with one half course (payable to through Empesa Pay Bill ……….. Absa Bank Pay Bill: 303030 Account: 2026939197)
---Asupplemental fee to cover accommodation, food and transportation costs (payable to the above Account)
---Other equipment and supplies (highly variable depending on personal needs)

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