2023-2024 / GEOL0304-1

Introduction to neotectonics, seismology and physical volcanology


25h Th, 15h Pr, 2d FW

Number of credits

 Master in geology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in space sciences (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Clara Brereton, Hans-Balder Havenith


Hans-Balder Havenith

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The lecture is centered on morphological effects of earthquakes and on the surface of volcanoes.

It covers various aspects of neotectonics, seismo-tectonics, seismology, tectonic geomorphology as well as the physics and geomorphology related to volcanic activity.

This lecture also includes an English evaluatoin. 

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The goal is to understand the geological origin of earthquake and volcano hazards.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Good knowledge of English and maths.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Analyses on maps, aerial and satellite imagery; microseismic measurements and data processing.
2 visits and seismic-seismological surveys in East Belgium, near BE-NL border.

Learning how to write a scientific report in English.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

6 lectures of 3h,
2 sessions of 3h of exercices and data processing. 2 days of fieldwork, combined with ambient noise measurements
Report written in English and oral presentation (in English) about a topic related to the lecture (in neotectonics).

Recommended or required readings

PPT files and other documents

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions ) AND oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Oral Examination and presentaiton of project on a seismo-tectonic and/or volcanic region.
in January 2022, the exam might be organised via Lifesize and then be entirely oral. Though the presentation of the project in the classroom in December 2022 will be maintained.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The lectures is given in English and is also evaluated for the linguistic part.


The lecture in Autumn 2023 is given by Mrs. Clara Brereton (for English part) and by Prof. Hans-Balder Havenith.

Georisk & Environment, Bât. B18, 4000 Liège (Sart Tilman)
Tél. : 04/366.93.16 - e-mail :

HB.Havenith@uliege.be , c.brereton@uliege.be

Secrétariat : Mme J. Schmetz, Tél. : 04/366.22.51 - e-mail : Joelle.Schmetz@ulg.ac.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

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Neotectonics, seismology and physical volcanology lecture
Neotectonics, seismology and physical volcanology lecture