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Just a few meters below the Earth's surface lie features of great importance, from geological faults which can produce devastating earthquakes, to lost archaeological treasures! This refreshing, up-to-date book explores the foundations of interpretation theory and the latest developments in near-surface techniques, used to complement traditional geophysical methods for deep-exploration targets. Clear but rigorous, the book explains theory and practice in simple physical terms, supported by intermediate-level mathematics. Techniques covered include magnetics, resistivity, seismic reflection and refraction, surface waves, induced polarization, self-potential, electromagnetic induction, ground-penetrating radar, magnetic resonance, interferometry, seismoelectric and more. Sections on data analysis and inverse theory are provided and chapters are illustrated by case studies, giving students and professionals the tools to plan, conduct and analyze a near-surface geophysical survey. This is an important textbook for advanced-undergraduate and graduate students in geophysics and a valuable reference for practising geophysicists, geologists, hydrologists, archaeologists, and civil and geotechnical engineers.Read more
- Presents emergent techniques and the newest developments in more traditional techniques, providing a fully up-to-date picture of the field
- Illustrated with insightful case studies selected from the current scientific literature, providing a powerful perspective on each technique's capabilities
- Provides information on data analysis and inverse theory, essential to giving the reader full exposure to data acquisition, processing and interpretation
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“This book provides an excellent introduction to the rapidly emerging field of near-surface geophysics. The state-of-the-art material covered in the text will not only be helpful for undergraduate and graduate students, but it will also serve as a valuable reference for practitioners.” - Professor Hansruedi Maurer, ETH ZürichSee more reviews
“A great book for teaching undergraduates the essence of all geophysical techniques used in near surface exploration; the mix of theory, practice and case studies is just right for students” - Professor Graham Heinson, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide
“This is an excellent text for advanced geophysics undergraduate and graduate students, a valuable resource for scientists and engineers involved in characterizing the earth’s near surface, and the material fills a void in the bookshelves of many geoscientists.” - Professor Doug Oldenburg, University of British Columbia
"In summary, this is an excellent advanced near-surface applied-geophysics textbook. Unlike many traditional exploration geophysics textbooks, this one also includes the basic geophysical exploration data analysis and inversion chapters. This is indeed an important near-surface applied-geophysics textbook, covering most up-to-date near-surface applied-geophysics techniques."
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- Date Published: June 2013
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107018778
- length: 415 pages
- dimensions: 252 x 193 x 23 mm
- weight: 1.13kg
- contains: 256 b/w illus. 35 colour illus. 12 tables 44 exercises
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Data analysis
4. Electrical resistivity method
5. Induced polarization and self-potential
6. Seismic reflection and refraction
7. Seismic surface wave analysis
8. Electromagnetic induction
9. Ground-penetrating radar
10. Emerging techniques
11. Linear inversion
12. Nonlinear inversion: local methods
13. Nonlinear inversion: global methods
Appendix A. Shannon sampling theorem
Appendix B. Solution of Laplace's equation in spherical coordinates
Appendix C. The linear τ-p transformation of seismic data
Appendix D. Horizontal loop over a conducting halfspace
Appendix E. Radar TE waveguide mode equations
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