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Near-Surface Applied Geophysics

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

By: Mark E Everett (Author)

427 pages, 24 plates with 35 colour illustrations; 256 b/w illustrations, 12 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Apr 2013 | #200410 | ISBN-13: 9781107018778
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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, Near-Surface Applied Geophysics 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.

"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."
- Hansruedi Maurer, ETH Zürich

"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."
- Graham Heinson, 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."
- Doug Oldenburg, University of British Columbia



1. Introduction
2. Data analysis
3. Magnetics
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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Mark Everett is currently the Howard Karren Endowed Professor and Graduate Director in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A&M University, and was a Guest Professor in 2010 at the Institut für Geophysik, ETH Zurich. He operates the Near-Surface Applied Geophysics laboratory at Texas A&M and has conducted geophysical field work in many locations including the Normandy D-Day landing site in France and on the island of Alcatraz. Dr Everett is on the editorial boards of Geophysics and Geophysical Journal International and has received the Texas A&M College of Geoscience Dean's Research Achievement Award. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a member of the American Geophysical Union and Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Dr Everett is a frequent consultant to the oil and gas, environmental, and geotechnical engineering sectors of industry, holds a professional license to practise geophysics in the State of Texas, and enjoys contributing his time and expertise to local historical archaeological projects.

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