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Practical Magnetotellurics

Handbook / Manual

By: Fiona Simpson(Author), Karsten Bahr(Author)

270 pages, 87 illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 2018 | #244238 | ISBN-13: 9781108462556
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Hardback | Feb 2005 | #152594 | ISBN: 0521817277
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About this book

The magnetotelluric (MT) method, a technique for probing the electrical conductivity structure of the Earth, is increasingly used both in applied geophysics and in basic research. This book, first published in 2005, goes into detail on practical aspects of applying the MT technique. Beginning with the basic principles of electromagnetic induction in the Earth, this introduction to magnetotellurics aims to guide students and researchers in geophysics and other areas of Earth science through the practical aspects of the MT method: from planning a field campaign, through data processing and modelling, to tectonic and geodynamic interpretation. Practical Magnetotellurics will be of use to graduate-level students and researchers who are embarking on a research project involving MT; to lecturers preparing courses on MT; and to geoscientists involved in multi-disciplinary research projects who wish to incorporate MT results in their interpretations.

"[...] if my students ask me what MT really is about, I will ask them to read the book Practical Magnetotellurics. It is really practical."
– Bai Danghai, Chinese Academy of Sciences

"Practical Magnetotellurics lives up to its title and nicely fills a big hole in the literature on the subject of the magnetotelluric (MT) method."
EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union

"[...] an excellent single resource for graduate students [...] to learn the fundamentals in a well-written and well-organized approach [...]"
Surveys in Geophysics


List of symbols

1. Introduction
2. Basic theoretical concepts
3. Planning a field campaign
4. From time series to transfer functions: data processing
5. Dimensionality and distortion
6. Numerical forward modelling
7. Inversion of MT data
8. The general link to other geosciences: conduction mechanisms
9. The special link to other geosciences
10. Other EM induction techniques


Appendix 1. Theorems from vector algebra
Appendix 2. The transfer function in the wavenumber-frequency domain, and equivalence transfer functions
Appendix 3. Probability distributions
Appendix 4. Linear regression
Appendix 5. Fourier analysis
Appendix 6. Power and cross spectra


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