This book presents up-to-date geoscience technologies for heritage investigations and conservation, covering various sub-disciplines of geophysics, geodesy, 3D laser scanning technology, hydrogeology, and rock mechanics applied to the exploration of new heritage sites, mapping and visualization, as well as hazard mitigation. The current shift toward interdisciplinary ways of thinking highlights the added value of merging arts with sciences and other disciplines for better management and preservation of cultural heritage. Featuring advanced scientific investigations in 40 case studies around the globe, the book demonstrates how a better understanding of natural processes coupled with conservation approaches, mainly based on sustainable practices such as the use of traditional knowledge in recovery techniques and building local capacities, can ensure effective conservation.
Gad El-Qady is a Professor of Applied Geophysics working in the area of application of Geophysical techniques for, but not limited to, Environmental investigations, archaeological, geotechnical, groundwater and geothermal investigations. Currently, Prof. El-Qady is the president of the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) since Jan 2019. Before that he was the Vice President of NRIAG)2018-2019), President of the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF), Egypt. From July 2016 to Jan 2017, he was head of the geomagnetic department at NRIAG. While during 2013-2014 he was the coordinator of the international relations of E-JUST. Prof. El-Qady was the science and culture attaché of Egypt in Japan from 2010 to 2013. From 2013 to 2015 he was JSPS visiting professor at Kyushu university, the same group from where he got his PhD in 2001. Since that time is an active member of the Egyptian Geophysical community. Prof. El-Qady supervised many postgraduate students at different Egyptian universities. Prof. El-Qady is the managing editor of the journal of the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG), has published many scientific papers and reviews in peer-reviewed international journals, has participated in several international Conferences, and has functioned as a referee for international Journals. He also organized several international conferences such as the 20th EMIW, ACAG 5th, ACAG 7th, and AFSC2016. He is also a working group committee member of the Electromagnetic induction in the earth (WMIW) that is now Div No. 6 of the IAGA (2008-2016).
Claudio Margottini (hab. full Professor of Engineering Geology) is the former Scientific and Technological Attaché at the Italian Embassy in Egypt and currently an adjunct Professor at UNESCO Chair in the University of Florence (Italy), at Galala University in Egypt and at National Research Institute for Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) in Egypt. He has served at the Geological Survey of Italy (ISPRA) and, as an adjunct Professor at Modena (Italy) University and Huazong University (Wuhan, China). He is trained as an Engineering Geologist (Università la Sapienza, Rome, Italy, 1979, summa cum laude) and Engineering Seismologist (Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, UK, 1983). Extensively supporting UNESCO and other international organizations all his life long, his major field of expertise embraces the development of engineering geological techniques for the conservation and protection of Cultural and Natural Heritages. With projects in 26 Countries worldwide, during his career, he received numerous honours and awards in recognition of his services, mainly in less advantaged countries of the world. He is the author of about 330 publications and books.