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Near Surface Geophysics is an international journal for the publication of research and development in geophysics applied to near surface. It places emphasis on geological, hydrogeological, geotechnical, environmental, engineering, mining, archaeological, agricultural and other applications of geophysics as well as physical soil and rock properties. Geophysical and geoscientific case histories with innovative use of geophysical techniques are welcome, which may include improvements on instrumentation, measurements, data acquisition and processing, modelling, inversion, interpretation, project management and multidisciplinary use. The papers should also be understandable to those who use geophysical data but are not necessarily geophysicists.

Impact Factor 2014: 1.179

Near Surface Geophysics is indexed/abstracted in the Current Contents/ Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences , ISI Alerting Service and Science Citation Index Expanded .

Near Surface Geophysics is published 6 times a year.

Near Surface Geoscience Conference continues to explore multi-disciplinary approach

 A final reminder that the Near Surface Geoscience Conference is taking place on 6-10 September  this year in Turin, Italy. It has all the makings of a successful event with the traditional  conference on Environmental and Engineering Geophysics joined by meetings covering Airborne  Electromagnetics and Proximal Sensing Supporting Precision Agriculture.
 The programmes of the three conferences have been confirmed and are now available online. Each  conference is organized around oral and poster sessions with about 230 presentations in total  selected.
Each day consists of three or four parallel oral sessions and two parallel poster sessions. The  technical exhibition is the central meeting place where the coffee breaks and welcome reception take place. It is the perfect opportunity to be updated on the latest developments inthe field.
Participants are encouraged to register for the conference of their choice. Each conference registration includes access to the technical programme of all three conferences and the exhibition.
Delegates’ conference experience can be further enhanced by participating in the workshops and field trips organized to complement the meeting.
The workshop on ‘Advances in Imaging for Archaeology’ will address advances in new and novel approaches to acquisition, processing, interpretation and representation, including high-resolution tomographic techniques. Case histories are also sought, particularly those demonstrating the role of geophysical studies in improving the effectiveness of comprehensive archaeological and historical problems. The workshop on the Earth’s Critical Zone (CZ) refers to the thin veneer of the planet from the top of the tree canopy to the bottom of the aquifers. The CZ is house to a number of key chemical, physical and biological processes that control much of the interactions of the planet with the atmosphere, and supports nearly all human activity. The characterization of the CZ requires abundant and informative data, and near surface geophysics can play a major role in this direction. One of the field trips will take participants to the Langhe region (Unesco heritage territory) and includes sightseeing of the region both from the vineyards point of view and for the geological aspects.

The Alps field trip will focus on Punta Helbronner on the Mont Blanc massif (3450 m, thanks to the new panoramic cabin lift, and a visit to the FMS Safe Mountain Foundation in Entreves, on the foothills of Mont Blanc.
Prior to the Near Surface Conference, EAGE will present a brand new short course from Dr Ernst Niederleithinger. His course on ‘Geophysical Investigation of River Embankments’, will give guidance into the various ways to design, perform and interpret geophysical surveys for river embankments as the most important safety belt for people, farms and industry in flood-prone areas.

The event will also connect delegates through the exhibition and/or sponsoring programme. It is not too late to participate in the Near Surface Geoscience exposure programmes. This is the perfect platform to present products and services and to enhance brand;identity as an exhibitor and or sponsor. The exhibition will be the central meeting place where companies from all disciplines display their products and services. More information can be found at exhibition@eage.org.
Other sites to visit for the latest information on the combined event are: www.eage.org/event/environmentalengineering-2015; www.eage.org/event/proximal-sensing-2015; and www.eage.org/event/airborne-em-2015.

Source: First Break August 2015

Near Surface Geoscience - special topic in First Break August 2015

Near surface geophysics – from seismic and Ground Penetrating Radar techniques for urban and microzonation studies to latest developments in time lapse ERT – is truly a diverse field. 

A. Arato et al. present latest developments in electrical resistivity in shallow applications. The results confirm that ERT surveys can be adopted as a monitoring tool for shallow geothermal applications.

Dario Albarello et al. describe the regulatory framework for seismic microzonation in Italy and present the promising results of the use of seismic measurements, with particular regard to surface wave analysis.

E. Forte et al. present an overview of recent applications of GPR, in glaciology and snow characterization and demonstrate that GPR surveys enable the measurement of snow depth with an accuracy of about 10%.

Mauro Giudici et al. discuss the capabilities of hydrogeophysical methods to map the hydrostratigraphic structure and the heterogeneity of the subsurface and demonstrate that key to success is ‘integration’ of geological and geophysical data.

S. Piro et al. demonstrate how geophysical techniques are invaluable for finding, restoring and managing the jewels of Italy’s cultural heritage.
Alessandro Santilano et al present applications of electromagnetic and direct current methods for the geothermal exploration in Italy and show how EM geophysical methods are useful for the exploration of shallow and deep geothermal resources.

S. Stocco et al. present a project to obtain different surface waves of data along a wall, using a single seismic array. The results demonstrate the reliability of time-lapse surface wave data analysis to assess the ground after consolidating works. 

Madrid EAGE 2015 honours achievements in geoscience and engineering

This year’s Awards Ceremony at the 2015 EAGE Annual Meeting, presented by Mohammed Alfaraj and Philip Ringrose, once again acknowledged some of the great scientific work carried out by EAGE members, also recognizing in some cases their special contribution to the Association and the geoscience community in general. As ever, the Awards committee is to be thanked for its dedication to the difficult task of selecting from many deserving nominees the 2015 award winners listed below.

Conrad Schlumberger Award
Alain Tabbagh

Presented to a member of the Association who has made an outstanding contribution over a period of time to the scientific and technical advancement of the geosciences, particularly geophysics.

Ludger Mintrop Award
Meng Heng Loke and co-authors Torleif Dahlin and Dale F. Rucker

Awarded to the best paper in Near Surface Geophysics entitled: ‘Smoothnessconstrained time-lapse inversion of data from 3D resistivity surveys’.


Source First Break July 2015

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