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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 2012: 1.123

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.


Paper call for a special issue on Integrated Geophysical Investigations for Archaeology in the EAGE journal of Near Surface Geophysics.

The development and use of integrated geophysical prospection methods has over the past decade seen a considerable increase worldwide in terms of novel methodological approaches and number of applications. Near surface geophysics, alongside the latest airborne remote sensing methods, comprises a fully non-invasive approach to the investigation and documentation of buried archaeological heritage. This approach aims at efficient generation of detailed information on underground structures of archaeological or historical interest. According to the Valletta convention, the use of non-invasive methods wherever possible can provide not only important prior knowledge for the efficacy of archaeological excavation campaigns, permitting targeted investigations but as well offers the means for the investigation of entire archaeological landscapes at scales and resolutions that earlier have been inaccessible or unavailable. Magnetic, electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and electromagnetic prospection methods are widely used in integrated applications for archaeological prospection because they can efficiently provide data that permit the imaging of buried archaeological structures in two and three dimensions. Besides the geophysical prospection methods referred to above, to a lesser degree the seismic methods, both conventional and tomographic, micro-gravity, self-potential, induced polarization and radiometric measurements are applied to specific archaeological problems. Likewise, the non-destructive testing and investigation of architecture and standing monuments using integrated geophysical prospection methods can help to map and document principal information of certain types of structural damage, such as cracks and fissures. 

Considering the limitations posed from employing individual prospection methods alone, the term ‘integrated investigations’ refers to developments and applications that make use of more than a single method, resulting in complementary data sets for improved imaging and archaeological interpretation of the data describing buried archaeology. Focus should be placed on developments and applications that make use of joint analysis of different data sets and the added value gained through data integration. 

We intend to collect presentations of state-of-the-art integrated geophysical approaches in archaeology in a NSG special issue. We hope that this special issue of Near Surface Geophysics will highlight the quality, if not excellence and international standards of the work conducted by our community. We invite the submission of papers dealing with the following topics:

Authors are invited to submit original manuscripts, prepared according to the ‘Guidance for Authors’ published on the NSG website www.nsg.eage.org. The online submission system for Near Surface Geophysics is www.mc.manuscriptcentral.com/nsg

Please mention the name of the special issue in your cover letter. 
All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the journals established policies and procedures. The selection of final papers for publication will depend on both the results of the peer review process and reviews by guest editors as well as by the chief editor. 

The deadline for manuscript submission to the NSG special issue is September 15th, 2014.
Publication: 2015

Inquiries concerning the special issue should be directed to the Guest Editors: 

Mahmut G. Drahor, Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey, goktug.drahor@deu.edu.tr
Gregory N. Tsokas, Aristotle University, Greece, gtsokas@geo.auth.gr
Salvatore Piro, CNR ITABC, Italy, salvatore.piro@itabc.cnr.it
Immo Trinks, LBI ArchPro, Austria, immo.trinks@archpro.lbg.ac.at

Publication coordinator Kasia Zuk (kzk@eage.org) is happy to assist you in managing your submissions.



Paper call for a special issue on Integrated Geophysical Investigations for Archaeology in the EAGE journal of Near Surface Geophysics.

The development and use of integrated geophysical prospection methods has over the past decade seen a considerable increase worldwide in terms of novel methodological approaches and number of applications. Near surface geophysics, alongside the latest airborne remote sensing methods, comprises a fully non-invasive approach to the investigation and documentation of buried archaeological heritage. This approach aims at efficient generation of detailed information on underground structures of archaeological or historical interest. According to the Valletta convention, the use of non-invasive methods wherever possible can provide not only important prior knowledge for the efficacy of archaeological excavation campaigns, permitting targeted investigations but as well offers the means for the investigation of entire archaeological landscapes at scales and resolutions that earlier have been inaccessible or unavailable. Magnetic, electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and electromagnetic prospection methods are widely used in integrated applications for archaeological prospection because they can efficiently provide data that permit the imaging of buried archaeological structures in two and three dimensions. Besides the geophysical prospection methods referred to above, to a lesser degree the seismic methods, both conventional and tomographic, micro-gravity, self-potential, induced polarization and radiometric measurements are applied to specific archaeological problems. Likewise, the non-destructive testing and investigation of architecture and standing monuments using integrated geophysical prospection methods can help to map and document principal information of certain types of structural damage, such as cracks and fissures. 

Considering the limitations posed from employing individual prospection methods alone, the term ‘integrated investigations’ refers to developments and applications that make use of more than a single method, resulting in complementary data sets for improved imaging and archaeological interpretation of the data describing buried archaeology. Focus should be placed on developments and applications that make use of joint analysis of different data sets and the added value gained through data integration. 

We intend to collect presentations of state-of-the-art integrated geophysical approaches in archaeology in a NSG special issue. We hope that this special issue of Near Surface Geophysics will highlight the quality, if not excellence and international standards of the work conducted by our community. We invite the submission of papers dealing with the following topics:

Authors are invited to submit original manuscripts, prepared according to the ‘Guidance for Authors’ published on the NSG website www.nsg.eage.org. The online submission system for Near Surface Geophysics is www.mc.manuscriptcentral.com/nsg

Please mention the name of the special issue in your cover letter. 
All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed in accordance with the journals established policies and procedures. The selection of final papers for publication will depend on both the results of the peer review process and reviews by guest editors as well as by the chief editor. 

The deadline for manuscript submission to the NSG special issue is September 15th, 2014.
Publication: 2015

Inquiries concerning the special issue should be directed to the Guest Editors: 

Mahmut G. Drahor, Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey, goktug.drahor@deu.edu.tr
Gregory N. Tsokas, Aristotle University, Greece, gtsokas@geo.auth.gr
Salvatore Piro, CNR ITABC, Italy, salvatore.piro@itabc.cnr.it
Immo Trinks, LBI ArchPro, Austria, immo.trinks@archpro.lbg.ac.at

Publication coordinator Kasia Zuk (kzk@eage.org) is happy to assist you in managing your submissions.



European GPR Association bolsters Near Surface Geoscience event

The European GPR Association (EuroGPR) is bolstering the upcoming Near Surface Geoscience conference in Athens with a two-day course which is an introduction to GPR – ‘First International EuroGPR School’. 

The twin technologies of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Wall Probing Radar (WPR) enable the detection of buried material, either below ground or within built structures. They have many applications including civil engineering and construction, traffic management, town planning and the maintenance of utility infrastructures. The technology is considered as increasingly vital for economic growth as well as the health and safety of Europe’s citizens.

The First International EuroGPR School offers a programme aimed at those who are new to, or have limited experience of, GPR. The programme will comprise two sessions per day. Day 1 will be based around GPR theory and Day 2 will focus on practical application. On Day 3 participants can join the technical programmes of the First Applied Shallow Marine Geophysics Conference and the 20th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics.

The lectures will be given by Dr Alan Jones of PipeHawk and by Dr Raffaele Persico of the Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage IBAM-CNR, both members of the Committee of the European GPR Association. More information on the course can be found on www.eage.org/events/EuroGPR-2014.

(Source First Break April 2014)

 



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