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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 2013: 1.01

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.

Plenty to savour at Near Surface Geoscience annual meeting in Turin

This September, the annual Near Surface Geoscience event is returning to Turin, Italy. Following the success of last year’s formula, the meeting will host three separate events, leading to an increased synergy. The major conference will be the 21st European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (7-9 September). It will be accompanied by two inaugural conferences, one on Proximal Sensing Supporting Precision Agriculture (7-9 September) and the other on European Airborne Electromagnetics (7-9 September). With the technical programmes finalized and published, this is the perfect opportunity to register and participate in the flag ship EAGE Near Surface Geoscience event.

In addition to the conferences the Near Surface Geoscience Exhibition will run from 7-9 September. This provides the platform for companies to promote their products and services to a highly targeted audience and enhance their brand identity as an exhibitor and/or sponsor. The exhibition area will be the central meeting place where coffee breaks and the welcome reception take place providing excellent networking opportunities in an informal setting.  The conference experience can be further enhanced by sampling the full menu which includes workshops and field trips, and a short course, organized to complement the meeting.

One workshop on ‘Advances in Imaging for Archaeology’ will address advances in new 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 resolving archaeological and historical issues. The successful management of our cultural heritage calls for noninvasive assessment of unthreatened sites, evaluation of sites/monuments in areas to be altered, and identification and recovery of information where sites/monuments are often to be destroyed. In all cases, any rapid, non-destructive technique for site evaluation, providing archaeologically meaningful knowledge, may become of prime importance. ArchaeoGeophysics represents an entire range of non-invasive geophysical methods, as well as a variety of digital site-recording systems and numerical techniques for elaborating, analysing and representing the different datasets collected from the surface. The second workshop will discuss the Earth’s Critical Zone (CZ). This is the thin veneer of the planet from the top of the tree canopy to the aquifers bottom. 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, particularly as it can provide information without disturbing the system with invasive methods. Time lapse, high-resolution measurements are required to measure changing states in the system. The workshop will present the state of the art for geophysical characterization of the CZ, and indicate possible ways forward. The Critical Zone workshop will include invited contributions by Ute Wollschläger (UFZ Leipzig), Andrew Binley (Lancaster University), Ulrike Werban (UFZ Leipzig) and Giorgio Cassiani (University of Padova).

Langhe Region field trip
A beautiful field trip the Langhe region (UNESCO heritage territory) is planned, with sightseeing of the region both from the vineyards point of view and for the geological aspects. The Langhe landscape covers five distinct wine-growing areas with outstanding landscapes and encompasses the whole range of technical and economic processes relating to the winegrowing and winemaking that has characterized the region for centuries. The area is also affected by interesting translational soft-rock slides. Unstable rock volumes slide along planar surfaces running appreciably parallel to, and often coinciding with, the dip direction of the bedding. These landslides are continuous, over the area, both in space and in time. The morning will have a geological focus. In the afternoon there will be a tour of the vineyards and/or test of geophysical instrumentation for precision agriculture. The field trip will be completed with a guided tour of the cellars and wine tasting.

Alps field trip
This field trip will focus on Punta Helbronner on the Mont Blanc massif 3450 m above sea level (asl) and a visit to the FMS - Safe Mountain Foundation (Fondazione Montagna sicura) in Entreves, at the foothill of Mont Blanc.  In the morning, the party will arrive at Punta Helbronner, located at an elevation of about 3462 m (asl), by means of a modern cable car; it offers a unique view of Mont Blanc summit (4810 m asl) and the other major peaks at the border between Italy and France. From the top the view on the Glacier du Géant which joins to the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) can be enjoyed. This is the second largest glacier in the Alps. In the afternoon, FMS Safe Mountain foundation will share their activities on risks assessment, monitoring and management of glaciers, deglaciated  areas, glacial lakes and rockfalls monitoring plan.

Short course
Prior to the main event, EAGE will present a brand new short course from Dr Ernst Niederleithinger. His course on ‘Geophysical Investigation of River Embankments’ sheds some light on the most important safety belt for people, farms and industry in flood prone areas. The failure of river embankments has cost thousands of lives and caused €1 billion damage in recent years. Geophysical investigations are excellent tools for structural and condition assessment of river embankments The course will give guidance into the various ways to design, perform and interpret geophysical surveys for river embankments.

Source: First Break June 2015

Near Surface Geoscience ideas break through

Brilliant ideas are expected to come to the surface as the 15 April deadline for paper submissions for the 21st Near Surface Geoscience 2015 in Turin on 6-10 September 2015 approaches.


Geoscientists are encouraged to submit their contribution on several topics of applied geophysics and particularly, for geology, hydrogeological and geotechnical characterization of soil and rock. The conference will focus on the integration of geophysical methods in hydrology and hydrogeological investigation, on landslides characterization and monitoring, on geophysical methods for mining and tunnelling, and on structure and infrastructure assessment. Moreover, because of the increasing relevancy of applied geophysics in seismological application, experiences in the adoption of geophysical methods in seismological studies will be shared. Another important topic is the characterization and monitoring in Alpine and cold regions. New technologies in applied geophysics are also encouraged – new methods, the development of hardware and advances in data processing and interpretation. For more information please visit www.eage.org/event/environmentalengineering-2015.


Precision agriculture applications need high detailed information in respect to spatial and temporal variability of soil properties, hydrology, and crop evolution. The state of the art of these technologies is in continuous evolution such as the related data interpretation and elaboration. The First Conference on Proximal Sensing supporting Precision Agriculture will therefore provide an interdisciplinary forum for researchers,  professionals and engineers from all over the world to show their latest researches and to share experience in this field in order to improve and spread the knowledge on evolving technologies and new data treatment methodologies. Researchers and practitioners operating in the field are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract in one of the sessions of the scientific programme of the conference, which will be structured according to the following main topics:
1) Applications and techniques of soil proximal sensing: innovative research and applications of soil electrical conductivity/resistivity mapping and tomography; electromagnetic devices (EMI and GPR); soil spectroscopy and radiometric methods; electrochemical and mechanical devices; development of new sensors and multi-sensors platforms.
2) Applications and techniques of canopy proximal sensing: innovative and non-invasive technologies to evaluate the spatial variation of nbsp;vegetation vigour, crop quality and physiological parameters.
3) Geostatistical methods for proximal sensing, data elaboration and data fusion: several methods of spatial statistics, data-mining and data-fusion.
For more information please visit www.eage.org/event/proximalsensing-2015.


EuroAEM is planned as a parallel, two-day event providing a focus on innovations in airborne electromagnetics (AEM);technology aimed at better investigating the near surface. The last decade has brought game-changing system improvements that made AEM a reliable and calibrated addition or even alternative for ground-based surveys with superior efficiency for mid- to large-scale projects. This development is leading to quantitative AEM interpretation becoming as precise as surface measurements. The scientific and industry community’s point of view is eagerly sought on these goals. Keynote speakers from Australia, India, the US and Europe will enrich the technical content of the conference. We encourage contributions from all over the world and especially with a European focus and applications that are of special interest in this region. We also welcome abstracts on hard- and software developments, novel interpretation schemes, and unconventional applications but also from other geophysical fields related to AEM.
For more information please visit www.eage.org/event/airborne-em-2015.


Exhibition, short course, workshops and field trips

The three conferences will be well connected with the exhibition space; which will be a central meeting place where you could enjoy coffee and also attend the welcome reception. Pleaserefer to the EAGE website or email exhibition@eage.org if you are interested in participating in the exhibition.

Near Surface Geoscience 2015 will kick off with a short course by Dr Ernst Niederleithinger (RWTH Aachen/BAM) on 6 September. His course will cover river embankments and their geophysical aspects. On the same day there will also be two workshops; one that will explore ‘Advances in Imaging for Archaeology’ and another titled ‘Geophysics for the Characterization of the Critical Zone’. The workshops will also include invited presentations. 

This event offers two fieldtrips to Langhe and the Alps. The trip to Langhe (a Unesco worldheritage site) will take in geological aspects as well as a visit to some vineyards. The climb to Punta Punta Helbronner on the Mont Blanc massif (3450 m a.s.l.) and the visit to the(FMS – safe Mountain foundation) are the main landmarks of the field trip to the Alps close to Turin. Those making the trip will view the valley with its complex geology and huge glaciers. Punta Helbronner, located at an elevation of about 3462 m asl, can be reached by means a modern cableway; it offers a unique view of Mont Blanc summit (4810 m asl) and the other major peaks at the border between Italy and France. 

Source: First Break March 2015

Near Surface 2015 comes full circle in Turin

After the success of Near Surface Geoscience 2014 in Athens, next year’s Near Surface Geoscience Conference in Turin on 6-10 September will again host several parallel conferences to give attendees great value for money. 

The 2015 NSG Conference will host the 21st European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics and two parallel events: the First Conference on Proximal Sensing Supporting Precision Agriculture and the First European Airborne Electromagnetics Conference. The call for papers for all three events will close on 15 April 2015.

A wide technical exhibition will showcase recent technological developments on the market. 

Exhibitors are encouraged to be strongly involved in the scientific programme with short presentations, given in the booths and/or at field demonstrations. Two workshops and two exciting field trips will be organized. Both workshops are planned with keynote lectures and presentations in the form of posters or short notes, in order to stimulate discussions. 

The Workshop on Archeological imaging will focus on the integration of different geophysical methods and digital imaging to provide a virtual reconstruction of antiquities.

The workshop on Earth’s Critical Zone (CZ) focuses on the thin veneer of the planet from the top to the tree canopy to the bottom of the aquifers. This is the host of several key chemical, physical and biological processes that control many of the interactions of the planet with the atmosphere and support nearly all human activity. The workshop aims at presenting the state of the art for geophysical characterization of the CZ, and at indicating ways forward.

The field trips will be linked with the main issues discussed during the conference. A field trip in the Langhe region (50 km outside Turin) will provide demonstration tests on sensors for soil mapping in precision agriculture and an opportunity to enjoy great food and wines of the region. A second field trip on glaciers will take place at the gorgeous glaciers of Mont Blanc or ‘Monte Rosa’ with peaks higher than 4 km. It will be a great opportunity to attend field presentations on different methods and try out new instruments to map snow and glacier properties. 

A social programme with an Italian flavour will be put on to celebrate the 21st birthday of the European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics.  

(Source First Break December 2014)

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