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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 2017: 1.186

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.

NSG Special Issue on ‘GPR for civil and environmental engineering’

Call for papers

Due to tremendous technical developments, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) has evolved to be one of the standard techniques in the near-surface geophysical toolbox. Within the past decades, GPR has proven its potential in many different applications and, as a result, today GPR is routinely employed by researchers, engineers, and consultants to investigate a variety of natural and artificial media including geological and concrete materials.

In this Special Issue of Near Surface Geophysics, we intend to present recent methodological advances in GPR with a focus on topics related to the fields of civil and environmental engineering. Such advances might be related to improvements in theoretical, modeling concepts, to novel GPR instruments and data acquisition strategies, as well as to improved and refined approaches for GPR data analysis, processing, inversion and interpretation. In addition, we encourage authors to present case studies demonstrating novel and innovative applications of GPR. For example, such case histories could be based on applications of GPR in addressing problems related to planning, constructing, or assessing and maintaining different kinds of infrastructure, or they can be discussing the use of GPR in investigating and monitoring environmental issues including different kinds of geohazards. We especially welcome papers on integrated approaches that combine GPR with other geophysical and non-geophysical methods demonstrating the potential benefits of using modern multi-method and cross-disciplinary exploration strategies in near-surface geophysical problems.

Submission details

Although this Special Issue is motivated by the 17th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (to be held on June 18-21, 2018 in Rapperswil, Switzerland), it is open to the entire research community. Please inform one of the Guest Editors about your intention to contribute to the Special Issue by sending a short (one-page) abstract until July 15, 2018. Successful authors will be invited and requested to submit their full papers by October 1, 2018.

All submitted manuscripts will undergo the regular peer review process of Near Surface Geophysics (http://www.nsg.eage.org) and must be submitted via the online submission system of the journal (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/nsg). In this system and in your cover letter, please indicate the name of the Special Issue. The publication of the Special Issue is scheduled for June 2019 but all accepted papers will be published as Early Online as soon as the galley proofs are corrected.

Guest Editors

- Johannes Hugenschmidt (University of Applied Science, Rapperswil, Switzerland, johannes.hugenschmidt@hsr.ch)

- Antonios Giannopoulos (University of Edinburgh, UK, A.Giannopoulos@ed.ac.uk)

- Jens Tronicke (University of Potsdam, Germany, jens@geo.uni-potsdam.de)


NSG Special Issue on 'Urban geophysics: New Developments and Research Trends'

NSG Special Issue publication: June 2018

Early online publication: Accepted papers early online after galley proof


Guest Editors

Beatriz Benjumea. Cartographic and Geological Institute of Catalonia.  beatriz.benjumea@icgc.cat

Juan Jose Galiana-Merino, 'Dept. Physics, Systems Engineering and Signal Theory, University of Alicante, juanjo@dfists.ua.es

Torleif Dahlin, Engineering Geology, Lund University, torleif.dahlin@tg.lth.se

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