Aims and scope
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.
Look out for Near Surface Geophysics specialissue on magnetic resonance in the subsurface
The coming April issue of Near Surface Geophysics will be a special issue of selected papers about Magnetic Resonance Sounding derived from the 5th Workshop ‘Magnetic Resonance in the Subsurface’, which took place in Hannover (Germany) from 25 to 27 September 2012.
The papers address the theoretical basis and considerations of surface magnetic resonance measurements applied to the investigation of 1D, 2D and 3D conditions as well as practical issues and experiences in the application of the method in various hydrogeological settings and in different geographical regions.
The very first magnetic resonance soundings were carried out in the Soviet Union from 1979 to 1981. Since 1982, MRS has been tested in different geological settings and in different countries. Since 1996, when a new generation of MRS equipment also became commercially available, the number of MRS users has increased.
While the efficiency of the MRS method for ground-water-related studies is already proven for some applications, many technical details are still under development. We have already reached the stage that MRS can be used not only for sounding assuming horizontal layering, i.e., only vertical variation in a 1D structure, but recently also to determine variations in 2D and 3D. A new generation of hardware and software is expected to improve the accuracy of the technique.
At the next workshop on MRS, planned for October-November 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark, we hope to see even more growth in the community. Finally, we owe thanks to the publication management of Near Surface Geophysics and all those who participated in the reviewing and production process for the improvements your contributions have made to this issue.
Ugur Yaramanci, Rosemary Knight and Anatoly Legchenko (guest editors).
(Source: First Break March)
20th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
Athens has been chosen to host Near Surface Geoscience 2014. In 2014 this event will be expanded with conferences that run parallel to the 20th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics of EAGE's Near Surface Geoscience Division.
The conferences have their own technical programme and will attract people specialized in the conference topics as well as people with a broader Near Surface Geoscience focus. The combination of conferences offers participants from the different disciplines a chance to follow a technical programme specialized in their area of expertise whilst also being exposed to other disciplines.
Delegates will register for the conference of their interest. The registration gives them access to the technical programme of that specific conference. Moreover they are free to also attend the technical programmes of the other conferences and visit the exhibition. The social programme, consisting of the Icebreaker reception and the conference dinner, is also included in each registration.
The exhibition becomes the central place where companies from all disciplines display their products and services. The coffee breaks and Icebreaker reception take place in the exhibition and provide excellent networking opportunities in an informal setting.
The article in the December edition of EAGE's First Break Magazine provides additional information about the set up of the Near Surface Geoscience event.
For more information on Near Surface Geoscience 2014 visit EAGE website.
Near Surface Geoscience prepares to spread its wings next year
EAGE’s annual Near Surface Geoscience conference is undergoing major changes which aim to bring a larger audience, more presentations, more coverage, greater networking opportunities and more inter-disciplinary working to the flagship conference for the Near Surface Geoscience Division. The upcoming event, taking place on 14–18 September 2014 in Athens, will consist of not just one, but two conferences running parallel to each other. In addition to the annual European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics this edition will also incorporate the First Applied Shallow Marine Conference.
It is hoped that the change will raise the profile of the annual Near Surface Geoscience conference, attract a larger audience and lead to more
coverage of the event. Another potential benefit will be the interdisciplinary cross-over within the field of the shallow surface. Delegates registering for one of the conferences taking place under the Near Surface Geoscience ‘umbrella’ are therefore encouraged to participate in and engage with the technical presentations of the other parallel conferences taking place at the same time.
What will this mean for the upcoming edition of Near Surface Geoscience? Athens will host two individual parallel EAGE conferences between 14 and 18 September 2014, both incorporated under the wider Near Surface Geoscience, umbrella. The delegate would register for the conference of his/hers predominant interest. Both will have their own technical programmes, websites and registration, but delegates of either event can move between the conferences without any restrictions. Prices for registration and deadlines for registration periods as well as paper submission will be identical for all conferences involved.
Delegates still have the option to attend sessions traditionally dealt with in the Near Surface Geoscience conferences while also allowing them to pick selectively from the programmes of other conferences on offer. The new format will facilitate a more thorough approach into particular topics dealt with in the specialist conferences. Instead of having a couple of sessions on shallow marine geophysics, an entire technical programme will be dedicated to this topic in Athens, allowing for more indepth analysis as well as broadening the scope of the topic. As participants are invited to attend and engage in both conferences, it thus allows for an increased multi-disciplinary experience and opens more options for expert conversation and debate. Due to the increased scope and profile of the conferences, the number of participants at the meeting is also expected to increase. As both the conference dinner and icebreaker reception will be combined events this opens up exciting new networking and marketing opportunities.
Near Surface Geoscience ‘veterans’ will be pleased to know that these changes will be complementary to the programme traditionally offered at Near Surface Geoscience conferences. The period in which the conference usually takes place as well as the format and schedule of the conferences will largely remain the same. Other traditional elements of EAGE conferences, such as the conference evening and the exhibition, will be shared. The exhibition will take place as a cross-conference event. Similar to previous editions, it will also be possible to register for the exhibition only.
In addition to the technical and social programme, previous Near Surface Geoscience conferences have held strong workshop sessions and
engaging field trips. Delegates will be pleased to learn these elements remain in place and will be available for any delegate disregarding the conference he/she signs up to. This can be arranged directly via the registration website of the conference you would like to register for.
EAGE hopes these changes will result in a highly successful Near Surface Geoscience ‘14. The call for papers for both conferences is now open. More information about the conferences and the abstract topics can be found on the conference websites www.eage.org/events/nearsurface-2014 and www.eage.org/events/shallow-marine-2014.
(Source: First Break December 2012)