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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 2016: 1.293

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 'Urban geophysics'

Urban Geophysics: New Developments and Research Trends

Short abstract deadline: 1 May 2017

Full-paper submission deadline: 15 August 2017

NSG Special Issue publication: June 2018

Early online publication: Accepted papers early online after galley proof


Call for papers 

This Special Issue of Near Surface Geophysics will be dedicated to urban geophysics and will focus on recent developments and innovative applications of geophysical and, in particular, seismic and electrical techniques that contribute to the understanding of near-surface geology covered by cities or infrastructures. This information is in high demand as population densities increase, infrastructures expand, and related geological/geotechnical/environmental risks rise. The articles to be published in this Special Issue will address problems and challenges due to noisy settings and logistic restrictions to acquisition/instrumentation. It will specifically include papers addressing three different approaches that are increasingly relevant in unraveling the subsurface complexity in urban environments. The first approach focuses on adapting traditional techniques to increase and isolate signal from noise. The second one takes advantage of the noise to transform it into useful signal. The third one primarily uses electrical methods, either independently or in conjunction with other geophysical methods. Techniques such as seismic interferometry or ambient noise analysis will be included.


Submit your paper

Please inform one of the following Guest Editors about your intention to contribute to the Special Issue of NSG, by sending a short (one-page) abstract by 1 May 2017. Successful authors will be required to submit their full papers by 15 August 2017.

Final manuscripts need to be submitted through the Near Surface Geophysics online submission system (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/nsg). Please indicate that the manuscript is intended for this Special Issue on Urban Geophysics in the online submission system and in a cover letter to the editor. Check the Near Surface Geophysics website for instructions on manuscript preparation. Manuscripts that are submitted to this Special Issue will undergo the standard Near Surface Geophysics review process; authors may also be asked to contribute to the review process.


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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