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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.

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)

Near Surface Geoscience Meeting in Athens draws presidential royal flush

The growing importance of the EAGE’s Near Surface Geoscience Meeting in Athens on September 15-18 was attested by the presence of the presidents of some of the major geoscience organisations – EAGE president Philip Ringrose was joined by the presidents of both the SEG and the ASEG.

They were some 373 conference and exhibition participants and 75 workshop participants, who also had access to other events during the Near Surface Geosciences meeting – the First Applied Shallow Marine Geophysics Conference and the First International EuroGPR School. 

Among the distinguished speakers at the Near Surface Geosciences meeting was Don Steeples who presented the evolution of near surface seismics; Koya Suto, who presented the Australian experience in mining, environmental and engineering geophysics; and Michael Zhdanov, who presented modelling in electromagnetics. There were two successful workshops on urban and monitoring geophysics presented by the world-renowned experts (Yilmaz, Xia, Lin, Ivanov, Dahlin, Kim, Supper, Chambers, Tsourlos). 

The conference included two field trips. The Lavrion field trip, organized by EAGE, included a visit to the mining area from ancient to recent times as well as a visit to ancient temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounio with its famous sunset. HGU organized a fieldtrip to Santorini Island, which included a visit to the volcano with its caldera, where volcanological-oceanographic- geophysical monitoring was carried out before participants could relax to enjoy the world famous Oia sunset. 

The exhibition of Near Surface Geoscience was the central meeting place of the event. More than 370 delegates participated in one or all of the three parallel conferences and gathered in the exhibition area to network, raise a glass during the icebreaker and exchange ideas. At the exhibition, 25 companies represented the industry. On Tuesday the special exhibits/field demonstrations attracted a lot of people. 

For 2015 in Turin the organizers will proceed with this initiative and look forward to continuing the growth of the Near Surface Geoscience conference and exhibition. 

(Source First Break November 2014)

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