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Authors: L. Pellerin, K. Holliger, L. Slater and U. Yaramanci
Issue: Vol 7, No 5-6, October 2009 pp. 303 - 305
DOI: 10.3997/1873-0604.2009045
Special Topic: Hydrogeophysics - Methods and Processes
Language: English
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Groundwater is an increasingly scarce and fragile resource and there is wide recognition of the challenges we face in effectively protecting and sustainably managing clean sources of water for human consumption and agricultural uses. The emerging field of hydrogeophysics, being the development and application of geophysical methodologies to explore and assess hydrological properties, structures and processes, has a pivotal role to play in achieving these objectives. As reflected in this two-volume special issue, hydrogeophysics encompasses all geophysical methodologies used in boreholes, in the water, on the ground and in the air. The rapid and dynamic growth of this field is evident from the response to an international call for contributions to this Special Issue on Hydrogeophysics – Methods and Processes in Near Surface Geophysics, which produced over 70 statements of interest in the form of abstracts and nearly 40 papers submitted. At the end of a rigorous review process, 27 high-quality papers submitted by authors from 12 countries were accepted, spanning a wide range of topics summarized below.

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