Innovation in Near-Surface Geophysics

Innovation in Near-Surface Geophysics

Instrumentation, Application, and Data Processing Methods

1st Edition - October 5, 2018
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  • Editors: Raffaele Persico, Salvatore Piro, Neil Linford
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128124307
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128124291

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Innovation in Near-Surface Geophysics: Instrumentation, Application, and Data Processing Methods offers an advanced look at state-of-the-art and innovative technologies for near surface geophysics, exposing the latest, most effective techniques in an accessible way. By addressing a variety of geophysical applications, including cultural heritage, civil engineering, characteristics of soil, and others, the book provides an understanding of the best products and methodologies modern near surface geophysics has to offer. It proposes tips for new ideas and projects, and encourages collaboration across disciplines and techniques for the best implementation and results. Clearly organized, with contributions from leaders from throughout geophysics, Innovation in Near-Surface Geophysics is an important guide for geophysicists who hope to gain a better understanding of the tools and techniques available.

Key Features

  • Addresses a variety of applications in near-surface geophysics, including cultural heritage, civil engineering, soil analysis, etc.
  • Provides insight to available products and techniques and offers suggestions for future developments
  • Clearly organized by techniques and their applications 


Geophysicists, including those involved in archaeology, engineering, manufacturing and selling of geophysical instruments, etc.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Passive and active electrical methods: New frontiers of application
    2. Advances in electrical resistivity tomography: Theory and case studies
    3. TDR methodology for the measure of magnetic properties of materials at radio frequencies
    4. In situ XRF spectrometry: A geochemical complement the geophysical field survey of an aircraft crash site
    5. Advanced magnetic prospecting with vehicle towed array and solid Cs magnetometers
    6. Making sense of anomalies: Practices and challenges in the archaeological interpretation of geophysical data
    7. Efficiency of the magnetic method in surveying desert sites in Egypt and Sudan: Case studies
    8. Step Frequency Continuous Waveform (SFCW) GPR systems
    9. Putting it all together: Geophysical data, integration
    10. Ground Penetrating Radar for the evaluation and monitoring of transport infrastructures
    11. THz imaging and data processing: state of art and perspective
    12. Ambient noise techniques to study near-surface in particular geological conditions: A brief review
    13. Multimethodological approach to investigate urban and suburban archaeological sites

Product details

  • No. of pages: 534
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: October 5, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128124307
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128124291

About the Editors

Raffaele Persico

Dr. Raffaele Persico is a research scientist at the Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage IBAM-CNR and is fellow professor in probability and statistics at the International Telematic University Uninettuno UTIU. His main interests are noninvasive prospecting applied to cultural heritage, inversion approaches applied to GPR data, reconfigurable stepped frequency GPR systems, and TDR probes. He chaired the 13th International GPR Conference in 2010 and was publication chair of the 15th Mediterranean Microwave Symposium in 2015. He is president of the Italian Association of the GPR (

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage, IBAM-CNR, Italy

Salvatore Piro

Dr. Salvatore Piro is a research director in the Institute for Technologies Applied to Cultural Heritage. From 2012 until present, he has been a professor of applied geophysics at the Earth Science Department of Sapienza University of Rome. His research interests include the acquisition and processing of integrated geophysical methods for near surface investigations. He is a member of SEG, EAGE, Near Surface Geophysics, EGU, EEGS, and ISAP. He is also Associate Editor of the journals Near Surface Geophysics, Archaeological Prospection, International Journal of Geophysics, and Journal of Archaeology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute for Technologies Applied to Cultural Heritage, ITABC – CNR, Italy

Neil Linford

Dr. Neil Linford is the senior geophysicist within Historic England’s Geophysics Team and provides advice on the use of geophysical methods within the historic environment, including field survey and application to standing buildings. His research interests include the use of multichannel ground penetrating radar, environmental magnetism, and high-sensitivity cesium magnetometer surveys, and he is currently an editor of the journal Archaeological Prospection.

Affiliations and Expertise

Geophysics Team, Historic England, UK