Series: Handbook of Geophysical Exploration: Seismic Exploration

The expansion of concepts and technologies in exploration seismics over the years has been documented in detail by a wealth of articles in journals and reports. However, a researcher or specialist developing new techniques, or applying new techniques, relies on handbooks providing overviews and the status of specialised fields. Reference books provide the prime in-depth coverage for the exploration geophysicist - whether the demand is for details of complicated algorithms, the authoritative definition of a term, or the proper source of a quotation. The Handbook of Geophysical Exploration: Seismic Exploration therefore covers everything of interest to the field of exploration seismology. With over 30 volumes published so far and new volumes being published every year, the handbookseries covers a wide array of topics in the field.

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Book Series: Wave Fields in Real Media

Most recent volume

Volume 38. Wave Fields in Real Media

Published: 14th November 2014 Author: José M. Carcione

Authored by the internationally renowned José M. Carcione, Wave Fields in Real Media: Wave Propagation in Anisotropic, Anelastic, Porous and Electromagnetic Media examines the differences between an ideal and a real description of wave propagation, starting with the introduction of relevant stress-strain relations. The combination of this relation and the equations of momentum conservation lead to the equation of motion. The differential formulation is written in terms of memory variables, and Biot's theory is used to describe wave propagation in porous media. For each rheology, a plane-wave analysis is performed in order to understand the physics of wave propagation.

This book contains a review of the main direct numerical methods for solving the equation of motion in the time and space domains. The emphasis is on geophysical applications for seismic exploration, but researchers in the fields of earthquake seismology, rock acoustics, and material science - including many branches of acoustics of fluids and solids - may also find this text useful.

New to this edition:
This new edition presents the fundamentals of wave propagation in Anisotropic, Anelastic, Porous Media while also incorporating the latest research from the past 7 years, including that of the author. The author presents all the equations and concepts necessary to understand the physics of wave propagation. These equations form the basis for modeling and inversion of seismic and electromagnetic data. Additionally, demonstrations are given, so the book can be used to teach post-graduate courses. Addition of new and revised content is approximately 30%.

Additional volumes

Volume 41. Fractal Models in Exploration Geophysics

Published: 31st May 2012 Authors: V.P. Dimri R.P. Srivastava Nimisha Vedanti

Volume 39. Coding and Decoding: Seismic Data

Published: 8th April 2010 Author: Luc Ikelle

Volume 40. Active Geophysical Monitoring

Published: 12th March 2010 Series Volume Editors: Junzo Kasahara Valeri Korneev Michael Zhdanov

Volume 37. Seismic Stratigraphy, Basin Analysis and Reservoir Characterisation

Published: 13th November 2006 Author: P.C.H. Veeken

Volume 36. Information-Based Inversion and Processing with Applications

Published: 16th December 2005 Authors: T.J. Ulrych M.D. Sacchi

Volume 29. Seismic Signatures and Analysis of Reflection Data in Anisotropic Media

Published: 21st March 2005 Author: I. Tsvankin

Volume 1. Basic Theory in Reflection Seismology

Published: 27th October 2004 Authors: J.K. Costain C. Coruh

Volume 35. Seismic While Drilling

Published: 30th June 2004 Authors: F.B. Poletto F. Miranda

Volume 24. Quantitative Borehole Acoustic Methods

Published: 27th January 2004 Authors: X.M. Tang A. Cheng

Volume 34. Seismic Waves and Rays in Elastic Media

Published: 4th August 2003 Author: M.A. Slawinski

Volume 33. Seismic Amplitude Inversion in Reflection Tomography

Published: 25th February 2003 Author: Yanghua Wang

Volume 32. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Published: 25th January 2002 Editors: K.-J. Dunn D.J. Bergman G.A. LaTorraca

Volume 31. Wave Fields in Real Media

Published: 15th October 2001 Editor: José M. Carcione

Volume 30. Computational Neural Networks for Geophysical Data Processing

Published: 13th June 2001 Editor: M.M. Poulton

Volume 29. Seismic Signatures and Analysis of Reflection Data in Anisotropic Media

Published: 2nd March 2001 Author: I. Tsvankin

Volume 16. Seismic Coal Exploration

Published: 15th February 1994 Authors: L. Dresen H. Rüter

Volume 22. Foundations of Anisotropy for Exploration Seismics

Published: 28th January 1994 Author: K. Helbig

Volume 21. Supercomputers in Seismic Exploration

Published: 30th June 1988 Author: E. Eisner Editor: Klaus Helbig