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Module Reading List

Applied Geophysics, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Dr Jon Mound
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Burger, H.R., A.F. Sheehan & C.H. Jones, Introduction to applied geophysics : exploring the shallow subsurface, WW Norton & Co., 2006 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (SRJ 11/09/2017)    
This book will be useful throughout the year. Chapters 1-7 are relevant. This text details both the theoretical and practical aspects of the geophysical techniques we will cover.

Reynolds, J.M., An Introduction to Applied and Environmental Geophysics  (2nd Ed), John Wiley & Sons, 2011
Similar to the above, this text covers all the major applied geophysics techniques with an emphasis on "near-surface" environmental / engineering applications. Chapters 1-3 are particularly relevant. This text is is a good mix of descriptive and  mathematical with many case studies.

Everett, M. Near-surface applied geophysicsCambridge University Press, 2014.
Another text that covers most applied geophysics techniques (no gravity though) at an appropriate level. There are also chapters on data processing and modelling that will be relevant to modules such as Time Series Analysis and Inverse Theory.

Milsom, J., Field Geophysics (4th Ed), John Wiley & Sons, 2011
This book will be useful throughout the year. Chapters 1-3, 5,6, 11-13 are relevant. A small, yet very useful, guide to doing geophysics in the field; all major techniques are covered.

Brown, A.R., Interpretation of three-dimensional seismic data. Society of Exploration Geophysicists and American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2011 
Relevant for the seismic interpretation material in semester 2.

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Other Reading

Bacon, M, R. Simm and T. Redshaw, 3-D seismic interpretation, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Good resource for the Seismic Interpretation part of the course. Also provides a good introduction to acquisition and processing.

Blakely, R.J., Potential theory in gravity and magnetic applications, Cambridge University Press, 1995
This book will be useful in semester 2, particularly for later topics. All chapters are relevant. This text gives a mathematically detailed overview of potential fields theory.

Sheriff, R.E. and L.P Geldart, Exploration Seismology (2nd edition), Cambridge University Press, 1995
Very complete introductory and second level textbook. Covers a lot of ground and in certain aspects goes beyond the scope of this course. Good mathematical background to processing algorithms and good coverage of acquisition process.

Telford, W.M., Geldart, L.P. & Sheriff, R.E., Applied Geophysics (2nd Ed), Cambridge University Press, 1990 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva
Contains useful information on most applied geophysics topics with a lot of mathematical detail. Chapters 2-5, and 8 are the most relevant. Although some aspects of it are rather old fashioned it is a comprehensive resource.


Lowrie, W., Fundamentals of Geophysics (2nd Ed), Cambridge University Press, 2007
This text will be of use throughout the module. Chapters 2, 3 and 5 are the most relevant.  This text provides some useful introductory information to geophysical surveying methods and theory, including mathematical detail, but at an easier level than Telford et al. (1990).

Kearey, P., M. Brooks and I. Hill, An Introduction to Geophysical Exploration (3rd Ed), Blackwell, 2002
This book will be of use throughout the module. Chapters 1-8 are relevant.  Similar to Reynolds (1997), this text provides a mainly descriptive overview of most geophysical surveying methods.


A good overall resource for the course. 

This list was last updated on 15/07/2021