Aims and scope

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 2014: 1.179

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.

Call for Papers Airborne Geophysics - Special Issue of the Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics

The Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (JEEG) announces a Call for Papers for a special issue on Airborne Geophysics. This issue is scheduled for publication in March 2017.

The special issue co-editors are Antonio Menghini, Aarhus Geophysics, Denmark and Les Beard, Zonge International, Arizona, USA. Sponsorship of this issue is still open.

Suggested themes are:

• New developments in equipment
• Novel airborne geophysical systems, including unmanned systems
• Data acquisition, modeling, and inversion
• Case histories, including: hydrogeology, including soil salinity, engineering, ordnance detection, environment, mining, exploration

International contributions are encouraged. The special issue will accommodate six to eight papers, but all accepted papers will be considered for publication in other JEEG issues.

Papers may be submitted through the JEEG submission site, Indicate in the cover letter that the paper is for consideration in the Airborne Geophysics special issue. The deadline for submissions is February 28th, 2016.

Questions may be directed to:
Special Issue Co-Editors—Antonio Menghini,
Les Beard,
JEEG Editor—Janet Simms,

New EAGE Publication: Recommendations for the Safety of People and Instruments in Ground-Penetrating Radar and Near-Surface Geophysical Prospecting

This book offers an in-depth overview on the risks associated to Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Near-Surface Geophysical Prospecting, providing the reader with practical recommendations for the safety of people and instruments.
The book stems out from the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action TU1208 "Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar" ( It also benefited from the significant contribution of renowned experts not involved in the Action.

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Among the main topics dealt with in the book, the reader will find:

  • general recommendations for a safe prospecting and minimal safety equipment to be brought in the field;
  • specific advice for experimental campaigns carried out in challenging environmental situations;
  • appropriate precautions related to specific kinds of GPR applications;
  • dangers associated to electromagnetic emissions and European regulations for GPR manufacturers and end-users.

The book includes a short medical first aid guide as well, which is specifically conceived for near-surface geophysical prospecting. Suggestions for correct use and safe transport of the equipment are finally provided.

Read more here.

Near Surface Geoscience - special topic in First Break August 2015

Near surface geophysics – from seismic and Ground Penetrating Radar techniques for urban and microzonation studies to latest developments in time lapse ERT – is truly a diverse field.

A. Arato et al. present latest developments in electrical resistivity in shallow applications. The results confirm that ERT surveys can be adopted as a monitoring tool for shallow geothermal applications.

Dario Albarello et al. describe the regulatory framework for seismic microzonation in Italy and present the promising results of the use of seismic measurements, with particular regard to surface wave analysis.

E. Forte et al. present an overview of recent applications of GPR, in glaciology and snow characterization and demonstrate that GPR surveys enable the measurement of snow depth with an accuracy of about 10%.

Mauro Giudici et al. discuss the capabilities of hydrogeophysical methods to map the hydrostratigraphic structure and the heterogeneity of the subsurface and demonstrate that key to success is ‘integration’ of geological and geophysical data.

S. Piro et al. demonstrate how geophysical techniques are invaluable for finding, restoring and managing the jewels of Italy’s cultural heritage.
Alessandro Santilano et al present applications of electromagnetic and direct current methods for the geothermal exploration in Italy and show how EM geophysical methods are useful for the exploration of shallow and deep geothermal resources.

S. Stocco et al. present a project to obtain different surface waves of data along a wall, using a single seismic array. The results demonstrate the reliability of time-lapse surface wave data analysis to assess the ground after consolidating works.