Applied geophysics in periglacial environments by C. Hauck

By C. Hauck

Many examine difficulties in cryospheric technology, similar to worldwide warming-induced permafrost degradation, require information regarding the subsurface, which are imaged utilizing geophysical equipment. This ebook is a pragmatic consultant to the applying of geophysical options in mountainous and polar terrain, the place the cruel setting and nature of the subsurface pose specific demanding situations. It starts off with an advent to the most geophysical equipment after which demonstrates their software in periglacial environments via numerous case reviews - written by means of a crew of overseas specialists. the ultimate a part of the ebook provides a sequence of reference tables with normal values of geophysical parameters for periglacial environments. This instruction manual is a important source for glaciologists, geomorphologists and geologists requiring an advent to geophysical ideas, in addition to for geophysicists missing adventure of making plans and undertaking box surveys in chilly areas.

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In summer 1998, 200 m long ERT profiles across and along the moraine, as well as across a nearby valley with complex topography were conducted to detect the suspected ice core within the moraine and to investigate the performance and limitations of the ERT method (Hauck et al. 2003, Hauck and Vonder Mu¨hll 2003b). 2). This damping factor specifies the weighting between data constraints and a-priori information, in this case the assumed smoothness of the subsurface. Large values for k result in a smoothed resistivity model, while small values for k allow a more data-consistent resistivity distribution, but may result in very noisy resistivity models.

On the other hand, very shallow investigation is not possible with TEM systems, partly because the switch-off of the transmitter current is not instantaneous, but uses a finite ramp time, which sets a threshold on the earliest time channels that can be measured. In general, TEM sounding methods are used when the very shallow depths are not important and a large investigation depth is desired, whereas two-coil FEM systems are preferred for near-surface, highresolution investigation. TEM soundings are categorised to take place in the near zone, far zone, or intermediate zone, depending on the transmitter size and the time channels.

Data acquisition Before the actual survey, the optimum transmitter loop size should be determined. As a rule of thumb, the loop size should be approximately equal to the assumed target depth. It is recommended to try different loop sizes for the first station and determine which one gives the best results. Typical sizes often used are 50 m · 50 m or 100 m · 100 m (see Chapter 7). For small loop sizes (<25 m) it may be difficult to achieve good data quality. The station spacing is typically chosen to be equal to the loop size (no overlap) or half the loop size (50% overlap).

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