by Gregory S. Baker
Duration: Two days
Intended Audience: Geologists and geophysicists, both in industry and academia. Materials covered will be valuable to both explorationists and exploitationists who have interest in the upper 200m of the subsurface.
Major use of shallow-seismic techniques today, however, is in the environmental industry (for site characterization, contaminant detection, etc.) driven by minimizing cost. Therefore, if the availability of better data reveals a need for more expensive and extensive site cleanup, improving seismic data quality may be counter productive (to the industry) and may not obtain a high priority for funding and quality control. The goal of this course is therefore to provide a starting point for near-surface seismology workers who have not had industry- or academic-supported training or guidance but wish to maintain the integrity of seismology as a tool for near-surface exploration.
Course lectures will involve both PowerPoint presentations as well as "in class" paper exercises focused on interpretation and pitfalls. Due to the numerous data processing, analysis, and interpretation software packages available and necessary for in class work (and their associated licensing!), we will not be doing any computer-based data processing or analysis. However, appropriate step-by-step analyses of the procedures (including examples) will be covered.