The Self-Potential Method

The Self-Potential Method : Theory and Applications in Environmental Geosciences

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The self-potential method enables non-intrusive assessment and imaging of disturbances in electrical currents of conductive subsurface materials. It has an increasing number of applications, from mapping fluid flow in the subsurface of the Earth to detecting preferential flow paths in earth dams and embankments. This book provides the first full overview of the fundamental concepts of this method and its applications in the field. It discusses the historical perspective, laboratory investigations undertaken, the inverse problem and seismoelectric coupling, and concludes with the application of the self-potential method to geohazards, water resources and hydrothermal systems. Chapter exercises, online datasets and analytical software enable the reader to put the theory into practice. This book is a key reference for academic researchers and professionals working in the areas of geophysics, environmental science, hydrology and geotechnical engineering. It will also be valuable reading for related graduate courses.
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  • Electronic book text | 384 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 190 b/w illus. 30 colour illus. 12 tables 16 exercises
  • 1139094254
  • 9781139094252

Table of contents

Foreword; Preface; 1. Fundamentals of the self-potential method; 2. Development of a fundamental theory; 3. Laboratory investigations; 4. Forward and inverse modeling; 5. Applications to geohazards; 6. Application to water resources; 7. Application to hydrothermal systems; 8. Seismoelectric coupling; Appendix A: a simple model of the Stern layer; Appendix B: the u-p formulation of poroelasticity; References; Index.
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