Near-Surface Geophysics

Near-Surface Geophysics focuses on the development and application of any and all geophysical methods to study the near-surface region of the Earth, to advance the fundamental science of geophysical imaging (data acquisition, inversion, interpretation), and to address key questions about subsurface properties and processes.

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AGU Awards Announced!

Dear NSG Members,


It's a special moment for our Near Surface Geophysics (NSG) community as three of our distinguished members have been honored with esteemed AGU awards. As the President of NSG, I am filled with pride to share these outstanding accomplishments with you all. 

  • Esben Auken has been selected as an AGU Fellow in recognition of the impactful contributions he has made to our field. His dedication and pioneering work have significantly advanced the realm of electromagnetic geophysics. He has been selected as an AGU Fellow “For innovative and sustained development of electromagnetic software and instruments that advance hydrologic and geologic discovery and solutions”. Esben Auken is CEO at TEMCompany Aps, and adjunct professor at the Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University. He has been Deputy Director at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland and before that full time professor of geophysics at Aarhus University. He gained an MSc (1991) and PhD (1996) in geophysics from Aarhus University. TEMCompany vision is to develop affordable, easy to use electromagnetic instruments for imagining groundwater resources.

  • Rosemary Knight has been honored with the AGU Ambassador Award, recognizing her impactful contributions beyond traditional scientific boundaries, notably “for outstanding contributions in geophysics for water resource evaluation and pioneering efforts to build the community of near-surface geophysics.”. Rosemary Knight is the George L. Harrington Professor of Earth Sciences in the Geophysics Department at Stanford and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute. Rosemary has worked for more than 30 years on the challenge of using geophysical methods for groundwater science and management. Collaboration with local and state agencies and with nonprofit organizations to move “knowledge into action” has been, and remains, central to the work done by Rosemary with her students and postdoctoral associates.

  • Adam Mangel is the recipient of the NSG Early Career Award. This award underscores the remarkable trajectory of his career thus far and the promising future he is paving. It's truly inspiring to see such drive and promise within our community.

These awards are not just personal milestones for Esben, Rosemary and Adam but also a reflection of the excellence that thrives within our NSG community. Their achievements serve as an inspiration to all of us, urging us to push the boundaries of what's possible in our respective areas. 

Let us all join in congratulating them on these significant recognitions. We are eager to celebrate these achievements at our upcoming #AGU23 meeting in San Francisco.

Near Surface Geophysics Section Events at #AGU23

Next to our scientific program, the Near Surface Geophysics section is organizing a wide range of events at #AGU23. You will find a preliminary schedule of the sessions and events organized by the NSG section during AGU23 towards the end of the newsletter. Please mark your calendars with the following:

Near-Surface Geophysics Virtual Business and Recognition Meeting

Are you interested to know more about your Near Surface Geophysics section? Please join us for this special occasion where we review the progress of our section, preview #AGU23 highlights, and recognize the contributions of our 2023 award recipients. We're also proud to feature the presentation of Adam Mangel, the recipient of the NSG Early Career Achievement Award.

Date and time: Thursday, December 7, 10 am EST.   
Location: virtual
Zoom details:
Meeting ID: 991 0612 6317
Passcode: 097012

Student & Early Career Trivia Night

The student and early career representative of the Hydrology, Global Environmental Changes, Near-Surface Geophysics, and Atmospheric Sciences sections are organizing a Trivia Night. Please come and enjoy a night of questions all around AGU and the Earth Sciences, and other things.

When: Monday, December 11 @ 6:30 pm
Where: Marriott Marquis San Francisco-Salon 7

Near Surface Geophysics Reception

The Near Surface Geophysics reception will take place on Tuesday, December 12th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The reception will take place at the Marriott Marquis San Francisco-Salon 3. 

Near Surface Geophysics & Hydrogeophysics Social 

Please Join AGU’s Near Surface Geophysics Section and Hydrogeophysics Technical Committee for the 2023 Fall Meeting social!
Location: New Belgium Brewing Taproom & Restaurant 
(1000a 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94158; Located ~1.2 miles from the Moscone Center)
When: December 14th @ 5pm-7pm
We hope to see you there!

Near Surface Geophysics DEI event

The AGU NSG DEI committee invites you to learn more about our work! We will be hosting an informal meeting from 4-5pm on Thursday December 14th at the New Belgium Brewing Taproom, right before the Hydrogeophysics/NSG social. Join us to meet with the committee, discuss topics of interest, and bring up any concerns that you would like to see addressed by the committee.

Women of Color in Near Surface Geophysics Lunch: Wednesday, December 13th at 12:50 pm

Join us for an informal lunch on Wednesday December 13th at 12:50pm to meet other women of color in near surface geophysics! We will meet outside the poster hall at Moscone South and walk to a nearby location for food. Please RSVP to Kristina Keating (kmkeat@rutgers.edu) to let us know you will be coming.

AGU-SEG Collaboration Committee meeting

The AGU-SEG Collaboration Committee will have an in person meeting at the AGU Fall Meeting. Anyone interested in joining the meeting is welcome.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday 13 December at 1:00 PM in the Poster Hall (Moscone South) Pod #3. Please note that there will be no remote access to this meeting.

Adventures of a Geophysicist - 7 short stories

The field of Near Surface Geophysics has a rich history of innovation in methods, instrumentation, and software. Some of this history is preserved in the publications and textbooks from our field, but many of the interesting back-stories about the people and groups that led to important developments in our field are often lost. To preserve some of this history, the Near Surface Geophysics section will share seven short stories written by Niels Christensen, Professor Emeritus at Aarhus University, one per month posted in our newsletter and linked for posterity on our website. The stories will also be published in ASEG's Preview magazine. You can find the background and the seven stories as they are released here


Google Maps - Near Surface Geophysics Map: submit your pin(s) for any of your present or past fieldsites for which a geophysical dataset exists. We just need your name, a location, name of geophysical method(s), and any other relevant information you want to provide (e.g. date of the dataset, additional methods, collaborators, etc…). The info can be submitted in two ways:

  1. add a pin directly to this shareable map, including a title, description, and link to data [search for the coordinates in the search box at the top of the map and select the option to ‘add pin’]
  2. Submit all relevant data to this form

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