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5: Numerical Modeling for Electromagnetic Methods of Geophysics

Gerald W. Hohmann
Gerald W. Hohmann
Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84112
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January 01, 1987


With the development of accurate, flexible, and reliable digital field instruments, electrical methods of geophysics now are limited mainly by a lack of interpretation capability. Forward solutions for one-dimensional (1-D) (layered) models have been available for many years; they consist of Fourier or Bessel integrals, which can be easily evaluated numerically. Inverse solutions for 1-D models also have been used routinely for many years. However, calculating the response of a two-dimensional (2-D) or three-dimensional (3-D) model is much more difficult, except for certain simple geometries such as spheres or cylinders, where conductivity boundaries correspond to constant-coordinate surfaces. Advances in understanding and interpretation for electrical methods now depend on forward and inverse numerical solutions for arbitrary 2-D and 3-D models.

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Investigations in Geophysics

Electromagnetic Methods in Applied Geophysics: Volume 1, Theory

Society of Exploration Geophysicists
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January 01, 1987




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