In the field of geophysics, often a sharp distinction is made between the subfields of fundamental geophysics, focusing on understanding natural and physical phenomena on various spatial scales, and exploration geophysics, focusing on applications for industry and society. This sharp line, however, does not need to be drawn. These subfields are based on the same physical principles, use (to a large extent) similar or identical data acquisition techniques, increasingly rely on a common set of tools for data interpretation, and often investigate overlapping spatial scales.

Without doubt, researchers and practicing geophysicists have greatly benefitted from methodological and technological advances made...

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