Potential-Field Continuation and Transformation
Published:January 01, 2001
Measurement of gravitational and magnetic fields plays an important role in geophysical exploration. These potential fields can be mathematically transformed from the actual observation point to a fictitious observation point to enhance or reduce features in the data. For example, the effect of near-surface sources can be diminished by upward continuation of the observed values measured on the ground surface to a plane above the surface. On the other hand, if we want to enhance the effect of a shallow source, we perform downward continuation, which determines the fields at some depth below the surface.
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The Boundary Element Method in Geophysics
The boundary element method (BEM) divides only the boundaries of the region under investigation into elements, so it diminishes the dimensionality of the problem, e.g., the 3D problem becomes a 2D problem, and the 2D problem becomes a 1D problem. This simplifies inputting the model into a computer and greatly reduces the number of algebraic equations. The advantage of this is even more evident for some 3D and infinite regional problems that often are encountered in geophysics. Originally published in China, this well-organized book is likely the most comprehensive work on the subject of solving applied geophysical problems. Basic mathematical principles are introduced in Chapter 1, followed by a general yet thorough discussion of the BEM in Chapter 2. Chapters 3 through 7 introduce the applications of BEM to solve problems of potential-field continuation and transformation, gravity and magnetic anomalies modeling, electric resistivity and induced polarization field modeling, magnetotelluric modeling, and various seismic modeling problems. Finally, in Chapter 8, a brief discussion is provided on how to incorporate the BEM and the finite-element method (FEM) together. In each chapter, detailed practical examples are given, and comparisons to both analytic and other numerical solutions are presented. This is an excellent book for numerically oriented geophysicists and for use as a textbook in numerical-analysis classes.