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In recent decades, the magnetotelluric (MT) method has been applied widely to geotectonics, oil and gas surveys, geothermal investigations, and earthquake prediction. Forward modeling for the 1-D MT problem is analytical. However, for the 2-D case one must use numerical methods. Presently, the most commonly used numerical method is the FEM (Silvester and Haslam, 1972; Reddy and Rakin, 1975; Xu and Zhao, 1985; Wannamaker et al., 1986, 1987; and Chouteau and Bouchard, 1988).

This chapter presents the application of the BEM to 2-D MT forward modeling. The BEM is most useful if there...

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