Arguably, the beginnings of geophysics can be traced to Gilbert's discovery that the world behaves like a massive magnet and Newton's theory of gravitation. Since that time, researchers in geophysics have developed a broad array of measurement tools involving magnetic, seismic, electromagnetic, resistivity, induced polarization, radioactivity, and gravity methods. Although at times a formidable technological feat, the adaptation of geophysical techniques from the measurement of geologic strata to the measurement of surface and near-surface soils for agricultural applications was the next logical step.

Geophysical techniques currently used in agricultural research include electrical resistivity (ER), time domain reflectometry (TDR), ground-penetrating radar (GPR), capacitance probes (CPs), radar scatterometry or active microwaves (AM), passive microwaves (PM), electromagnetic induction (EMI), neutron thermalization, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), gamma ray attenuation, and near-surface seismic reflection. Several of the geophysical techniques fall into the category of electromagnetic (EM) methods because they rely on an EM source, including TDR, GPR, CP, AM, PM, and EMI. Each varies from the other in a subtle way. For TDR, the applied electromagnetic

0 0

Post a comment