Synopses & Reviews
This self-contained book provides a basic foundation for students, practitioners, and researchers interested in some of the diverse new areas of multiscale (geo)potential theory. New mathematical methods are developed enabling the gravitational potential of a planetary body to be modeled and analyzed using a continuous flow of observations from land or satellite devices. Harmonic wavelet methods are introduced, as well as fast computational schemes and various numerical test examples. The work is divided into two main parts: Part I treats well-posed boundary-value problems of potential theory and elasticity; Part II examines ill-posed problems such as satellite-to-satellite tracking, satellite gravity gradiometry, and gravimetry. Both sections demonstrate how multiresolution representations yield Runge-Walsh type solutions that are both accurate in approximation and tractable in computation. Topic and key features: * Comprehensive coverage of topics which, thus far, are only scattered in journal articles and conference proceedings * Important applications and developments for future satellite scenarios; new modelling techniques involving low-orbiting satellites * Multiscale approaches for numerous geoscientific problems, including geoidal determination, magnetic field reconstruction, deformation analysis, and density variation modelling * Multilevel stabilization procedures for regularization * Treatment of the real Earth's shape as well as a spherical Earth model * Modern methods of constructive approximation * Exercises at the end of each chapter and an appendix with hints to their solutions Models and methods presented show how various large- and small-scale processes may be addressed by a single geoscientific modelling framework for potential determination. Multiscale Potential Theory may be used as a textbook for graduate-level courses in geomathematics, applied mathematics, and geophysics. The book is also an up-to-date reference text for geoscientists, applied mathematicians, and engineers.
Review
"The book is devoted to well-posed and ill-posed boundary-value problems arising in geoscience, elasticity, gravimetry and other areas, including satellite problems. New mathematical methods and fast computational schemes based on harmonic analysis and wavelet transforms are developed.... The book may be used for graduate-level courses in geomathematics, applied mathematics, and geophysics. It is also an up-to-date reference text for geoscientists, applied mathematicians, and engineers." --Zentralblatt MATH "Potential theory is a classical area in mathematics which for over 200 years has attracted and still attracts attention. Famous mathematicians have contributed. At the beginning of the 19th century it was Laplace, Poisson, Gauss, Green, both F. and C. Neumann, Helmholtz, Dirichlet and others. In the last century axiomatic, fine, probabilistic, discrete, and nonlinear potential theory arose. The present book is written for applications in geodesy and geophysics and is hence devoted to classical potential theory with particular attention to wavelet approximation.... Each chapter is concluded with exercises which have solution hints at the end of the book.... The book is a self-contained and unique presentation of multiscale potential theory, interesting for applied mathematicians, geophysicists, etc. and proper even for students." --Mathematical Reviews
Synopsis
During the last few decades, the subject of potential theory has not been overly popular in the mathematics community. Neglected in favor of more abstract theories, it has been taught primarily where instructors have ac- tively engaged in research in this field. This situation has resulted in a scarcity of English language books of standard shape, size, and quality covering potential theory. The current book attempts to fill that gap in the literature. Since the rapid development of high-speed computers, the remarkable progress in highly advanced electronic measurement concepts, and, most of all, the significant impact of satellite technology, the flame of interest in potential theory has burned much brighter. The realization that more and more details of potential functions are adequately visualized by "zooming- in" procedures of modern approximation theory has added powerful fuel to the flame. It seems as if, all of a sudden, harmonic kernel functions such as splines and/or wavelets provide the impetus to offer appropriate means of assimilating and assessing the readily increasing flow of potential data, reducing it to comprehensible form, and providing an objective basis for scientific interpretation, classification, testing of concepts, and solutions of problems involving the Laplace operator.
Synopsis
This self-contained text/reference provides a basic foundation for practitioners, researchers, and students interested in any of the diverse areas of multiscale (geo)potential theory. New mathematical methods are developed enabling the gravitational potential of a planetary body to be modeled using a continuous flow of observations from land or satellite devices. Harmonic wavelets methods are introduced, as well as fast computational schemes and various numerical test examples. Presented are multiscale approaches for numerous geoscientific problems, including geoidal determination, magnetic field reconstruction, deformation analysis, and density variation modelling With exercises at the end of each chapter, the book may be used as a textbook for graduate-level courses in geomathematics, applied mathematics, and geophysics. The work is also an up-to-date reference text for geoscientists, applied mathematicians, and engineers.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction
Preliminary Tools
Part I: Well-Posed Problems
Boundary-Value Problems of Potential Theory
Boundary-Value Problems of Elasticity
Part II: Ill-Posed Problems
Satellite Problems
The Gravimetry Problem
Conclusion
Hints for the Solutions of the Exercises
References
Index