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Handbook of Agricultural Geophysicsby Barry Allred
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Providing background, data analysis, and case histories, Handbook of Agricultural Geophysics presents an in-depth examination of near-surface geophysical methods and their agricultural applications. This book includes current geophysical methods, such as electromagnetic induction, as well as developing methods, such as geomagnetic surveying. It explores the areas of agriculture that can benefit the most from these methods, including precision farming and hydrologic monitoring. It discusses global positioning systems and geographic information systems. It also addresses field and laboratory techniques like time domain reflectometry, cone penetrometers, and gamma ray tomography.
Book News Annotation:
This collection of 30 articles provides an overview of agricultural geophyics as well as material on measurements and methods, global positioning systems and geographic information systems, and ground-penetrating radar case histories. The articles, which emphasize applications but include appropriate levels of theory, cover the theories behind soil electrical conductivity, resistivity methods, electromagnetic induction methods. Geophysical methods with potentially significant future uses, integration of agriculture with positioning systems, and 19 cases studies on resisitivity, electromagnetic induction and ground-penetrating radar. This includes a concise glossary and index and works as a classroom reader as well as a professional and student reference Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Precision farming, site infrastructure assessment, hydrologic monitoring, and environmental investigations these are just a few current and potential uses of near-surface geophysical methods in agriculture. Responding to the growing demand for this technology, the Handbook of Agricultural Geophysics supplies a clear, concise overview of near-surface geophysical methods that can be used in agriculture and provides detailed descriptions of situations in which these techniques have been employed.
Emphasizing practical agricultural applications, this book provides a concise overview of current and potential near-surface geophysical techniques. Accessible even to those without a strong geophysics background, the book begins with an introduction and summary of past applications. It describes the three near-surface geophysical methods most commonly employed, namely resistivity, electromagnetic induction, and ground-penetrating radar. Case histories comprise roughly half the book and demonstrate geophysical techniques for precision farming, site infrastructure assessment, hydrologic monitoring, and environmental investigations.
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