1st Edition

Geophysical Methods Fundamentals, Applications, and Case Studies

By O. P. Mishra, D.C. Naskar Copyright 2025
    456 Pages 35 Color & 139 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book includes complete background on Geophysical Methods of Exploration, Practices, and Case Histories for better understanding of the subject of geophysics and its applicability in diverse fields of exploration. It details both conventional and advanced geophysical techniques with description of physics involved into different methodologies. Divided into sixteen chapters, detailed discussions of the theory of individual methods, the operation of specific instruments, the presentation of results and their interpretation are also included.


    • Discusses Potential Geophysical Methods and Applications in Mineral Exploration.
    • Reviews Natural Hazard Risk mitigation using Geophysical methods.
    • Covers surface, air, marine and well-logging geophysical applications in natural resource exploration.
    • Includes electrical, electromagnetic, Seismic and Radioactive Geophysical methods supported by successful case histories.
    • Strengthens mathematical and problem-solving skills covering all the geophysical aspects.

     This book is aimed at graduate students in geophysics, exploration, and environmental geophysics.

    1.Geophysical Methods: Fundamentals, Applications, and Case Studies 2. Environmental & Engineering Geophysics 3.Potential Field Methods (Gravity & Magnetic) Gravity Method 4. Magnetic Method 5. Direct Current Resistivity Method 6. Natural Potentials & Currents- Self-Potential (SP) Method 7. Induced Polarization (IP) Method 8. Electromagnetic (EM) Methods 9. Electromagnetic Geophysical Exploration Magnetotelluric (MT) Method 10. Seismic Method And Seismic Tomography 11. Radioactivity Method 12. Geophysical Well Logging or Borehole Logging 13. Airborne Geophysics 14. Remote Sensing Techniques, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 15. Marine Geophysics 16. A Comparative Overview of Geophysical Methods Including Equation Dictionaries, Field Layouts And Instrumental Setups


    O.P. Mishra is a Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, India (F.N.A.Sc.) for his pioneering work involving Applied Geophysics / Seismology / Disaster Risk Management having over 32-years of experience in different field of earth sciences and seismology and exploration Geophysics. Presently, he is working with Ministry of Earth Sciences as Adviser / Scientist G & Director, National Centre for Seismology. He obtained M.Sc. Tech degree from IIT (ISM)-Dhanbad in Applied Geophysics; Ph.D.; D.Sc. from Geodynamics Research Centre, Japan in Seismology; PGDMA from AIMA, New Delhi in Finance Management. Dr. Mishra worked with: IDRC-Canada in a joint venture project with CMPDIL, Coal India during 1992 - 1995; served Geological Survey of India for about 20-years (1995 – 2014). He worked with SAARC Disaster Management Centre, New Delhi as the Head / Director; He also worked at GRC-Japan as the FOREIGN Visiting Guest Professor. He has honor to represent SAARC Member Nations to different UNOs agencies, such as UNDP; UNESCAP; UNISDR; UNOCHA; UNHABITAT. Dr. Mishra also contributed to IRP; ADPC; ADRC, USAID; ECO as the invited Panelist and he contributed significantly in the field of Disaster Risk Management. He is a widely travelled scientist / academician, and professional to different countries of the world having credentials to execute challenging projects funded by the UNISDR, and the World Bank for Disaster risk resiliency for South Asia and Earthquake Early Warning System. He is a LIFE Member of several professional bodies of international Repute of India and abroad. He is recipient of several awards and Honors, including National Mineral Award-2008 for Disaster Risk Management in Applied Geosciences by the Govt. of India; Anni Talwani Gold Medal by Indian Geophysical Union; A.S. Arya Award by IIT-Roorkee. Dr. Mishra has supervised and guided a total of 50- students and researchers for their higher study during Master and Doctoral courses, including 10- Scholars for Ph.D degree from various Universities of India. He has more than 150-research publications, including edited books/reports/special issues/ roadmaps on various themes of DRR / in peered reviewed journals of national and international repute.

    D.C. Naskar received M.Sc. degree in Physics from Calcutta University. He was conferred with doctorate degrees from Jadavpur University. He has experience in the diverse fields including teaching and technical streams of different institutes at state and central level in India. Dr. D.C. Naskar has a total of 32 years (1989-2021) of experience in the field of exploration geophysics at different capacities in Geological Survey of India (GSI) where he deployed different geophysical methods in the Indian sub-continent for resolving various geological problems associated with mineral exploration and to understand geodynamical processes. He was conferred upon “H. S. Pareek Award for the best research paper on coal science published in the Journal of Geological Society of India”. He has published 100 research publications in recognized national and international journals, seminars, workshops and several GSI unpublished reports on mineral exploration, structural and tectonic studies, groundwater investigations, environmental studies and geophysical mapping in different parts of the country. Presently he is serving in National Centre for Seismology (NCS), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), New Delhi as Consultant to plan and assist in carrying out seismological studies related to installation of seismological observatory for seismological research.