NSGG Postgraduate Research Symposium 2018

Date: Monday 16th July 2018
Venue: School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds
Registration fee: £15 standard delegate rate, £10 concessions (students etc).

Registration on the day is from 9:20, you can find directions to the venue on this website.

The Near Surface Geophysics Group (NSGG) invites submissions from postgraduate students for our 2018 Postgraduate Research Symposium. The event is hosted in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, by the School’s Institute of Applied Geosciences.

The NSGG is a special interest group of The Geological Society, with a remit of advancing, encouraging and supporting the study and practice of near-surface geophysics throughout the industrial and academic sectors. Our postgraduate symposia offer students of near-surface geophysics the opportunity to present their research to their peer group, plus a network of academic and industrial practitioners, in a relaxed and supportive environment.

We solicit abstracts from postgraduate students working in any aspect of near-surface geophysics, including environmental investigations, engineering, archaeology, forensic science, mineral exploration and geological processes. To mark the Geological Society’s “Year of Resources”, we will hold a special session featuring near-surface geophysical methods as applied to the characterisation of subsurface resources (e.g., energy, minerals, water) and their sustainable development (e.g., waste disposal, time-lapse monitoring).

The deadline for the submission of a 500-word abstract, plus 1 optional figure, is 17:00 on Friday 1st June 2018. Abstracts should be emailed to Dr Adam Booth (; a preference for oral (15+5 mins) presentation will be assumed unless poster format is requested. All presenters will be considered for the NSGG Best Presentation Award.

Delegates are required to register in advance, but payment can be taken on the day. Your registration fee includes lunch and refreshments, generously sponsored by Geomatrix Earth Science Ltd, and a post-symposium reception at the end of the day. We look forward to welcoming you to Leeds!

Convenors: Adam Booth (University of Leeds) and Jamie Pringle (Keele University)

Symposium Program





Opening Address



Ben Davenward

Determining the extent and land systems context of buried ice within glacial environments


Siobhan Killingbeck

Subglacial Sediment Characterisation using Analysis of Seismic Surface Waves and Time Domain Electromagnetics


Alex Priestley

Assimilation of geophysical data in snow hydrology modelling


Break, and Poster Viewing

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Xin Zhang

3D Monte Carlo surface wave tomography


Jessica Holmes

The use of ERT for assessing the condition of transport infrastructure


Antonio Fuggi

Genetic Full Waveform Inversion to characterise fractures


James Whiteley

Monitoring landslides using geophysical methods


Helen Heather-Smith

Monitoring the near surface and structures within using acoustic emissions


Lunch, and Poster Viewing

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Callum Fry

Identifying conventionally sub-seismic faults within polygonal fault systems


Luis Rees-Hughes

Simplifying interpretations of geomorphological GPR data: an automated image segmentation approach


Michael Faggetter

Time-lapse using ultra-high frequency seismic reflection data


Paul McLachlan

Electromagnetic characterisation of a riparian wetland


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Luke Sibbett

A piecewise smooth regularisation functional for electrical resistivity tomography


Michael Tso

Sources of uncertainties in electrical resistivity tomography (ERT): a review


Sam Frandsen

Gravity modelling of archaeological cavities: a multi-platform investigation of an industrial archaeological site


Reception and Awards



Joe Ainsworth

 Geophysical Investigations of WW2 UK air-raid shelters

Guillaume Blanchy

Development and challenges for quantitative soil moisture estimation for agricultural applications

Jimmy Boyd

A hydrogeophysical approach to slope stability assessment

Raad Eissa

Train-induced vibrations testing for site characterization surveys

 Luke Foster

A multidisciplinary investigation into the gravitational affects due to buildings and how to correct for them in gravity surveys 

Robert Hunter

Investigation to discern subsurface features evident in and around Hawthorn Crater using various remote sensing techniques, and implications to the regional picture 

Anna-Marie Jones

Investigating the role of rooted vegetation on slope stability using a multifaceted geophysical-geotechnical approach 

Amy McKenna

A multi-disciplinary geotechnical study over collapsing salt mines in Marston, Cheshire, UK

Anne Stefaniak

Structural controls of supraglacial lake formation using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)

Chedtaporn Suijitapan

Landslide investigation and monitoring using time-lapse self-potential methods

 Elliott Richardson

Optimising water penetrating radar parameters for optimising aquatic forensic search


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Archaeological Geophysics Environmental & Criminal Forensics

Date: 4th & 5th December 2018
Venue: Geological Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

A 2 day joint meeting of the Near Surface Geophysics and Forensic Geoscience Groups of the Geological Society.

4th December 2018: Recent Work in Archaeological Geophysics

The Near Surface Geophysics Group of the Geological Society of London (NSGG) is pleased to announce the thirteenth in a succession of biennial day meetings devoted to archaeological geophysics. Near surface geophysical techniques have become increasingly established in archaeological research and evaluation over the past decade and are now routinely applied in archaeological investigations. This meeting offers a forum where contributors from the UK and further afield can present and debate the results of recent research and case studies. Suppliers of equipment and software also attend and the meeting therefore represents an invaluable opportunity for both archaeological and geophysical practitioners to exchange information about recent developments.

Convenor: Paul Linford, Historic England, Fort Cumberland, Eastney, Portsmouth, PO4 9LD, UK; email:

5th December 2018: Criminal & Environmental Forensics

This multidisciplinary meeting will capture shared interests between the geological, environmental science, engineering, geotechnical, mining and archaeological communities with those practitioners working in the criminal and environmental fields. Expected sessions will include use of such techniques to the intelligence community, novel methods of analysing forensic geoscience material, case and controlled studies, remote sensing, geochemistry, geophysics, etc.

Convenors: Jamie Pringle, School of Geography, Geology & Environment, Keele University, Keele, Staffs, ST5 5BG, UK. email: Alastair Ruffell, School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology, Queen’s University, Belfast, N.Ireland, BT7 1NN; email:

It is anticipated that each meeting will attract 100 or more participants. As well as oral presentations, there will be space for commercial and poster displays. Fellows will enjoy a conference attendance fee discount, with discounts for attendees if they attend both days.

Those interested in contributing to either meeting are warmly encouraged to contact the respective convenors, and to submit abstracts of up to 1000 words in length, accompanied by suitable greyscale illustrative material, no later than the 1st October 2018. An abstract template is available, accepted abstracts will be collated and made available to all those attending. We particularly encourage students and Early Career Researchers to submit abstracts.



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