Near-Surface Geophysics for Environmental and Engineering Applications: Case Studies from Alaska

Near-surface geophysics spans an entire range of application, from seemingly simple work like utility locates to more complex surveys like seismic MASW. Yet, even simple projects turn complex when operating hundreds of miles from the nearest city or resources. In Alaska, complicated logistics and planning are required for remote geophysical operations, ranging from Prudhoe Bay to the western Aleutians. In a state so large and diverse, the geophysical applications are similarly broad in both locations and in targets. In this talk, we will discuss case studies from near-surface geophysical surveys throughout Alaska.

Speaker Bio

Esther Babcock

Esther Babcock earned her M.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona and her Ph.D. in Geophysics from Boise State University. Prior to graduate school, Esther served in the Air Force as an officer and pilot, including 62 combat missions. After her military service, her geophysical work has focused on near-surface investigations for geotechnical and environmental applications. Dr. Babcock’s geophysical field experience spans the globe, from Alaska to Africa, from Antarctica to Canada. She currently owns and operates Logic Geophysics & Analytics LLC, based in Anchorage, Alaska, and conducts projects across the state.