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Near Surface Geoscience Division

Current Divisional Committee

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Oliver Kuras
British Geological Survey (Chair)

Oliver Kuras is a senior research geophysicist at the British Geological Survey (BGS), a component body of the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). He received a M.Sc. degree (1998) in physics from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, and a Ph.D. (2003) in environmental geophysics from the University of Nottingham. In 2001 Oliver joined the Geophysical Tomography (GTom) Team at BGS and has since led technology-driven research and development of modern near-surface geophysical methodology.  He specialises in capacitive resistivity imaging (CRI) with applications in permafrost science and defence, and geoelectrical monitoring with applications in nuclear decommissioning and carbon capture and storage (CCS). His wider research interests include electrical and electromagnetic techniques and their applications in engineering and the environment. Oliver is an active member of AGU, SEG, DGG and IoP. He is a member of the Editorial Board for Near Surface Geophysics and has recently chaired the Near-Surface Geophysics Group (NSGG) of the Geological Society of London.

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George Apostolopoulos
National Technical University of Athens (Vice-Chair)

George V. Apostolopoulos received a B.Sc. (1982) in Physics from Athens University, an M.Sc. (1984) in Applied Geophysics from the University of Leeds, and a Ph.D. (1993) in Applied Geophysics from Athens University. He was Scientific Consultant in the General Secretariat of Research and Technology of the Ministry of Development from 1994 through 1997, Operational Scientist in the National Documentation Center of the National Hellenic Research Foundation, and Technical Manager of the Hellenic Innovation Relay Center from 2000 through 2003. Since then, he has been a Lecturer (2003-2009) and an Assistant Professor (2009-today) in Applied Geophysics at the National Technical University of Athens, School of Mining Engineering and Metallurgy. His research activities are in geophysical methods applied to engineering, environmental and archaeological projects and to the detection of geothermal fields. He is a member of EAGE, SEG, BGS and chairs the LAC of the EAGE Near Surface Geoscience 2014 Meeting in Athens.

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Ranajit Ghose
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands (Editor-in-Chief, Near Surface Geophysics)

Ranajit GhoseRanajit Ghose is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geoscience and Engineering at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He studied geophysics at the Indian Institute of Technology and earned a PhD in Geophysics from Kyoto University. He was engaged in industrial research for nearly a decade before joining Delft University of Technology. Between 2005 and 2015, he was Associate Editor of Near Surface Geophysics. His research interests are in high-resolution seismics with focus on shear waves, near-surface and geotechnical geophysics, physics-based quantitative integration in geophysics, seismic attenuation, poroelasticity and property estimation, seismic wave propagation in fractured media and anisotropy, and monitoring CO2 sequestration.

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Heinrich Horstmeyer
ETH Zurich, Switzerland (Conference Liason Officer)

Heinrich Horstmeyer graduated from the Technical University Clausthal, Germany in 1987. After working in crustal scale reflection seismics (German continental deep seismic reflection program DEKORP, the German continental deep drillhole project KTB, and the Swiss NRP-20 program "Geological Deep Structure of Switzerland") at the University of Clausthal and since 1990 at the ETH Zurich, his research focused more on the shallow subsurface. He is a Senior Research Scientist in the Applied and Environmental Geophysics group at ETH Zurich. Heinrich utilizes different geophysical methods to resolve problems in archeological, environmental and other shallow geological problems. In 2006 he received the Honorable Mention for "Best Paper in Geophysics". He is a member of the Division Committee since 2004 and representing it in the Education Committee of EAGE. He is also member of SEG.

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Peter Bergmann
German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Germany (Technical Programme Representative

Peter Bergmann is a researcher at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). Peter received his Diploma in Geophysics from the University of Münster (Germany) in 2007. From 2007 to 2009, he worked as an exploration seismologist for DMT GmbH. In 2009 he began a PhD study at the GFZ for which he received in 2012 a doctorate degree from the University of Kiel (Germany). His research interests include time-lapse imaging of subsurface fluid flow using seismic methods and electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), both with a particular focus on CO2 storage site monitoring.


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Micki Allen
Marac Enterprises Inc., Canada (Contact Officer EEGS-NA)

Micki AllenMicki Allen, a graduate in Business Administration from the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, and Director of Marac Enterprises, is a long standing member of EEGS-NA and EEGS-ES. After her tenure as Secretary/Treasurer on the EEGS-NA Board of Directors and the formation of EEGS-European Section, Micki was invited to represent the interests of both Sections on their respective boards as the International Liaison Officer. With the merging of the EEGS-ES into the EAGE as its Near Surface Geoscience Division in 2004, she was a natural choice to continue in the position of Liaison Officer on the newly formed NSGD Committee. One of her key roles is the coordination of the "BEST OF PAPERS" exchange between EEGS-NA and the NSGD/EAGE at their respective meetings. Micki Allen is also the Executive Director of the Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society (KEGS), a sister society of the SEG in which capacity she sits at Council at annual SEG Conferences. In addition to the NSGD and EEGS she is also an active member of EAGE, SEG, KEGS and PDAC. She was recently awarded the 2008 Gold Award of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society in recognition of her exceptional contributions made to the environmental geophysics community.

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Albert Casas
University of Barcelona, Spain (Membership Officer)

Albert CasasAlbert Casas has a PhD in Geology (1980) and since 1972 teaches at the University of Barcelona, where he has been associate professor, lecturer and presently is Professor of Applied Geophysics. He has published more than 60 scientific papers in national and international journals, and serves as reviewer on several editorial boards. He has participated in many research projects in Europe, South America and North Africa involving almost all the geophysical methods and applications, but actually his main interest includes mapping and monitoring contaminant plumes from landfills and saltwater intrusion in coastal aquifers using geoelectric and electromagnetic methods. Albert Casas is member of the Spanish Geological Society, the EAGE and a board member of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society – European Section, where he serves as membership officer. He convened and hosted the 1998 EEGS-ES conference in Barcelona.

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Riyadh Al-Saad
Saudi Aramco (O&G Liaison)


Riyadh Al-Saad is currently a group leader of the near surface modeling unit with the Exploration Operations Department/Geophysical Data Processing Division of Saudi Aramco.  My current roles and responsibilities range from supervision a group of 12 near surface modeler specialists and provide a technical consultation as required with a special focus on advancements in emerging technologies addressing the near-surface modelling and imaging challenges as surface wave inversion, FWI for shallow velocity model building, and non-seismic simultaneous joint inversion. He received his BSc degree in Geophysics from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in 1992 and soon after joined Saudi Aramco's Data Acquisition Division. Riyadh spent 8 months of training with Western Geophysical in Houston, and returned to Saudi Aramco to work for a year in the Acquisition Division.

Between 1994 and 2004 he is with the Processing Division. In 2005, Riyadh was assigned to Area Exploration Department/Regional Mapping Division for one year. Since 2006 and onward, he is working with the Geophysical Data Processing division. Between 2006 and 2013 Riyadh was part of the time processing production team where Riyadh was responsible for an integrated geology and geophysics workflow development addressing the limitation of the seismic data in wide variety of complex geological subsurface setting. He also worked on time of different acquisition schemes land, Transition Zone, OBC, and shallow and deep streamer marine datasets.   Riyadh is a member of the Dhahran Geosciences Society, EAGE, AAPG and SEG. His areas of interest are seismic data processing, imaging and 3-D survey design. 

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Endre Törös
Geophysicist, Hungary (Awards Committee Representative)

Endre TorosEndre Törös received his MSc. degree in geophysics at the University of Heavy Industries (Miskolc, Hungary) in 1979. Thenceforward he organised the in-mine geophysical exploration team as the chief geophysicist of the Nógrád Coal Mine's Company. As a researcher he computed theoretical curves in complete-space for 4 layered medium in geoelectrics, developed software routines for geoelectrical evaluation methods, published case-histories of seismic in-seam wave and reflection techniques. From 1982, he was in charge of several hydro- and mineral geophysical explorations in Hungary.

He joined the Eötvös Loránd Geophysical Institute (ELGI), Budapest in 1989. Since 1993 he has been the head of Department of Mining and Engineering Geophysics. Afterwards he received his PhD degree at the University of West Hungary. His doctoral thesis dealt with critical review of the application of seismic-based methods in civil engineering investigations. The activity of the department covers the application of seismic, EM and GPR methods for engineering, geotechnical and environmental problems.
He is an active member of EAGE (chairman Near Surface Geoscience Division of EAGE in the period of 2006 - 2008), member of EEGS, Association of Hungarian Geophysicists, ISSMGE TC4 Group and ISSMGE Hungarian National Committee.

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Andreas Kathage
GeoHiRes, Germany (Liaison Officer First Break)

Adreas Kathage is currently working as Managing Director for GeoHiRes International GmbH (GHR). GHR is involved in different research projects e.g. non-destructive chloride detection in bridge decks, MASW-methods for soil characterization. GHR successfully participated as industry partner in European Union funded projects like Wateruse and Isoil. He recieved his PhD from Kiel University in 1991. He worked in the HDD-industry pioneering the development, implementation and application of NSG-methods for horizontal drilling, in the position of head of geophysics division. From 1994 to 1999 he was a technical project manager for the “Georadar Development Joint Venture” including gas companies like Ruhrgas for the development of multipolarization GPR systems. After that he worked for four years an an international NSG consultant in a number of countries. From 2003 to 2010 he worked in the position of International Sales Manager for Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc., Salem, USA and he worked as a teacher on special workshops organised by the British Geological Society.

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Koya Suto
Terra Australis Geophysica Pty Ltd, Australia (Liaison Asia Pacific)

Koya Suto.  Born in Japan.  B.E and M.E graduate in Exploration Geophysics from Mining College, Akita University.  Studied further in the University of Adelaide. Koya worked for the petroleum industry as a seismic geophysicist for 25 years.  He translated “The Microtremor Survey Method” by Prof Okada, published by SEG.  In 2003, Koya established Terra Australis Geophysica to service the engineering industry using the surface wave seismic method.  He is an Honorary Membership of ASEG and President 2013-2014.  He was awarded a Service Certificate from ASEG, Recognition of Merit from SEG Japan.  He is also a member of EAGE, EEGS and AGS.

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Jianghai Xia
The China University of Geosciences (Liaison China)

Jianghai Xia received his PhD in geology with emphasis in geophysics from the University of Kansas in 1992. He was a post-doctoral researcher (1993-1995), an assistant scientist (1995-2001), and an associate scientist (2001-2007), and a senior scientist (2007-2013) at the Kansas Geological Survey, the University of Kansas. He is a distinguished professor of geophysics and the director of Hubei Subsurface Multi-scale Imaging Key Laboratory (SMIL) at the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). He is an Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Applied Geophysics, a standing member of Adminstrative Committee of Chinese Geophysical Society (CGS), and the President of Near-Surface Geophysics Committee of CGS. He is an author and coauthor of more than 90 SCI journal articles with total citations of over 2300 and h-index of 23. He is a winner of the 2008 SEG Harold Mooney Award and the “Best Paper” of the 2008 EEGS Annual Conference (SAGEEP). As a main researcher, the group at Kansas Geological Survey won the 2002 SEG Distinguished Achievement Award. He has been a co-chair or executive chair of the International Conference on Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (ICEEG) since 2004. His main research interest is high-frequency surface waves including 2D/3D Rayleigh/Love wave analysis and inversion. He is a member of CGS, SEG, and NSG.