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Title: Full waveform inverse modeling of ground penetrating radar data : an initial approach
Authors: Geological Survey (U.S.)
Laboratory Discretionary Research Program (U.S.)
Simms, Janet E.
Butler, Dwain K.
Powers, Michael H.
Keywords: Geophysics
Ground penetrating radar
Inverse modeling
Earth sciences
Publisher: Geotechnical Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous paper (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; GL-95-4.
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Abstract: Ground penetrating radar (GPR) surveys are often interpreted in a qualitative manner to identify anomalies. This method of interpretation is used to determine the existence of a feature when specific properties of the feature are of no interest. However, GPR data can also be interpreted quantitatively to give more definitive depths, geometry, and electromagnetic (EM) properties of the subsurface materials. Existing analysis procedures do not consider EM wave attenuation, dispersion, scattering, geometric spreading, or interface reflection/transmission losses. The aim of this research is to develop interpretation procedures which utilize the full GPR waveform for determining layer thicknesses and the EM properties of subsurface materials. The work consisted of three phases: 1.) review existing capability for full waveform forward modeling of GPR signals, 2.) develop a catalog of theoretical GPR receiver waveforms for representative layered models, and 3.) examine the feasibility of developing an inverse modeling procedure to determine physical properties by comparing full waveform forward solutions to measured GPR signatures.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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