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Introduction to Environmental Geophysics
Hosted by Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)

This 3-day course provides individuals who have little or no geophysical exploration experience with practical information to effectively design and supervise geophysical surveys during hazardous waste site investigations. These techniques can be used on Superfund or Brownfields sites or sites where decisions have to be made as to buried hazardous materials. The course focuses on plan design, types of equipment suitable for hazardous waste site characterization, equipment operation, procedures for safely collecting data, and the fundamentals of making simple interpretations of the data. It is intended for personnel responsible for inspections, site characterization, site investigations, and removal and remedial actions at Superfund and other potential hazardous sites.

The course is designed to be consistent with the EPA protocol and guidance documents entitled, Compendium of ERT Soil Sampling and Surface Geophysics Procedures, A Compendium of Superfund Field Operations Methods, and Data Quality Objectives Process for Superfund.

Topics that are discussed include field work plan development; procedures for the use of geophysical methods for field screening; procedures for collection of field data using magnetic, seismic, gravity, electromagnetic and resistivity instruments; geophysical borehole logging; ground-penetrating radar; and quality assurance considerations.
Instructional methods include lectures, group discussions, demonstrations, computer modeling of data, and outdoor field exercises with an emphasis on the hands-on use of geophysical equipment.

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the various geophysical methods available for shallow environmental characterization.
  • Describe the advantages and limitations of the magnetic, electromagnetic, seismic refraction, gravity, resistivity, borehole geophysics and ground-penetrating radar methods in environmental applications.
  • Operate geophysical instrumentation under field conditions.
  • Collect geophysical field data for use in resolving buried objects and determining geologic and hydrogeologic characteristics.
  • Make an interpretation of simple geophysical field data to resolve buried objects and determine geologic characteristics.

The course is usually offered at a specially-constructed field site. The course includes three half-day outdoor exercises. Participants should dress for field work; the exercises are conducted regardless of weather.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at:

Note: Scientific calculators are recommended.
Continuing Education Units: 2.1


*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.* 

For general information contact Registrar by telephone at 513-251-7669 or via e-mail at

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