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A Breviary of Seismic Tomography

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  • 100 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 360 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.85 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521882446)

This is the first textbook to cover the essential aspects of the topic at a level accessible to students. While focusing on applications in solid earth geophysics, the book also includes excursions into helioseismology, thereby highlighting the strong affinity between the two fields. The book provides a comprehensive introduction to seismic tomography, including the basic theory of wave propagation, the ray and Born approximations required for interpretation of amplitudes, and travel times and phases. It considers observational features while also providing practical recommendations for implementing numerical models. Written by one of the leaders in the field, and containing numerous student exercises, this textbook is appropriate for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses. It is also an invaluable guide for seismology research practitioners in geophysics and astronomy. Solutions to the exercises and accompanying tomographic software and documentation can be accessed online from

• The first introduction to seismic tomography at a level accessible to students and new researchers • Includes in-depth consideration of observational aspects and recommendations for practitioners • Numerous student exercises in book for better understanding of the subject, with solutions and accompanying tomographic software available online


Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Ray theory for seismic waves; 3. Ray tracing; 4. Wave scattering; 5. Body wave amplitudes: theory; 6. Travel times: observations; 7. Travel times: interpretations; 8. Body wave amplitudes: observation and interpretation; 9. Normal modes; 10. Surface wave interpretation: ray theory; 11. Surface waves: finite frequency theory; 12. Model parameterization; 13. Common corrections; 14. Linear inversion; 15. Resolution and error analysis; 16. Anisotropy; 17. Future directions; Bibliography; Index.


'What I consider very valuable in this book are the many exercises for students and, in particular, the references to software repositories, which help students improving their understanding of tomography and practitioners analyzing their data.… This very readable and inspiring book has brought my knowledge and understanding of this very interesting research field to a higher level. … this book should be on the shelves of every seismology student and every practitioner of global seismic tomography.' Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

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