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Webinar Series Rationale

Geophysical methods are becoming increasingly important tools for agriculture. Therefore, a series of webinars are being organized that will present various topics related to the use of near-surface geophysical methods in agriculture. Those from both the geophysical and agricultural communities will benefit from these webinars and are therefore encouraged to participate. The overall goal of the presentations and discussions that comprise the webinar series is to promote and advance the application of near-surface geophysics within agricultural settings.

Focus and Format of Webinar #1

The focus of the first webinar is on the near-surface geophysical methods presently being used for agricultural purposes, which include resistivity, self-potential, electromagnetic induction, ground-penetrating radar, dielectric sensors, VIS/NIR/MIR spectrometry, gamma ray spectrometry, mechanical soil compaction sensors, and ion selective potentiometry.

This webinar is scheduled for:
Feb 18, 2014, Tuesday afternoon, 3:00 - 4:30 EST
(2:00 - 3:30 CST, 1:00 - 2:30 MST, 12:00 - 1:30 PST)

For the first webinar, five presenters will provide a short overview of agricultural geophysical methods during the first 30 minutes.

The last hour of the webinar will be devoted to a panel discussion with the presenters, who will answer questions from the audience.


One week prior to the webinar, extended versions of the presentations (approximately 20 minutes each) can be accessed via YouTube from the Presentations page of this website.


There will be no cost for participating in this webinar; however, since the number of participants may be limited, those interested in viewing and listening to the webinar will need to enroll on the Registration page of this website.

Submit A Question or Comment

After viewing and listening to the extended presentations, participants will also have the opportunity submit comments and questions to the presenters prior to the webinar through the Comments and Questions page of this website. Comments and questions for the presenters can likewise be submitted online during the last hour of the webinar.


Barry Allred
Research Agricultural Engineer
USDA - Agricultural Research Service
Soil Drainage Research Unit
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.

Stephen Moysey
Associate Professor, Clemson University
Dept. of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Clemson, South Carolina, U.S.A.

Organizing Committee

Viacheslav Adamchuk
Associate Professor, McGill University
Bioresource Engineering Department
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada

Hamid Farahani
Agricultural Engineer (Water Management)
USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service
East National Technology Support Center
Greensboro, North Carolina

Robert Freeland
Professor, University of Tennessee
Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science Department
Knoxville, Tennessee

Katherine Grote
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Geology Department
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Bruce Smith
Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey
Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Center
Denver, Colorado

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