Effect of positional inaccuracies on multielectrode results

Szalai, Sándor and Koppán, A. and Szarka, László (2008) Effect of positional inaccuracies on multielectrode results. ACTA GEODAETICA ET GEOPHYSICA HUNGARICA, 43 (1). pp. 33-42. ISSN HU ISSN 1217-8977


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This paper investigates the effect of electrode positioning errors on the inverted pseudosection. Instead of random spacing errors (as usually assumed in geoelectrics) we exactly measured this effect among field conditions. In the field, in spite of the greatest possible care, the electrode positions contain some inaccuracy: either in case of dense undergrowth, or varied topography, or very rocky field. In all these cases, it is not possible to put the electrodes in their theoretical position. As a consequence, the position data will contain some error. The inaccuracies were exactly determined by using a laser distance meter. The geometrical data from real field conditions and by using Wenner-α, Wenner-β, pole-dipole and pole-pole arrays were then considered over homogeneous half space. As we have found, the positioning errors can be regarded as insignificant, even in case of relatively uncomfortable field conditions. However, in case of very rocky surface the distortions are more significant, but it is still possible to make some corrections: either by neglecting a few electrode positions with the greatest positioning error, or to minimize the inline errors, even on the price that offline deviations are high.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QE Geology / földtudományok > QE01 Geophysics / geofizika
Depositing User: Mr András Holl
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2012 07:52
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2013 06:47

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