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Authors: N.J. Cassidy and J.K. Pringle
Journal name: Near Surface Geophysics
Issue: Vol 8, No 6, December 2010 pp. 443 - 444
DOI: 10.3997/1873-0604.2010059
Special topic: Student-based Research
Language: English
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In our current competitive and demanding financial climate, it has become increasingly difficult for researchers, academics and industrial scientists to find the time (and available funding) to undertake truly innovative distinctive research, whatever their background. The international near-surface geophysical community is not immune to these economic pressures and, although we can be considered as applied scientists in the most general sense, it is imperative that we continue to develop cutting-edge technologies, new investigation methods and innovative theoretical approaches in order for us to remain at the forefront of modern science. It can be argued that the most forward-looking geophysical research work is driven by our brightest and most passionate students, whose projects play a pivotal role in the development of new ideas and the technologies of the future. Undergraduate and postgraduate projects provide the scientific community with a unique opportunity for open, novel research without the political and commercial restrictions of larger-scale formal funding programmes. However, much of this work remains unpublished or, at best, confined to dissertations, theses or technical reports. For anyone who has the pleasure of being involved with student-related education and research, there is no doubt that the next generation of near-surface geophysicists is a highly talented community of scientists whose work warrants publication in its own right. As such, this Special Issue on Student-based Research aims to provide an international showcase for the most exciting and innovative student-led research currently being undertaken in the near-surface geophysics discipline.

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