Computational Seismology: A Practical Introduction by Heiner Igel

Computational Seismology: A Practical Introduction

byHeiner Igel

Hardcover | December 10, 2016

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This book is an introductory text to a range of numerical methods used today to simulate time-dependent processes in Earth science, physics, engineering, and many other fields. The physical problem of elastic wave propagation in 1D serves as a model system with which the various numericalmethods are introduced and compared. The theoretical background is presented with substantial graphical material supporting the concepts. The results can be reproduced with the supplementary electronic material provided as python codes embedded in Jupyter notebooks. The book starts with a primer on the physics of elastic wave propagation, and a chapter on the fundamentals of parallel programming, computational grids, mesh generation, and hardware models. The core of the book is the presentation of numerical solutions of the wave equation with six differentmethods: 1) the finite-difference method; 2) the pseudospectral method (Fourier and Chebyshev); 3) the linear finite-element method; 4) the spectral-element method; 5) the finite-volume method; and 6) the discontinuous Galerkin method. Each chapter contains comprehension questions, theoretical, andprogramming exercises. The book closes with a discussion of domains of application and criteria for the choice of a specific numerical method, and the presentation of current challenges.Readers are welcome to visit the author's website for more information on his research, projects, publications, and other activities.

About The Author

Heiner Igel studied geophysics in Karlsruhe and Edinburgh. He obtained his doctoral degree in 1993 from the Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris developing parallel forward and inverse modelling tools for wave propagation problems. He then moved to the Institute of Theoretical Geophysics in Cambridge, UK, where he worked on wave simu...

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Title:Computational Seismology: A Practical IntroductionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:December 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198717407

ISBN - 13:9780198717409

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Table of Contents

1. About Computational SeismologyPart I: Elastic Waves in the Earth2. Seismic Waves and Sources3. Waves in a Discrete WorldPart II: Numerical Methods4. The Finite-Difference Method5. The Pseudospectral Method6. The Finite-Element Method7. The Spectral-Element Method8. The Finite-Volume Method9. The Discontinuous Galerkin MethodPart III: Applications10. Applications in Earth Sciences11. Current Challenges in Computational SeismologyAppendix: Community Software and Platforms in Seismology