Computational Seismology: A Practical Introduction by Heiner IgelComputational Seismology: A Practical Introduction by Heiner Igel

Computational Seismology: A Practical Introduction

byHeiner Igel

Paperback | 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 onthe 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 different methods: 1) the finite-difference method2) the pseudospectral method (Fourier and Chebyshev)3) the linear finite-element method4) the spectral-element method5) the finite-volume method; and 6) the discontinuous Galerkin methodEach chapter contains comprehension questions, theoretical, and programming 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.
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...
Title:Computational Seismology: A Practical IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pagesPublished:December 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198717415

ISBN - 13:9780198717416

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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