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Near Surface 2005
4 - 7 September 2005
Palermo, Italy

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in Near Surface 2005. It will be the 11th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics of the Near Surface Geoscience Division of the EAGE. We would like to remember that the first Meeting was held in Italy (Turin, September 1995) and this resulted in a large number of Italian delegates in our society.

Near Surface 2005 will be held in Palermo from 4 to 7 September 2005.
Palermo is the main city of Sicily and this island is situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Unfortunately the young crust of Sicily is a major source of geological problems. In addition to the natural risks induced by local seismicity, volcanic activity and hydrology, substantial environmental risks affect the island because of wild urbanization and irrational development of the territory (i.e. overexploitation of water wells and mines, etc.). These careless anthropic activities require extensive utilization of various methodologies of applied geophysics. Such a demand for geophysical intervention is further stressed in Sicily due to its spectacular availability of artefacts of cultural heritage and archaeological sites, all of which require extensive geophysical attention.

Due to this fertile ground of potential applications Palermo has evolved into a centre of Applied Geology and Geophysics not only through local public institutions such as the University of Palermo, the E. Majorana Centre and the Centro Regionale per il Restauro (Regional Restoration Centre) but also with the help of various private centres for consulting, research, teaching and art restoration.

We look forward to meeting you in Palermo during Near Surface 2005, hoping you will be able to enjoy the beauty of Sicily.

Pietro L. Cosentino
Chairman of the Local Advisory Committee

Near Surface Geoscience Division

After being held in ten different European cities over the last ten years, the Near Surface Meeting 2005 returns to Italy, to Palermo the capital of Sicily, continuing the annual meetings initiated by the European section of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society in Turin.

The meeting programme is being organized with the aim of improving the skills of the attendees with regard to the application of shallow geophysical methods for engineering and environmental problems, such as natural resource exploration, civil engineering, environmental preservation, and natural hazard mitigation. With this in mind, the Committee requests papers presenting your recent developments and technical experiences; the presentation of case histories is also encouraged.
I am convinced that you will enjoy the magnificent monuments, the way of life and the taste for beauty and traditional food that are still alive in Sicily, crossroads of civilizations and cultures in the centre of the Mediterranean.
On behalf of the Local Advisory Committee, I extend a warm invitation to visit Palermo for this special event and I look forward to welcoming you there next September.

Albert Casas
Chairman EAGE Near Surface Geoscience Division

Local Advisory Committee
Pietro L. Cosentino, University of Palermo
Angelo Mulone, GEOLAB
Dario Luzio, University of Palermo
Mario Foresta, IGS Idrogeostudi
Teodoro Vega, Regional Hydrographics Office
Scientific and Editorial Committee
Antonio Bottari, University of Messina
Ettore Cardarelli, La Sapienza University
Albert Casas, University of Barcelona
Mario Marchisio, University of Pisa
Iginio Marson, Trieste University
Gaetano Ranieri, University of Cagliari
Luigi Sambuelli, Politecnico di Torino
Manuel J. Senos Matias, University of Aveiro
Ugur Yaramanci, Berlin Technical University
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