New Analytical Methods in Earth and Environmental Science

Because of the plethora of analytical techniques now available, and the acceleration of technological advance, many earth scientists find it difficult to know where to turn for reliable information on the latest tools at their disposal, and may lack the expertise to assess the relative strengths or potential limitations of a particular technique.  This new series will address these difficulties, and by providing comprehensive and up-to-date coverage,  will rapidly become established as a trusted resource for researchers, advanced students and applied earth scientists wishing to familiarise themselves with emerging techniques in their field.

Authors will be encouraged to reach out beyond their immediate speciality to the wider earth science community, and to regularly update their contributions in the light of new developments.

Written by leading international figures, the volumes in the series will typically be 75 –120 pages (30,000 to 60,000 words) in length – longer than a typical review article, but shorter than a normal book.  Volumes in the series will deal with:

  • the elucidation and evaluation of new analytical, numerical modelling, imaging or measurement tools/techniques that are expected to have, or are already having, a major impact on the subject;
  • new applications of established techniques;
  • Interdisciplinary applications using novel combinations of techniques.

Volumes in the series will be submitted for inclusion in the new Thomson-Reuters book citation index, see:

Published Titles:

Sutton et al: Techniques for Virtual Palaeontology

Carrivick et al: Structure from Motion in the Geosciences


Kodama & Hinnov: Rock Magnetic Cyclostratigraphy


Conyers: Ground-penetrating Radar for Geoarchaeology


Under consideration or in preparation:

  • Automated mineral analysis (AMA) (Pirrie et al: In prep.)
  • Virtual model construction in paleobiology (Sutton et al: December 2013)
  • Advanced imaging techniques for spore and pollen analysis (Mander: In Prep.)
  • Advances in radiocarbon (Hajdas: In prep.)
  • Seismoelectric imaging (Revil et al: In prep.)
  • Genomic Approaches in Earth & Environmental Science (Greg Dick: In prep.)
  • Electron backscatter diffraction in the Earth Sciences (Mariani et al : In prep)
  • A practical guide to carbonate clumped isotopes and multiply-substituted isotopologues (John & Davis: In prep)
  • Application of short-lived Thorium isotopes in Earth & Environmental Sciences (Benitez-Nelson & Maiti: In Prep)
  • Digital outcrop modelling
  • Si isotopes in earth surface processes
  • Boron isotopes and paleoceanic CO2/pH
  • OSL dating
  • Amino acid geochronology
  • Distributed temperature sensing in hydrology
  • Surface nuclear magnetic resonance
  • LiDAR in geomorphology
  • Scintillometry
  • COSMOS soil moisture measurement system
  • Tehphrochronology

Series Editors

Kurt Konhauser, University of Alberta (biogeosciences)

Simon Turner, Macquarie University (magmatic geochemistry)

Arjun Heimsath,  Arizona State University (landscape processes)

Peter Ryan, Middlebury College (environmental/low T geochemistry)

Mark Everett, Texas A&M (applied geophysics)

If you are interested in contributing to this series, please contact your subject editor, or write to Andrew Harrison (Commissioning Editor) at


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