Microwave Interference Detection of Subsurface Water

by Thomas A. Okrasinski,
Robert M. Koerner, (M.ASCE),
Arthur E. Lord, Jr.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 1, Pg. 119-124

Document Type: Journal Paper


This study is intended to evaluate the accuracy and feasibility of using radio wave interference at microwave frequencies to locate the depth to an underground water surface or water pocket. Due to the many variables involved, and a relatively low level of knowledge of microwave behavior in soil, it was felt that a controlled laboratory study should be the first phase, followed by field evaluation. This technical note presents the results of the laboratory feasibility tests.

Subject Headings: Laboratory tests | Feasibility studies | Microwaves | Groundwater | Water surface | Soil properties | Field tests | Frequency response

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