Comparison of tTEM-IP and ERT-IP: Cases from Mine Tailing Sites in Sweden

Line Meldgaard Madsen, Muhammad Rizwan Asif, Pradip Kumar Maurya, Anders Kristian Kühl, Diego Domenzain, C Jensen, Tina Martin, M Bastani, L Persson

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The induced polarization (IP) effect can be studied using both galvanic and inductive methods. Here we study IP and its manifestation in transient electromagnetic (TEM) data from a tTEM system and in time-domain electric resistivity tomography (ERT) data. Since the two methods are sensitive to two different frequency ranges, a direct IP spectrum comparison is not possible. Instead, we assess the IP resolution and compare both resistivity and chargeability inversion results. We show that tTEM data recorded in highly resistive environments with high IP, suffer from fast-decaying transients and sign-changes, which makes it difficult to resolve the true resistivity and IP model due equivalences. A comparison of the maximum phase shifts from two mine tailing sites shows that the chargeability structures gained from the inversion of tTEM data to some degree follow the structures of the chargeability resolved from the ERT data. However, the magnitudes of the resolved phases are generally below 50 mRad for ERT, but up to 500 mRad for tTEM. This indicates that different polarization mechanisms are dominating within the different frequency ranges of the tTEM and ERT methods.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventNSG2023 29th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics - Edinburgh , United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sept 20237 Sept 2023
Conference number: 29


ConferenceNSG2023 29th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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