UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr David Nobes

Geological Sciences


Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext. 7733

Office: Geology 304

Fields of Research

  • Near-surface geophysics for archaeological, engineering, environmental, forensic, glaciological, groundwater, marine and neotectonic applications
  • Non-invasive, non-destructive mapping and monitoring
  • Specialist in electromagnetic and ground-penetrating radar methods

Researcher Summary

Near-surface geophysics, especially electromagnetic, ground penetrating radar and electrical imaging techniques, and the applications of near-surface geophysical methods to archaeological, engineering, environmental, forensic, glaciological, marine and neotectonic studies.

Effects of geological processes on in situ physical properties, and the consequent influences on the geophysical responses.

Analysis of paleoclimatic variations using geophysical signal processing.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Groups

Future Research

  • 3D and 4D imaging of polygonal patterned ground in Antarctic permafrost soils
  • Imaging of groundwater resources and contaminant transport
  • Imaging of near-surface structure of faults
  • Effects of soil type and conditions on non-invasive imaging of tapu sites: archaeological sites and urupa

Key Methodologies

  • Ground penetrating radar
  • Electromagnetic methods
  • Electrical imaging
  • Geophysical property inter-relationships
  • Geophysical modelling and inversion
  • Excel, Word, CorelDraw, Corel PhotoPaint, Surfer

Equipment

Affiliations

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

  • Brook, MS. and Nobes, DC. (2014) Ground penetrating radar imaging of old bord-and-pillar mine sites. 6th International Conference on Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (ICEEG2014), 18 Jun 2014 - 22 Jun 2014. In Proceedings: 724-729. (Conference - Published)
  • Nobes, DC., James, M., Kim, TH., Pullman, C. and Vollebregt, H. (2014) Geophysical imaging of flood-control stopbanks, Christchurch, New Zealand. 6th International Conference on Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (ICEEG2014), 20 Jun 2014 - 23 Jun 2014. In Proceedings: 718-723. (Conference - Published)
  • Nobes, DC., Jol, H., Duffy, B., Charlton, B., Jaeger, N. and Topper, N. (2014) Geophysical imaging of near-shore dunes and possible records of faulting and severe storm events, Haast, South Westland, New Zealand. 6th International Conference on Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (ICEEG2014), 18 Jun 2014 - 22 Jun 2014. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC. and Beeching, AJ. (2013) Ground penetrating radar in ironsands: A case study of the Taharoa deposit, New Zealand. First Near Surface Geophysics Asia-Pacific Conference (NSGAPC), 17 Jul 2013 - 19 Jul 2013. (Conference - Published)
  • Nobes, DC., Bastin, S., Charlton, G., Cook, R., Gallagher, M., Graham, H., Grose, D., Hedley, J., Sharp-Heward, S. and Templeton, S. (2013) Geophysical imaging of subsurface earthquake-induced liquefaction features at Christchurch boys high school, Christchurch, New Zealand. Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics 18(4): 255-267. http://dx.doi.org/10.2113/JEEG18.4.255. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC., Horstmeyer, H. and Milana, JP. (2013) The importance of topographic migration in ground penetrating radar imaging: A salutary example from GPR imaging of the Horcones Superior Glacier, Aconcagua, Argentina. First Near Surface Geophysics Asia-Pacific Conference (NSGAPC), 17 Jul 2013 - 19 Jul 2013. (Conference - Published)
  • Xie, X., Li, P., Qin, H., Liu, L. and Nobes, DC. (2013) GPR identification of voids inside concrete based on the support vector machine algorithm. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering 10(3) http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1742-2132/10/3/034002. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC. and Pettersson, JK. (2012) Non-invasive imaging of hydrocarbon contamination in permafrost soils at Marble Point, McMurdo Sound region, Antarctica. 5th International Conference on Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (ICEEG2012), 15 Jun 2012 - 18 Jun 2012. In Near-Surface Geophysics and Environment Protection: 350-356. (Conference - Published)
  • Nobes, DC., Gravley, DM., Brand, BD., Bloomberg, SH., Garden, TO. and Lindsay, JM. (2012) Ground penetrating radar imaging of Auckland volcanic surge deposits. In 2012 14th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR 2012: 653-658. (Conference - Published)
  • Nobes, DC., Johnston, AG., Holdaway, RN. and Horton, TW. (2012) Ground penetrating radar imaging of the late Quaternary Pyramid Valley lake deposit, North Canterbury, New Zealand: Correlation with paleoclimatic records and the stratigraphic sequence. In 2012 14th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR 2012: 591-594. (Conference - Published)
  • Nobes, DC., Wilson, TM., Cockcroft, M., Almond, P. and Whitman, Z. (2012) Agricultural ground penetrating radar response to deep cultivation across a fault scarp after the 4 September 2010 Darfield earthquake, Canterbury, New Zealand. In 2012 14th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR 2012: 769-773. (Conference - Published)
  • Amos, CB., Lapwood, JJ., Nobes, DC., Burbank, DW., Rieser, U. and Wade, A. (2011) Palaeoseismic constraints on Holocene surface ruptures along the Ostler Fault, southern New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 54(4): 367-378. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00288306.2011.601746. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC. (2011) Ground Penetrating Radar Measurements over Glaciers. Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers: 490-503. Heidelberg: Springer. (Chapters)
  • Almond, P., Wilson, TM., Shanhun, F., Whitman, Z., Eger, A., Moot, D., Cockcroft, M. and Nobes, DC. (2010) Agricultural land rehabilitation following the 4 September 2010 Canterbury earthquake: A preliminary report. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering 43(4): 432-438. (Journal articles)
  • Bilderback, EL., Stahl, T., McColl, S., Massey, CI., Quigley, M., Villamor, P., Nobes, D. and Noble, D. (2010) Reconnaissance of an earthquake induced landslide from the Canterbury quake. GeoNZ 2010, 21 Nov 2010 - 24 Nov 2010. In Geological Society of New Zealand Miscellaneous Publication 129A (Conference - Other)
  • Campbell, FM., Kaiser, A., Horstmeyer, H., Green, AG., Ghisetti, F., Gorman, AR., Finnemore, M. and Nobes, DC. (2010) Processing and preliminary interpretation of noisy high-resolution seismic reflection/refraction data across the active Ostler Fault zone, South Island, New Zealand. Journal of Applied Geophysics 70(4): 332-342. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jappgeo.2009.05.001. (Journal articles)
  • Carpentier, SFA., Dorn, C., Doetsch, JA., Campbell, FM., Horstmeyer, H., Green, AG., Kaiser, AE., Campbell, J., Pettinga, J., Nobes, DC., Finnemore, M. and Jongens, R. (2010) Recent deformation of Quaternary sediments in the northwest Canterbury Plains, New Zealand, as inferred from GPR and seismic data. In Proceedings of the 13th Internarional Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR 2010 http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICGPR.2010.5550191. (Conference - Published)
  • Cockcroft, M., Nobes, DC., Wilson, T. and Whitman, Z. (2010) Influence of Deep Cultivation and Transmitter Voltage on the Response of Agricultural Ground Penetrating Radar. GeoNZ 2010, 21 Nov 2010 - 24 Nov 2010. (Conference - Other)
  • Dorn, C., Carpentier, S., Kaiser, AE., Green, AG., Horstmeyer, H., Campbell, F., Campbell, J., Jongens, R., Finnemore, M. and Nobes, DC. (2010) First seismic imaging results of tectonically complex structures at shallow depths beneath the northwest Canterbury Plains, New Zealand. Journal of Applied Geophysics 70(4): 317-331. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jappgeo.2009.06.003. (Journal articles)
  • Geoghegan, PH., Buchmann, NA., Jermy, MC., Nobes, D., Spence, CJT. and Docherty, PD. (2010) SPIV and image correlation measurements of surface displacement during pulsatile flow in models of compliant, stenosed arteries. 15th International Symposium on Applications of Laser Techniques to Fluid Mechanics, 5 Jul 2010 - 8 Jul 2010. In Proceedings (Conference - Published)
  • Geoghegan, PH., Jermy, MC., Nobes, D. and Buchmann, N. (2010) Flow field and surface displacement in flexible silicone models of stenosed arteries. 17th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, 5 Dec 2010 - 9 Dec 2010. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC. and Donnelly, LJ. (2010) The Geoforensic International Network: A Dose of GIN for the IUGS. GeoNZ 2010, 21 Nov 2010 - 24 Nov 2010. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC., Hornblow, SM. and Lapwood, JJ. (2010) A radar interpretation pitfall: Velocity push-down due to a footwall loess wedge in the ground penetrating radar imaging of the Ostler Fault, New Zealand. SEG International Exposition and 80th Annual Meeting, 17 Oct 2010 - 22 Oct 2010. In SEG Expanded Abstracts 29(1955) http://dx.doi.org/10.1190/1.3513226. (Conference - Published)
  • Shulmeister, J., Nobes, DC., Striewski, B. and Soderholm, J. (2010) ENSO and PDO Records from Auckland Maars. GeoNZ 2010, 21 Nov 2010 - 24 Nov 2010. In Geological Society of New Zealand Miscellaneous Publication 129A (Conference - Other)
  • Wallace, SC., Nobes, DC., Davis, KJ., Burbank, DW. and White, A. (2010) Three-dimensional GPR imaging of the benmore anticline and step-over of the ostler fault, South Island, New Zealand. Geophysical Journal International 180(2): 465-474. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04400.x. (Journal articles)
  • Kaiser, AE., Green, AG., Campbell, FM., Horstmeyer, H., Manukyan, E., Langridge, RM., McClymont, AF., Mancktelow, N., Finnemore, M. and Nobes, DC. (2009) Ultrahigh-resolution seismic reflection imaging of the Alpine Fault, New Zealand. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 114(11) http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2009JB006338. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC. (2009) A Report on Electrical Conductivity Surveys of Brevet Memorial Park, Memorial Avenue and Russley Road, 3-4 February 2009. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC. (2009) Sand, Silt, Clay: The effect of grain size on the geophysical responses of indigenous burial sites. Old Guard, New Guard: Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference, 11 Dec 2009 - 14 Dec 2009. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC. and Wallace, LR. (2009) Geophysical imaging of an early 19th century colonial defensive blockhouse. Old Guard, New Guard: Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference, 11 Dec 2009 - 14 Dec 2009. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC., Reznichenko, N. and Brook, M. (2009) Do englacial channels have a characteristic radar response and are they correlated with surface topography? Some preliminary observations. Geosciences '09: Geological Society of New Zealand and New Zealand Geophysical Society Joint Annual Conference, 23 Nov 2009 - 27 Nov 2009. (Conference - Other)
  • Appleby, JR., Brook, MS., Robertson, C. and Nobes, D. (2008) Structural glaciology and ground penetrating radar survey of Fox Glacier. Geological Society of New Zealand, New Zealand Geophysical Society, New Zealand Geochemical & Mineralogical Society Joint Annual Conference (Geosciences '08), 24 Nov 2008 - 26 Nov 2008. In GSNZ Miscellaneous Publications 125A (Conference - Other)
  • Godfrey, MJ., Bannister, MT., Nobes, DC. and Sletten, RS. (2008) 3D Time-Lapse Imaging of Polygonal Patterned Ground in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. 12th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR2008), 16 Jun 2008 - 19 Jun 2008. In Proceedings of GPR2008 (Conference - Published)
  • McClymont, AF., Green, AG., Streich, R., Horstmeyer, H., Tronicke, J., Nobes, DC., Pettinga, J., Campbell, J. and Langridge, R. (2008) Visualization of active faults using geometric attributes of 3D GPR data: An example from the Alpine Fault Zone, New Zealand. Geophysics 73(2) http://dx.doi.org/10.1190/1.2825408. (Journal articles)
  • McClymont, AF., Green, AG., Villamor, P., Horstmeyer, H., Grass, C. and Nobes, DC. (2008) Characterization of the shallow structures of active fault zones using 3-D ground-penetrating radar data. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 113(10) http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2007JB005402. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC. (2008) Report on Ground Penetrating Radar Surveys to Determine Depth to Bedrock along Profiles above the Coalport, Port of Lyttelton Co. (PLC), 26 September 2008. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC. (2008) Report on Reconnaissance Visit to the Four Mile River Layby, Buller District, 5 May 2008, and a Proposed Design for a Geophysical Survey. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC., Ruffell, A. and Macdonald, P. (2008) Migrating and Merging Polarised GPR Profiles: Does it matter if migration is before or after merger? 12th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR2008), 16 Jun 2008 - 19 Jun 2008. In Proceedings of GPR2008 (Conference - Published)
  • Alloway, BV., Lowe, DJ., Barrell, DJA., Newnham, RM., Almond, PC., Augustinus, PC., Bertler, NAN., Carter, L., Litchfield, NJ., McGlone, MS., Shulmeister, J., Vandergoes, MJ., Williams, PW., Anderson, B., Brackley, H., Burge, P., Carter, J., Cochran, U., Cooke, P., Crampton, J., Crouch, E., Crundwell, M., Deng, Y., Drost, F., Graham, I., Harper, M., Hayward, B., Hendy, C., Hollis, C., Hughes, M., Kennedy, D., Kennedy, L., King, D., Mackintosh, A., Manighetti, B., Marra, M., Mildenhall, D., Morgenstern, U., Naish, T., Neil, H., Nobes, D., Page, M., Palmer, A., Prior, C., Rieser, U., Rother, H., Shane, P., Strong, P., Suggate, P., Thomson, J., Tonkin, P., Trustrum, N., Van Dissen, R., Vucetich, C., Wilmshurst, J., Woodward, C. and Zondervan, A. (2007) Towards a climate event stratigraphy for New Zealand over the past 30 000 years (NZ-INTIMATE project). Journal of Quaternary Science 22(1): 9-35. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jqs.1079. (Journal articles)
  • Amos, CB., Burbank, DW., Nobes, DC. and Read, SAL. (2007) Geomorphic constraints on listric thrust faulting: Implications for active deformation in the Mackenzie Basin, South Island, New Zealand. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 112(3) http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2006JB004291. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC. (2007) A Report on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Surveys across Port Hills Road, Hillsborough, Christchurch, 19 May 2007. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC. (2007) A Report on Multi-Electrode Resistivity (MER) Surveys on the Beachfront, near Te Puni Street, Petone, 19 June 2007. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC. (2007) Detecting linear features using the directionality of the HLEM response. In Near Surface 2007 - 13th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (Conference - Published)
  • Nobes, DC. (2007) Effect of grain size on the geophysical responses of indigenous burial sites. In Near Surface 2007 - 13th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC. (2007) Effect of grain size on the geophysical responses of indigenous burial sites. Near Surface 2007: 13th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, 3 Sep 2007 - 5 Sep 2007. In Near Surface 2007 (Conference - Published)
  • Nobes, DC. (2007) Effect of soil grain size on the geophysical response of graves: Clay vs silt vs sand. International Crime Science Conference (ISCS) 2007, 16 Jul 2007 - 17 Jul 2007. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC. and Wallace, LR. (2007) Geophysical imaging of an early 19th century colonial defensive blockhouse. In Near Surface 2007 - 13th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (Conference - Published)
  • Nobes, DC., Godfrey, MJ., Bannister, MT. and Lapwood, J. (2007) Immediate Event Report - Event K054: Non-invasive Imaging of Polygonal Patterned Ground in Antarctic Permafrost Soils. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC., Godfrey, MJ., Bannister, MT. and Lapwood, J. (2007) Immediate Science Report - Event K054: Non-invasive Imaging of Polygonal Patterned Ground in Antarctic Permafrost Soils. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC., Godfrey, MJ., Bannister, MT. and Lapwood, J. (2007) Logistics Report - Event K054: Non-invasive Imaging of Polygonal Patterned Ground in Antarctic Permafrost Soils. (Reports)
  • McClymont, AF., Streich, R., Heincke, B., Green, AG. and Nobes, D. (2006) Visualization of Active Faulting using 3-D GPR Data Recorded Across the Alpine Fault, New Zealand. 11th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR2006), 19 Jun 2006 - 22 Jun 2006. In Proceedings (Conference - Published)
  • Nobes, DC. (2006) Clay vs Silt vs Sand: Does geophysical surveying of burials work all the time? Workshop on Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics, 18th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences, 1 Apr 2006 - 1 Apr 2006. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC., Bateman, L., Butland, C., Flintoft, M., Gaiger, F., Lea, J., Wilkinson, S., Jol, HM. and Geer, MA. (2006) From Kaikoura to Kaitorete: Non-invasive geophysical mapping of Maori burial sites. Workshop on Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics, 18th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences, 1 Apr 2006 - 1 Apr 2006. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC., Rother, H., van der Kruk, J. and Jol, HM. (2006) Radar 'lensing' by a small river: Can a layer of surface water improve the signal? In Near Surface Geophysics 4(1): 69-74. (Conference - Other)
  • Corboz, P., Horstmeyer, H., Tronicke, J., Nobes, D., Campbell, J. and Green, AG. (2005) High-resolution geophysical surveying at the springfield fault, New Zealand. In Near Surface 2005 (Conference - Published)
  • Davis, K., Burbank, DW., Fisher, D., Wallace, S. and Nobes, D. (2005) Thrust-fault growth and segment linkage in the active Ostler fault zone, New Zealand. Journal of Structural Geology 27(8): 1528-1546. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2005.04.011. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC. (2005) Report of Literature Search for Methods to Determine Lengths of Bridge Support Piles Using Non-Destructive Testing. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC. (2005) Report on Ground Penetrating Radar Surveys for the Integrated Research for Aquifer Protection (IRAP) Site, Lincoln, October 2003 and May 2004. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC. (2005) Scientists on the Margins. Electronic Book Review 3 (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC., Bateman, L., Butland, C., Flintoft, M., Gaiger, F., Lea, J., Wilkinson, S. and Jol, HM. (2005) From Kaikoura to Kaitorete: Non-invasive geophysical mapping of Maori burial sites. 50th Geological Society of New Zealand Annual Conference, 1 Nov 2005 - 1 Nov 2005. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC., Burbank, DW., Amos, C. and Davis, K. (2005) 3D imaging of the fore- and backthrusts of the Glen Lyon segment of the Ostler Fault. 50th Geological Society of New Zealand Annual Conference, 1 Nov 2005 - 1 Nov 2005. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC., Shulmeister, J. and Geer, MA. (2005) The Use of Rolling Windows in FFT Analysis to Decipher Climate Cyclicity. Reconstructing Past Climates for Future Prediction: Integrating High-Resolution Palaeo-Data for Meaningful Prediction in the Australasian Region, 27 Jun 2005 - 28 Jun 2005. (Conference - Other)
  • Taulis, ME., Trumm, D., Milke, MW., Nobes, D., Manhire, D. and O'Sullivan, AD. (2005) Characterisation of coal seam gas waters in New Zealand. 2005 New Zealand Minerals Conference, 13 Nov 2005 - 16 Nov 2005. In Realising New Zealand's Mineral Potential - Proceedings of the 2005 New Zealand Minerals Conference 1(1): 416-425. (Conference - Published)
  • Bassett, KN., Gordon, HW., Nobes, DC. and Jacomb, C. (2004) Gardening at the edge: Documenting the limits of tropical Polynesian kumara horticulture in southern New Zealand. Geoarchaeology 19(3): 185-218. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/gea.10116. (Journal articles)
  • Close, ME., Nobes, DC. and Pang, L. (2004) Presence of preferential flow paths in shallow groundwater systems as indicated by tracer experiments and geophysical surveys. Aquifer Characterization: 79-91. Tulsa: SEPM. (Chapters)
  • Jol, HM., Nobes, DC., Cussins, T., Goodsell, B., Finnemore, M., De Passille, B. and Tealby, J. (2004) Preliminary results from high frequency GPR surveys and a 3D grid: Davis Snowfield, Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR 2004 2: 773-776. (Conference - Published)
  • Nobes, DC. (2004) Report on the Meeting on the Role of Science in the Information Society (RSIS), held on 8-9 December 2003 at CERN in Geneva, as part of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC., Rother, H. and Jol, HM. (2004) Radar "lensing" by a small river: Can a layer of surface water improve the signal? Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR 2004 2: 539-542. (Journal articles)
  • Pepper, AC., Shulmeister, J., Nobes, DC. and Augustinus, PA. (2004) Possible ENSO signals prior to the Last Glacial Maximum, during the last deglaciation and the early Holocene, from New Zealand. Geophysical Research Letters 31(15) http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2004GL020236. (Journal articles)
  • Streich, R., Van Kruk, JD., Green, AG. and Nobes, DC. (2004) Three-dimensional multicomponent georadar surveying near the Alpine Fault, New Zealand. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR 2004 1 349-352. (Conference - Other)
  • Cammack, E., Nobes, DC. and Holdaway, RN. (2003) Can geophysical surveys locate moa bone lusters in North Canterbury swamp deposits? Results from Pyramid Valley, Strathblane and Treasure Downs. AQUA 2003, the 8th Biennal Meeting of the Australasian Quaternary Association and the Friends of the Pleistocene (NZ), 3 Feb 2003 - 7 Feb 2003. (Conference - Other)
  • Davis, EF. and Nobes, DC. (2003) Non-invasive mapping and monitoring of a fold system located on the McMurdo Ice Shelf near Scott Base, Antartica. ISAES IX, 9th International Symposium on Antartic Earth Sciences, 8 Sep 2003 - 12 Sep 2003. (Conference - Other)
  • Hesse, PP., Humphreys, GS., Selkirk, PM., Adamson, DA., Gore, DB., Nobes, DC., Price, DM., Schwenninger, JL., Smith, B., Tulau, M. and Hemmings, F. (2003) Late Quaternary aeolian dunes on the presently humid Blue Mountains, Eastern Australia. Quaternary International 108: 13-32. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1040-6182(02)00191-X. (Journal articles)
  • King, ML., Wu, D. and Nobes, DC. (2003) Non-invasive ground penetrating radar investigation of a failing concrete floor slab. Proceedings of NDT-CE 2003, the International Conference on Non-Destructive Testing in Civil Engineering, 16 Sep 2003 - 19 Sep 2003. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC. and Pettersson, JK. (2003) Non-invasive mapping of hydrocarbon-contaminated sites using near-surface geophysical methods in the McMurdo Sound region of Antartica. ISAES IX, 9th International Symposium on Antartic Earth Sciences, 8 Sep 2003 - 12 Sep 2003. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC., Wallace, SC., David, KJ., White, A. and Burbank, DW. (2003) Three-dimensional imaging of the Benmore segment of the Ostler Fault using ground-penetrating radar (GPR), resistivity tomography and detailed topographic surveying. AQUA 2003, the 8th Biennial Meeting of the Australasian Quaternary Association and the Fridns of the Pleistocene (NZ), 3 Feb 2003 - 7 Feb 2003. (Conference - Other)
  • Pepper, AC., Shulmeister, J. and Nobes, DC. (2003) Climate change during the LGM and deglaciation in the Auckland region, New Zealand. AQUA 2003, the 8th Biennial Meeting of the Australasian Quaternary Association and the Friends of the Pleistocene (NZ), 3 Feb 2003 - 7 Feb 2003. (Conference - Other)
  • Pettersson, JK. and Nobes, DC. (2003) Geophysics as a tool to map and monitor hydrocarbon spills in the dry permafrost environment of the McMurdo Sound region. Antarctica New Zealand Annual Antarctic Conference, 1 Apr 2003 - 1 Apr 2003. (Conference - Other)
  • Pettersson, JK. and Nobes, DC. (2003) Environmental geophysics at Scott Base: Ground penetrating radar and electromagnetic induction as tools for mapping contaminated ground at Antarctic research bases. Cold Regions Science and Technology 37(2): 187-195. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0165-232X(03)00037-5. (Journal articles)
  • Davis, KJ., Burbank, DW., Wallace, S., Nobes, DC. and Fisher, D. (2002) Variation of thrust-fault displacement and deformation style along segments of the Ostler fault zone, New Zealand. Eos, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union. American Geophysical Union Annual Fall Meeting, Supplement Abstract T71B-1180, 1 Dec 2002 - 1 Dec 2002. 83(47). (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC. (2002) A Report on Near-Surface Geophysical Surveys to Delineate Possible Locations of the Masterton Fault at Selected Sites within Masterton Township. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC. (2002) Report on ground-penetrating radar surveys across the natural dam at the Crater Lake of Mt Ruapehu, 21 November 2002. Prepared for Dr H. Keys, Department of Conservation, Turango, Canterprise File Number CP1002/028. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC. (2002) Building on the foundations: Environmental science at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 3(4): 371-379. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14676370210442409. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC. (2002) Comment on "Intelligent design" by A. Melott and M. Singham. Physics Today 55(11): 95-96. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC., Davis, EF., Pettersson, JK., Cammack, E. and Wallace, SC. (2002) Immediate Science Report - K054: Geophysical Response of Contaminants in Soil and Permafrost in the Vicinity of Scott Base and the Dry Valleys and Geophysical Surveying of Pressure Ridges on the Ice Shelf near Scott Base. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC., Davis, EF., Pettersson, JK., Cammack, E. and Wallace, SC. (2002) Logistics Report - K054: Geophysical Response of Contaminants in Soil and Permafrost in the Vicinity of Scott Base and the Dry Valleys and Geophysical Surveying of Pressure Ridges on the Ice Shelf near Scott Base. (Reports)
  • Pepper, A., Shulmeister, J. and Nobes, DC. (2002) Late Quaternary climate records using laminated lake sediments from Onepoto Maar Craters, Auckland, NZ. Eos, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union: Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting, Supplement, Abstract SE52C-04, 1 Jul 2002 - 1 Jul 2002. 83(22). (Conference - Other)
  • Pettersson, JK. and Nobes, DC. (2002) Geophysics as a tool to map and monitor hydrocarbon spills in the dry permafrost environment of the McMurdo Sound region. 3rd International Conference on Contaminants in Frozen Ground, 1 Apr 2002 - 1 Apr 2002. (Conference - Other)
  • Field, G., Leonard, G. and Nobes, DC. (2001) Where is Percy Rutherford buried? Australasian Connections and New Directions: Proceedings of the 7th Australian Archaeometry Conference, Research in Anthropology and Linguistics, 23-6-2001. 5 131-147. (Conference - Other)
  • Field, G., Leonard, G. and Nobes, DC. (2001) Where is Percy Rutherford's grave? Australasian Connections and New Directions: 131-147. Auckland: University of Auckland. (Chapters)
  • Gordon, HW., Bassett, KN., Jacomb, C. and Nobes, DC. (2001) A pre-European Maori kumara garden at Birdlings Flat, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury. Australasian Archaeometry Conference, 5 Feb 2001 - 9 Feb 2001. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC. (2001) Building on the Foundations: Environmental Science at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.. Proceedings of the 6th International auDes Conference, 1 Apr 2001 - 1 Apr 2001. 104-109. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC. (2001) Report on near-surface geophysical test surveys at the Sullivan Mine site, Denniston Plateau, 20-22 September 2001. Prepared for CRL Energy Limited. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC. (2001) Glacier evolution and waters resources analysis in the Cuyo region of Argentina. UC Research : 8-9. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC. (2001) Hands-on' learning with geophysical field equipment. UC Teaching : 40-41. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC., Ferguson, RJ. and Brierley, GJ. (2001) Ground-penetrating radar and sedimentological analysis of Holocene floodplains: Insight from the Tuross valley, New South Wales. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 48(3): 347-355. http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1440-0952.2001.00864.x. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC., Pettersson, JK. and Finnemore, M. (2001) Immediate Science Report - K054: Geophysical Response of Contaminants in Soil and Permafrost in the Vicinity of Scott Base. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC., Pettersson, JK. and Finnemore, M. (2001) Logistics Report - K054: Geophysical Response of Contaminants in Soil and Permafrost in the Vicinity of Scott Base. (Reports)
  • Noon, DA. and Nobes, DC. (Ed.) (2001) Journal of Applied Geophysics, 47(3-4). Special Issue: Ground Penetrating Radar. Amsterdam: Elsevier. (Edited Volumes)
  • Pettersson Jared Nobes, DC. (2001) The geophysical investigation of hydrocarbon contaminated soils in the vicinity of Scott Base, Antarctia. Annual Antarctic Science Symposium, 1 Apr 2001 - 1 Apr 2001. (Conference - Other)
  • Franck√©, J. and Nobes, DC. (2000) A preliminary evaluation of GPR for nickel laterite exploration. 8th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, 22-6-2000. In SPIE Proceedings 4084: 7-12. (Conference - Published)
  • Nobes, DC. (2000) The search for 'Yvonne': A case example of the delineation of a grave using near-surface geophysical methods. Journal of Forensic Sciences 45(3): 715-721. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC. and Annan, AP. (2000) Broadside' versus 'End-fire' Radar Response: Some simple illustrative examples. GPR 2000: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) v 4084, 22-6-2000. 4084 696-701. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC. and Lintott, B. (2000) Rutherford's 'Old Tin Shed': Mapping the foundations of a Victorian-age lecture hall. GPR 2000: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) v. 4084, 22-6-2000. 887-892. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC., Armstrong, MJ. and Close, ME. (2000) Delineation of a landfill leachate plume and flow channels in coastal sands near Christchurch, New Zealand, using a shallow electromagnetic survey method. Hydrogeology Journal 8(3): 328-336. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC. (1999) How important is the orientation of a horizontal loop EM system? Examples from a leachate plume and a fault zone. Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics 4(2): 81-85. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC. and McCahon, IF. (1999) Shallow EM mapping for characterization of a proposed construction site. Leading Edge (Tulsa, OK) 18(12) (Journal articles)
  • Basset, KN. and Nobes, DC. (Ed.) (1998) Geological Society of New Zealand and New Zealand Geophysical Society Joint Annual Conference Programme and Abstracts. Christchurch: Geological Society of New Zealand. (Edited Volumes)
  • Hochstein, MP., Watson, MI., Malengreau, B., Nobes, DC. and Owens, I. (1998) Rapid melting of the terminal section of the Hooker Glacier (Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand). New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 41(3): 203-218. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC. (1998) How important is the orientation of a horizontal loop EM system? Examples from a leachate plume and a fault zone. Proceedings of the Symposium on Applications of Geophysics to Environmental and Engineering Problems (SAGEEP), 20-6-1998. 11 453-458. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC. (1998) Report on a Shallow Electromagnetic Survey of the Site of a Proposed Extension to a Factory. Prepared for Mr I. McCahon, Soils & Foundations Ltd, Christchurch, Canterprise File Number CP 2664. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC. (1998) Comment on 'Nibbling the bullet' by D. Kleppner. Physics Today 51(10): 13-15. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC. and Bright, JC. (1998) The Artificial Aquifer: Radar under a steel roof. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, Radar Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory, 20-6-1998. 245-249. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC. and McCahon, IF. (1998) Buried channels and refuse pits: Shallow electromagnetic mapping for characterization of a proposed construction site. Joint Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of New Zealand Geophysical Society, 1 Nov 1998 - 1 Nov 1998. (Conference - Other)
  • Soengkono, Supri., Watson, Matt. and Nobes, David. (1998) Studies of the Mueller Glacier terminus region. Joint Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of New Zealand and New Zealand Geophysical Society, 1 Nov 1998 - 1 Nov 1998. (Conference - Other)
  • Yetton, MD. and Nobes, DC. (1998) Recent vertical offset and near-surface structure of the Alpine Fault in Westland, New Zealand, from ground penetrating radar profiling. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 41(4): 485-492. (Journal articles)
  • Nobes, DC. (1997) Delineation of potential landslide failure slip surfaces using ground penetrating radar: Possibilities and pitfalls. 1997 New Zealand Geophysical Society Symposium on Natural Hazards in New Zealand, 1 Aug 1997 - 1 Aug 1997. (Conference - Other)
  • Nobes, DC. (1997) Report on Geophysical Surveys Completed at Heathcote Quarry Park and the adjacent Fogarty Property. Prepared for Mr P. Dickson, Water Services Unit, Christchurch City Council, Canterprise File Number CP 2344B. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC. (1997) Report on Ground Penetrating Radar Profiles Acquired by G.P.R. Services at a North Island Wharf Site. Prepared for Mr M. King, G.P.R Services, New Plymouth, Canterprise File Number CP 2555. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC. (1997) Report on the Results of an Electromagnetic Survey of "The Rocks", near Wairoa. Prepared for Senior Sergeant Andrew McGregor and Detective Constable Wayne Beattie, New Zealand Police, Canterbury File Number CP 2603. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC. (1997) Report on the Results of the Geophysical Surveys Completed at Oaro Urupa. Prepared for Mr N. Gray, Oaro Cemetery Trust. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC. (1997) Report on the Time-Domain Electromagnetic Sounding Survey of South Brighton Spit and Subsequent Supplementary Geophysical Surveys. Prepared for Mr L. Blakie, Water Services Unit, Christchurch City Council, Canterprise File Number CP2344C. (Reports)
  • Nobes, DC. (1997) The half-lives of past lives. Annals of Improbable Research 3(6): 14-15. (Journal articles)