Dr. Alan Beck

Thermal Geophysics

Alan Beck

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Australian National University
Office: Off Campus
Phone: N/A
Fax: 1-519-661-3198
Email: abeck@uwo.ca


Research Interests

Not so much research as current interest in aspects of Cosmoclimatology and Stochastic Resonance as they pertain to climate change. Alan Beck's lifelong scientific interest has been in heat flow, the thermal state of the Earth. He is the 1993 winner of the J. Tuzo Wilson Medal, the author of a text 'Physical Principles of Exploration Methods', and numerous other publications.

Selected Publications

  • Alan E. Beck 2003, The Rise and Fall of a Geophysics Department: A Brief History of the Department of Geophysics IN Earthquake & Engineering Seismology, Part B, Chapter 79.12, CD #2 edited by William H. K. Lee, Hiroo Kanamori, Paul C. Jennings and Carl Kisslinger
  • Beck, A.E., 1994, "On Universities, J. Tuzo Wilson Medal Acceptance Speech",Elements: Newsletter of the Canadian Geophysical Union, 12:7-9.
  • Beck, A.E., 1992, "Inferring past climate change from subsurface temperature profiles: some problems and methods", IN Climatic change inferred from underground temperatures, ed T.J. Lewis, Special Edition of Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology (Global and Planetary Change Section), 1992, 98:73-80.
  • Nielsen, S.B. and Beck, A.E., "Heat flow density values and paleoclimate determined from stochastic inversion of four temperature-depth profiles from the Superior Province of the Canadian Shield", Tectonophysics 164:345-360, 1989.
  • Wang, K., Shen, P.Y. and Beck, A.E., "A solution to the inverse problem of coupled hydrological and thermal regimes", IN Hydrogeological Regimes and Their Subsurface Thermal Effects, AGU Monograph 47 (IUGG Volume 2), Edited by A.E. Beck, L. Stegena and G. Garven, 7-21, 1989.
  • Beck, A.E., 1964, "A note on the thermal history of the Earth and the possible origin of a solid inner core", Can. J. Phys. Vol. 42, 1964.