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International Journal of Geophysics
Volume 2012, Article ID 176895, 12 pages
Research Article

A Prototype System for Time-Lapse Electrical Resistivity Tomographies

1DIFA, Università della Basilicata, Contrado Macchia Romana, 85100 Potenza, Italy
2IMAA-CNR, Contrada Santa Loja Zona Industriale, Tito Scalo, 85055 Potenza, Italy

Received 11 July 2011; Accepted 24 December 2011

Academic Editor: Pantelis Soupios

Copyright © 2012 Raffaele Luongo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A prototype system for time-lapse acquisition of 2D electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) and time domain reflectometry (TDR) measurements was installed in a test site affected by a landslide in Basilicata region (southern Italy). The aim of the system is to monitor in real-time the rainwater infiltration into the soil and obtain information about the variation of the water content in the first layers of the subsoil and the possible influence of this variation on landslide activity. A rain gauge placed in the test site gives information on the rainfall intensity and frequency and suggests the acquisition time interval. The installed system and the preliminary results are presented in this paper.