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Duncan Cowan

Adjunct Research Fellow
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

12 Edna Road
WA 6009

08 9386 1603

Duncan Cowan graduated from the University of Nottingham, England with B.Sc. Honours and a Ph.D. He has over 45 years experience in exploration geophysics and geology and has worked on all continents except Antarctica. Recent exploration experience includes projects in Sweden, Finland, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Botswana, United Arab Emirates and Guinea. He works as a consulting geophysicist specializing in interpretation of magnetic, gravity, electromagnetic and radiometric data with emphasis on computer techniques for data enhancement, analysis and dataset integration. His research interests include kimberlites and lamproites, inversion of potential field data, aeromagnetic gradiometers and rock and mineral magnetism. He lectured at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London from 1978 to 1989. He is a member of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers and the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences.


Key research

  • Aeromagnetic processing and interpretation
  • Inversion of potential field data
  • Kimberlites and lamproites
  • Large meteorite impacts


Selected Publications

Cooper, G.R.J., and Cowan, D.R., 2011. A Generalised Derivative Operator for Potential Field Data. Geophysical Prospecting, 59,188.

Dentith, M., and Cowan, D.R., 2011, Using potential field data for petroleum exploration targeting, Amadeus Basin, Australia. Exploration Geophysics 42, 190-198.

Guarin C. P., Angerer T., Maund, N.H., Cowan, D. R. and S. Hageman, 2010. K Deeps Magnetite Mineralisation at Koolyanobbing, Western Australia. Applied Earth Science: IMM Transactions Section B, 119, 143-154.

Cooper, G.R.J., and Cowan, D.R., 2009. Blocking borehole log data. Exploration Geophysics, 40, 233-236.

Cooper, G.R.J., and Cowan, D.R., 2009. Terracing Potential Field Data. Geophysical Prospecting, 57,1067-1071.

Cooper, G.R.J. and Cowan, D.R., 2008. Edge Enhancement of Potential Field Data Using Normalised Statistics. Geophysics 71 ,H1-H4.

Cooper, G.R.J., and Cowan, D.R., 2008. Comparing Time Series using Wavelet Based Semblance Analysis. Computers & Geosciences,34, 95–102.

Cowan, D.R., and Cooper, G.R.J., 2008. Merging Radiometric Grids Using Histogram Matching. Computers & Geosciences, 34, 291-298.