Roger Borcherdt is a research seismologist, scientist emeritus at the US Geological Survey, and past consulting and visiting Shimizu professor at Stanford University, California. Dr Borcherdt is the author of more than 200 scientific publications, including several on the theoretical and empirical aspects of seismic wave propagation pertaining to problems in seismology, exploration geophysics, and earthquake engineering. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service award, the highest honor of the Department of Interior, for seminal contributions in seismology and engineering; the Bruce A. Bolt Medal awarded jointly by the Seismological Society of America, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and COSMOS; and the 1994 and 2002 Outstanding Paper Awards of Earthquake Spectra. He is an honorary member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, a past journal editor, a co-inventor of the General Earthquake Observation System (GEOS, patent 4,603,486), as well as an active member of several professional societies.
'This work is very impressive and the very coherent description of wave propagation in viscoelastic layered (solid) media is exceptional. The main contribution from my point of view is the detailed understanding of physical features of waves when they propagate into lossy media. This book would be a valuable contribution to a research library.' Jean Virieux, Geophysical Journal International