3D wave-equation dispersion inversion of surface waves

Zhaolun Liu, Jing Li, Sherif M. Hanafy, Gerard T. Schuster

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The 2D wave-equation dispersion inversion (WD) methodology is extended to the inversion of three-dimensional data for a 3D shear-wave velocity model. The objective function of 3D WD is the sum of the squared wavenumber differences along each azimuth angle between the predicted and observed 3D dispersion curves. The 3D dispersion curves are obtained by wavenumber-frequency analysis of the fundamental Rayleigh waves in each 3D shot gather. The S-wave velocity update is computed by a weighted zero-lag crosscorrelation between the source wavefield and the back-projected receiver-side wavefield for each azimuth angle. The synthetic and field data examples demonstrate that the 3D WD method can accurately estimate the 3D S-wave velocity model in laterally heterogeneous media.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2018
PublisherSociety of Exploration Geophysicists
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Aug 27 2018

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The research reported in this publication was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. We are grateful to the sponsors of the Center for Subsurface Imaging and Modeling Consortium for their financial support. For computer time, this research used the resources of the Supercomputing Laboratory at KAUST and the IT Research Computing Group. We thank them for providing the computational resources required for carrying out this work.


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