Adjoint tomography of the crust and upper mantle structure beneath the Kanto region using broadband seismograms

Takayuki Miyoshi, Masayuki Obayashi, Daniel Peter, Yoko Tono, Seiji Tsuboi

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A three-dimensional seismic wave speed model in the Kanto region of Japan was developed using adjoint tomography for application in the effective reproduction of observed waveforms. Starting with a model based on previous travel time tomographic results, we inverted the waveforms obtained at seismic broadband stations from 140 local earthquakes in the Kanto region to obtain the P- and S-wave speeds Vp and Vs. Additionally, all centroid times of the source solutions were determined before the structural inversion. The synthetic displacements were calculated using the spectral-element method (SEM) in which the Kanto region was parameterized using 16 million grid points. The model parameters Vp and Vs were updated iteratively by Newton’s method using the misfit and Hessian kernels until the misfit between the observed and synthetic waveforms was minimized. Computations of the forward and adjoint simulations were conducted on the K computer in Japan. The optimized SEM code required a total of 6720 simulations using approximately 62,000 node hours to obtain the final model after 16 iterations. The proposed model reveals several anomalous areas with extremely low-Vs values in comparison with those of the initial model. These anomalies were found to correspond to geological features, earthquake sources, and volcanic regions with good data coverage and resolution. The synthetic waveforms obtained using the newly proposed model for the selected earthquakes showed better fit than the initial model to the observed waveforms in different period ranges within 5–30 s. This result indicates that the model can accurately predict actual waveforms.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalProgress in Earth and Planetary Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 3 2017

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We appreciate the valuable discussions we had with Kazuto Ando, Daisuke Suetsugu, and Nozomu Takeuchi. We used the seismic waveform and earthquake catalog provided by the NIED F-net. Digital map 50 m grid elevation data and the J-EGG500 were provided by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan and the Japan Oceanographic Data Center, respectively. The large computing of the forward and adjoint simulations was conducted on the K computer at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, Japan. We used the open source program package SPECFEM3D Cartesian and FLEXWIN from the Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics (CIG; in this study. GMT software (Wessel and Smith 1998) was used to make most of the figures in this paper. This work was supported by the HPCI System Research project (Proposal number hp130013), JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 16K21699, and MEXT KAKENHI Grant Number 15H05832.


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