Frequency Domain Multi-parameter Full Waveform Inversion for Acoustic VTI Media

Ramzi Djebbi, Tariq Ali Alkhalifah

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Multi-parameter full waveform inversion (FWI) for transversely isotropic (TI) media with vertical axis of symmetry (VTI) suffers from the trade-off between the parameters. The trade-off results in the leakage of one parameter's update into the other during the inversion. It affects the accuracy and convergence of the inversion. The sensitivity analyses suggested a parameterisation using the horizontal velocity vh, epsilon and eta to reduce the trade-off for surface recorded seismic data.We test the (vh, epsilon, eta) parameterisation for acoustic VTI media using a scattering integral (SI) based inversion. The data is modeled in frequency domain and the model is updated using a preconditioned conjugate gradient method. We applied the method to the VTI Marmousi II model and in the inversion, we keep eta parameter fixed as the background initial model and we invert simultaneously for both vh and epsilon. The results show the suitability of the parameterisation for multi-parameter VTI acoustic inversion as well as the accuracy of the inversion approach.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication79th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2017
PublisherEAGE Publications
ISBN (Print)9789462822177
StatePublished - May 26 2017

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We would like to thank King Abdullah University of Science and Technology for the financial support. We thank Nabil Masmoudi, Yunseok Choi and all SWAG members for the useful discussions.


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