Inversion of vertical wavefield variation to obtain a velocity model through integration

Yun Seok Choi, Tariq Ali Alkhalifah

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One of the main weaknesses of the Born approximation is its limited accuracy for large size perturbations. Thus, in FWI, our Born approximated gradients tend to capture only the edges of such perturbations if low frequencies are missing. In this new rendition of an FWI algorithm, we update vertical velocity variations by inverting the vertical wavefield variations. The resulting vertical variation of the velocity induces long wavelength updates of the velocity through integration, and thus, low frequencies are not needed. We calculate the vertical wavefield variation by downward continuation using the double-square-root equation. We employ the adjoint-state method to derive the gradient for vertical velocity variation. Examples validate the feasibility of the proposed FWI method for data missing low frequencies.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication80th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2018
PublisherEAGE Publications BV
ISBN (Print)9789462822542
StatePublished - Oct 16 2018

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We are grateful to King Abdullah University of Science and Technology for financial supports. For computer time, this research used the resources of the Super Computing Laboratory at KAUST in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.


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