Skeletonized wave-equation inversion for Q

Gaurav Dutta, Gerard T. Schuster

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A wave-equation gradient optimization method is presented that inverts for the subsurface Q distribution by minimizing a skeletonized misfit function ε. Here, ε is the sum of the squared differences between the observed and the predicted peak/centroid frequency shifts of the early-arrivals. The gradient is computed by migrating the observed traces weighted by the frequency-shift residuals. The background Q model is perturbed until the predicted and the observed traces have the same peak frequencies or the same centroid frequencies. Numerical tests show that an improved accuracy of the inverted Q model by wave-equation Q tomography (WQ) leads to a noticeable improvement in the migration image quality.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2016
PublisherSociety of Exploration Geophysicists
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Sep 2016

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We thank the sponsors of the CSIM consortium, the KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory and IT Research Computing Group.


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