Skeletonized Wave Equation Inversion in VTI Media without too much Math

Shihang Feng, Gerard T. Schuster

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We present a tutorial for skeletonized inversion of pseudo-acoustic anisotropic VTI data. We first invert for the anisotropic models using wave equation traveltime inversion. Here, the skeletonized data are the traveltimes of transmitted and/or reflected arrivals that lead to simpler misfit functions and more robust convergence compared to full waveform inversion. This provides a good starting model for waveform inversion. The effectiveness of this procedure is illustrated with synthetic data examples and a marine data set recorded in the Gulf of Mexico.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)SO21-SO30
Number of pages1
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 17 2017

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The research reported in this publication is supported by funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). We also thank the sponsors for supporting the Consortium of Subsurface Imaging and Fluid Modeling (CSIM). For computer time, this research used the resources of the Supercomputing Laboratory at KAUST. We thank them for providing the computational resources required for carrying out this work .


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