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Aug 2015
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Aifei Bian, Zhihui Zou, Hua-Wei Zhou, Jin Zhang. Evaluation of multi-scale full waveform inversion with marine vertical cable data. Journal of Earth Science, 2015, 26(4): 481-486. doi: 10.1007/s12583-015-0566-3
Citation: Aifei Bian, Zhihui Zou, Hua-Wei Zhou, Jin Zhang. Evaluation of multi-scale full waveform inversion with marine vertical cable data. Journal of Earth Science, 2015, 26(4): 481-486. doi: 10.1007/s12583-015-0566-3

Evaluation of multi-scale full waveform inversion with marine vertical cable data

doi: 10.1007/s12583-015-0566-3
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  • Corresponding author: Aifei Bian,
  • Received Date: 02 Sep 2014
  • Accepted Date: 27 Dec 2014
  • Publish Date: 12 Aug 2015
  • Seismic illumination plays an important role in subsurface imaging. A better image can be expected either through optimizing acquisition geometry or introducing more advanced seismic migration and/or tomographic inversion methods involving illumination compensation. Vertical cable survey is a potential replacement of traditional marine seismic survey for its flexibility and data quality. Conventional vertical cable data processing requires separation of primaries and multiples before migration. We proposed to use multi-scale full waveform inversion (FWI) to improve illumination coverage of vertical cable survey. A deep water velocity model is built to test the capability of multi-scale FWI in detecting low velocity anomalies below seabed. Synthetic results show that multi-scale FWI is an effective model building tool in deep-water exploration. Geometry optimization through target oriented illumination analysis and multi-scale FWI may help to mitigate the risks of vertical cable survey. The combination of multi-scale FWI, low-frequency data and multi-vertical-cable acquisition system may provide both high resolution and high fidelity subsurface models.


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