Refraction traveltime tomography with irregular topography using the unwrapped phase inversion

Handle URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10754/564675
Title:
Refraction traveltime tomography with irregular topography using the unwrapped phase inversion
Authors:
Choi, Yun Seok; Alkhalifah, Tariq Ali ( 0000-0002-9363-9799 )
Abstract:
Traveltime tomography has long served as a stable and efficient tool for velocity estimation, especially for the near surface. It, however, suffers from some of limitations associated with ray tracing and high-frequency traveltime in velocity inversion zones and ray shadow regions. We develop a tomographic approach based on traveltime solutions obtained by tracking the phase (instantaneous traveltime) of the wavefield solution of the Helmholtz wave equation. Since the instantaneous-traveltime does not suffer from phase wrapping, the inversion algorithm using the instantaneous-traveltime has the potential to generate robust inversion results. With a high damping factor, the instantaneous-traveltime inversion provides refraction tomography similar results, but from a single frequency. Despite the Helmholtz-based solver implementation, the tomographic inversion handles irrgular topography. The numerical examples show that our inversion algorithm generates a convergent smooth velocity model, which looks very much like a tomographic result. Next, we plan to apply the instantaneous-traveltime inversion algorithm to real seismic data acquired from the near surface with irregular topography.
KAUST Department:
Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division; Earth Science and Engineering Program; Environmental Science and Engineering Program
Publisher:
EAGE Publications
Journal:
London 2013, 75th eage conference en exhibition incorporating SPE Europec
Conference/Event name:
75th European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition 2013 Incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2013: Changing Frontiers
Issue Date:
2013
DOI:
10.3997/2214-4609.20130117
Type:
Conference Paper
ISBN:
9781629937915
Appears in Collections:
Conference Papers; Environmental Science and Engineering Program; Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division; Earth Science and Engineering Program

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorChoi, Yun Seoken
dc.contributor.authorAlkhalifah, Tariq Alien
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-04T07:11:55Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-04T07:11:55Zen
dc.date.issued2013en
dc.identifier.isbn9781629937915en
dc.identifier.doi10.3997/2214-4609.20130117en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/564675en
dc.description.abstractTraveltime tomography has long served as a stable and efficient tool for velocity estimation, especially for the near surface. It, however, suffers from some of limitations associated with ray tracing and high-frequency traveltime in velocity inversion zones and ray shadow regions. We develop a tomographic approach based on traveltime solutions obtained by tracking the phase (instantaneous traveltime) of the wavefield solution of the Helmholtz wave equation. Since the instantaneous-traveltime does not suffer from phase wrapping, the inversion algorithm using the instantaneous-traveltime has the potential to generate robust inversion results. With a high damping factor, the instantaneous-traveltime inversion provides refraction tomography similar results, but from a single frequency. Despite the Helmholtz-based solver implementation, the tomographic inversion handles irrgular topography. The numerical examples show that our inversion algorithm generates a convergent smooth velocity model, which looks very much like a tomographic result. Next, we plan to apply the instantaneous-traveltime inversion algorithm to real seismic data acquired from the near surface with irregular topography.en
dc.publisherEAGE Publicationsen
dc.titleRefraction traveltime tomography with irregular topography using the unwrapped phase inversionen
dc.typeConference Paperen
dc.contributor.departmentPhysical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Divisionen
dc.contributor.departmentEarth Science and Engineering Programen
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Science and Engineering Programen
dc.identifier.journalLondon 2013, 75th eage conference en exhibition incorporating SPE Europecen
dc.conference.date10 June 2013 through 13 June 2013en
dc.conference.name75th European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition 2013 Incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2013: Changing Frontiersen
kaust.authorChoi, Yun Seoken
kaust.authorAlkhalifah, Tariq Alien
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