Elastic reflection based waveform inversion with a nonlinear approach

Handle URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10754/625363
Title:
Elastic reflection based waveform inversion with a nonlinear approach
Authors:
Guo, Qiang; Alkhalifah, Tariq Ali ( 0000-0002-9363-9799 )
Abstract:
Full waveform inversion (FWI) is a highly nonlinear problem due to the complex reflectivity of the Earth, and this nonlinearity only increases under the more expensive elastic assumption. In elastic media, we need a good initial P-wave velocity and even a better initial S-wave velocity models with accurate representation of the low model wavenumbers for FWI to converge. However, inverting for the low wavenumber components of P- and S-wave velocities using reflection waveform inversion (RWI) with an objective to fit the reflection shape, rather than produce reflections, may mitigate the limitations of FWI. Because FWI, performing as a migration operator, is in preference of the high wavenumber updates along reflectors. We propose a nonlinear elastic RWI that inverts for both the low wavenumber and perturbation components of the P- and S-wave velocities. To generate the full elastic reflection wavefields, we derive an equivalent stress source made up by the inverted model perturbations and incident wavefields. We update both the perturbation and propagation parts of the velocity models in a nested fashion. Applications on synthetic isotropic models and field data show that our method can efficiently update the low and high wavenumber parts of the models.
KAUST Department:
Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division; Earth Science and Engineering Program
Citation:
Guo Q, Alkhalifah T (2017) Elastic reflection based waveform inversion with a nonlinear approach. GEOPHYSICS: 1–81. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1190/geo2016-0407.1.
Publisher:
Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Journal:
GEOPHYSICS
Issue Date:
16-Aug-2017
DOI:
10.1190/geo2016-0407.1
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0016-8033; 1942-2156
Sponsors:
The authors would like to thank Statoil ASA and the Volve license partners ExxonMobil E&P Norway AS and Bayerngas Norge AS, for the release of the Volve data. The views expressed in this paper are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Statoil ASA and the Volve field license partners. The authors would like to thank Marianne Houbiers from Statoil, who gave some very helpful suggestions and corrections. We also appreciate the suggestions provided by Antoine Guitton, Vincent Prieux from CGG, Jiubing Cheng and also two anonymous reviewers as part of the review process of this paper. We also thank KAUST for its support and we thank the SWAG group for collaborative environment, especially Zedong Wu and Juwon Oh for their helpful suggestions and discussions.
Additional Links:
http://library.seg.org/doi/10.1190/geo2016-0407.1
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Articles; Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division; Earth Science and Engineering Program

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dc.contributor.authorGuo, Qiangen
dc.contributor.authorAlkhalifah, Tariq Alien
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-21T06:28:04Z-
dc.date.available2017-08-21T06:28:04Z-
dc.date.issued2017-08-16en
dc.identifier.citationGuo Q, Alkhalifah T (2017) Elastic reflection based waveform inversion with a nonlinear approach. GEOPHYSICS: 1–81. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1190/geo2016-0407.1.en
dc.identifier.issn0016-8033en
dc.identifier.issn1942-2156en
dc.identifier.doi10.1190/geo2016-0407.1en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/625363-
dc.description.abstractFull waveform inversion (FWI) is a highly nonlinear problem due to the complex reflectivity of the Earth, and this nonlinearity only increases under the more expensive elastic assumption. In elastic media, we need a good initial P-wave velocity and even a better initial S-wave velocity models with accurate representation of the low model wavenumbers for FWI to converge. However, inverting for the low wavenumber components of P- and S-wave velocities using reflection waveform inversion (RWI) with an objective to fit the reflection shape, rather than produce reflections, may mitigate the limitations of FWI. Because FWI, performing as a migration operator, is in preference of the high wavenumber updates along reflectors. We propose a nonlinear elastic RWI that inverts for both the low wavenumber and perturbation components of the P- and S-wave velocities. To generate the full elastic reflection wavefields, we derive an equivalent stress source made up by the inverted model perturbations and incident wavefields. We update both the perturbation and propagation parts of the velocity models in a nested fashion. Applications on synthetic isotropic models and field data show that our method can efficiently update the low and high wavenumber parts of the models.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors would like to thank Statoil ASA and the Volve license partners ExxonMobil E&P Norway AS and Bayerngas Norge AS, for the release of the Volve data. The views expressed in this paper are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Statoil ASA and the Volve field license partners. The authors would like to thank Marianne Houbiers from Statoil, who gave some very helpful suggestions and corrections. We also appreciate the suggestions provided by Antoine Guitton, Vincent Prieux from CGG, Jiubing Cheng and also two anonymous reviewers as part of the review process of this paper. We also thank KAUST for its support and we thank the SWAG group for collaborative environment, especially Zedong Wu and Juwon Oh for their helpful suggestions and discussions.en
dc.publisherSociety of Exploration Geophysicistsen
dc.relation.urlhttp://library.seg.org/doi/10.1190/geo2016-0407.1en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to GEOPHYSICSen
dc.titleElastic reflection based waveform inversion with a nonlinear approachen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentPhysical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Divisionen
dc.contributor.departmentEarth Science and Engineering Programen
dc.identifier.journalGEOPHYSICSen
dc.eprint.versionPost-printen
kaust.authorGuo, Qiangen
kaust.authorAlkhalifah, Tariq Alien
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