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Deep Ocean 3D tomography on field dataNormal access

Authors: J. Morgan, G. Christeson and M. Warner
Event name: 72nd EAGE Conference and Exhibition - Workshops and Fieldtrips
Session: WS6 3D Full Waveform Inversion – A Game Changing Technique?
Publication date: 14 June 2010
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.20149931
Organisations: SPE, EAGE
Language: English
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We have run a suite of 2D and 3D wavefield inversions to recover fine-scale velocity structure in upper oceanic crust. The data were acquired on a plateau, close to a transform fault in deep water in the Pacific ocean. At the fault, a vertical section of oceanic crust is exposed and has been mapped using submersibles, hence our inverted velocity models can be directly compared with adjacent outcrop data. Synthetic tests using the 2D inversion code suggest that the inverted velocity structure may contain artefacts caused by offline arrivals and feathering of the streamer. Synthetic tests using the 3D inversion code show that true velocity structure can be recovered, and 3D inversions of the real data suggest that there is a velocity inversion in the upper oceanic crust in the area modelled.

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