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Non-linear prestack seismic inversion with global optimization using an edge-preserving smoothing filterNormal access

Authors: Z. Yan and H. Gu
Journal name: Geophysical Prospecting
Issue: Vol 61, No 4, July 2013 pp. 747 - 760
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2478.12001
Organisations: Wiley
Language: English
Info: Article, PDF ( 1.92Mb )

Summary:
Estimating elastic parameters from prestack seismic data remains a subject of interest for the exploration and development of hydrocarbon reservoirs. In geophysical inverse problems, data and models are in general non-linearly related. Linearized inversion methods often have the disadvantage of strong dependence on the initial model. When the initial model is far from the global minimum, inversion iteration is likely to converge to the local minimum. This problem can be avoided by using global optimization methods. In this paper, we implemented and tested a prestack seismic inversion scheme based on a quantum-behaved particle swarm optimization (QPSO) algorithm aided by an edge-preserving smoothing (EPS) operator. We applied the algorithm to estimate elastic parameters from prestack seismic data. Its performance on both synthetic data and real seismic data indicates that QPSO optimization with the EPS operator yields an accurate solution.

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