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A Two-stage Elastic FWI Strategy for 2D VTI Elastic Media to Improve c13 StructureNormal access

Authors: J.W. Oh and D.J. Min
Event name: 77th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2015
Session: Full Waveform Inversion VII
Publication date: 01 June 2015
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201413408
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
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To enhance the feasibility of the multi-parameter full waveform inversion (FWI) for field data, including various types of seismic waves, we introduce a new 2-stage elastic VTI FWI strategy. Because the influence of S-waves on FWI is dominant due to its strong amplitudes in partial derivative wavefields, some parameters may not be recovered well. In the elastic VTI FWI, c13 is a parameter that reverses direction in early stage of inversion due to reversed motions of S-S waves with strong amplitudes. To solve this problem, instead of the virtual source for c13, we use the virtual source for λ in isotropic parameterisation, which includes the Lamé constants and density. This approach is based on the fact that radiation patterns of P-P scattered waves for λ and c13 are similar to each other and that the virtual source for λ generates P-P dominant scattered waves. This approach allows us to enable the inversion process for c13 to behave as if we only use P-P scattered waves to invert c13. Next, we perform the multi-parametric elastic FWI again with original virtual source to compensate for the errors caused in the 1st stage and to conduct the FWI for c13 with full wavefields.

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