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Borrowing insight from travel-time reflection tomography to solve the depth reflectivity-velocity coupling issue of RFWI.Normal access

Authors: R. Baina and R. Valensi
Event name: 80th EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2018 Workshop Programme
Session: WS01: Seismic Imaging with Ray and Waves - Where do we stand? Part I: Velocity Estimation
Publication date: 10 June 2018
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201801886
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
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The reflectivity-velocity coupling is one of the major reason of the slow convergence of the conventional Reflection Full Waveform Inversion (RFWI) approach. In this communication, we start by reviewing the travel-time reflection tomography (RT) and the different ways of accounting for the depth-velocity coupling. Then, we draw the connection between the inverse problem of the RFWI approach and the inverse problem of RT. From this analogy, we see that the conventional RFWI does not fully account for the reflectivity-velocity coupling effects. To overcome this issue, we propose to reformulate the conventional RFWI problem into a Reflectivity-Velocity Consistent Waveform Inversion (RVCWI) method. Finally, with a numerical example, we compare the performances of the conventional RFWI and the RVCWI approaches. This numerical experiment confirms us the very slow convergence rate of the conventional RFWI approach and the much faster convergence rate obtained with the RVCWI approach .

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