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Application of a complete workflow for 2D elastic full-waveform inversion to recorded shallow-seismic Rayleigh waves

Groos, Lisa; Schäfer, Martin; Forbriger, Thomas; Bohlen, Thomas



Abstract (englisch): The S-wave velocity of the shallow subsurface can be inferred from shallow-seismic Rayleigh waves. Traditionally, the disper- sion curves of the Rayleigh waves are inverted to obtain the (local) S-wave velocity as a function of depth. Two-dimensional elastic full-waveform inversion (FWI) has the potential to also infer lateral variations. We have developed a novel workflow for the application of 2D elastic FWI to recorded surface waves. During the preprocessing, we apply a line-source simulation (spreading correction) and perform an a priori estimation of the attenuation of waves. The iterative multiscale 2D elastic FWI workflow con- sists of the preconditioning of the gradients in the vicinity of the sources and a source-wavelet correction. The misfit is defined by the least-squares norm of normalized wavefields. We apply our workflow to a field data set that has been acquired on a predomi- nantly depth-dependent velocity structure, and we compare the reconstructed S-wave velocity model with the result obtained by a 1D inversion based on wavefield spectra (Fourier-Bessel ex- pansion coefficients). The 2D S-wave velocity model obtained by FWI shows an overall depth dependency that agrees well with the 1D inversion result. Both models can explain the main character- istics of the recorded seismograms. The small lateral variations in S-wave velocity introduced by FWI additionally explain the lateral changes of the recorded Rayleigh waves. The comparison thus verifies the applicability of our 2D FWI workflow and confirms the potential of FWI to reconstruct shallow small-scale lateral changes of S-wave velocity.


Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Geophysikalisches Institut (GPI)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.1190/GEO2016-0284.1
ISSN: 0016-8033, 1942-2156
KITopen ID: 1000067353
Erschienen in Geophysics
Band 82
Heft 2
Seiten R109-R117
Projektinformation BMBF, 03G0752A
Schlagworte full-waveform inversion, Rayleigh waves, shallow seismics
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