Skeletonized Wave Equation Inversion in VTI Media without too much Math

Shihang Feng, Gerard T. Schuster

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We present a tutorial for skeletonized inversion of pseudo-acoustic anisotropic VTI data. We first invert for the anisotropic models using wave equation traveltime inversion. Here, the skeletonized data are the traveltimes of transmitted and/or reflected arrivals that lead to simpler misfit functions and more robust convergence compared to full waveform inversion. This provides a good starting model for waveform inversion. The effectiveness of this procedure is illustrated with synthetic data examples and a marine data set recorded in the Gulf of Mexico.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)SO21-SO30
Number of pages1
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 17 2017


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