Estimating the elastic parameters from prestack inversion is of great importance for reservoir characterization. Conventional three-parameter prestack inversion methods rely heavily on well logs, and it is difficult to obtain reliable inversion results in situations with limited numbers of wells. Alternatively, we have developed a joint inversion strategy, integrating the advantages of post- and prestack inversion, to deal with the situation. First, due to the high signal-to-noise ratio of poststack seismic data, the high-precision acoustic impedance (AI) inversion is conducted. Second, the exact Zoeppritz equation is used to establish the objective function of the prestack inversion. To better constrain the elastic parameters (P- and S-wave velocities and density), a new similarity measurement criterion, the gradient structure similarity (GSS), is defined to describe the structural similarity between the prestack inversion results and the inverted AI from the poststack inversion. Third, the LM optimization algorithm is used to solve the nonlinear objective function. Through the model test, we verify the effectiveness of our GSS regularization scheme. Some synthetic and field examples find that our method can provide more stable and accurate inverted results relative to the conventional prestack inversion methods.

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