The anisotropic full-waveform inversion (FWI) is a seismic inverse problem for multiple parameters, which aims to simultaneously reconstruct the vertical velocity and the anisotropic parameters of the earth’s subsurface. This multiparameter inverse problem suffers from two issues. First, the objective function of the data fitting is less sensitive to the anisotropic parameters. Second, the crosstalk effect among the different parameters worsens the model update in the iterative inversion. We have developed a method that statistically regularizes the anisotropic FWI using Wasserstein adversarial networks, by penalizing the Wasserstein distance between the distribution of the current model parameters and that of the parameters at the borehole locations. The regularizer can mitigate the issues of anisotropic FWI with multiple parameters and therefore it also can be applied to other inverse problems with multiple parameters.

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