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QT inversion; comprehensive use of the complete surface NMR data set

Mike Mueller-Petke and Ugur Yaramanci
QT inversion; comprehensive use of the complete surface NMR data set
Geophysics (August 2010) 75 (4): WA199-WA209


The technique of surface nuclear magnetic resonance (surface NMR) is the only geophysical exploration method providing direct and nondestructive information on subsurface aquifer properties due to the method's unique sensitivity to hydrogen protons. The method combines the information content accessible via nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements and the nondestructive approach to derive subsurface information from surface-based measurements. Because of this, surface NMR became a useful tool for hydrogeophysics during the last decade. Two different inversion schemes exist. The initial value inversion (IVI) extracts the water content distribution from the surface NMR information content by estimating a sounding curve from surface NMR data. The time step inversion (TSI) extracts the distribution of both water content and decay time by separating the surface NMR data into several time steps. Both solve the inverse problem using independent steps and by separating subdata sets from the complete data. In this paper, a new inversion scheme--the QT inversion (QTI)--is found to solve to inverse problems by taking the complete surface NMR data set into account at once. QTI extracts water content and decay time and satisfies the complete data set jointly. We examine and compare QTI to IVI and TSI by a synthetic data set and a field data set. Our results find that the QT inversion approach increases both spatial resolution of the subsurface decay time distribution and stability of the inverse problem.

ISSN: 0016-8033
EISSN: 1942-2156
Coden: GPYSA7
Serial Title: Geophysics
Serial Volume: 75
Serial Issue: 4
Title: QT inversion; comprehensive use of the complete surface NMR data set
Affiliation: Berlin University of Technology, Department of Applied Geophysics, Berlin, Germany
Pages: WA199-WA209
Published: 201008
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 14
Accession Number: 2011-020037
Categories: Applied geophysicsHydrogeology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: Part of a special section on Hydrogeophysics; new strategies and algorithms, edited by van der Kruk, J., Revil, A. and Slob, E.; includes appendices
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics, DEU, Germany
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 201112
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