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From migration to inversion velocity analysis

Herve Chauris and Emmanuel Cocher
From migration to inversion velocity analysis
Geophysics (May 2017) 82 (3): S207-S223


Migration velocity analysis (MVA) is a technique defined in the image domain to determine the background velocity model controlling the kinematics of wave propagation. In the presence of discontinuous interfaces, the velocity gradient used to iteratively update the velocity model exhibits spurious oscillations. For more stable results, we replace the migration part by an inversion scheme. By definition, migration is the adjoint of the Born modeling operator, whereas inversion is its asymptotic inverse. We have developed new expressions in 1D and 2D cases based on two-way wave-equation operators. The objective function measures the quality of the images obtained by inversion in the extended domain depending on the subsurface offset. In terms of implementation, the new approach is very similar to classic MVA. A 1D analysis found that oscillatory terms around the interface positions can be removed by multiplying the inversion result with the velocity at a specific power before evaluating the objective function. Several 2D synthetic data sets are discussed through the computation of the gradient needed to update the model parameters. Even for discontinuous reflectivity models, the new approach provides results without artificial oscillations. The model update corresponds to a gradient of an existing objective function, which was not the case for the horizontal contraction approach proposed as an alternative to deal with gradient artifacts. It also correctly handles low-velocity anomalies, contrary to the horizontal contraction approach. Inversion velocity analysis offers new perspectives for the applicability of image-domain velocity analysis.

ISSN: 0016-8033
EISSN: 1942-2156
Coden: GPYSA7
Serial Title: Geophysics
Serial Volume: 82
Serial Issue: 3
Title: From migration to inversion velocity analysis
Affiliation: Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris, Centre de Geosciences, Fontainebleau, France
Pages: S207-S223
Published: 201705
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 50
Accession Number: 2017-042126
Categories: Applied geophysics
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: Includes appendices
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 201723
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