Application and Development of FullWaveform Inversion Research in the Seismic Exploration

  • State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environment Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China

Received date: 2013-08-22

  Revised date: 2014-03-03

  Online published: 2014-05-10


Firstly, this paper gives a simple review of the research of full waveform inversion (FWI) which emerged in the 80's of the 20th century. Aimed at the increasingly quantitative and precision requirement of the seismic exploration, a viewpoint is proposed in this paper that FWI should combine with other data processing steps or techniques in the future. In terms of the data processing of seismic exploration or from the standpoint of the final geological interpretation, a combination with other data process steps or techniques would be the development trend of FWI. Finally, author holds a discussion about the development of FWI, especially focusing on the key problems of FWI research, including the seismic wavefield modeling, inversion initial velocity model picking, object function style selecting, optimization algorithm choosing and its application in the anisotropic medium. By using Laplace FWI to obtain inversion-based initial velocity model, making full use of the advantages of combining the wave equation method which benefited from parallel computing and ray tracing to simulate the seismic wavefield, and selecting the form of inversion objective function and optimization algorithm flexibly to update velocity model parameters, it could be concluded that the practical use of FWI will be accelerated greatly, especially its application in the anisotropic medium.

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HUANG Jin, GAO Xing, WANG Wei . Application and Development of FullWaveform Inversion Research in the Seismic Exploration[J]. Journal of Geo-information Science, 2014 , 16(3) : 396 -401 . DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1047.2014.00396


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