Using Image Warping for Time-lapse Image Domain Wavefield Tomography

Malcolm, Alison and Yang, Di and Fehler, Mike (2013) Using Image Warping for Time-lapse Image Domain Wavefield Tomography. SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts 2013, 2013. pp. 4926-4931. ISSN 1949-4645

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Time-lapse seismic data are widely used for monitoring subsurface changes. A quantitative assessment of how reservoir properties have changed allows for better interpretation of fluid substitution and migration during processes like oil and gas production, and carbon sequestration. Full waveform inversion has been proposed as a way to retrieve quantitative estimates of subsurface properties through seismic waveform fitting. However, for most monitoring systems, the offset range versus depth of interest is not large enough to provide information about the low wavenumber velocity model. In this study, we present a wavefield tomography method using the local warping between baseline and time-lapse images as the cost function. The new cost function is sensitive to volumetric velocity anomalies, and capable of handling large velocity changes, where traditional full waveform inversion fails. In this paper, we first describe the theory and workflow of our method, and then we show a numerical example to demonstrate its advantages.

Item Type: Article
Item ID: 12761
Keywords: 4D, imaging, tomography, wave equation, full-waveform inversion
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Earth Sciences
Date: 2013
Date Type: Publication
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