Month: October 2016

Madagascar School in Zürich

October 31, 2016 Celebration No comments

Filippo Broggini reports:

The 2016 Madagascar School on Reproducible Computational Geophysics took place in Zürich, Switzerland, on June 6-7, 2016, and was hosted by the Exploration and Environmental Geophysics (EEG) group at ETH Zürich.

The school attracted more than 15 participants from 5 countries and 10 different universities. The program included lectures given by 5 different instructors and hands-on exercises on different topics in the use of the Madagascar software framework. The school materials are available on the website.

Separated qS-wave propagators

October 14, 2016 Documentation No comments

A new paper is added to the collection of reproducible documents: Simulating propagation of separated wave modes in general anisotropic media, Part II: qS-wave propagators

Shear waves, especially converted modes in multicomponent seismic data, provide significant information that allows better delineation of geological structures and characterization of petroleum reservoirs. Seismic imaging and inversion based upon the elastic wave equation involve high computational cost and many challenges in decoupling the wave modes and estimating so many model parameters. For transversely isotropic media, shear waves can be designated as pure SH and quasi-SV modes. Through two different similarity transformations to the Christoffel equation aiming to project the vector displacement wavefields onto the isotropic references of the polarization directions, we derive simplified second-order systems (i.e., pseudo-pure-mode wave equations) for SH- and qSV-waves, respectively. The first system propagates a vector wavefield with two horizontal components, of which the summation produces pure-mode scalar SH-wave data, while the second propagates a vector wavefield with a summed horizontal component and a vertical component, of which the final summation produces a scalar field dominated by qSV-waves in energy. The simulated SH- or qSV-wave has the same kinematics as its counterpart in the elastic wavefield. As explained in our previous paper (part I), we can obtain completely separated scalar qSV-wave fields after spatial filtering the pseudo-pure-mode qSV-wave fields. Synthetic examples demonstrate that these wave propagators provide efficient and flexible tools for qS-wave extrapolation in general transversely isotropic media.