Applications of FWI to the microseismic source problem

Nadine Igonin, Kristopher H. Innanen

ABSTRACT

Microseismic events occur as a result of both natural and man-made processes, and their spatial distribution is important to understanding the mechanisms involved in creating this seismicity. In order to accurately locate microseismic events, a calibrated velocity model is required, but acquiring one is often a challenge. Since both the microseismic source location problem and velocity model inversion problem are wave-based, full waveform inversion (FWI) can be used to solve both problems. In this report, we propose a modified FWI scheme that iteratively solves for both source distribution and the velocity model.

We show numeric examples in a 2D time-domain acoustic framework developed in Python. Examples of the gradients for both source location and velocity model are shown in a variety of scenarios in order to begin to understand their behaviour on their own, as well as the potential cross-talk between them. We see that low frequencies are required for the source-term gradient to produce a correct update. This update has the form of a dipole, with a negative lobe at the incorrect source location and a positive lobe in the direction of the correct source location.

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