From surface seismic data to reservoir elastic parameters using a full-wavefield redatuming approach

Aayush Garg, D. J. Verschuur

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Traditionally, reservoir elastic parameters inversion suffers from the overburden multiple scattering and transmission imprint in the local input data used for the target-oriented inversion. In this paper, we present a full-wavefield approach, called reservoir-oriented joint migration inversion (JMI-res), to estimate the high-resolution reservoir elastic parameters from surface seismic data.As a first step in JMI-res, we reconstruct the fully redatumed data (local impulse responses) at a suitable depth above the reservoir from the surface seismic data, while correctly accounting for the overburden interal multiples and transmission losses. Next, we apply a localized elastic full waveform inversion on the estimated impulse responses to get the elastic parameters. We show that JMI-res thus provides much more reliable local target impulse responses, thus yielding high-resolution elastic parameters, compared to a standard redatuming procedure based on time reversal of data. Moreover, by using this kind of approach we avoid the need to apply a full elastic full waveform inversion-type process for the whole subsurface, as within JMI-res elastic full waveform inversion is only restricted to the reservoir target domain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-128
Number of pages14
JournalGeophysical Journal International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Image processing
  • Inverse theory
  • Tomography
  • Wave scattering and diffraction
  • Waveform inversion


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