Target-oriented least-squares reverse-time migration with Marchenko redatuming and double-focusing: Field data application

Aydin Shoja*, Joost van der Neut, Kees Wapenaar

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Recently, the focus of reflection seismologists has shifted to applications where a high-resolution image of the subsurface is required. Least-Squares Reverse-Time Migration (LSRTM) is a common tool used to compute such images. Still, its high computational costs have led seismologists to use target-oriented LSRTM for imaging only a small target of interest within a larger subsurface block. Redatuming the data to the upper boundary of the target of interest is one approach to target-oriented LSRTM. Still, many redatuming methods cannot account for multiple scattering within the overburden. We apply a target-oriented least-squares reverse time migration algorithm that integrates Marchenko redatuming and double-focusing to a field dataset. This redatuming method accounts for all orders of multiple scattering in the overburden, thus improving the accuracy of target-oriented LSRTM. Moreover, we demonstrate the effectiveness of a double-focusing algorithm in reducing the data size by decreasing both spatial and temporal dimensions of the model and the data. The algorithm's performance is evaluated using field data acquired in the Norwegian Sea. The numerical results show that our target-oriented LSRTM algorithm can reduce the internal multiple effects and increase the resolution of the resulting image.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number3
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024


  • least-squares migration
  • Reverse time migration
  • reciprocity
  • datuming
  • internal multiples


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