Imaging overturning reflections by Riemannian Wavefield Extrapolation |

In contrast, wavefield extrapolation in Riemannian coordinates has the flexibility to follow closely the paths of wave propagation. Therefore, the relative angle between the direction of extrapolation and the direction of wave propagation is much smaller than in the case of extrapolation in tilted Cartesian coordinates, thus improving imaging accuracy.

Overturning reflections can, in principle, be imaged using Kirchhoff migration. However, this imaging procedure has difficulty producing accurate images in complex geology characterized by wave multipathing and sharp velocity variation. In contrast, imaging overturning reflections using Riemannian wavefield extrapolation benefits from all characteristics of one-way wavefield extrapolation, i.e. stability accross boundaries between media with large velocity variation, multipathing, etc.

Imaging overturning reflections by Riemannian Wavefield Extrapolation |

2013-08-29