Velocity analysis using similarity-weighted semblance |

where denotes the weighting function for time index and trace number .

With selected using different criterion, equation 2 can lead to different well-known semblance types:

- When , where is a constant, equation 2 turns to the traditional semblance 1.
- When , where is a known function, and are two coefficients estimated from the least-squares fitting for the trend function , equation 2 turns to the AB semblance proposed by Fomel (2009). The AB semblance is proposed to handle the velocity analysis for those CMP gathers with AVO phenomenon. Appendix A provides a short review of calculating and in the AB semblance.

where denotes the local similarity between traces and , denotes the th time point for a selected reference trace . The reference can be easily selected as the zero-offset trace, or more plausible, as the stacked trace using the conventional stacking technique or a more sophisticated stacking technique (Liu et al., 2009). In most cases, when the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the CMP gather is not low, the choice of reference trace will not affect the performance too much. However, when the CMP gather is very noisy, the stacked trace using a better stacking technique can help obtain a better focused and smoother semblance map.

Figure 1 gives a brief demonstration of the proposed similarity-weighted semblance. Figure 1a is a simple NMO corrected CMP gather with some Gaussian white noise. There are two abnormal traces in the gather. For traditional semblance, the two abnormal traces are given equal weights, which is not plausible. Figure 1b shows the weights applied to each trace for the semblance calculation. The weights equal to the local similarity between each trace and the stacked trace. As we can see from the map of weights, the two abnormal traces are given much low weights. The more reasonable semblance calculation will result in a much higher resolution, which will be exclusively demonstrated in the section of examples. In the next section, we will give a brief review of the theory of local similarity.

Velocity analysis using similarity-weighted semblance |

2015-06-25