Curvelet-based migration amplitude recovery

TitleCurvelet-based migration amplitude recovery
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsPeyman P. Moghaddam
UniversityThe University of British Columbia
Thesis Typephd

Migration can accurately locate reflectors in the earth but in most cases fails to correctly resolve their amplitude. This might lead to mis-interpretation of the nature of reflector. In this thesis, I introduced a method to accurately recover the amplitude of the seismic reflector. This method relies on a new transform-based recovery that exploits the expression of seismic images by the recently developed curvelet transform. The elements of this transform, called curvelets, are multi-dimensional, multi-scale, and multi-directional. They also remain approximately invariant under the imaging operator. I exploit these properties of the curvelets to introduce a method called Curvelet Match Filtering (CMF) for recovering the seismic amplitude in presence of noise in both migrated image and data. I detail the method and illustrate its performance on synthetic dataset. I also extend CMF formulation to other geophysical applications and present results on multiple removal. In addition of that, I investigate preconditioning of the migration which results to rapid convergence rate of the iterative method using migration.



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