An efficient 2D inversion scheme for airborne frequency-domain data

Tue Boesen, Esben Auken, Anders Vest Christiansen, Gianluca Fiandaca, Casper Kirkegaard, Andreas Aspmo Pfaffhuber, Malte Vöge

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In many cases, inversion in 2D gives a better description of the subsurface compared with 1D inversion, but, computationally, 2D inversion is expensive, and it can be hard to use for large-scale surveys. We have developed an efficient hybrid 2D airborne frequency-domain electromagnetic inversion algorithm. Our hybrid scheme combines 1D and 2D inversions in a three-stage process, in which each step is progressively more accurate and computationally more expensive than the previous one. This results in an approximately 2x-6x speedup compared with full 2D inversions, and with only minor changes to the inversion results. Our inversion structure is based on a regular grid, in which each sounding is discretized individually. The 1D modeling code uses layered models with derivatives derived through the finite-difference method, whereas our 2D modeling code uses an adaptive finite-element mesh, and it uses the adjoint-state method to calculate the derivatives. By incorporating the inversion grid structure into the 2D finite-element mesh, interpolation between the different meshes becomes trivial. Large surveys are handled by using local meshing to split large surveys into small sections, which retains the 2D information. The algorithm is heavily optimized and parallelized over the frequencies and sections, with good scalability even on nonuniform memory architecture systems, on which it is generally hard to achieve a satisfactory scaling. The algorithm has been tested successfully with various synthetic studies as well as field examples, of which results from two synthetic studies and a field example are shown.

Sider (fra-til)E189-E201
Antal sider13
Udgave nummer4
StatusUdgivet - 1 jul. 2018
Udgivet eksterntJa


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