Rapid finite-frequency microseismic noise source inversion at regional to global scales

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Jonas Karl Hans Igel , Laura Ermert, Andreas Fichtner 


Ambient noise cross-correlations can be used as self-consistent observables, opening novel possibilities for investigating ambient noise sources. To optimise the forward- modelling of global ambient cross-correlations for any given noise distribution of noise sources in the microseismic frequency range up to 0.2 Hz, we implement (i) pre-computed wavefields and (ii) spatially variable grids. This enables rapid inversions for microseismic noise sources based on finite-frequency source sensitivity kernels.
We use this advancement to perform regional and global gradient-based iterative inver- sions of the logarithmic energy ratio in the causal and acausal branches of micro-seismic noise cross-correlations. Synthetic inversions show promising results, with good recovery of the main dominant noise sources of the target model. Data inversions for several con- secutive days at the beginning of October 2019 demonstrate the capability of inverting for the spatio-temporal variations of the sources of secondary microseisms in the ocean. This paves the way for daily ambient noise source inversions which could help improve full-waveform ambient noise tomography and subsurface monitoring methods.




Earth Sciences, Geophysics and Seismology, Physical Sciences and Mathematics


computational seismology, numerical modelling, seismic noise, waveform inversion


Published: 2020-08-16 20:42


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