Keynote Address: Joint 3D interpretation of electromagnetic and seismic data: Challenges and the way forward
M. A. Meju
ASEG Extended Abstracts
2009(1) 1 - 1
Published: 01 January 2009
Electromagnetic (EM) methods provide vital constraints on fundamental flow and storage processes in the earth, at different spatial scales. Recent advances in multidimensional electromagnetic modelling and inversion have brought EM methods close to their theoretical resolving power, but there are still limitations in the way that data from multi-component and multi-scale field experiments in heterogeneous geological media are currently interpreted, especially because simulating the responses of ?field-realistic? earth structures is computationally demanding and the presence of measurement uncertainties limits model resolution to a large extent. Also, the fact that EM methods require large amounts of data to accurately image geological heterogeneity presents further computational challenges. In this seminar, I will present my contributions in recently developed 2.5D and 3D EM inversion techniques for subsurface characterisation, methods developed for quantifying the impact of uncertainty in the interpretation of electromagnetic data (extreme bounds analysis), a recently developed method for simultaneous interpretation of electromagnetic and seismic travel-time data for improved characterisation of geological heterogeneity, and innovative multi-scale joint electromagnetic and seismic practical experiments whose realisations are presently hindered by lack of appropriate computational platform. Strategies to overcome some of the computational difficulties will be discussed and I will draw on examples from near-surface to mantle depths.
Full text doi:10.1071/ASEG2009ab056
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