An artificial neural network approach for the inversion of surface wave dispersion curves

Alexandr V. Yablokov, Alexandr S. Serdyukov, Georgy N. Loginov, Valery D. Baranov

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Abstract

We describe a new algorithm for the inversion of one-dimensional shear-wave velocity profiles from dispersion curves of the fundamental mode of Rayleigh surface waves. The novelties of our approach are that the layer velocities and thicknesses are set as unknowns, and an artificial neural network is proposed to solve the inverse problem. We suggest that training data should be calculated for a set of random synthetic velocity layered models, while layer thicknesses and velocities should be set to fixed intervals, with ranges estimated based on the systematic application of empirical relations between Rayleigh and S-wave velocities to the dispersion data. Our main challenge is a total overhaul of the artificial neural network, which includes selecting the optimal artificial neural network architecture and parameters by performing a large number of numerical experiments. Our synthetic results show that the accuracy of the proposed approach outperforms that of the Monte Carlo approach. We illustrate our proposed method with West Siberia data processing obtained from an area of approximately 800 (Formula presented.). From a user perspective, the main strength of our method is the computationally efficient processing of large amounts of dispersion data, which make it well suited for four-dimensional near-surface monitoring.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1405-1432
Number of pages28
JournalGeophysical Prospecting
Volume69
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Inversion
  • Surface wave

OECD FOS+WOS

  • 1.05 EARTH AND RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
  • 1.05.GC GEOCHEMISTRY & GEOPHYSICS

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