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Gao, J., Smirnov, M., Smirnova, M. & Egbert, G. (2019). 3-D DC resistivity forward modeling using the multi-resolution grid. Pure and Applied Geophysics
Open this publication in new window or tab >>3-D DC resistivity forward modeling using the multi-resolution grid
2019 (English)In: Pure and Applied Geophysics, ISSN 0033-4553, E-ISSN 1420-9136Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

We implemented a novel multi-resolution grid approach to direct current resistivity (DCR) modeling in 3-D. The multi-resolution grid was initially developed to solve the electromagnetic forward problem and helped to improve the modeling efficiency. In the DCR forward problem, the distribution of the electric potentials in the subsurface is estimated. We consider finite-difference staggered grid discretization, which requires fine grid resolution to accurately model electric potentials around the current electrodes and complex model geometries near the surface. Since the potential variations attenuate with depth, the grid resolution can be decreased correspondingly. The conventional staggered grid fixes the horizontal grid resolution that extends to all layers. This leads to over-discretization and therefore unnecessary high computational costs (time and memory). The non-conformal multi-resolution grid allows the refinement or roughening for the grid’s horizontal resolution with depth, resulting in a substantial reduction of the degrees of freedom, and subsequently, computational requirements. In our implementation, the coefficient matrix maintains its symmetry, which is beneficial for using the iterative solvers and solving the adjoint problem in inversion. Through comparison with the staggered grid, we have found that the multi-resolution grid can significantly improve the modeling efficiency without compromising the accuracy. Therefore, the multi-resolution grid allows modeling with finer horizontal resolutions at lower computational costs, which is essential for accurate representation of the complex structures. Consequently, the inversion based on our modeling approach will be more efficient and accurate.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2019
Keywords
Multi-resolution grid, DCR, 3-D forward modelling, finite-difference
National Category
Geophysics
Research subject
Exploration Geophysics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-76651 (URN)10.1007/s00024-019-02365-3 (DOI)2-s2.0-85075141212 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-11-08 Created: 2019-11-08 Last updated: 2019-11-25
Gao, J., Smirnov, M., Smirnova, M. & Egbert, G. (2019). 3-D DC resistivity modeling and inversion using multi-resolution framework. Paper presented at 2nd Australian Exploration Geoscience Conference: Data to Discovery. ASEG Extended Abstracts
Open this publication in new window or tab >>3-D DC resistivity modeling and inversion using multi-resolution framework
2019 (English)In: ASEG Extended Abstracts, ISSN 2202-0586Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

We discuss the implementation of multi-resolution framework to 3-D Direct Current (DC) problem. Commonly used staggered (SG) grid fixes the horizontal grid resolution for all depths. Thus, employing the fine horizontal resolution may lead to an over-discretised forward problem, subsequently affecting the performance of the inversion. We implemented a novel multi-resolution (MR) grid approach to the 3-D DC modeling and inversion problem, which allows adjustment of the horizontal resolution with depth. By using finer resolution for the near-surface regions, MR grid can ensure the modeling accuracy and describe the shallow features in the inversion model as well. The ability to use relatively coarser horizontal resolution for the deeper regions reduces the computation costs compare to the SG grid modeling. As a result, modeling and inversion can be accelerated several times by solving a smaller problem. Our grid resembles non-conformal rectangular grid, which commonly used in finite-elements modelling.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2019
Keywords
Direct Current Resistivity method, multi-resolution grid, modeling, inversion
National Category
Geophysics
Research subject
Exploration Geophysics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-77215 (URN)10.1080/22020586.2019.12073116 (DOI)
Conference
2nd Australian Exploration Geoscience Conference: Data to Discovery
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