Waveform inversion of volcano-seismic signals for an extended source

Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth
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We propose a method to investigate the dimensions and oscillation characteristics of the source of volcano‐seismic signals based on waveform inversion for an extended source. An extended source is realized by a set of point sources distributed on a grid surrounding the centroid of the source in accordance with the source geometry and orientation. The source‐time functions for all point sources are estimated simultaneously by waveform inversion carried out in the frequency domain. We apply a smoothing constraint to suppress short‐scale noisy fluctuations of source‐time functions between adjacent sources. The strength of the smoothing constraint we select is that which minimizes the Akaike Bayesian Information Criterion (ABIC). We perform a series of numerical tests to investigate the capability of our method to recover the dimensions of the source and reconstruct its oscillation characteristics. First, we use synthesized waveforms radiated by a kinematic source model that mimics the radiation from an oscillating crack. Our results demonstrate almost complete recovery of the input source dimensions and source‐time function of each point source, but also point to a weaker resolution of the higher modes of crack oscillation. Second, we use synthetic waveforms generated by the acoustic resonance of a fluid‐filled crack, and consider two sets of waveforms dominated by the modes with wavelengths 2L/3 and 2W/3, or L and 2L/5, where W and L are the crack width and length, respectively. Results from these tests indicate that the oscillating signature of the 2L/3 and 2W/3 modes are successfully reconstructed. The oscillating signature of the L mode is also well recovered, in contrast to results obtained for a point source for which the moment tensor description is inadequate. However, the oscillating signature of the 2L/5 mode is poorly recovered owing to weaker resolution of short‐scale crack wall motions. The triggering excitations of the oscillating cracks are successfully reconstructed.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Waveform inversion of volcano-seismic signals for an extended source
Series title Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth
DOI 10.1029/2006JB004490
Volume 112
Issue 2
Year Published 2007
Language English
Publisher AGU
Contributing office(s) Volcano Hazards Program
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