SEG Honorary Lecture

PGS is delighted to sponsor the Oslo Society of Exploration Geophysicists' honourary lecture, 2020. Professor Johan Robertsson from the Institute of Geophysics at the Department of Earth Sciences of ETH-Zürich will give a webinar on generalized sampling and gradiometry.

This meeting was originally planned to be hosted by PGS in Oslo, 24 March. Now, an online 45 min presentation will be given followed by a 15 min Q&A.

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Lecture Abstract

Recording seismic data involves moving from a continuous signal to a discretized data representation. The rules governing sampling of bandlimited signals and their reconstruction were pioneered by Swedish-born mathematician Harry Nyquist who studied transmission of telegraph signals in limited bandwidth channels in the 1920s. Together with Claude Shannon among others, both at Bell laboratories, he laid the foundations of information theory. The Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem states that a bandlimited signal can be perfectly reconstructed at arbitrary points in between samples from an infinite sequence of equidistant samples provided that there were more than two samples per minimum period when the data were sampled. The Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem, of course, applies to seismic data sampled on the Earth’s surface as such data are bandlimited constrained to a cone in the frequency-wavenumber domain bounded by the minimum velocity at the recording locations. The less well-known generalized sampling theorem by Athanasios Papoulis from 1977 teaches that if different filtered versions of the original bandlimited data (filtered before sampling/decimation), the classical Nyquist-Shannon sampling criterion can be less strict. The generalized sampling theorem has direct applications for acquisition of exploration seismic data for instance resulting in considerable efficiency gains in the acquisition of surface seismic data. In addition the topic of simultaneous source acquisition can be described in a generalized sampling theorem context.

Similar to acquisition efficiency advances offered by the generalized sampling theorem, wavefield gradiometry also benefits from different data types (combinations of spatial gradients) of the underlying wavefield that are exploited to derive information that would not be available in conventional wavefield recordings (e.g., to determine whether recordings correspond to P- or S-waves, determining slowness of arrivals, etc.). Recently, an increased interest in rotational seismology is one example of wavefield gradiometry advances.

Starting with the pioneering work by Harry Nyquist,  Professor Johan Robertsson will discuss acquisition and processing of seismic data. He will focus on recent developments building on Papoulis’ generalized sampling theorem. This will include examples from signal-apparition-based simultaneous source acquisition as well as seismic data acquisition on the moon and on Mars where logistics severely limits advanced multi-measurement acquisition with foundations in wavefield gradiometry.

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Event Summary

Event: Society of Exploration Geophysicists' Honorary Lecture 2020 

Location: Online, Zoom

Date: 20 April, 2020, 4 pm (GMT +1)