JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2020

Presentation information

[E] Oral

S (Solid Earth Sciences ) » S-SS Seismology

[S-SS03] Seismological advances in the ocean

convener:Takashi Tonegawa(Research and Development center for Earthquake and Tsunami, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), Takeshi Akuhara(Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo), Pascal Audet(University of Ottawa), Taka'aki Taira(Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley)

[SSS03-06] Inverting OBS compliance signals for oceanic crust and sediment velocity structure using mixture density neural networks

*Stephen Glenn Mosher1, Zach Eilon2, Pascal Audet1 (1.University of Ottawa, 2.University of California Santa Barbara)

Keywords:Machine Learning, Inverse Problems, OBS

Extremely long wavelength infra-gravity waves propagating along the ocean surface induce a loading of the seafloor, which elastically deforms in response to associated pressure changes in the overlying water column. This phenomenon is known as seafloor compliance and is often considered to be a source of noise contaminating ocean-bottom seismometer (OBS) data. However, OBSs equipped with pressure gauges are able to exploit compliance signals for structural imaging. In particular, seafloor compliance signals are most sensitive to the shear modulus, and therefore, are sensitive to the shear wave velocity (Vs) structure of the sediment column and uppermost crust.

The non-linear inverse problem of predicting shallow 1D Vs profiles from compliance signals has been addressed in several previous studies, often through the use of linearizing techniques. In this study we explore the possibility of instead solving for Vs structure through the use of a neural network, specifically a mixture density network. Mixture density networks are extensions of standard neural networks that are able to approximate arbitrary probability density functions, including ones that are highly multi-modal (i.e., strongly non-linear). In detail, trained mixture density networks are able to map M-dimensional variables to (posterior) probability functions of N-dimensional observations by expressing these arbitrarily complex functions as a mixture of multiple M+N dimensional Gaussians. Using this framework, the posterior probability distribution of the network output can be computed for any input. In our context this means that once a network has been trained, probabilistic 1D Vs profiles can be computed given any observed compliance data. In this study we restrict our focus to synthetic signals generated for sensors at deep water sites (depths > 1 km) and we parametrize Vs structures using cubic splines down to 3 km, below which a half-space is assumed. We test the feasibility of this method by training a mixture density network on 100,000 synthetically generated compliance signals, and report its effectiveness in recovering shallow elastic structure. This work holds promise for widespread application across the hundreds of recent and planned OBS deployments across the world’s oceans as it is a fast and effective means to image oceanic structures.