Constraining Crustal Properties With Bayesian Joint Inversion of Vertical and Radial Teleseismic P-Wave Coda Autocorrelations

Mehdi Tork Qashqai, Erdinc Saygin

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The sensitivity of seismic compressional and shear waves and their velocity ratios to rock lithology, pore fluids, and high-temperature materials makes these parameters very useful for constraining the physical state of the crust. In this study, we develop a joint inversion approach utilizing both radial and vertical components’ autocorrelations of teleseismic P-wave coda for imaging the crust by simultaneously characterizing the crustal (Formula presented.), (Formula presented.), and (Formula presented.) ratio. Autocorrelations of the radial and vertical components contain P and S waves that are reflected from the subsurface. Therefore, joint inversion of them can account for the variations of both (Formula presented.) and (Formula presented.), and consequently, the (Formula presented.) ratio. Synthetic inversions show significant improvement in the estimation of these parameters compared to those from the inversion of either, P receiver functions or the autocorrelation of the vertical component. The velocity models inferred from the application of the approach to teleseismic data recorded along a north-south passive seismic profile (BILBY experiment) in central Australia reveal a distinct pattern of the Moho and the (Formula presented.) variations across the crustal blocks/domains. The general trend of the Moho structure corresponds well with the change of the reflectivity that can normally be seen at the base of the crust and also with the Moho estimated from previous studies including the deep seismic reflection profiling method. The (Formula presented.) structure at depths greater than 10 km shows dominant high values beneath locations where the crustal domains interact (e.g., at transition from one domain to another).

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2020JB021001
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021


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