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Title: Approximate treatment of seafloor topographic effects in three-dimensional marine magnetotelluric inversion
Authors: Noriko Tada
Kiyoshi Baba
Weerachai Siripunvaraporn
Makoto Uyeshima
Hisashi Utada
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
University of Tokyo
Mahidol University
Commission on Higher Education
Keywords: Earth and Planetary Sciences
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2012
Citation: Earth, Planets and Space. Vol.64, No.11 (2012), 1005-1021
Abstract: Seafloor magnetotelluric (MT) observations using ocean bottom electromagnetometers (OBEMs) provide information on the electrical conductivity structure of the oceanic mantle. A three-dimensional (3-D) analysis is particularly important for marine MT data because the electric and magnetic fields observed on the seafloor are distorted by the rugged seafloor topography and the distribution of land and ocean. Incorporating topography into 3-D models is crucial to making accurate estimates of the oceanic mantle's conductivity structure. Here we propose an approximate treatment of seafloor topography to accurately incorporate the effect of topography without significantly increasing the computational burden. First, the topography (lateral variation in water depth) is converted to lateral variation in effective conductivity by volumetric averaging. Second, we compute the electric and magnetic field components used to calculate the MT responses at arbitrary points from the electric field components on staggered grids, using a modified interpolation and extrapolation scheme. To verify the performance of this approximate treatment of seafloor topography in 3-D inversions, we tested the method using synthetic seafloor datasets and both 3-D forward modeling and inversion. The results of the synthetic inversions show that a given conductivity anomaly in the oceanic upper mantle can be recovered with sufficient accuracy after several iterations. Copyright © The Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences (SGEPSS).
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http://repository.li.mahidol.ac.th/dspace/handle/123456789/14096
ISSN: 18805981
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