Seismic-derived quality factor for lithology classification around the median tectonic line

Yasuto Shigei, Takeshi Tsuji, Toshifumi Matsuoka, Michiharu Ikeda, Naoki Nishizaka, Yoshihiko Ishikawa

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    We calculated quality factor from seismic reflection data in order to classify the lithology around the Median Tectonic Line (MTL). Since seismic velocity around the MTL was not accurately estimated, it was difficult to classify the lithology and characterize the MTL. To calculate quality factor from seismic data, we used two methods: (1) spectral ratio method and (2) peak frequency method. In this study, we applied these two methods for the multi-channel seismic reflection data as well as zero-offset Vertical Seismic Profiling (VSP) data acquired at MTL in Ehime Prefecture, Japan. The result shows that quality factor is significantly changed at the lithological boundary beneath the MTL. From the estimated quality factor, we interpret that lithological boundary beneath the MTL is dipping to north. This study further shows that quality factor can be useful seismic attribute for lithology classification, even when seismic velocity cannot be estimated.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)250-257
    Number of pages8
    JournalZairyo/Journal of the Society of Materials Science, Japan
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2014

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • General Materials Science
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering


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