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KAUST-IAMCS Workshop on Multiscale Modeling, Advanced Discretization Techniques, and Simulation of Wave Propagation

Omar Ghattas, University of Texas at Austin
Large-Scale Seismic Inversion: Elastic-Acoustic Coupling, DG Discretization, Gradient Consistency, Adaptivity, Uncertainty Quantification, and Parallel Algorithms


  • Carsten Burstedde
  • Omar Ghattas
  • James Martin
  • Georg Stadler
  • Tan-Bui-Thanh
  • Lucas Wilcox


We describe mathematical and computational issues underlying a next-generation capability for full waveform seismic inversion. These include: elastic-acoustic coupling, discontinuous Galerkin discretization, gradient and Hessian consistency, parallel adaptivity on forest of octree meshes, uncertainty quantification via Bayesian inference, and scalability on petascale supercomputers and GPU clusters. Illustrations from global seismology are provided.