In this section, we evaluate the effect that layering has on the inversion by means of pressure and vertical particle velocity data. We explored the inversion for the near ocean-bottom parameters in three different ways. First we used the muted data without any changes or constraints to examine the full impact of the layering (case 1). Then we tried to remove the effect of the second layer by using only the first 362 m in offset (case 2). Since the seafloor is at a shallow depth of 120 m, these offsets still allow for an angle coverage above critical angle. Subsequently, we used all offsets again in the data transformation but constrained the inversion by assuming an a priori determined P-wave velocity and by restricting the maximum angle of incidence used in the inversion to 30 - 35 (case 3). The P-wave velocity was set to 1650 m/s which includes an error of 2.5%.

The near sea-floor parameters resulting from the inversion and their error bounds are listed in Table 5.

case | v_{p2} (m/s) |
v_{s2} (m/s) |

1 | 1867 + 10.3% / 1912 + 12.9% | 483 + 10.5% / 557 +27.5% |

2 | 1742 + 2.9% / 1526 - 9.9% | 846 + 93.6% / 373 - 14.6% |

3 | 1650 - 2.5% / 1650 - 2.5% | 338 - 22.7%/ 341 - 22% |

case | (kg/m^{3}) |

1 | 1814 - 4.5% / 1849 - 2.7% |

2 | 2228 + 17.3% / 2359 + 24.5% |

3 | 1970 + 3.7% / 1939 + 2.1% |

Table 5: Inverted near sea-bottom properties. The left values are for 100 m layering, the right values for 50 m layering.

From the data values alone, it is obvious that the 100 m layering affects the inversion less than the 50 m layering when all data were used (case 1). In both layering cases (100 m and 50 m), the inverted seafloor parameters deviate significantly from the real ones. Using only the near offset data (case 2), we see that the P-wave velocities become more constrained, while the densities become less well constrained. The inverted S-wave velocity shows more than 90% error for the 100 m layering. In the case of a priori P-wave velocity information and a constraining of the inversion to angles less than 35 degrees, both the inversion of the data for 100 m layering and for 50 m layering show comparable results.

Figure 16 displays the reflection coefficient and the inverted AVO curve for the 100 m layering in the case in which all data were used. By comparison, Figure 17 shows the same for 50 m layering. It is obvious that in both cases the calculated reflection coefficient displays considerably more scattering than that without layering effects (see Figure 7). For 100 m layering, the data are significantly affected at angles above 35. The 50 m layering introduces scattering at smaller angles. In both cases, the critical angle information seems to have been shifted to smaller angles. The scattering occurs at angles at which the seismic signals interfere.

Figures 18 and 19 compare the AVO curves for all three inversion cases with the theoretical one. The constrained inversion results in the best fit, since both the errors in the P-wave velocity and density are rather small. The S-wave velocity was determined best when all the data was used (case 1). In that case, however, P-wave velocity and density deviated too much. For 50 m layering, none of the inverted AVO curves matches the theoretical very well. The best fit was probably achieved by the constrained inversion (case 3).

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The reflection coefficient calculated
from all P-Vz data in the case of 100 m layering is
represented by +. The inverted
AVO curve is overlain.
Figure 16 |

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The reflection coefficient calculated
from all P-Vz data in the case of 50 m layering is represented by +. The inverted
AVO curve is overlain.
Figure 17 |

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Comparison of the three inverted AVO
curves with the exact one in the case of 100 m layering.
Figure 18 |

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Comparison of the three inverted AVO
curves with the exact one in the case of 50 m layering.
Figure 19 |

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