A review of finite difference methods for seismo-acoustics problems at the seafloor Academic Article uri icon


  • Understanding seismic wave propagation in realistic seafloor environments is essential for many problems in marine seismology. Finite difference methods are becoming increasingly popular in solving propagation problems as the limitations of other techniques which apply only at high frequency or for flat-lying media become fully appreciated. The seafloor problem, a high contrast in Poisson's ratio at a rough sharp interface, is particularly challenging, and many published formulations fail to solve it accurately. The purpose of this paper is to summarize the published finite difference formulations for the elastic wave equation and to outline their applicability to seafloor problems.

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  • 1988