Fractal properties of background noise and target signal enhancement using CSEM data Conference Paper uri icon


  • Controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) spatial profiles and 2-D conductivity maps were obtained on the Brazos Valley, TX floodplain to study the fractal statistics of geological signals and effects of man-made conductive targets using Geonics EM34, EM31 and EM63. Using target-free areas, a consistent power-law power spectrum (|A(k)| k^- ) for the profiles was found with values typical of fractional Brownian motion (fBm). This means that the spatial variation of conductivity does not correspond to Gaussian statistics, where there are spatial correlations at different scales. The presence of targets tends to flatten the power-law power spectrum (PS) at small wavenumbers. Detection and localization of targets can be achieved using short-time Fourier transform (STFT). The presence of targets is enhanced because the signal energy is spread to higher wavenumbers (small scale numbers) in the positions occupied by the targets. In the case of poor spatial sampling or small amount of data, the information available from the power spectrum is not enough to separate spatial correlations from target signatures. Advantages are gained by using the spatial correlations of the fBm in order to reject the background response, and to enhance the signals from highly conductive targets. This approach was tested for the EM31 using a pre-processing step that combines apparent conductivity readings from two perpendicular transmitter-receiver orientations at each station. The response obtained using time-domain CSEM is influence to a lesser degree by geological noise and the target response can be processed to recover target features. The homotopy method is proposed to solve the inverse problem using a set of possible target models and a dynamic library of responses used to optimize the starting model.

name of conference

  • Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VIII

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Benavides, A., Everett, M., Pierce, C., & Nguyen, C.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Benavides, A||Everett, M||Pierce, C||Nguyen, C

editor list (cited editors)

  • Harmon, R. S., Holloway, Jr., J. H., & Broach, J. T.

publication date

  • September 2003