1Department of Applied Geophysics, IIT(ISM), Dhanbad 826004,
2Geological Survey of India, Lucknow-226024, India
Received: 23 Mar 2016 – Discussion started: 25 Aug 2016
Abstract. Particle swarm optimization (PSO) is a global optimization technique that works similarly to swarms of birds searching for food. A MATLAB code in the PSO algorithm has been developed to estimate the depth to the bottom of a 2.5-D sedimentary basin and coefficients of regional background from observed gravity anomalies. The density contrast within the source is assumed to vary parabolically with depth. Initially, the PSO algorithm is applied on synthetic data with and without some Gaussian noise, and its validity is tested by calculating the depth of the Gediz Graben, western Anatolia, and the Godavari sub-basin, India. The Gediz Graben consists of Neogen sediments, and the metamorphic complex forms the basement of the graben. A thick uninterrupted sequence of Permian–Triassic and partly Jurassic and Cretaceous sediments forms the Godavari sub-basin. The PSO results are better correlated with results obtained by the Marquardt method and borehole information.
Revised: 01 Mar 2017 – Accepted: 11 Mar 2017 – Published: 10 Apr 2017
Singh, K. K. and Singh, U. K.: Application of particle swarm optimization for gravity inversion of 2.5-D sedimentary basins using variable density contrast, Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 6, 193-198, doi:10.5194/gi-6-193-2017, 2017.