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Modelling and inversion of local magnetic anomalies

Y. Quesnel
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C. Sotin
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We present a method—named as MILMA for modelling and inversion of local magnetic anomalies—that combines forward and inverse modelling of aeromagnetic data to characterize both magnetization properties and location of unconstrained local sources. Parameters of simple-shape magnetized bodies (cylinder, prism or sphere) are first adjusted by trial and error to predict the signal. Their parameters provide a priori information for inversion of the measurements. Here, a generalized nonlinear approach with a least-squares criterion is adopted to seek the best parameters of the sphere (dipole). This inversion step allows the model to be more objectively adjusted to fit the magnetic signal. The validity of the MILMA method is demonstrated through synthetic and real cases using aeromagnetic measurements. Tests with synthetic data reveal accurate results in terms of depth source, whatever be the number of sources. The MILMA method is then used with real measurements to constrain the properties of the magnetized units of the Champtoceaux complex (France). The resulting parameters correlate with the crustal structure and properties revealed by other geological and geophysical surveys in the same area. The MILMA method can therefore be used to investigate the properties of poorly constrained lithospheric magnetized sources.

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insu-03603706 , version 1 (10-03-2022)



Y. Quesnel, B. Langlais, C. Sotin, A. Galdéano. Modelling and inversion of local magnetic anomalies. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 2008, 5, pp.387-400. ⟨10.1088/1742-2132/5/4/003⟩. ⟨insu-03603706⟩
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