Frontiers of Earth Science in China

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 380–387 | Cite as

Improving resolution of gravity data with wavelet analysis and spectral method

  • Qiu Ning 
  • He Zhanxiang 
  • Chang Yanjun Email author
Research Article


Gravity data are the results of gravity force field interaction from all the underground sources. The objects of detection are always submerged in the background field, and thus one of the crucial problems for gravity data interpretation is how to improve the resolution of observed information. The wavelet transform operator has recently been introduced into the domain fields both as a filter and as a powerful source analysis tool. This paper studied the effects of improving resolution of gravity data with wavelet analysis and spectral method, and revealed the geometric characteristics of density heterogeneities described by simple shaped sources. First, the basic theory of the multiscale wavelet analysis and its lifting scheme and spectral method were introduced. With the experimental study on forward simulation of anomalies given by the superposition of six objects and measured data in Songliao plain, Northeast China, the shape, size and depth of the buried objects were estimated in the study. Also, the results were compared with those obtained by conventional techniques, which demonstrated that this method greatly improves the resolution of gravity anomalies.


gravity anomalies spectral analysis Songliao plain wavelet 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geophysics and GeomaticsChina University of GeosciencesWuhanChina
  2. 2.Geophysical Prospecting BureauChina National Petroleum CorporationZhuozhouChina
  3. 3.Open Laboratory of Engineering GeophysicsMinistry of Land and ResourcesWuhanChina

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