|Traveltime approximations for transversely isotropic media with an inhomogeneous background|
Expanding the traveltime solutions of the TI eikonal equation in a power series in terms of independent parameters, like the tilt angle in 2D, provides an efficient tool to estimate in a generally inhomogeneous background medium. Additional expansions from a background elliptical anisotropic medium with a vertical symmetry axis allows us to search for the anisotropy parameter and the tilt angles simultaneously, even in 3D media. For a homogeneous background, I obtain analytic nonhyperbolic moveout equations for anisotropic media that are generally simple, and yet accurate. Nevertheless, the formulations provide and tilt-angles estimation capabilities for a general inhomogeneous background medium.