# Fast algorithms for geostatistical inverse problems and uncertainity quantification

## Abstract/Contents

- Abstract
- Inverse problems are ubiquitous in science and engineering, especially in the field of geosciences. Our work seeks to develop and implement computationally efficient statistical methods for optimizing the use of limited (and possibly noisy) environmental data to accurately determine (or image) heterogeneous subsurface geological properties, and quantify the corresponding predictive uncertainty to provide a sound basis for management or policy decision making. This work tackles inverse problems using the Geostatistical approach that stochastically models unknowns as random fields. However, a direct implementation of the Geostatistical approach is challenging due to high computational costs in identifying small scale features. The costs occur because solving inverse problems requires several expensive simulations of partial differential equations as well as representing high dimensional random fields on irregular grids and complicated domains. Our approach uses Hierarchical matrices to efficiently represent dense covariance matrices and solves the resulting intermediary system of equations to compute the maximum a posteriori (MAP) estimate using preconditioned iterative methods. The resulting cost is reduced from $O(N^2)$ to $O(N\log N)$, where N is the number of unknowns to be determined. Uncertainty quantification in the geostatistical approach can be performed by computing the posterior covariance at the MAP estimate. We derive efficient representation of the posterior covariance matrix at the MAP point as the sum of the prior covariance matrix and a low-rank update that contains information from the dominant generalized eigenmodes of the data misfit part of the Hessian and the inverse covariance matrix. The rank of the low-rank update is typically independent of the dimension of the unknown parameter. We provide an efficient randomized algorithm for computing the dominant eigenmodes of the generalized eigenvalue problem (and as a result, the low-rank decomposition) that avoids forming square-roots of the covariance matrix or its inverse. As a result, we have a method that scales almost linearly with the dimension of unknown parameter space and the data dimension. Further, we show how to efficiently compute some measures of uncertainty that are based on scalar invariants of the posterior covariance matrix. The resulting uncertainty measures can be used in the context of optimal experimental design. Finally, we consider a specific application, namely oscillatory hydraulic tomography (OHT). In OHT, the reconstruction of hydrogeological parameters, such as hydraulic conductivity and specific storage, using limited discrete measurements of pressure (head) obtained from sequential oscillatory pumping tests, leads to a nonlinear inverse problem. The adjoint approach for computing the Jacobian requires repeated solution of the forward (and adjoint) problem for multiple frequencies which requires solutions of a shifted system of linear equations. We develop flexible preconditioned Krylov subspace solvers specifically designed for shifted systems. We analyze the convergence of the solver and when an iterative solver is used for inverting the preconditioner matrices.

## Description

Type of resource | text |
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Form | electronic; electronic resource; remote |

Extent | 1 online resource. |

Publication date | 2013 |

Issuance | monographic |

Language | English |

## Creators/Contributors

Associated with | Saibaba, Arvind Krishna |
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Associated with | Stanford University, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering. |

Primary advisor | Kitanidis, P. K. (Peter K.) |

Thesis advisor | Kitanidis, P. K. (Peter K.) |

Thesis advisor | Iaccarino, Gianluca |

Thesis advisor | Saunders, Michael |

Advisor | Iaccarino, Gianluca |

Advisor | Saunders, Michael |

## Subjects

Genre | Theses |
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## Bibliographic information

Statement of responsibility | Arvind Krishna Saibaba. |
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Note | Submitted to the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering. |

Thesis | Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2013. |

Location | electronic resource |

## Access conditions

- Copyright
- © 2013 by Arvind Krishna Sai Baba
- License
- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).

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