9.2.2. Magnetic Amplitude Inversion Purpose

Amplitude data are weakly sensitive to the orientation of magnetization. As a result, the interpretation of amplitude data can be added to the information gained by interpreting TMI data.

Here, we demonstrate the basic steps for forward modeling and inverting magnetic amplitude data. We use GIFtools to create an amplitude data object. Next, amplitude data are predicted using a synthetic model. We then use inversion to recover the synthetic model. Original work on amplitude inversion comes from our colleagues at CSM .

Note Downloads


  • Download the demo . All files required for this example are located in the sub-folder “MagAmp”.

  • Requires at least GIFtools version 2.1.3 (Oct 2017) (login required)

  • Requires MAG3D v6.0 Step by step


If you have already completed the Magnetic Susceptibility Inversion demo, you may advance directly to Step 3. Use the final de-trended data as your data column and use the final recovered model from Step 5 of the previous exercise to predict amplitude data.


Calculated amplitude data


Inversion options


Alternatively if you have already completed the Magnetic Susceptibility Inversion demo, you can copy the inversion object and transfer the inversion parameter



The recovered effective susceptibility model shows a near-vertical anomaly, in good agreement with the conceptual idea of a vertical kimberlite pipe.


Sparsity parameters Synthesis

  • We have recovered a compact effective susceptibility model that honors the amplitude data and resembles the shape of vertical kimberlite pipe.

  • Unlike in the TMI inversion results, secondary susceptible structures are not generated in the recovered model in order to fit the data.