Creating Full Waveform Teleseismic Seismograms Using SPECFEM3D

Hello community!

My name is Manuel (Matt) Mendoza and I am a finishing Ph.D student at the University of California, Riverside.

I would like to generate synthetic seismograms for large teleseismic earthquakes, specifically, full waveforms (P, S and Surface waves) that resemble those observed in my dataset – across a range of frequencies, where attenuation is accounted for. As I am somewhat inexperienced with full waveform inversion, my current understanding is that SPECFEM3D is the best software to help me achieve this goal. I have looked through the User manual to get a sense of things, but have yet to gain full confidence (or understanding) if this is the “right/best” way to go.

This post is to inquire if SPECFEM3D can help me achieve the specific goals described, and if so, if someone can offer guidance in helping me (at least quite generally) to identify the series of steps needed.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thank you!