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Seismic Attenuation - Friend or FoeNormal access

Authors: M. Vardy and L. Pinson
Event name: 3rd Applied Shallow Marine Geophysics Conference
Session: Interpretation and Integration
Publication date: 09 September 2018
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201802658
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
Info: Extended abstract, PDF ( 1.03Mb )
Price: € 20

Seismic attenuation is an important parameter to understand and parameterise, with implications for survey design, processing, interpretation, and inversion. Here we present a brief summary of the physical theory underpinning our understanding of attenuation and illustrate how this can be used to compensate for the loss of energy within a data processing workflow, preserving vertical resolution down-trace. Furthermore, we discuss the potential uses of attenuation as a parameter for characterising the nature of the subsurface, suggesting that attenuation should be perceived in a more positive light and seen as another parameter (alongside amplitude, phase, and move-out) that provides valuable quantitative information.

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