Target-oriented Marchenko imaging of a North Sea field

Matteo Ravasi, Ivan Vasconcelos, Alexander Kritski, Andrew Curtis, Carlos Alberto da Costa Filho, Giovanni Angelo Meles

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Seismic imaging provides much of our information about the Earth's crustal structure. The principal source of imaging errors derives from simplicistically modeled predictions of the complex, scattered wavefields that interact with each subsurface point to be imaged. A new method of wavefield extrapolation based on inverse scattering theory produces accurate estimates of these subsurface scattered wavefields, while still using relatively little information about the Earth's properties. We use it for the first time to create real target-oriented seismic images of a North Sea field. We synthesize underside illumination from surface reflection data, and use it to reveal subsurface features that are not present in an image from conventional migration of surface data. To reconstruct underside reflections, we rely on the so-called downgoing focusing function, whose coda consists entirely of transmission-bornmultiple scattering. As such, we provide the first field data example of reconstructing underside reflections with contributions from transmitted multiples, without the need to first locate or image any reflectors in order to reconstruct multiple scattering effects.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-104
Number of pages6
JournalGeophysical Journal International
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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