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2: Deconvolution

January 01, 2001


Deconvolution compresses the basic wavelet in the recorded seismogram, attenuates reverberations and short-period multiples, thus increases temporal resolution and yields a representation of subsurface reflectivity. The process normally is applied before stack; however, it also is common to apply deconvolution to stacked data. Figure 2.0-1 shows a stacked section with and without deconvolution. Deconvolution has produced a section with a much higher temporal resolution. The ringy character of the stack without deconvolution limits resolution, considerably.

Figure 2.0-2 shows selected common-midpoint (CMP) gathers from a marine line before and after deconvolution. Note that the prominent reflections stand out more distinctly on the deconvolved gathers. Deconvolution has removed a considerable amount of ringyness, while it has compressed the waveform at each of the prominent reflections. The stacked sections associated with these CMP gathers are shown in Figure 2.0-3. The improvement observed on the deconvolved CMP gathers also are noted on the corresponding stacked section.

Figure 2.0-4 shows some NMO-corrected CMP gathers from a land line with and without deconvolution. Corresponding stacked sections are shown in Figure 2.0-5. Again, note that deconvolution has compressed the wavelet and removed much of the reverberating energy.

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Investigations in Geophysics

Seismic Data Analysis: Processing, Inversion, and Interpretation of Seismic Data

Öz Yilmaz
Öz Yilmaz
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January 01, 2001




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