The presence of rough surface topography in a prospect frequently constitutes a source of error in seismic mapping and poses the question of what computational methods can be applied by which seismic maps may be freed of the effect of surface relief. Various aspects of the problem are described. The use of a plane datum-horizon is generally adequate as a solution of the problem. For greater refinement, the structural map may be modified to account for the overburden effect, the approximate magnitude of which is considered. Further modification may be required when lateral variations in subweathering velocity occur. Statistical analysis for determining the degree of conformity between surface topography and mapped structure at depth is useful in gathering data on the influence of surface topography.

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