To reduce the cost of VSP data acquisition, it is necessary to record the VSP signal from a vertical array of geophones for a single operation of the source. Until a vertical array of clamped three-component geophones is available, it seems logical to evaluate the capabilities of a vertical array of hydrophones, which is much easier to fabricate.It is well known that elastic waves in the solid couple to pressure waves in the borehole fluid. It is also well known that this coupling excites in the borehole fluid energy known as tube-wave noise that dominates the borehole pressure signal after the first arrival. (The borehole acts as a waveguide.) In this paper we test the effectiveness of velocity filtering of the borehole pressure signal to attenuate the slowly propagating tube-wave noise and enhance the faster propagating body-wave signals.Our initial test satisfactorily extracted from the hydrophone array data a strong reflected event that was also observed in the conventional clamped geophone VSP taken in the same borehole. We were not as successful in recovering subsequent weaker reflected signals from the hydrophone data, because of the strong incoherent ambient tube-wave noise. This incoherency resulted from instrumental limitations that allowed us to record, for each shot, only three of the twelve hydrophone channels available in the vertical array.

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