Abstract

High background seismic noise due to process machinery in production oil or geothermal fields can present a major problem for active seismic studies such as reflection and refraction surveys and passive seismic studies such as microearthquake monitoring. The general noise suppression problem is a difficult one since process noise may be due to a large number of sources distributed over a large region. In some situations, one or a few sources may dominate the noise field locally, presenting an opportunity for noise suppression by cancellation. In this note we describe an application of adaptive noise cancellation (Widrow, et al., 1975) in which we attempt to suppress noise recorded at a primary monitoring site using reference noise recorded at a major nearby noise source.

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