Abstract

We estimate the saturations of gas hydrate and free gas based on measurements of seismic-reflection amplitude variation with offset (AVO) for a bottom-simulating reflector coupled with rock-physics modeling. When we apply the approach to data from a seismic line in the Makran accretionary prism in the Arabian Sea, the results reveal lateral variations of gas-hydrate and free-gas saturations of 4–29% and 1–7.5%, respectively, depending on the rock-physics model used to relate seismic velocity to saturation. Our approach is simple and easy to implement.

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