The ability to create subsurface images whose amplitudes are proportional to the elastic wavefield variations recorded within seismic data as a function of reflection angle is fundamental for performing accurate amplitude-variation-with-offset (AVO) analysis and inversion. A process that generates such images is commonly referred to as true-amplitude migration. We have determined how the extended subsurface-offset image space is able to preserve the elastic behavior of the primary reflections when these events are acoustically migrated with a reverse time migration approach performed in a least-squares fashion. Using a single-interface model, we determine how the angle-domain image amplitude variations from an extended-offset acoustically migrated image closely follow the theoretical elastic Zoeppritz response even at the critical angle. Furthermore, we develop a subsalt synthetic test in which 1C ocean-bottom-node (OBN) data are used within a regularized linearized waveform inversion procedure. In this test, we highlight the ability of the acoustic extended-angle image domain to preserve the correct elastic amplitude variations of the reflected events from three subsalt sand lenses. Our method allows accurate inversion of elastic-wave data for subsurface parameter variations that are critical for reservoir characterization in oil and gas exploration and production. We determine its performance on an OBN field data set recorded in the Gulf of Mexico in which the AVO response of a potential gas-bearing prospect is correctly retrieved.

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