A seismic well whisperer is an earth scientist who can “magically” translate the borehole’s seismic whispers into geological meaning. Such knowledge can then be used to coax the earth into yielding its oil and gas treasures. Recent advances in downhole-receiver technology and imaging of vertical seismic profile (VSP) and passive-recording data promise to greatly enhance the capabilities of seismic well whisperers. This special section reviews some of these recent advances in borehole seismology and shows how they can significantly improve the interpreter’s understanding of the reservoir.

Zhao and Jin combine structural-dip information with conventional Kirchhoff migration to improve the imaging...

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