Recent advances in the ocean-bottom cable (OBC) acquisition technology allow recording of high quality multi-component data in the marine environment. These data have been used to image reservoirs obscured by gas clouds (e.g., Valhall) and reservoirs with low P-wave impedance contrast that are hard to see in conventional streamer data (e.g., Alba). Further benefits of using multicomponent data in exploration may come from analyzing P-wave (PP) and converted-wave (PS) data jointly to obtain more information about a reservoir than is available from PP data alone.

Joint interpretation of multicomponent data is complicated by the...

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