Processing multicomponent surface seismic data for converted mode imaging is geophysically demanding. The usual challenges confronting conventional P-wave processing are compounded by the problems of determining a second (shear) velocity field, asymmetric raypaths, much stronger anisotropy effects, and often increased attenuation.

In this paper we review our methodology to build and calibrate an anisotropic (VTI), anelastic model at a well and discuss how this model is used to process multicomponent data. One benefit of our calibrated model-based approach is that the viability of using other propagation modes such as PSs events can be easily assessed. Another benefit is that...

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