Editor's note: This article was named Best Poster Paper at SEG's 2000 Annual Meeting.

In this article we present a model-based interpretation algorithm to predict attenuation signatures associated with a reservoir's structure and its intrinsic properties. Scattering losses are caused by multiple reflections associated with the impedance contrast between different reservoir boundaries. Intrinsic losses are due to the fluids in the reservoir, the rock fabric, and the anisotropy due to vertical fractures. Because amplitude data are sensitive to these reservoir characteristics, we calculate the wave attenuation response of the reservoir in the frequency range of surface seismic, VSP, crosswell seismic,...

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