Satellite imagery provides high-resolution information about the earth surface that can improve logistical, data quality, and safety aspects of surface seismic survey design.

Parameters obtainable from satellite imagery include the digital terrain model, information about infrastructure and land cover, and lithologic and elastic parameters of the surface. When calibrated with surface seismic QC information, satellite imagery can benefit planning of logistical support and estimating seismic data quality—key ingredients in the survey design process.

Seismic survey design seeks an acquisition geometry that is optimized for the geophysical goal, meets safety/environmental requirements, and is economically viable. The key parameters for defining the...

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