Coherent noise may be removed from seismic data by first making an approximate model of the noise, then producing an even better estimation of the noise by adaptively matching the modeled noise to the data. This modified model of the noise may then be subtracted from the data, eliminating most coherent noise. The success of this approach depends both on how well the initial model matches the true noise and the success of the adaptive matching in modifying the initial noise prediction to match the true noise. The adaptive matching step is complicated by the presence of the signal and other noise in the data. In this article, the noise of interest is surface-related multiples, although other types of coherent noise may be removed with this approach.

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