Abstract

Eleven years ago, publication of the UK North Sea Alba Field OBC converted-wave (PS) image examples by MacLeod et al. caused quite a stir. The authors provided convincing evidence that “the Alba survey is the first 3D OBC survey in which successful converted-wave imaging of the reservoir has created significant economic benefit.” Most of us with an interest in multicomponent seismology know it well, as Alba has become one of the classic examples of a “stealth” reservoir (Rape et al., 2005), having low P- but high S-impedance contrast. The Alba reservoir and others like it are difficult to recognize on conventional P-wave images, but they stand out quite nicely when viewed on their PS equivalents.

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