Technical Paper: Multiscale Noise Attenuation of Multicomponent (4C) Towed-Streamer Data

Society: SEG
Paper Number: 2012-802
Presentation Date: 2012


A multicomponent (4C) towed streamer measures both pressure and the particle velocity vector. The particle velocity vector enables us to calculate the 3D upgoing wavefield at any desired position within the aperture of the seismic spread and this allows improving not only the temporal bandwidth by removing ghost notches, but also the spatial bandwidth. However, particle motion sensors measure streamer-borne noise with amplitudes typically several orders of magnitude stronger than the corresponding noise recorded by hydrophones at frequencies below about 20-Hz. Therefore, stronger noise attenuation for particle velocity data is needed at these frequencies. In this paper, we introduce a multiscale noise attenuation algorithm that provides a high-fidelity particle motion measurement at frequencies down to 3 Hz. We also show that the new technique provides improved noise attenuation on pressure data.

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