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Some considerations on the interpretation of seabed images based on commercial 3D seismic in the Faroe-Shetland Channel

Bulat, J.. 2005 Some considerations on the interpretation of seabed images based on commercial 3D seismic in the Faroe-Shetland Channel. Basin Research, 17 (1). 21-42. 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2005.00253.x

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Abstract/Summary

Commercial three-dimensional (3D) seismic surveys now cover much of the continental slope and basin floor areas of the Faroe-Shetland Channel. A mosaic of the seabed picks derived from these data sets and enhancement with visualisation techniques has resulted in detailed relief images of the seabed that testify to the action of a number of sedimentary processes such as glaciation, downslope and alongslope processes. The wealth of detail in these images is remarkable and extremely valuable for the identification and interpretation of seabed features. However, the level of detail can seduce the interpreter into treating the image purely as an aerial photograph. The interpreter needs to understand the limitations and artefacts inherent in such images to use them appropriately. This paper will present the major artefacts observed in the images and how certain aspects of 3D seismic survey acquisition and processing have contributed to their presence. The vertical and horizontal resolution of the images will also be discussed. Although primarily focused on seabed imagery these comments are equally pertinent to the application of 3D seismic surveys for shallower objectives than for which they were primarily designed.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2005.00253.x
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Seismology and Geomagnetism
ISSN: 0950-091X
Date made live: 09 Dec 2013 12:25 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/504162

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