Phase-shift correction of seismic reflections by means of spectral recomposition

Nelson Ricardo Coelho Flores Zuniga*, Deyan Draganov, Ranajit Ghose

*Corresponding author for this work

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Using post-critical reflection data, it is possible to obtain useful information that allows more reliable geological characterization of the subsurface. However, the strong distortion caused by the phase shift in post-critical wavelets makes the use of post-critical reflections rather challenging. For this reason, an approach which is capable of estimating the phase shift of each wavelet of a reflection event in a data-driven manner is desirable. In this vein, in case the frequency spectrum of a wavelet can be correctly estimated, it is possible to estimate the instantaneous phase shift. In this work, we propose an approach which can perform such estimation based on spectral recomposition of seismic data. We design an inversion approach in order to reconstruct the seismic spectrum of the wavelets of a reflection event, which subsequently allows us to estimate the instantaneous phase of each wavelet of the near-surface reflection events without performing prior velocity analysis and/or critical-angle estimation. After finding the instantaneous phase for each wavelet of a reflection event, we show next how one can find the respective phase shifts that can then be corrected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-426
Number of pages13
JournalNear Surface Geophysics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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  • frequency
  • inversion
  • phase
  • seismic
  • shallow subsurface


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