Summary

We demonstrate using viscoelastic modeling followed by dual velocity RTM imaging that ocean bottom node (OBN) survey is needed in a gas-obscured zone in Malaysia. Scattering caused by "geobodies" filled or partially filled with gas will distort the P-wave propagation. S-wave, on the other hand, is less sensitive to the geobodies, and therefore has a good chance for imaging through gas-obscured zones. However, when intrinsic Q (or attenuation) is present in the overburden, the ability of PS-converted wave imaging will be degraded. The reliability and resolution of PS-converted wave imaging also depends on the accuracy of velocity models used for RTM imaging.

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