3D-seismic amplitude analysis of the sea floor: An important interpretive method for improved geohazards evaluations

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Evaluation of geohazards on the Louisiana continental slope using a combination of high-resolution acoustic data (standard geohazards survey data), 3D-seismic amplitude maps of the sea floor, and direct observation/sampling by a manned submersible reinforces the value of 3D-seismic amplitude data for feature identification. Amplitude extraction data from surface and near-surface horizons are valuable for establishing the links between high-resolution seismic signature and actual sea floor response, particularly in settings characterized by various types and rates of hydrocarbon venting/seepage. It was found that amplitude extraction data could accurately define the areas, configurations, and relative rates of hydrocarbon seepage (from anomaly strength and target size). In areas evaluated with 3D-seismic amplitude extraction data, this procedure provided a rapid method of identifying sites of hydrocarbon venting/seepage, their relative activities, and the likelihood of encountering sensitive chemosynthetic communities and other features such as mud vents, gas hydrate mounds, hardgrounds, and sizable buildups of authigenic carbonates. Results of this study support the value of using 3D-seismic amplitude extraction data for improving our understanding and predictability of the slope's surface geology and seep-related benthic habitats.

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Proceedings of the Annual Offshore Technology Conference

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