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footprint

1. n. [Geophysics]

The area covered by an array of towed streamers in marine seismic acquisition.

See: acquisitionarraystreamer

Schematic diagram of footprints in marine seismic acquisition.

2. n. [Geophysics]

Variations in the properties of seismic data, encountered during processing, that are related to the acquisition geometry and distort the amplitude and phase of reflections. Also called acquisition footprint.

See: acquisitionamplitudephasereflection

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