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time-lapse seismic data

1. n. [Geophysics]

Seismic data from the surface or a borehole acquired at different times over the same area to assess changes in the subsurface with time, such as fluid movement or effects of secondary recovery. The data are examined for changes in attributes related to expressions of fluid content. Time-lapse seismic data can repeat 2D, 3D (which is known as 4D seismic data), crosswell and VSP data.

Synonyms: four-dimensional seismic data

See: acquisitionattributeproductionreservoirsecondary recoveryvertical seismic profile

Maps of reservoir changes observed by repeated seismic surveys.