Marine Controlled-source electromagnetic data are now routinely collected over promising oil and gas prospects identified by seismic investigations. They allow an identification of resistive layers at depth, thereby pointing to possible oil and gas bearing sediments, where conductive salt water has been displaced by resistive oil or gas. We present preliminary results from an investigation of the applicability of one-dimensional inversion of the data. A noise model for the data set is developed and inversion is carried out with multi-layer models and 4-layer models. For the data set in question, the 1D model sections display a resistive layer at a depth of ~800 m below the sea bottom. While the thickness and resistivity of the layer are not well determined, the product of the two, the resistance, is well determined. This parameter indicates the total amount of possible hydrocarbons.
Proceedings of the Aapg Meeting, Perth, Wa, November 5-8, 2006, 2006