Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Solid Earth, 12, 915–934, 2021

Special issue: Fibre-optic sensing in Earth sciences

Solid Earth, 12, 915–934, 2021
Research article
22 Apr 2021
Research article | 22 Apr 2021

Evaluating seismic beamforming capabilities of distributed acoustic sensing arrays

Martijn P. A. van den Ende and Jean-Paul Ampuero

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Distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) is an emerging technology that measures stretching of an optical-fibre cable. This technology can be used to record the ground shaking of earthquakes, which offers a cost-efficient alternative to conventional seismometers. Since DAS is relatively new, we need to verify that existing seismological methods can be applied to this new data type. In this study, we reveal several issues by comparing DAS with conventional seismometer data for earthquake localisation.