Fibre-optic sensing in Earth sciences
Fibre-optic sensing in Earth sciences
Editor(s): Philippe Jousset, Gilda Currenti, Zack Spica, and CharLotte Krawczyk
Recent advances in acquisition design and fibre composition have led to an increasing number of fibre-optic sensing applications for both distributed and point sensor systems. In Earth sciences, these fibre-optic technologies are used to sample strain, temperature or chemicals in a great variety of environments such as boreholes, deep seas, at the surface and also in densely populated areas. In recent years, we have observed an explosion of pilot experiments leading to new applications and technological breakthroughs in many fields of Earth sciences.

The aim of this special issue is to gather and highlight different techniques, methods and applications these fibre-optic technologies offer to Earth sciences and to provide a broad perspective on recent and further developments (technical, numerical and methodological) in these new research fields. Contributions from all areas of applied geosciences (geochemistry, geophysics, geodesy, natural hazards, oceanography, soil science, geo-energy, civil and environmental engineering, volcanology, hydrology, glaciology, and many others) using fibre-optical cable sensing are welcome. We encourage including qualitative and quantitative case studies, embracing laboratory studies, large-scale field tests and modelling.

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01 Feb 2023
Investigation of the effects of surrounding media on the distributed acoustic sensing of a helically wound fibre-optic cable with application to the New Afton deposit, British Columbia
Sepidehalsadat Hendi, Mostafa Gorjian, Gilles Bellefleur, Christopher D. Hawkes, and Don White
Solid Earth, 14, 89–99,,, 2023
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22 Aug 2022
3D deep geothermal reservoir imaging with wireline distributed acoustic sensing in two boreholes
Evgeniia Martuganova, Manfred Stiller, Ben Norden, Jan Henninges, and Charlotte M. Krawczyk
Solid Earth, 13, 1291–1307,,, 2022
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03 Mar 2022
Distributed acoustic sensing as a tool for subsurface mapping and seismic event monitoring: a proof of concept
Nicola Piana Agostinetti, Alberto Villa, and Gilberto Saccorotti
Solid Earth, 13, 449–468,,, 2022
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19 Jan 2022
Dynamic motion monitoring of a 3.6 km long steel rod in a borehole during cold-water injection with distributed fiber-optic sensing
Martin Peter Lipus, Felix Schölderle, Thomas Reinsch, Christopher Wollin, Charlotte Krawczyk, Daniela Pfrang, and Kai Zosseder
Solid Earth, 13, 161–176,,, 2022
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17 Jun 2021
Strain to ground motion conversion of distributed acoustic sensing data for earthquake magnitude and stress drop determination
Itzhak Lior, Anthony Sladen, Diego Mercerat, Jean-Paul Ampuero, Diane Rivet, and Serge Sambolian
Solid Earth, 12, 1421–1442,,, 2021
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28 Apr 2021
On the comparison of strain measurements from fibre optics with a dense seismometer array at Etna volcano (Italy)
Gilda Currenti, Philippe Jousset, Rosalba Napoli, Charlotte Krawczyk, and Michael Weber
Solid Earth, 12, 993–1003,,, 2021
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22 Apr 2021
Evaluating seismic beamforming capabilities of distributed acoustic sensing arrays
Martijn P. A. van den Ende and Jean-Paul Ampuero
Solid Earth, 12, 915–934,,, 2021
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25 Feb 2021
Wireline distributed acoustic sensing allows 4.2 km deep vertical seismic profiling of the Rotliegend 150 °C geothermal reservoir in the North German Basin
Jan Henninges, Evgeniia Martuganova, Manfred Stiller, Ben Norden, and Charlotte M. Krawczyk
Solid Earth, 12, 521–537,,, 2021
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28 Jan 2021
Sensing Earth and environment dynamics by telecommunication fiber-optic sensors: an urban experiment in Pennsylvania, USA
Tieyuan Zhu, Junzhu Shen, and Eileen R. Martin
Solid Earth, 12, 219–235,,, 2021
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17 Dec 2020
In situ hydromechanical responses during well drilling recorded by fiber-optic distributed strain sensing
Yi Zhang, Xinglin Lei, Tsutomu Hashimoto, and Ziqiu Xue
Solid Earth, 11, 2487–2497,,, 2020
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