Distributed sensing of earthquakes and ocean-solid Earth interactions on seafloor telecom cables

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Anthony Sladen, Diane Rivet, Jean Paul Ampuero , Louis De Barros, Yann Hello, Gaëtan Calbris, Patrick Lamare


Two thirds of the surface of our planet are covered by water and are still poorly instrumented, which has prevented the earth science community from addressing numerous key scientific questions. The potential to leverage the existing fiber optic seafloor telecom cables that criss-cross the oceans, by turning them into dense arrays of seismo-acoustic sensors, remains to be evaluated. Here, we report Distributed Acoustic Sensing measurements on a 41.5 km-long telecom cable that is deployed offshore Toulon, France. Our observations demonstrate the capability to monitor with unprecedented details the ocean-solid earth interactions from the coast to the abyssal plain, in addition to regional seismicity (e.g., a magnitude 1.9 micro-earthquake located 100 km away) with signal characteristics comparable to those of a coastal seismic station.




Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geophysics and Seismology, Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Physics


earthquake, Distributed acoustic sensing, KM3NeT, MEUST, microseisms, Scholte waves, Seafloor instrumentation


Published: 2019-06-07 08:44

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