Fibre optic cables: an Alternative tool for Monitoring volcanic Events

This project aims at demonstrating that Distributed Acoustic Sensing technology is able to improve monitoring of volcanoes and provide insight in proceses and structure that we cannot access with conventional instruments. We deployed in 2018 and in 2019 DAS (Distributed Acoustic Sensors) cables and conventional sensors from the GIPP (trillium sensors and cubes) at the summital area of Etna volcano. Simultaneously, we also recorded distributed in Telecommunication fibre lines in villages on the slope if the volcano, and also under the sea from Catania harbour.

Time Frame

  • started in Summer 2018


  • GFZ and EU

Principal Investigators

  • Dr. Ph. Jousset (GFZ Potsdam)


  • Prof. Dr. Charlotte Krawczyk (GFZ Potsdam)
  • Dr. Thomas Reinsch (GFZ Potsdam)
  • Dr. Gilda Currenti (INGV)


  • INGV (Italien) - Nationales Institut für Geophysik und Vulkanologie (Italy)
  • INFN-LNS (Italien) -  National Institute for Nuclear Physics

Methods & equipment

  • Distributed Acoustic Sensing
  • Broadband seismology
  • infrasound observations, tiltmeter


  • Contrafatto, D., Currenti, G., Jousset, P., Larocca, G., Messina, A., Pellegrino, D., Pulvirenti, M., Rapisarda, S., Zuccarello, L., Chalari, A., Krawczyk, C. (2019): Monitoring volcanic activity with fibre-optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing – first experiments at the Etna volcano, X2.377 | EGU2019-13088
  • Jousset, P., Currenti, G., Tilmann, F., Zuccarrelo, L., Chalari, A.,Reinsch, T., Krawczyk, C. (2019): Towards seismic and volcanic hazard assessment with distributed acoustic sensing in fibre optic cable, X2.378 | EGU2019-17281

Additional Information


  • Project INFRADAS (expedition money GFZ) and project FAME, awarded through the EC EUROVOLC project (Funded under: H2020-EU., Project ID: 731070).
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