EGU21-7856, updated on 04 Mar 2021
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Leveraging coherent wave field analysis and deep learning in fiber-optic seismology

Benjamin Schwarz1, Korbinian Sager2, Philippe Jousset1, Gilda Currenti3, Charlotte Krawczyk1,4, and Victor Tsai2
Benjamin Schwarz et al.
  • 1GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany (
  • 2Brown University, Providence, USA
  • 3INGV - Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Osservatorio Etneo, Italy
  • 4Technical University Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Fiber-optic cables form an integral part of modern telecommunications infrastructure and are ubiquitous in particular in regions where dedicated seismic instrumentation is traditionally sparse or lacking entirely. Fiber-optic seismology promises to enable affordable and time-extended observations of earth and environmental processes at an unprecedented temporal and spatial resolution. The method’s unique potential for combined large-N and large-T observations implies intriguing opportunities but also significant challenges in terms of data storage, data handling and computation.

Our goal is to enable real-time data enhancement, rapid signal detection and wave field characterization without the need for time-demanding user interaction. We therefore combine coherent wave field analysis, an optics-inspired processing framework developed in controlled-source seismology, with state-of-the-art deep convolutional neural network (CNN) architectures commonly used in visual perception. While conventional deep learning strategies have to rely on manually labeled or purely synthetic training datasets, coherent wave field analysis labels field data based on physical principles and enables large-scale and purely data-driven training of the CNN models. The shear amount of data already recorded in various settings makes artificial data generation by numerical modeling superfluous – a task that is often constrained by incomplete knowledge of the embedding medium and an insufficient description of processes at or close to the surface, which are challenging to capture in integrated simulations.

Applications to extensive field datasets acquired with dark-fiber infrastructure at a geothermal field in SW Iceland and in a town at the flank of Mt Etna, Italy, reveal that the suggested framework generalizes well across different observational scales and environments, and sheds new light on the origin of a broad range of physically distinct wave fields that can be sensed with fiber-optic technology. Owing to the real-time applicability with affordable computing infrastructure, our analysis lends itself well to rapid on-the-fly data enhancement, wave field separation and compression strategies, thereby promising to have a positive impact on the full processing chain currently in use in fiber-optic seismology.

How to cite: Schwarz, B., Sager, K., Jousset, P., Currenti, G., Krawczyk, C., and Tsai, V.: Leveraging coherent wave field analysis and deep learning in fiber-optic seismology, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-7856,, 2021.

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