Eastern Sicily - Distributed Acoustic Sensing (TA3-83-6)

Hosting Institution:

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ, Germany

Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia – Osservatorio Etneo, Italy


The ETNA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (Osservatorio Etneo - INGV branch in Catania) supports research, and volcano monitoring and surveillance of the Sicilian volcanoes. Multi-parametric networks (seismic, infrasound, geodetic, geochemical, video-cameras, etc...) equipped with state-of-the art instrumentations are continuously running to provide multidisciplinary observations for volcano monitoring and related hazard assessment. Data and products from ground- and satellite-based instrumentation are accessible through the EPOS data portal and the volcano gateway (http://vo-tcs.ct.ingv.it/).

Services offered:

The service offers a Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) interrogator to measure strain rate changes along a fiber optic cable that the user plans to use in the Eastern Sicily Testbed. An iDAS device (Silixa) will be provided equipped with an internal storage of 3.5 TB fully available for the data acquisition.

Modality of access:

Physical access to the DAS device: Maximum of 1 projects will be supported for the 1st call. Each project team can be composed by a maximum of 3 persons. The access unit is ‘1 working day’ and the maximum access per project is of 5 up to 10 working days depending on the nature of the proposed scientific project and on the provider availability.

Multidisciplinary projects involving more than one installation at Eastern Sicily are supported and encouraged.


The physical access support includes:

  1. safety training;
  2. instrumentation training;
  3. technical support;
  4. field support and experiment set up;
  5. the use of the DAS interrogator will be also supported by the supervision of  highly specialized personnel.

Contact person:

Philippe Jousset (philippe.joussetgfz-potsdam.de) and Gilda Currenti (gilda.currentiingv.it)