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Distributed Acoustic Sensing RCN Workshop

Date(s): June 13-14, 2023
Location: Madison, Wisconsin


This workshop will provide an opportunity to bring together the Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) community that has matured and expanded over the past three years of the research coordination network. There will be opportunities to present and discuss DAS science and technology. Participants will also have the opportunity to contribute short, 1-2 page white papers outlining their own vision of where DAS-enabled science should head and what is needed to get there. Following the conclusion of the workshop, a report will be developed that provides a vision for the future of DAS-enabled science – based on presentations, discussions, and contributed white papers. A draft of the report will be circulated to the community for comment before being finalized and published to the workshop website. The final report will be delivered to NSF and also circulated to AGU members and federal agencies. 

This workshop will be held in-person with a virtual component, limited to a broadcast of main presentations and sessions only. All participants, in-person and virtual, must register. There is no registration fee and an optional application for travel support is included. Late registration will be accommodated as space permits.


The workshop will be held on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus in Weeks Hall (1215 W. Dayton Street, UWisc Map, Google Map) in room 140. This is about ~20 minute walk or ~10 minute bus ride ($2 fare) from the Hyatt Place.

Parking is available for visitors on campus with Union South Garage Lot 80 as the closest lot. Check the live availability of parking lots here.

Poster boards are available on request; the size of each board is 6′ by 3′.

Information on how to access guest Wi-Fi while on campus, can be found here. Eduroam is also available.

Code of Conduct

All workshop participants will be required to adhere to the EarthScope Code of Conduct.



  • Herbert Wang, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Scott Tyler, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Robert Woodward, EarthScope Consortium
  • Kasey Aderhold, EarthScope Consortium


  • Krystin Poitra, EarthScope Consortium, Meeting Planner
  • Judy Donato, EarthScope Consortium, Controller
  • Michelle Szabo, Geoscience Department – University of Wisconsin-Madison, Academic Department Manager
  • Registration Opens – March 20th
  • Hotel Block Closes – May 26th
  • In-Person Registration Closes – May 26th (virtual registration will remain open until capacity is reached)
  • White Papers Due – June 5th (for incorporating by the writing team, will continue to be accepted and posted)
  • Workshop – June 13th (all day) – June 14th (morning)
  • Writing Team – June 14th (afternoon) – June 15th (morning)
  • Report Draft Posted – TBD
  • Report Feedback Due – TBD
  • Final Report Posted – TBD


A program for 1.5 days (June 13th 8am-5pm and June 14th 8am-12pm) has been developed and features presentations on the latest science and technical advancements in distributed acoustic sensing.

June 13th, 2023 – Weeks Hall – Room 140 – 1215 W. Dayton St (UWisc Map, Google Map)

8:00 – Coffee/Registration

8:30 –  8:45  – Introductions/Welcome – Herb Wang (slides)

8:45 –  9:15  – Comments from NSF, Q&A/Discussion – Eva Zanzerkia and Maggie Benoit (slides)

9:15 –  9:45  (moved to Day 2) –  Meeting the Challenges of DAS Data Archival & Dissemination  – Jerry Carter (slides)

9:45 –  10:15  –  DAS Instrumentation and Data Management for Real Time Geomechanics and Seismology  – Andres Chavarria (slides)

10:15 –  10:30  –  SeaFOAM: A permanent DAS deployment in Monterey Bay, California for monitoring and earthquake early warning – Richard Allen (slides)

10:30 –  11:15  – Break/Posters 

11:15 –  11:30  –  Eavesdropping at the speed of light: Distributed acoustic sensing of baleen whales  – Léa Bouffaut (slides)

11:30 –  12:00  –  Observational frontiers in physical oceanography enabled by fiber optic sensing  – Ethan Williams (slides)

12:00 –  12:30  –  Insights from the first in-river DAS deployment  – Danica Roth (slides)

12:30 –  14:00  – Lunch – on your own

14:00 –  14:30  –  Distributed Acoustic and Temperature Sensing in Permafrost Tundra in Utqiaġvik, Alaska for Long-term, In-situ Permafrost Monitoring Using Ambient Noise  – Xiaohang Ji (slides)

14:30 –  15:00  –  Cryosphere, Submarine, Urban, and Clean Energy Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) projects at the University of Washington Fiber Lab  – Brad Lipovsky (slides)

15:00 –  15:45  – Break/Posters 

15:45 –  16:00  –  3C DAS array or Applications of borehole DAS Ambient noise – Yingping Li (slides)

16:00 –  16:15  –  Microseismic monitoring of a geothermal reservoir using Fourier Neural Operators – Umair Waheed (slides)

16:15 –  16:30  –  Examples of Dedicated and Dark Fiber DAS Applications in Civil Engineering Infrastructure  – Dante Fratta (slides)

16:30 –  17:00  –  Towards Earthquake Monitoring and Response with DAS: Recent Progress and Outstanding Challenges – Andrew Barbour

June 14th, 2023 – Weeks Hall – Room 140 – 1215 W. Dayton St

8:00 – Coffee 

8:30 –  8:45  –  Geomechanical strain measured by DAS  – Matt Becker (slides)

8:45 –  9:00  –  Comparisons Between Array Derived Dynamic Strain Rate and Fiber-optic DAS Strain Rate  – Gene Ichinose (slides)

9:00 –  9:15  –  Observations of regional and teleseismic events at Sanford Underground Research Facility  – Erin Cunningham  (slides)

9:15 –  10:00  – Open Announcements/Discussion (Upcoming Research Projects, Future Directions)

10:00 –  10:30  – Break/Posters

10:30 –  11:30  – Panel Discussion – CTEMPS, EarthScope, and Community Resources  – Scott Tyler (slides), Bob Woodward (slides)

11:30 –  12:00  – Workshop Conclusion  – Herb Wang

12:00 –  13:30  – Lunch – on your own

14:00 –  17:00  – Writing Team – Weeks Hall – Room A259 – 1215 W. Dayton St

June 15th, 2023

8:00 – Coffee 

8:30 –  12:00  – Writing Team – Weeks Hall – Room A259 – 1215 W. Dayton St

White Papers

Participants will also have the opportunity to contribute short, 1-2 page white papers outlining their own vision of where DAS-enabled science should head and what is needed to get there.

Writing Team

The report writing team will meet in-person on June 14th 2-5pm and June 15th 8:30am-12pm and virtually as needed. If you are interested in serving on this team, please indicate this on your registration or get in touch with


A block is reserved for this meeting at the Hyatt Place Madison/Downtown (333 W Washington Avenue, 1.1 miles from the campus meeting venue). Rates are King single bed rooms for $175/night + 15.5% sales tax and double Queen rooms for $185/night + 15.5% sales tax. Note: EarthScope-supported participants will only be reimbursed for lodging at this hotel at the group rate for nights of June 12th-June 14th (check in on the 12th, check out on the 15th) unless otherwise approved. Overnight parking is $15/night. 

Guests can make reservations online or by calling the phone number 1-888 HYATT HP (1-888-492-8847) (Hyatt Place) and asking for the group code G-EART. If guests try to make reservations outside of the block, the rate will come up as unavailable. Hotel reservations must be made by May 26th.


This area is served by two nearby airports and one more distant international airport:

Ground Transportation

Regional bus service is available:

Note: Rental cars are not reimbursable under our travel support policy.

Reimbursement Policy

If selected for travel support, reimbursement of travel expenses (airfare/ground transportation/per diem) to the maximum as awarded to you will require being compliant with NSF policies, EarthScope travel policies, and supplying proper documentation. A specific DAS RCN Workshop reimbursement form will be sent to you to fill out and return with updated instructions.

Itemized receipts are required for out-of-pocket expenses as well as proper documentation. Specific instructions sent to selected participants will include:

  • Airfare receipts should show the itinerary, itemization of cost, and class of airfare (NOTE: if using a foreign-flag air carrier, proper justification will be needed otherwise the expense may not be covered.)
  • Mileage, if applicable, should be supported by a Google map showing the starting and ending location.
    • If driving more than 500 miles one direction:
      • A printout of a comparison, economy class airfare for the applicable dates of travel between the nearest commercial airport serving the origin and destination cities is required.
      • Reimbursement will not exceed the lesser of the cost per-mile ($0.655/mile) reimbursement plus tolls or the comparison airfare plus transfer costs to and from the airport.
    • Gas purchases are not allowed as this is covered by mileage.
    • Any other transportation expenses, such as taxi cab/Uber/Lyft (to/from airport/hotel), parking, and tolls are allowable.  Receipts should include dates, amounts, and other relevant information.
  • Rental cars are not reimbursable under this provided support.
  • No other expenses are covered outside of transportation, lodging, and per diem.

Covered hotel nights will be directly billed to EarthScope; a credit card is required at booking and check-in for any additional charges to the room bill. Unless otherwise approved, only nights of June 12th-June 13th will be covered and directly billed to EarthScope for the group rate at the Hyatt Place Madison/Downtown. Participants are responsible for any other charges incurred to their room at check out.

Per diem will be calculated for you based on your travel dates not to exceed June 12th to June 14th, unless otherwise approved, and not including provided meals.

We will be following the local health orders for University of Wisconsin-Madison. As of March 17, 2023, the recommendations are:

  • Everyone is “strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, and to seek their annual flu vaccine.” 
  • “Wearing a high-quality face mask is a simple and effective way to help prevent upper respiratory viral infections, including COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).”
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend a minimum of five days of isolation for anyone with COVID-19, followed by five additional days of masking around other people and when in public. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is encouraged to notify their close contacts.

Masks and COVID-19 tests will be available at the workshop registration table.

As part of the registration process, participants will be asked to commit to not attending workshop events if they test positive or develop symptoms during or within 5 days of the start of the workshop, or as otherwise recommended by local health orders. Dane County also maintains a COVID dashboard displaying public health data.

First NameLast NameAffiliationParticipating
ArantzaUgaldeInstitute of Marine SciencesVirtually
AsiyeAziz ZanjaniSouthern Methodist UniversityVirtually
ShimaAbadiUniversity of WashingtonVirtually
SushantAdhikariTribhuvan universityVirtually
AhadulIslamSaint Louis UniversityVirtually
AbduljeleelAjibonaVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityIn-person
AlisonLaferriereScripps Institution of OceanographyVirtually
AliSonghoriUniversity of TehranVirtually
AnnaMakushkinaAustralian National UniversityVirtually
ArielLellouchTel Aviv UniversityVirtually
WilliamHarbertUniversity of PittsburghVirtually
BirendraJhaUniversity of Southern CaliforniaVirtually
BradLipovskyUniversity of WashingtonIn-person
Chih-ChiehChienScripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSDIn-person
CelineHadziioannouUniversity of HamburgVirtually
Ya-MeiYangIndustrial Technology Research InstituteVirtually
CorentinCaudronUniversité libre de BruxellesVirtually
MelaniaCubas ArmasInstitut de Ciencias del Mar ICM – CSICVirtually
YifangChengUniversity of California, BerkeleyVirtually
DanielAdelekeVillanova UniversityVirtually
DouglasMillerMIT Earth Resources LaboratoryVirtually
R. ArunPrasathInstitute of Seismological ResearchVirtually
DanicaRothColorado School of MinesIn-person
SakshiSakshiMasters StudentVirtually
EduardoArzabalaTulane UniversityIn-person
ErinCunninghamUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonIn-person
EthanWilliamsUniversity of WashingtonIn-person
ElisaMcGheeColorado State UniversityVirtually
ElisabethClyneAtlas Technical ConsultantsVirtually
EstherOyedeleVirginia TechVirtually
FabianaFuentesUniversity of Colorado BoulderIn-person
FengChengZhejiang UniversityVirtually
DanteFrattaUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonIn-person
Felix RodrigoRodriguez CardozoUniversity of South FloridaVirtually
FinhasZeraiBowling Green State UniversityIn-person
G. EliBakerAir Force Research LaboratoriesIn-person
GauravKumarIndian Institute of science education and research Bhopal (IISER Bhopal )Virtually
EvaGolosUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonIn-person
GonzalozambranoUniversity of AlbertaVirtually
GabrielRocha dos SantosPennsylvania State UniversityIn-person
HerbertWangUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonIn-person
HirokiSoneUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonIn-person
GeneIchinoseLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryIn-person
Jan PetterMortenASN Norway ASVirtually
JustinBallBureau of ReclamationVirtually
JochenBraunmillerUniversity of South FloridaVirtually
JesseHamptonUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonIn-person
JessicaJohnsonUniversity of East AngliaIn-person
YuJiangNanyang Technological UniversityVirtually
JuanPaniagua-ArroyaveUniversidad EAFITVirtually
KenechukwuObiBowling Green State University, OhioIn-person
KittinatTaweesintananonNTNU — Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyVirtually
KathleenHodgkinsonSandia National LaboratoriesIn-person
KhadijaNadimiUniversity of MemphisIn-person
KiranPandeyUniversity of MemphisIn-person
KaushikPradhanUniversity of Texas at El PasoIn-person
KimWelfordMemorial University of NewfoundlandVirtually
KyleSpikesThe University of Texas at AustinIn-person
LéaBouffautCornell UniversityIn-person
LenaUrmantsevaAP SensingVirtually
LuciaGonzalezThe University of Texas at El PasoIn-person
Luis ManuelMatiasInstituto Dom LuizVirtually
LoicViensLos Alamos National LaboratoryVirtually
LucasZoetUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonIn-person
MaddieSmithWoods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionVirtually
ManfredNiehusisel/it PTVirtually
ManuelMendozaCIRES at University of Colorado BoulderIn-person
MarieMacquetCarbon management CanadaVirtually
MatthewBeckerCalifornia State University Long Beach Earth SciencesVirtually
MaochuanZhangUniversity of WashingtonIn-person
MeganEveringhamSilixa LLCVirtually
MelZhangColorado School of MinesIn-person
MarianneKarplusUniversity of Texas at El PasoVirtually
Shaik NasifAhmedAcademy of Scientific & Innovative Research, IndiaIn-person
NealLordUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonIn-person
NelofarQulizadaMSc StudentVirtually
NavinThapaUniversity of MemphisIn-person
OluwaseyifunmiAdeboboyeGeorgia Institute of TechnologyIn-person
PhucMachGeorgia Institute of TechnologyVirtually
RamazKvatadzeGeorgian Research and Educational Networking Association GRENAVirtually
RobertWoodwardEarthScope ConsortiumIn-person
SantiagoRabadeUniversity of UtahIn-person
SaqibZiaCSIR – National Geophysical Research InstituteVirtually
ShujuanMaoStanford UniversityVirtually
AnthonySladenGeoazur – CNRSVirtually
SiyuLuUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonVirtually
SüleymanTUNÇKocaeli üniv.Virtually
ScottTylerUniversity of Nevada, RenoIn-person
SuryaPachhaiUniversity of UtahVirtually
SusanneOuelletUniversity of CalgaryVirtually
Evelyn SusanaDelgado AndinoStudentVirtually
ShihaoYuanColorado School of MinesVirtually
TrinaDasBowling Green State UniversityVirtually
FrederikTilmannGFZ Potsdam: German Research Centre for GeosciencesVirtually
TobiasMegiesLMU MunichVirtually
UmairWaheedKing Fahd University of Petroleum and MineralsIn-person
VenkadeshSamykannuTamil Nadu Agricultural UniversityVirtually
WalidBen MansourWashington University in Saint LouisVirtually
WilliamWilcockUniversity of WashingtonIn-person
Wang-PingChenU. of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) & China U. of Geosciences (Wuhan)Virtually
XiaohangJiPennsylvania State UniversityIn-person
YingpingLIBlueSkyDas LLCIn-person
LuisYegresCenter for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada (CICESE)In-person
YesimCubuk SabuncuIcelandic Met OfficeVirtually
Chin-JenLinInstitute of Earth Sciences, Academia SinicaVirtually
YesheySeldonThe University of Texas at El PasoIn-person
YuancongGouUniversity of California, BerkeleyVirtually
ZahraKhorramiUniversity of TehranVirtually
WeisenShenStony Brook UniversityVirtually
AyratAbdullinKing Fahd University of Petroleum and MineralsVirtually
GoodluckArchibongKing Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)Virtually
SmaineZerougSLB (ex. Schlumberger)Virtually
JamesSt. ClairPNNLIn-person
RichardAllenUC BerkeleyIn-person

The research coordination network and this workshop is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation under award EAR-1948737. More information about the DAS RCN is available here.

Have questions? Please contact das-workshop @ for more information.