Role of Fiber in Geophysics Beyond VSP and Monitoring


23–25 June 2025 | Houston, Texas, USA

The AGU-SEG Collaboration Committee is happy to announce the Advances in Ambient Seismic Field Studies in Monitoring Resources, Hazards, and Global Change workshop scheduled for 31 July–2 August 2024 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, USA.

The field of geophysics continues to push boundaries in monitoring and understanding our planet’s dynamic systems, encompassing natural resources (energy and groundwater), natural hazards, and global change. This workshop aims to explore cutting-edge techniques and technologies in frontier monitoring, leveraging ambient fields, distributed sensing, and computing to enable large-scale geophysical studies. Geophysicists, researchers, and industry professionals from various backgrounds will gather to exchange knowledge, share insights, and foster collaborations in this rapidly evolving field.


  • Marine Denolle (University of Washington Seattle)
  • Aaron Girard (Colorado School of Mines)
  • Nori Nakata (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Organizing Committee

  • Tjaart de Wit (Colorado School of Mines / Institute for Mine Seismology)
  • Peter Gerstoft (University of California San Diego)
  • Dan Hollis (Sisprobe)
  • Thomas Lecocq (Royal Observatory of Belgium)
  • Elita Li (Purdue University)
  • Shujuan Mao (Stanford University / The University of Texas at Austin in 2024)
  • Eileen Martin (Colorado School of Mines)
  • Aurelien Mordret (University of Grenoble-Alpes)
  • Anne Obermann (ETH Zurich)
  • Gerrit Olivier (FleetSpace)
  • Zack Spica (University of Michigan)
  • Taka’aki Taira (Northern California Earthquake Data Center)

Workshop Location

Colorado School of Mines
Green Center
924 16th St, Golden, Colorado 80401
Campus Map


For more information, please email Debbie Mitchell, SEG Meeting Planner, [email protected]


Who should attend?

Geophysicists, researchers, graduate students, industry professionals, and anyone interested in frontier monitoring, distributed sensing, and large-scale geophysical studies across energy, resources, hazards, and related fields.

By attending this workshop, participants will gain insights into the latest advancements in geophysical monitoring techniques, explore the potential applications of ambient field data, learn about distributed sensing and computing approaches, and contribute to the future development of large-scale geophysical studies.

Workshop Format

The workshop will consist of a combination of keynote presentations by renowned experts, technical sessions featuring contributed papers, panel discussions, and hands-on demonstrations of cutting-edge monitoring technologies. Participants will have ample opportunities for networking, collaboration, and exchanging ideas with fellow researchers and professionals in the field.

The call for abstracts for oral and poster presentations will open 19 January 2024.

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held on the beautiful campus of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the School of Mines is Colorado’s premier engineering and applied science university.

Colorado School of Mines
Green Center Friedhoff Hall
924 16th St, Golden, Colorado 80401

Campus Map

Campus Parking: Colorado School of Mines is a pay-to-park campus and parking restrictions are enforced year-round, Monday-Friday, 7am-5 pm. Please see the Parking Services website for complete information on where to park on campus. The closest parking to the Green Center, #28 on the Parking Map, are BLUE lots O and CT.

Parking for workshop attendees is $10/day and a parking code will be emailed prior to the workshop.


Denver International Airport is 36 miles, approximately 45 minutes, to the Colorado School of Mines.

Transportation options include:

  • Uber/Lyft
  • Super Shuttle: A transportation service from the airport with a variety of ride options at different price points. Available to book online and through their app or call 800-258-3826.
  • Light Rail: From the airport, take the University of Colorado A Line to Union Station (last stop), then W Line to Jeffco Government Center (last stop). Use the Golden Shuttle Bus to get from light rail station to campus.
  • Car Rental

Nearby Hotels

Table Mountain Inn (walkable)
1310 Washington Avenue
.2 miles

The Golden Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection (walkable)
800 11th Street
.4 miles

The Eddy Taproom & Hotel
1640 8th St.
2.6 miles
Special room rates for workshop attendees: 1 King $307/night plus tax; 2 Queen $341/night plus tax. Free parking. Book reservations online.

Hampton Inn Denver–West/Golden
17150 W Colfax Ave
2.6 miles

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Golden–Denver Area, an IHG Hotel
17140 West Colfax Ave
2.5 miles
Special room rate for workshop attendees: $189 +13.5% tax. Cut-off date 30 June 2024. Free parking.
Book reservations online. You will be directed to the Holiday Inn Express website; enter arrival and departure dates; the room type and group rate will populate; search; proceed with reservation.

Origin Hotel Red Rocks
18485 W Colfax Ave
4.5 miles

Call for Abstracts

We are pleased to invite you to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the Advances in Ambient Seismic Field Studies in Monitoring Resources, Hazards, and Global Change Workshop, organized by the AGU–SEG Collaboration Committee.

Submission Guidelines

  • One page, one figure acceptable
  • Include abstract title, authors’ names, affiliations
  • Abstract file must be .pdf
  • Submit abstract no later than 18 March 2024

Submit abstract .pdf file.

We welcome abstracts on the following topics:

Ambient Field Monitoring: Harnessing the Power of Earth’s Natural Signals

  • Understanding and utilizing ambient seismic electromagnetic, magnetic, and gravitational fields
  • Techniques for characterizing and extracting useful information from ambient field data
  • Applications of ambient field monitoring in geophysical exploration, hazard assessment, and resource evaluation

Distributed Sensing and Computing for Geophysical Studies

  • Overview of distributed sensing systems and their applications in geophysics
  • Sensor networks and data acquisition techniques for large-scale monitoring
  • Advances in distributed computing and data processing for geophysical analysis
  • Cloud computing, edge computing, and their roles in real-time geophysical monitoring and analysis

Frontier Monitoring Techniques for Energy, Resources, and Hazards

  • Innovations in monitoring techniques for hydrocarbon exploration and production
  • Remote sensing technologies for mapping and monitoring mineral and water resources
  • Real-time monitoring of natural hazards, including earthquakes, volcanic activity, and landslides
  • Integrating monitoring data with predictive models for risk assessment and early warning systems

Data Integration, Fusion, and Visualization

  • Methods for integrating diverse geophysical datasets from distributed sensors
  • Fusion of multi-source data for enhanced imaging and interpretation
  • Visualization techniques for large-scale geophysical datasets
  • Data-driven approaches and machine learning for geophysical data analysis and interpretation

Challenges and Future Directions

  • Addressing technical and logistical challenges in large-scale geophysical monitoring
  • Ensuring data quality, calibration, and reliability in distributed sensing networks
  • Ethical considerations and privacy concerns in geophysical data collection and usage
  • Exploring emerging technologies and future directions in frontier monitoring

Sponsorship Opportunities

You are invited to offer your support of the Advances in Ambient Seismic Field Studies in Monitoring Resources, Hazards, and Global Change workshop by purchasing a sponsorship from the following list of opportunities:

  • Platinum – US$5,000
  • Gold – US$2,500
  • Lunch or Coffee Break – US$2,000
  • Icebreaker Reception – US$3,000 (sole sponsor or $1,500 multi-sponsor)
  • Poster Session Reception – US$3,000 (sole sponsor for day or $1,500 multi-sponsor)
  • To sign up as a workshop sponsor, please download and submit the Sponsorship Form to [email protected].  

Stay up-to-date on this workshop!

Important Documents

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts Opens:
19 January 2024

Call for Abstracts Closes: 
18 March 2024

Registration Opens:
18 March 2024

Early Bird Registration Ends:
20 May 2024