In Depth: Researchers at Wyoming CarbonSAFE project near Dry Fork Station deploy seismic sensors

Researchers at the UW School of Energy Resources’Center for Economic Geology Research recently deployed a series of microseismic sensors as part of the ongoing baseline monitoring operations for the Wyoming CarbonSAFE project.

Research scientists Charles Nye and Garret Gay assisted in the installation of 154 sensors around the project site located at Dry Fork Station, a Basin Electric coal-based power plant located near Gillette, Wyoming, and surrounding areas for the purpose of collecting data and determining the normal seismic activity for the area.

monitoring system with power plant in the backgaround
Photo courtesy: University of Wyoming


The surface geophones are designed to record data through triangulation and a beam-forming technology that provides the location of seismic events, how often the events occur, and any “signatures” of the event’s sound that are distinctive.

Our goal is to collect data that will allow for the baseline characterization of the seismic activity in the region,” says Nye. “The data from these geophones will allow easy distinction between surface coal mine blasts, and deep natural seismic events.”

The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources published a post Nov. 12 that goes into a bit more of the scientific detail.

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