CTEMPS offers 1-day, 2-day and week-long courses on distributed temperature sensing, wireless autonomous sensing, and unmanned aerial systems. In addition, researchers and their students are welcome to visit the University of Nevada, Reno and the Oregon State University for "hands-on" training prior to instrument delivery. For announcements on upcoming short courses, see the Short Course Schedule below. To inquire or arrange a campus visit, please contact Scott Tyler or John Selker.

Course Schedule:

June 22-23, 2017 - AirCTEMPs course at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Two-day course: Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Operations Workshop: Environmental Science Applications. Workshop announcement & schedule.

Past Courses

December 10-11, 2016 - Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Two-day short course in Temperature and Acoustic Sensing with Fiber Optics. Workshop announcement & schedule.

December 11th, 2016 - Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 
1 day training: Scientific Sensing using Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Workshop announcement & schedule.

June 23-25, 2015 - Air CTEMPS course at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Two-and-a-half-day course in Unmanned Aerial Systems in Earth Science.

December 12-13, 2015 - Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Two-day short course. Workshop announcement & schedule

December 13th, 2015 - Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 
1 day training: Scientific Sensing using Unmanned Aircraft Systems AirCTEMPs. Workshop annoucement & Schedule

December 7-8, 2013 - Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Two-day short course - Workshop Announcement & Schedule

July 21-23, 2013 - Luxembourg
Fiber Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) and Thermal IR imagery for Hydro-ecological Characterization

December 1-2, 2012 - Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Two-day short course. Registration Closed

July 14-15 & 19-20, 2012 - UCAR, Boulder, CO
Two sessions of two-day short courses in conjunction with the CUAHSI 3rd Biennial Colloquium on Hydrologic Science and Engineering.  Registration Closed

April 23-24, 2012 - Bejing, China
Two-day short course. Registration closed.

December 3, 2011 - Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
One-day short course. Registration Closed

December 11, 2010 - Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
One-day short course. Registration Closed

July 22, 2010 - Boulder, Colorado
One-day short course to follow the CUAHSI Biannual Science meeting. Registration closed.

January 11-15, 2010 - Santiago, Chile
Five-day workshop on the San Joaquin Campus of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Registration closed.

December 12, 2009 -  Berkeley, California
One-day short course. Registration closed


Students at trainingHJ Andrews 2008 training group

  Students in training at HJ Andrews, 2008                               HJ Andrews training group, 2008

Instructional Videos

CTEMPs now offers instructional videos to train instrument users on how to assemble field deployable fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing systems (FD-DTS). While not yet nominated for the Academy Awards, these videos will help you assemble and operate CTEMPs instruments. These can be viewed using the following links, and copies on CD are shipped with each instrument and should be taken to the field to help you in your installation.

We recommend that you view these videos BEFORE heading to the field and with the instruments unpacked in your laboratory to thoroughly familiarize yourself with their assembly and operation.

CTEMPS 1: DTS Enclosure Assembly - This video explains how to set up the support structure for the main enclosure where the DTS is housed.

Assembly instructions as a document

Reference sheet








CTEMPS 2: Solar Panel Assembly - This video explains how to set up the support structure for the 80W solar panels that power the DTS. Three panels are typically used to power a system.

Assembly instructions as a document

Reference sheet







CTEMPS 3: Power box and Antennae - This video explains how to add the extra parts to the
back of the DTS Enclosure box: power box, 3G antenna for data transmission to the server, eKo radio antenna for weather stations, and small solar panel for a calibration bath bubbler (to mix the baths).







CTEMPS 4: Connecting   Everything Together - This video explains how to connect all of the cables once the hardware and support structures are assembled. Connections include: 3G and eKo antenna cables to lightening arresters and ports, Ground connections for antennae and DTS Enclosure, Connecting batteries in parallel, Connecting solar panels in parallel, Connecting solar panel power cable, and finally Connecting all cables: Battery to power box, Solar to power box, DTS enclosure to power box (it is important to do this last!).






CTEMPS 5: Calibration Bath Set-Up - This video gives a brief introduction to the calibration bath set-up, shows the support structure for a cable coil inside a cooler, and a bubbler for keeping the bath well mixed. We also show you how to power the bubbler with a small solar panel (mounted on the back of the DTS enclosure) and battery.







CTEMPS 6: Inside the DTS and Power Boxes - This video gives a tour of what's inside the DTS Enclosure and Power Management Box.








CTEMPS 7: Clean your E2000 Connectors - This video describes how to clear the fiber optic connectors (E2000).








CTEMPS 8: Assembling the eKo Weather Stations - This video describes all of the components of the self-contained (eKo) weather stations that ship with the FD-DTS. Assembly of support structure, attaching instrumentation, and set-up considerations are addressed. Data from the (radio) weather stations self-network to the FD-DTS, and are sent over G3 modem to the server with DTS data.


Data processing

The CTEMPs MATLAB® DTS Toolbox provides simple graphical user interfaces (GUIs) to completely process DTS field data from start to finish. Users can compile raw data files collected by either Sensornet or Silixa DTS systems and calibrate the temperature data in a few simple steps. This User Guide will outline the contents of the toolbox and provide basic instruction for using the toolbox. A comprehensive sample data set with step-by-step instruction has been included.

These ‘beta’ GUIs require specific data files and formats. File not matching expected formats may cause processing errors. This Guide contains specific details for how data may need to be formatted in the event of processing errors. Documentation for each GUI is provided in the manual.  These scripts were developed to be used with instruments leased through CTEMPs and have been tested on sample data sets collected from these instruments. Your feedback and recommendation are welcome.

This toolbox is the result of the hard work of both Mark Hausner and Scott Kobs

download the toolbox