The Cutting Edge of Fiber Optics: Temperature and Acoustic Applications in Earth Science
Principles, Operation, Data Analysis, and Demonstrations 

December 10-11, 2016
Stanford University



The NSF Centers for Transformative Environmental Monitoring Programs (CTEMPs) will offer a two-day hands-on workshop on the theory, application and analysis of distributed fiber sensing. We are expanding the scope of this annual workshop to include both distributed temperature sensing (DTS) and distributed acoustic sensing (DAS).  The workshop will accommodate a wide range of practitioners, from those interested in an introduction to the methods, to those wanting to learn state of the art data processing to getting the greatest possible precision from your data. Examples will be taken from the Ross Ice Shelf, the Dead Sea, atmospheric turbulence in Colorado, deep rock installations in Nevada, active and passive seismic monitoring and acoustic monitoring in pipes.  All participants will have the opportunity to work directly with a wide range of DTS and DAS instruments, instrument manufacturers and cables designed specifically for environmental sensing.  DTS and DAS manufacturers, fiber optic cable manufacturers, and CTEMPs staff will lecture and be available for consultation on special issues.  Please feel free to bring data sets.

Day 1 (Dec. 10) will introduce the theory of distributed sensing on optical fibers, demonstrate how distributed sensing can be used to infer temperature and strain, and provide hands-on experience with instrument and fiber handling.
Day 2* (Dec. 11) will focus on DTS aspects of field installation and data processing and calibration. The DAS break out has been canceled due to low enrollment, but some information will be integrated into the DTS portion of the workshop.

*Note that CTEMPs will also be offering a one day workshop on Unmanned Aircraft (UAS) Environmental Sensing in an adjacent venue on Sunday, December 11. It is possible to attend Day 1 of this workshop, and attend the UAS workshop on Day 2. 

Tentative schedule


John Selker – Oregon State University ( (for urgent issues: cell 541-829-0137)
Scott Tyler – University of Nevada, Reno. (


CTEMPs, through the National Science Foundation EAR Instrumentation and Facilities Program
Oregon State University; University of Nevada Reno

Registration: To reserve a space, fill on out online form above, or contact Amy Zimmerman (541-737-2041 or Registration is not binding until payment is received. Limited to 30 participants; by order of registration

Cost: Participants may register for individual days ($150/day professionals, $75/day students) or for both days ($200). Light breakfasts, lunches, and light snacks included.  Feel free to bring a typical treat from your locale. Please make your checks payable to “Oregon State University” and send them to the attention of Amy Zimmerman at Biological & Ecological Engineering, 116 Gilmore Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331. For wire transfers, please contact Amy for directions. We cannot accept credit card payments.

Location: Stanford University: Geology Corner Auditorium (Building 320), room 220,

Accommodations: Stanford has several helpful guides (Stanford Lodging GuideStanford Hotel Brochure) for hotels in close proximity to the campus. Note that there is a free shuttle to and around the campus which picks up from some hotels, and some hotels potentially have a discount for your visit being associated with Stanford.

Travel: CTEMPs does not provide transportation to the workshop to or from the airports in the area. However, there is public transportation (see Stanford's guide), and we will facilitate ride-sharing among workshop participants.

Parking: Visitor parking at Stanford is free on weekends. Visit Stanford's Visitor Parking page or download their Parking and Circulation Map for more information. The workshop is taking place in Braun Hall (Building 320, Geology Corner) which at the southwest corner of the main quad. The nearest visitor parking lots are L-37 and Roble Field Garage along Santa Teresa St. between Via Ortega and Duena St. Be sure to follow signs for parking in visitor parking and not residential parking which is enforced on the weekends.

Internet access: Stanford provides access to WiFi for free through their Stanford Visitor network. See their website for details.