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

December 9-10, 2017
Homewood Suites Hotel, Slidell, LA
(Near New Orleans, before the AGU Fall Meeting)




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. 9) 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. 10) will focus on DTS aspects of field installation and data processing and calibration.

See the Workshop Flier HERE

 Workshop registration

Please register by November 12, 2017 for planning purposes.


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 UniversityUniversity of Nevada Reno

Registration: To reserve a space, fill on out online form above, or contact Annie Ingersoll (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 professionals, $150 students). 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 Annie Ingersoll at Biological & Ecological Engineering, 116 Gilmore Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331. For wire transfers, please contact Annie for directions. We cannot accept credit card payments.

Location: Homewood Suites, 175 Holiday Blvd, Slidell, Louisiana, 70460. (Near New Orleans.)

Travel: CTEMPs does not provide transportation to the workshop to or from the airports in the area. If you will have a car and are able to share a ride with another attendee, please contact

Lodging: Rooms for Friday + Saturday nights are being held for workshop participants until the end of the day (Central time) on Friday, Dec. 1. Homewood Suites is offering workshop attendees a rate of $132/night, which matches the government per diem rate for this area. The rooms being held are single bed rooms. If you would like to book one of the rooms for DTS attendees, call the reservation desk (rather than reserving online) at 985-726-7291, and let them know you are part of the Oregon State University DTS Workshop. There are some other hotels very nearby the Homewood Suites in Slidell, if you are interested in lower rates (approx. $95/night).

Internet access: Free Wi-Fi is available at the Homewood Suites Hotel.