The Cutting Edge of Temperature:  Distributed Temperature Measurement in Earth Sciences

Principles, Applications, Operation,

Data Analysis, and Demonstrations

December 12-13, 2015 - 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 temperature sensing (DTS) for earth sciences. 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 DTS data. Examples will be taken from the Ross Ice Sheet, the Dead Sea, Atmospheric Turbulence in Colorado, deep rock installations in Nevada, and rivers and lakes around the world. All participants will have the opportunity to work directly with a wide range of DTS instruments, instrument manufacturers and cables designed specifically for environmental sensing.  DTS 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.

Program: Day 1 (December 12) will introduce the theory of DTS as well as provide hands-on experience with instrument and fiber handling. Day 2 (Dec 13) will concentration of aspects of field installation and data processing (calibration).

Tentative Schedule


John Selker – Oregon State University Email John Selker (for urgent issues: cell 541-829-0137)

Scott Tyler – University of Nevada, Reno - Email Scott Tyler


CTEMPs, via The National Science Foundation EAR Instrumentation and Facilities Program

Oregon State University; University of Nevada Reno


Participation:  (Limited to 30 participants; by order of registration)

Registration:  To reserve a space, contact Amy Zimmerman (541-737-2041 or Registration is not binding until payment is received. 


Cost: Participants may register for individual days ($150/day professionals, $75/day students) or for the entire workshop ($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 Jennifer Cohen at Biological & Ecological Engineering, 116 Gilmore Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331. For wire transfers, please contact Jennifer for directions. We cannot accept credit card payments


Stanford University
Bldg. 320 (Braun Bldg.)
Geology Corner
450 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA  94305





We have set aside a block of room at the Creekside Inn with a discounted rate. You can reserve by calling 650-493-2411 and using the Group code “DTS”.
3400 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA  94306