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:

August 31 - September 3: 9 AM – 12 PM PT, 12 PM – 3 PM ET. Online. Virtual Hand-Made Stream Sensor Networks Workshop: Build your own Smart Rock Sensor at Home! Registration Deadline: July 9, 2020. Registration through CUAHSI.

Past Courses

December 11, 2019, 12:30 - 13:30 - San Francisco, CA - Do-It-Together, International Community Around Openly Published Environmental Sensing. Town Hall information. Registration through AGU Fall Meeting.

December 10, 2019, 8 - 12:20 - San Francisco, CA - Do-It-Yourself Open-Source Environmental Sensing. Workshop information. Registration through AGU Fall Meeting.

December 8, 2019 - San Francisco, CA - Distributed Acoustic Sensing: Principles, Data Processing, and Applications in Earth Sciences. Workshop information. Registration through AGU Fall Meeting.

December 7, 2019 - San Francisco, CA - Applications and Advances in Distributed Temperature Sensing for Earth and Space Sciences. Workshop information. Registration through AGU Fall Meeting.

October 8-12, 2019 - Castle Thurnau, Germany - Fiber Optic Sensing in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (FOSES). Workshop information and registration.

December 9, 2018 - Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C. - Distributed Acoustic Sensing: Principles and Case Studies. Workshop information and registration.

August 1-2, 2018 - USFWS NCTC, Washington, D.C.
Two day short courses in DTS and sUAS. Workshop information and registration.

July 12-13, 2018 - Gleneden Beach, Oregon.
Two day workshop: Integrating Science Needs with Advanced Seafloor Sensor Engineering to Provide Early Warning of Geohazards: Visioning Workshop and Roadmap for the Future. Workshop information and registration. AGENDA now available HERE

December 9-10, 2017 - Stennis Space Center, Mississippi (near New Orleans, before the AGU Fall Meeting).
The Cutting Edge of Temperature: Distributed Temerature Measurement in Earth Sciences. Workshop announcement, flier and registration.

October 18-21, 2017 - Reno, Nevada.
The First UAS Hands-on Open Format Training Session. Workshop announcement, schedule and registration.

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

DTS Instructional Videos

CTEMPs produced 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.

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

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


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


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


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

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 DTS and Power Boxes


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 E2000 DTS Connectors!!!


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


Videos from other sources:

How to coil cables - Basic TV industry skills


Figure 8 in hand cable coiling

Cleaning E2000 Connectors conv


Cleaning E2000 connectors

How to Clean Fusion Splicer V-Groove with AFL Splicer V-Groove Cleaning Kit


Cleaning a v-groove splicer - AFL

Fiber Optic Splicing: V-Groove Cleaning


Cleaning a v-groove splicer - FIS University

The COYOTE® LCC (Low Count Closure) Feature Focus Video


Using Coyote splice enclosures



Using Gator splice enclosures

Fiber Optic Splicing Guide & Demo


Fiber Optic Splicing Guide & Demo - UTEL

Single fiber preparation for use in the 70S fusion splicer


Single fiber preparation for fusion splicing - AFL

DTS 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. The User Guide outlines 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. Files not matching expected formats may cause processing errors. The 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 recommendations are welcome.

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

Download the toolbox


Python DTS Toolbox

Bas des Tombe, Bart Schilperoort, and Mark Bakker from Delft University of Technology have developed a Python based toolbox for calibrating DTS. 

Access the toolbox on Github.

Detailed description of the calibration procedure:

des Tombe, B., Schilperoort, B. and Bakker, M., 2020. Estimation of Temperature and Associated Uncertainty from Fiber-Optic Raman-Spectrum Distributed Temperature SensingSensors, 20(8), p.2235.