Engaging posters visually explain GPS, InSAR, and other areas of geodesy. These are great for use in classrooms or presentations.
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What GPS Can Tell Us About Earth
GPS is helpful for more than just navigation. Explore how scientists can use GPS to measure plate tectonics, earthquakes, snow depth, sea level, and more with this posters. Created by Beth Bartel and Daniel Zietlow with assistance from Gene Malowany. Print as a 22″ x 22.5″ poster.
Geodesy provides multiple tools that can detect changes in water resources. Learn how GPS data, satellite gravity instruments, and InSAR can track groundwater change, using the example of California. This poster was created by Scott Johnson with assistance from Gene Malowany. Spanish translation by Marina La Grave. Print size is 22″ x 25.5″.
Learn about InSAR, a remote sensing geodetic technique for measuring topography and deformation. InSAR can measure cm-level changes in the landscape from earthquakes, volcano deformation, groundwater withdrawl, and more. This poster was created by Sarah Moore, 2016 USIP Intern, with assistance from Shelley Olds, Scott Baker, and Gene Malowany. Designed as a three-paneled wall mounted poster. The center panel is 4′ x 4′ and the side panels are 2′ x 4′.
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Reading Interferograms and other InSAR Basics
How do you read an InSAR interferogram and how do we use them to study our Earth? Learn more with this poster suitable for introductory and upper-level geoscience classrooms. This poster was developed by Daniel Zietlow and Beth Bartel from a poster created by Sarah Moore, Shelley Olds, Scott Baker, and Gene Malowany, with input from Beth Pratt-Sitaula. Special thanks to Gareth Funning for review and contributions. Latest version April 2019. Print as a 22.5″ x 26″ poster.
What is Geodesy?
What is geodesy? How does geodesy work? What can we do with geodesy? Explore these questions and more with this introductory poster. This poster was created by Christopher Chase Edmunds, 2017 USIP Intern. Print as a 15″ x 21.5″ poster. Spanish translation contributed by Franco Sebastian Sobrero, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina. French and German translations courtesy of Swisstopo.
Geodetic instruments measure the changing shape of our Earth underground, at the surface, in the air, and from space. Learn more about GPS, InSAR, lidar, gravity, borehole instrumentation, and photogrammetry with this poster created by Ellie Ellis, 2017 USIP Intern.
Tectonic Motion Maps
These maps display velocities of Global Positioning System (GPS) stations around the world on posters that are ideal for classrooms or labs. These velocities show how the surface of the Earth is changing over time as a result of plate tectonics.
“I want to be a geoscientist” flyer
This page-sized flyer features four alumni of the RESESS internship program. English on one side, Spanish on the other.
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Measuring the Earth: The Science of Geodesy
What is geodesy, and how does this science serve society? This series, based on content from the 2018 UNAVCO calendar, explores these questions by highlighting geodesy’s many applications. Created by Daniel Zietlow with assistance from Beth Bartel.
Our dynamic planet’s active processes yield the beauty of mountains as well as the dangers of earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides and more. This series, based on content from the 2019 UNAVCO-IRIS calendar, highlights the ongoing contributions of geodesy and seismology to understanding Earth hazards. Created by Daniel Zietlow, Kelsey Russo-Nixon, and Beth Bartel.
Seeing our Earth 2020
There is much to see on our amazing planet, inside and out, and our eyes can only take in so much. This series, based on content from the 2020 GAGE-SAGE calendar produced by UNAVCO and IRIS, explores how geophysical technologies extend our vision. Created by Kelsey Russo-Nixon with assistance from Beth Bartel.