You can find a variety of videos on our YouTube page, which are helpfully organized into the playlists listed below. Additionally, we have a collection of animated GIFs illustrating geodetic concepts and processes for use in presentations or other materials!

These materials are made freely available under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. Please credit UNAVCO.

Videos available on YouTube


The Animations playlist provides short animated videos that explain how instrumentation like GPS and Lidar operate and are used in Earth science. The videos capture the many applications of GPS, Lidar, and InSAR, such as monitoring volcanoes, measuring plate tectonics, and investigating drought.

Hands-On Demonstrations

The Hands-On Demonstrations playlist shows various experiential activities that depict physical geoscience phenomena, like isostasy, plate convergence, and tsunami warning signs.


The Education video playlist includes short videos that provide a broad overview of geodesy, as well as as clips that explain how to use the GPS Velocity Viewer and example applications.

UNAVCO Services

The UNAVCO Services playlist covers different methodologies that are used by UNAVCO, like Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Terrestrial Laser Scanning.

UNAVCO Data Tools

The UNAVCO Data Tools playlist introduces the open access Geodetic, GPS, Synthetic Aperture Radar, Terrestrial Laser Scanning, Borehole, and Tropospheric data available through UNAVCO, as well as UNAVCO’s web services.


The Field playlist is filled with short videos showing various services that UNAVCO has completed in the field, including visits to GPS stations in Alaska, Nepal, and California.

UNAVCO History

The UNAVCO History playlist contains videos that inform viewers about UNAVCO’s creation and evolution, as well as interviews with staff members.

UNAVCO Community

The UNAVCO Community playlist has short videos that broadly describe UNAVCO and its impacts, as well as what it means to be a geodesist.

Data Visualizations

The Data Visualizations playlist shows the application of data collected by UNAVCO during events like earthquakes and droughts through graphing and mapping.

Geoscience Career Spotlights

The Geoscience Career Spotlights playlist shines a light on individuals who work in different professions within geoscience, ranging from polar field engineers and planetary scientists to middle school science teachers and science writers.

Geoscience Student Spotlights

The Geoscience Student Spotlights playlist interviews various students within geoscience.

Internships at UNAVCO

The Internships at UNAVCO playlist provides broad overviews of the Geo-Launchpad, RESESS, and USIP intern programs, in addition to highlighting the work that previous interns have completed.

RESESS Colloquium Talks

The Internships playlist category contains playlists for the presentations that RESESS interns gave at the end of their programs. Within this category, there are playlists for 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2011 RESESS Colloquium Talks.

USIP Colloquium Talks

The Internships playlist category contains playlists for the presentations that USIP interns gave at the conclusion of their programs. Within this category, there are playlists for 2019 and 2018 USIP Colloquium Talks.

GAGE Short Courses

The GAGE Short Courses playlist category contains playlists for the recordings of UNAVCO short courses, including Generic Mapping Tools for Geodesy, ARIA Standard Products, and InSAR Theory and Processing.


The Presentation playlist category contains playlists for the recordings of various presentations, including Ignite Sessions, Plenary Sessions, and UNAVCO Science Seminars.

Animated GIFs

Earth's surface moving as water floods and evaporates, and as snow precipitates and melts.
GPS can monitor millimeter-scale movements of Earth’s surface associated with droughts! When water is present at or below the surface, the weight pushes the ground downwards. But when this water disappears, the surface begins to rebound. Mountain ranges like Sierra Nevada change by several millimeters per year.
Satellite emitting and receiving signal, creating a map of glacier speeds, depths, and extent. Images of glaciers changing in size.
LiDAR is a remote sensing technique that uses a pulsed laser to measure distances between the laser source and the Earth’s surface. By isolating specific data points, we can create precise 3D models that can detect changes in glacier speeds, depth, & extent.