UNAVCO creates and curates videos to promote Earth science learning, share UNAVCO services, and inspire the next generation of our workforce. Explore our full suite of videos on the UNAVCO YouTube channel.
This animation shows how high-precision GPS networks help us understand plate tectonic motions and earthquake hazards around the world, with a focus on the Western United States. [.mp4]
This animation shows how a GPS network throughout the Western United States, mainly composed of the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory operated by UNAVCO, measures regional water loss from drought. [.mp4]
This animation shows how GPS can help us measure changes in a glacier. [.mp4]
How does the land over a subduction zone move before, during, and after a great earthquake? Using GPS, we can watch the surface of the Earth deform in response to the drag of one tectonic plate going under another. This movement and deformation is visible data from EarthScope's Plate Boundary Observatory in the Cascadia region. [.mp4]
What makes for an effective earthquake early warning system? In this animation, we see why Japan's earthquake early warning system underestimated the magnitude of the March 11, 2011 Tōhoku event, leading to underestimates of the tsunami. The animation illustrates how by using GPS data, we could more effectively detect and describe a similar great earthquake along the Cascadia subduction zone. [.mp4]
The Geoscience Career Spotlight series highlights the variety of careers available to geoscience majors in addition to academia. These videos are produced by UNAVCO interns and are designed to be short enough to show in an undergraduate classroom without changing existing lesson plans.
The Geoscience Student Spotlight series highlights undergraduate students currently pursuing a degree in a geoscience. What did these students do in high school? How did they get interested in geoscience? What do they like most about college? These videos are aimed at high school students from broad backgrounds, to inspire our next generation to consider studying geoscience in college.
Learn about what geodesy actually is, as well as geodesy's application in our everyday lives. UNAVCO's 2017 USIP geoscience video production interns Ellie and Christopher produced this video. [.mp4]
InSAR (interferometric synthetic-aperture radar) is a satellite radar technique useful for measuring changes in Earth's surface. In this animation, produced in collaboration with IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology), learn about how scientists use InSAR to study the Three Sisters volcano in central Oregon.
One use of airborne lidar is to measure land-surface elevations hidden by vegetation. It can also be used to track landscape evolution. Learn more with this animation produced in collaboration with IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology).
GPS is not only useful for navigation and telling us where we are, but GPS signals that bounce off the ground first can tell us about Earth's surface. Watch this animation produced in collaboration with IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) to see how vegetation and snow affect GPS data.
View presentations given at UNAVCO, including plenary and Ignite! sessions at Science Workshops, Science Seminars, and AGU@UNAVCO.
This animation explains how geodesy is the science of where things are, where they have been, and where they are going. It illustrates practical uses of geodesy for mapping, navigation, surveying, measuring movements of the Earth’s crust, and changes in the height and shape of ice sheets.shape of the Earth.
Every minute of every day, the face of Earth changes - sometimes right before our eyes. Go inside tectonic events, watching earthquakes rumble, volcanoes explode, and land transformed.
These animations show how GPS and seismic data are measuring plate motions and episodic tremor and slip. Quicktime
This animation discusses the tectonic setting of the Himalaya with specific focus on the April 25, 2015 Nepal earthquake. Be sure to look for the GPS data provided by UNAVCO! mp4
Learn how scientists measure atmospheric water vapor using GNSS. This video is also available on the GPS Spotlight website.
Learn how we can measure the composition of our ionosphere using GNSS. This video is also available on the GPS Spotlight website.
This video shows how scientists measure soil moisture using GNSS. This video is also available on the GPS Spotlight website.
This video shows the displacements due to the M9.0 and M7.9 earthquakes in Japan on March 11, 2011 as seen in GPS data. This video is also available on the GPS Spotlight website.
This animation shows the paleogeographic evolution of plate tectonics on our Earth from the present to 540 million years ago.
This animation shows the evolution of plate tectonics on our Earth from Pangea (240Ma) to Pangea Proxima (250 millions years into the future).
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