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2013 Short Courses Archive

In response to community requests and interest, UNAVCO provides an annual series of short courses focussed on UNAVCO tools and data streams. These courses are for current researchers who want to refresh their skills or explore the use of new tools, and for early career scientists such as post doctoral fellows, graduate students, and upper level undergraduates who want to learn the latest geodetic techniques.

Short Course Materials

Course Materials from previous short courses.


Faculty Development

    Integrating GPS, LiDAR, InSAR, and Other Geodesy Data into Undergraduate Courses

    (GSA course 526)
    Saturday, October 26, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m..
    Limit: 30. CEU: 0.4.
    Cosponsor: UNAVCO
    Instructors: Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO; Vince Cronin, Baylor University; Gareth Funning, University of California at Riverside

    Despite its growing importance to research in societally critical fields such as hazard mitigation and climate change, geodetic techniques and data are seldom found in undergraduate geoscience courses. In this UNAVCO-sponsored short course participants will learn about a suite of activities, relevant to both major’s (structures, geophysics, tectonics, geomorphology, volcanology, and more) and introductory courses, that feature geodetic data investigations. A primary focus will be use of GPS data to understand regional strain and earthquake hazards but resources for teaching with airborne and terrestrial LiDAR and InSAR will also be included. Presenters include material authors and instructors as well as technical experts.

Finite Element Modeling




Teacher (Grades 6 - 12), Park Ranger & Museum Interpreter Development Courses:

    EarthScope Southeastern Regional Workshop for Interpretive Professionals @ College of Charleston, South Carolina,
    January 14 – 16, 2013

    The southern Appalachian Mountain belt, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain are the legacy of a billion-year history of plate-tectonic and surficial processes, including one of the greatest mountain-building events in the geologic history of North America. Plate tectonics are also responsible for great earthquakes in the past such as the 1886 Charleston earthquake. This area has many beautiful national and local parks and museums that draw on the rich natural landscapes of the region. The Central Virginia earthquake in 2011 serves as a reminder that the eastern margin of North America is still geologically dynamic, and brought renewed attention to the scientific and societal implications of geological research in the eastern United States.

    Sponsored by: The EarthScope National Office (ESNO) at Arizona State University. EarthScope is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The host for the Southeastern Regional Workshop is the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences at the College of Charleston.

    Learn more about this workshop on EarthScope's website.

    Teacher workshop materials and sessions | 2013 National Science Teacher Association Annual Conference

    April 11–14, 2013 San Antonio, TX
    Workshop Materials and Sessions

    Cascadia Earthscope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program (CEETEP) Workshop series

    Newport, OR Workshop
    Hatfield Marine Science Center
    Newport, OR
    August 12-15, 2013
    Detailed agenda

    Astoria, OR Workshop
    Clatsop Community College
    October 11-14, 2013
    Detailed agenda

    (More information about CEETEP)

    Through a grant from the EarthScope Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF), CEETEP offers four-day workshops to foster community engagement of earthquake science and preparedness, and to encourage collaboration and exchange between formal and informal coastal educators and includes Pacific Northwest tectonics, earthquake and tsunami hazards, and community preparedness.

    Each workshop will include K-12 teachers, park and museum interpreters, and emergency management educators from coastal areas. Through a problem-solving approach to subduction zone geology, participants will learn how: 1) geoscientists developed our current understanding of Pacific Northwest plate tectonics, earthquakes, and tsunamis; 2) EarthScope is advancing knowledge about the active Earth in Washington, Oregon, and California; and 3) collaboration on education, interpretation, and preparedness makes coastal communities more resilient to earthquake and tsunami hazards. Three days of classroom and interpretive activities on Pacific Northwest geology and EarthScope science will be complemented by a field day investigating Cascadia earthquakes and tsunamis, and visits to seismic and GPS installations.

    Relevant workshop resources with geodetic content:

    GSA Teacher Short Course: Yellowstone National Park as a Hotbed for Inquiry—For Teachers

    (GSA course 520B)
    Saturday, October 26, 8 a.m.–noon.
    US$20 for one course—or get two-for-one!—US$20 for combined courses (add 520C or 520D)
    Limit: 30. CEU: 0.4.
    Cosponsor: The Geological Society of America Teacher Advocate Program
    Instructors: Nancy West, Quarter Dome Consulting; Shelley Olds, UNAVCO

    This course for teachers focuses on data-rich classroom-ready lessons and activities exploring Yellowstone’s dynamic landscape. Middle and high school teachers will investigate the region’s eruption history, hydrothermal activity, seismicity, and land deformation using GPS, LiDAR, and INSAR. While the module focuses on Yellowstone, the park’s deformation leads to examining more general tectonic activity, natural hazards, and crustal deformation and strain throughout tectonically active areas of the West. Pedagogy will include hands-on models, demonstrations, analyzing data, and discussion of how to use these materials in teaching. All of the activities and data in this UNAVCO-sponsored workshop are free to the public.

    Module Materials


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