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2014 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.

2014 Short Courses

Faculty Development


    Introduction to GPS Geodesy and High Precision Observations
    July 14-18, 2014.
    Institute and Observatory of Geophysics at Antananarivo (IOGA), University of Antananarivo, Madagascar
    Course will begin at 9:00am on 14 July and end at 4:00pm on 18 July, 2014
    Contact D. Sarah Stamps for any additional questions at





    Working with Strainmeter Data
    March 3, 2014 from 8:00am - 5:00pm.
    Optional data viewing on Friday, March 7 from 8am - 12pm.
    Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield, Colorado. This short course is being held in conjunction with the UNAVCO Science Workshop.
    Short Course Materials

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

    Using Data in Earth Science, Teacher Professional Development Workshop

    February 18, 2014
    Prairie Middle School, Cherry Creek School District, Aurora, Colorado

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

    CEETEP Year 1 Share-a-thon
    Newport, OR
    March 8, 2014

    Aberdeen, WA Workshop
    Aberdeen Museum of History
    August 11-14, 2014
    Detailed agenda

    Forks, WA Workshop
    Olympic Natural Resources Center
    October 10-13, 2014

    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:

    UNAVCO events @ National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) National Conference

    Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) Boston, MA

    • Geology Share-a-Thon 9:30 am, , Friday, April 4th, BCEC, 052A/B.
    • Earth System Science Share-a-Thon, 12:30 pm, Friday, April 4th, BCEC, 052A/B
    • Workshop: EarthScope: A Hubble Space Telescope for Earth's Interior That's in Your Neighborhood!
      Saturday, April 5, 3:30–4:30 PM, BCEC, 261
    • Workshop: Yellowstone’s Dynamic Landscape as a Jigsaw Investigation
        Sunday, April 6, 2014, 8:00-9:00 AM,
        Room 104C, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA
        Discover volcanism through this Problem-Based Learning activity using data and Google Earth. Explore Yellowstone’s fascinating landscape through video, demonstrations, and seismic, hydrothermal, and GPS data.

    EarthScope Alaska-Yukon Regional Workshop for Interpretor Professionals

    USGS Alaska Science Center
    Anchorage, AK
    April 28-30 2014

    This three-day workshop features presentations by prominent geoscientists and interpretive professionals to help convey the story of the magnificent landscapes, geology, and natural hazards of the Alaska-Yukon region. Participants will learn how to use basic geology, EarthScope data, and scientific results. Participants will develop and present interpretive programs and exhibits during the workshop. The Alaska Science Center, USGS, in Anchorage is the host for this workshop sponsored by EarthScope and the the National Science Foundation.

    More information about the workshop at EarthScope’s website
    Workshop Resources

    Teacher Professional Development Workshop: Incorporating GPS, seismology, and EarthScope Data into Earth Science Courses

    Sponsor: Seismological Society of America
    USGS Alaska Science Center
    Anchorage, AK
    Saturday May 3, 2014 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

    UNAVCO contributed resources

    Mid-Continent Rift System Educator Program 


    Michigan Technological University
    Houghton, Michigan
    August 10-15, 2014
    Workshop information

    This workshop will show how geophysics is used to map the rift so that educators can better use the Midcontinent Rift System in teaching about the geologic history of the midcontinent and about plate tectonics in general. The workshop will be held in Houghton, Michigan, in the beautiful upper peninsula where rift geology is visible at the surface for comparison with the geophysical data. In addition to examining outcrops from both land and Lake Superior, participants will learn to use seismology, microgravity, and electromagnetics to explore the Earth and teach about plate tectonics.

    Join us to...
    - Create community based informal + formal educator “partnerships”
    - Experience inquiry-based science as you observe geologic history of the Midcontinent Rift System while touring the Keweenaw Peninsula by both land and water.
    - Engage in activities while collecting geophysical data within the Keweenaw Peninsula and the Midcontinent Rift System.
    - Become empowered to teach about plate-tectonics in your backyard.

    Agenda and workshop information

    Related workshop resources:

    Science Communication Workshop: Hone Your Skills

    GSA Short Course #528 (Sign up on your registration form)
    Sat., 18 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon.
    Hyatt Regency Vancouver
    Professionals: US$35; students US$25. Includes continental breakfast.
    Instructors: Christa Stratton, Justin Samuel, and Kasey White of The Geological Society of America, and Beth Bartel of UNAVCO.
    CEU: 0.4; Limit: 30.

    Scientist-communicators who can present messages clearly and foster respect between science and the lay public are essential for true public engagement with critical scientific issue, but traditional scientific training typically does not prepare scientists to be effective communicators. This workshop will give you guidance on how to hone your public communication and outreach skills as well as the opportunity to practice in a safe and comfortable setting.

      You’ll Learn:
    • How to create clear and concise messages that are targeted to your audience;
    • How to stay on-message during a media interview;
    • Best practices in social media communications;
    • How to identify opportunities for interacting with the lay public in your community; and
    • How to approach policy makers on scientific issues.

    Course Materials

    The Crunching of Cascadia: Discovering Deformation with Data

    GSA Short Course 518B. (Sign up on your registration form)
    Sat., 18 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon
    Harbour Centre, Boardroom 2260
    US$35 for one course — or get two-for-one! — pay the same amount when combined with an afternoon course (add 518D, 518E, or 518F)
    Instructors: Shelley Olds, UNAVCO; Nancy West, Quarter Dome Consulting; Vince Cronin, Baylor Univ.
    Cosponsors: UNAVCO
    CEU: 0.4 | Max. class size: 30

    This course provides the resources to teach about convergent plate margins with GPS data. Subduction of the Juan de Fuca plate is distorting the western margin of the Pacific Northwest with strain building toward another great earthquake. More than 40 have occurred over the last 10,000 years. Participants will explore Cascadian deformation and strain intuitively with models, qualitatively with vectors from GPS time series data, and quantitatively in a graphical analysis. Middle and high school teachers will experience activities within UNAVCO’S investigation, “The Crunching of Crust: Deformation, Distortion, and Destruction.” Seismic data, LiDAR, and seismic tomography will also be included.

    Module Materials

    Yellowstone National Park as a Hotbed for Inquiry

    GSA Short Course 518E. (Sign up on your registration form)
    Sat., 18 Oct., 1–5 p.m.
    Harbour Centre, Boardroom 2260
    US$35 for one course — or get two-for-one! — pay the same amount when combined with a morning course (add 518A, 518B, or 518C)
    Instructors: Shelley Olds, UNAVCO; Nancy West, Quarter Dome Consulting; Vince Cronin, Baylor Univ.
    Cosponsor: UNAVCO

    CEU: 0.4 | Max. class size: 30

    Course Description
    This course will provide teachers with lessons and activities regarding Yellowstone’s dynamic landscape. Middle- and high-school teachers will experience UNAVCO’S data-rich investigation, “Taking the Pulse of Yellowstone’s ‘Breathing’ Volcano: Problem-Based Learning in America’s First National Park.” Data includes the region’s eruption history, hydrothermal activity, seismicity, GPS, LiDAR, INSAR, and seismic tomography. The module focuses on Yellowstone; however, the park’s deformation connects to investigating tectonic activity, natural hazards, crustal deformation and strain throughout the West. Instruction will include models, demonstrations, analyzing data, and discussing how to use these materials in teaching. All course materials are free to the public.

    Module Materials

    Yellowstone National Park as a Hotbed for Inquiry

    Teacher professional development session at Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshops
    December 15 - 16, 2014
    7:30 AM – 4:00 PM each day
    Franciscan Ballroom
    Westin Hotel
    Market St.
    San Francisco, CA
    Presenters: Shelley Olds, Dave Mencin (UNAVCO)
    Learn with AGU video: UNAVCO Lecture & Activity Presentation
    Module Materials
    GIFT Agenda [pdf]
    About the GIFT


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