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Course Overview - Hooking undergraduates into geophysics data and methods (GPS, Lidar, InSAR, SfM photogrammetry) through societally important issues

Course Overview

Date: Sunday December 11, 2016
Times: 8 am-5 pm (lunch included)
Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis - Salon 7
In association with: American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Indiana University Geologic Field Station students operate a terrestrial laser scanner (TLS)

Despite its growing importance in societally critical fields such as hazard mitigation and climate change, geodetic techniques and data are seldom found in undergraduate courses – even for majors. This short course gives instructors hands-on experience with curricular modules that feature LiDAR, InSAR, GPS, and structure from motion (SfM) photogrammetry data and methods for both classroom and field courses. It also provides structured time for discussion and planning potential implementation into courses. Modules are firmly grounded in societal important reasons for learning geoscience and include relevant quantitative skill development. Topics are particularly appropriate for structural geology, geophysics, tectonics, field methods, and geomorphology courses. All module also include quantitative skill development.

Participants who complete the entire short course will receive stipend of $300. An additional $100 is potentially available for instructors who use the materials in subsequent courses and give feedback. Open to instructors and graduate students. Priority given to people who are actively involved in teaching.

Modules can be found at

Co-sponsored by UNAVCO, University of Houston, AGU, GEodetic Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI), and NAGT (National Association of Geoscience Teachers).

Attendance by application only. Short course is full and application portal is closed

Short Course Goals:

Participants will:

  • Be able to access online teaching resources presented in the short course
  • Practice using a cross section of available resources
  • Analyze which resources will be most appropriate for the courses they teach
  • Construct implementation plans for adopting and/or adopting relevant teaching resources


  • Bruce Douglas, Indiana University, douglasb
  • Gareth Funning, University of California Riverside, gareth
  • Guoquan Wang, University of Houston, gwang
  • Vince Cronin, Baylor University, Vince_Cronin
  • Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO, prattsitaula
  • Chris Crosby, UNAVCO, crosby


Please contact Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO

Photo credits from top to bottom: Bhairab Sitaula, Nathan Niemi, NASA JPL, UNAVCO Velocity Viewer.


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