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@ AGU - Using GPS data in undergraduate courses: from tectonic motions to water resources and climate change issues

Course Overview

Dates: Sunday December 10, 2017 (day before annual AGU meeting starts)
Location: American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA ; Hilton Riverside, Third Floor, Canal Rm
Times: Course will be 8 am-5 pm on Sunday December 10 (lunch included)
GPS crustal mostion vectors in western USA; near-empty reservoir during California drought; GPS station in Greenland; earthquake damaged school in Nepal

Want to incorporate the latest uses of GPS data in your instruction? This short course will give you the resources and knowledge to hit the ground running this spring.

Using GPS data in undergraduate courses can be challenging, as few prepared resources are available and many instructors are unfamiliar with the wider range of applications. This short course gives instructors hands-on experience with curricular modules that feature GPS/GNSS data and other geodetic time series applied to water resources and climate change topics, as well as the more known use of measuring tectonic motions. Modules engage students in societal applications of geoscience while challenging them to develop quantitative skills relevant to scientific data analysis. Different modules are appropriate for a range of courses including: structural geology, geophysics, hydrogeology, geodesy, and introductory classes such as physical geology and earth system science. The short course also provides structured time for discussion and planning implementation into undergraduate courses.

Participants who complete the entire short course will receive stipend of $300 to defray travel costs. An additional $100 is potentially available for instructors who use the materials in subsequent courses and give feedback.

Modules can be found at

Co-sponsored by GEodetic Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI), AGU, UNAVCO, and NAGT (National Association of Geoscience Teachers). Questions contact Beth Pratt-Sitaula (

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
  • Vince Cronin, Baylor University, Vince_Cronin
  • Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO, prattsitaula
  • Becca Walker, Mt San Antonio College, walkerbecca


Please contact Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO

Photo credits from top to bottom: UNAVCO Velocity Viewer, California Department of Water Resources, Michael Bevis, Bhairab Sitaula.


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