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PIRE- The Dynamics of Intraplate and Other Earthquakes Summer Workshop for Teachers

Dynamics of Intra-plate Earthquake Project - Columbia, Missouri
July 12-20, 2011 & July 11 - 13, 2012
University of Missouri, Columbus, OH

Sponsored by: National Science Foundation/International Science and Engineering Division, University of Missouri, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), UNAVCO

2011 Agenda and IRIS workshop materials

2012 Agenda and IRIS workshop materials

Student conceptions about earthquakes
[Reference List gathered from 30 years of research, courtesy: Lloyd Barrow, U. Missouri]

UNAVCO workshop content

[Presentations and workshsheets]

    Exploring Earthquake, Volcano, and Plate Motion Relationships Using EarthScope Voyager Jr.
    Outcome: Describe how the locations of earthquakes, volcanoes, and GPS velocity vectors provide evidence for plate tectonics

    Introduction to reading GPS time plots and how GPS works
    Outcome: Teachers will be able use a simple model of a GPS monument to visualize plate motion and calculate plate velocity vectors to determine regional plate motion.

    Investigating plate motions and deformations in California using GPS times series data
    Outcome: Teachers will calculate plate velocity vectors to determine plate motions and describe plate rebound after an earthquake.

    Episodic Tremor and Slip in the Pacific Northwest: When is the next big earthquake? (also known as: The Case of the Mysterious Earthquakes)
    Outcome: Teachers will analyze GPS & seismic data to study plate motion and crustal deformation of the Pacific Northwest.

Associated resources

    Pacific Northwest Seismi Network: Interactive Tremor Map
    Outcome:This interactive map can be used to explore tremor activity of the Pacific Northwest, from Vancouver Island, Canada to northern California.

    UNAVCO GPS Velocity Viewer
    Outcome:This interactive map displays the motions of Earth's crust as GPS geodesy station velocities overlaid on maps of the Earth. Additional data can be displayed such as tectonic plates, active faults, earthquake locations, and volcanoes..

Course information

A professional development opportunity for high school and community-college science teachers from states around the New Madrid Seismic Zone (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee). Selected teachers will participate in an intensive one-week workshop at MU that focuses on earthquakes and intraplate crustal deformation, especially the New Madrid and North China seismic zones. Participants will explore the history, topography, and fault movement associated with these fault zones through lectures, laboratory activities, field trips, and computer simulations. During the training participants will co-develop and adapt curriculum for earthquake science. The workshops and field trips will be run jointly with staff from IRIS, UNAVCO, and USGS.

This is part of the US-China Partnership in Research and Education of Intraplate Earthquakes (PIRE) Project.

This project will provide travel support and stipends for selected participants, who will also receive three semester hours of tuition-free graduate credit from the University of Missouri. Two of the lucky participating teachers will receive a scholarship that pays the full expense for traveling to China to work with project staff and Chinese Scientists in the field.


Lloyd Barrow - BarrowL at
Michael Hubenthal, IRIS Consortium (hubenth at
Shelley Olds - UNAVCO (olds at


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