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GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues - GETSI

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Over the last two decades, technical advances in geodesy have revolutionized our understanding of Earth processes and produced discoveries of major societal impact related to climate change, water resource management, and mitigation of natural hazards. Teaching resources have simply not kept pace with advances in geodesy, both for introductory and majors-level undergraduate courses in both the classroom and field. GETSI is one component of redressing this gap and is developing curricular resources with which to educate future citizens and future geoscience professionals on the power and breadth of geodetic methods to address critical topics. In addition, GETSI is providing a range of professional development opportunities for instructors to facilitate implementation of the teaching modules.

GETSI had been funded by the National Science Foundation's Education and Human Resources Directorate through a series of collaborative grants:

  • Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (DUE-1245025) - UNAVCO, Mt San Antonio College, and Indiana University. (July 2013-June 2018)
  • Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Exploratory level (DUE-1612248) - UNAVCO, Idaho State University, and Indiana University. (June 2016-May 2019)
  • Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Level 1 (DUE-1725347) - UNAVCO, Mt San Antonio College, and Indiana University. (August 2017-July 2021)
  • Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Level 1 (DUE-1914915) - UNAVCO, Idaho State University, and Indiana University. (September 2019-August 2022)


The goals of the GETSI project include:

  • develop teaching modules and resources that feature geodetic data (e.g. GPS, LiDAR, InSAR, sea level altimetry, and gravity products) applied to critical issues such as hazards, climate change, and water resources
  • facilitate better integration of geodetic methods into undergraduate courses - both in the classroom and in the field
  • provide resources for both introductory and majors levels
  • provide opportunities to integrate critical thinking and quantitative reasoning into teaching
  • offer professional development for university faculty necessary to support implementation

Please visit the GETSI homepage at SERC for more information.


Last modified: 2020-01-02  19:02:55  America/Denver