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Geological Applications of GPS Geodesy

Guoquan Wang
,
guoquan.wang@upr.edu

University of Puerto Rico
a
Public four-year institution, primarily undergraduate
.

Summary

This course provides an overview of the major space geodetic techniques and focuses on the theory and practice of the Global Positioning System (GPS). The course also provides hands-on experience using GPS data to address scientific problems in the Geosciences. The labs provide hands-on experience in data processing techniques, including programming a simple GPS data processing software, Topcon Tools. Students as a team will work on a landslide GPS monitoring project. Knowledge of Matlab/Fortran and Unix/Linux is not pre-required but will help.


Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology, Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience
Resource Type: Course Information
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Geophysics, Structural Geology, Geodesy
Course Type: Upper Level:Structural Geology/Tectonics, Entry Level:Earth Science
Course Size:
15-30

Course Context:

This is an elective course for geology majors, no pre-requirement. The course is designed to introduce Global Positioning System (GPS) as a modern tool in geosciences and to use GPS in real-world research and engineering applications.

Course Goals:

The main goals are to:
  • implement understanding of the principles of GPS geodesy,
  • address scientific problems in the earth sciences with GPS, and
  • to practice and enhance knowledge in computer science.


How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Most students can independently do a GPS surverying (data collecting and processing) after finishing this class.

Skills Goals

  • to address data and information literacy;
  • to enhance critical thinking;
  • to build teamwork;
  • to improve student writing.


How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Improved writing, critical thinking, and cooperating in a team.

Attitudinal Goals

  • Increasing student excitement/personal wonder about learning about the Earth and new technologies.


How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Students tend to love more about earth sciences because of implementing new and advanced technology.

Assessment

Students are assessed through homework assignments.

Syllabus:

GPS Geodesy Course syllabus (Microsoft Word 50kB Mar7 10)

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