Visualizing Seismic Waves for Teaching and Research
The seismic waves in this animation were computed using a grid of more than 100,000 synthetic seismograms computed across a grid of mantle locations for a 600-km-deep earthquake. A suite of animations were computed for educational purposes and are available at http://epsc.wustl.edu/~saadia/page2.html Details A hybrid online/face-to-face workshop running February through April, 2011, with a follow-up meeting at the Fall, 2011, AGU meeting
Registration for this workshop is closed.
Please join us for this hybrid workshop to help develop a comprehensive collection of visualizations and lessons involving seismic waves that can be used throughout the geoscience curriculum, from introductory courses through upper division courses for undergraduate and graduate students.
During the winter of 2011, a virtual workshop was held in 6 two-hour sessions (Wednesdays, 12-2 Central Time) to help the seismology community identify, develop, and organize a comprehensive collection of visualizations (graphics, animations, Java applets, simulations, lab exercises) that facilitate learning about seismic waves, their properties, the information they convey, and how they are used for a wide variety of applications.
Workshop participants then had the opportunity to meet as a group at the 2011 AGU Fall Meeting (December 5-9, 2011) to showcase their workshop products. There was a half-day workshop prior to the meeting and a poster session during which participants shared how well their new materials worked in the classroom.
The traditional way of showing seismic wave propagation, by geometrically tracing waves through the earth. This method has the advantage of directly showing the paths of individual parts of the wave front, but the disadvantage of not showing the amplitudes or what the wave would actually look like at any given time. DetailsRelated Resources for Teaching about the Deep Earth
During the Cutting Edge "Teaching about the Deep Earth" workshop, held online during the spring of 2010, several activities, graphics, and links were identified and created that may provide a helpful reference for the current workshop on visualizing seismic waves:
- Teaching Activities - Activities for homework, class, and lab submitted by college faculty from across the country
- Visualization Collections - Graphics, animations, videos and more for use in teaching Deep Earth concepts
- Topical Resources: Links to sites, teaching activities, and references related to specific Deep Earth topics. Includes resources associated with presentations at the 2010 workshop.
- Internet Resources - Research results and teaching materials relevant to teaching about the Deep Earth
David Mogk, Montana State University
Michael Wysession, Washington University in St. Louis
This workshop is part of the On the Cutting Edge professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty, and is sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers with funding provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation - Division of Undergraduate Education.