On the Cutting Edge - Professional Development for Geoscience Faculty
Teaching Quantitative Skills in a Geoscience Context
Carleton College, Northfield, MN -- July 2002
Quantitative Skills > Community > Workshop 2002 > July 25th Afternoon Poster Session Notes

7/25 PM Presentations—Posters

Geologic Hyperspectral Remote Sensing

Shapiro, Ford, Capehart Linear algebra, radiation transfer, image processing, programming

True Dip vs. Apparent Dip

Running speed of dinosaurs

Topographic maps / level curves

GW flow—Darcy's law and empirical

Map projections

Diagrams on poster

Stress-Strain Relationships: Structural Geology


Intro Level:

Upper Level:

Erosion and Deposition rates: e.g. Colorado River/Grand Canyon, Lake Mead/Hoover Dam

Size of Tectonic Plates through time as a function of plate boundary processes

Geologic time scale and other scaling issues

Climate Change

Predicting 'catastrophic' events: e.g. floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions

Physical Geology:



Periodicity in Geologic phenomena

Ideas for Quantitative Geoscience Applications

Slope stability
Vectors and gradients
Radioactive decay
Exponential functions (DE)
Density of crust, mantle, core
Volume of sphere
Groundwater flow net
Gradients 3D
Gravity anomalies
Manipulating equations, inverse square law
Basin subsidence
Lines; smoothing piecewise function
Porosity of RX
Ratios; regression
Groundwater containment
Contours and level curves

  1. Estimating the amount of shadow an addition to a house would add to a neighbor's lawn
  2. Analyzing flood information related to time and discharge
  3. Analyzing sediment size based on water velocity
  4. Predicting flood crests based on rainfall and characteristics of water basins
  5. Estimating erosion from sediment removed based on area covered and frequency of storms
  6. Predicting what will happen to an ice shelf by looking at the temperature gradient vertically through the shelf.
  7. Predicting how high people will bounce on a trampoline on different plants