Initial Publication Date: February 10, 2010


EarthScope is a community of scientists conducting multidisciplinary research across the Earth sciences utilizing the freely accessible data collected and maintained by EarthScope facilities. EarthScope is also an in-depth collaboration between scientists and educators bringing the excitement of cutting-edge Earth science research into classrooms, museums and parks. Below, you will find links into various parts of the EarthScope site where you can find information, data, and materials that can help you create teaching activities related to the Deep Earth.


The EarthScope Data Portal provides a means for students, researchers and others interested in scientific data to simultaneously explore EarthScope's various instrument networks, as well as seamlessly download data from multiple stations and instrument types. Their Data Access page also has links to other ways of obtaining EarthScope data.

Research and Products

Users can access EarthScope Research via the website. Collections include Data, Maps, Funded Projects, Scientific Publications and more. There are also collections of different products:

  • EarthScope Science Products: Data Products, Complimentary Data, Active Field Programs
  • LiDAR imagery based on EarthScope data are available for use in Google Earth via the OpenTopo website.

Education and Outreach ENO Webpage

  • EarthScope Visualizations: Visualizations of EarthScope instrument deployment, observations, and science results developed by scientist and educators.
  • EarthScope Voyager Jr.: Special edition of the Jules Vern Voyager Jr. tool developed to highlight EarthScope science for educational audiences

EarthScope in the Northern Rockies
Interdisciplinary workshop dedicated to the identification of links between the surface geology of North America and the forces at work in Earth's interior. Included an overview of the EarthScope facilities in Montana, identification of research and educational opportunities related to the EarthScope project, and two field trips. The workshop website features posters and presentations by participants on EarthScope science and incorporating it into geoscience education.

Teaching Activities

Analyzing Plate Motion Using EarthScope GPS Data
DATA: EarthScope GPS Data. TOOLS: Spreadsheet, Google Maps. SUMMARY: Learn how GPS monuments make precise measurements of Earth's surface. Graph motion data and map velocity vectors to explore tectonic motion and surface deformation in the Pacific Northwest.

Where is that chunk of crust going?
introduce students to GPS, frames of reference, and the permanent GPS stations in the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) in class, and obtain near-real-time data for two stations from UNAVCO.