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Topographic differencing: Earthquake along the Wasatch fault part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
After a big earthquake happens people ask, 'Where did the earthquake occur? How big was it? What type of fault was activated?' We designed an undergraduate laboratory exercise in which students learn how ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Tectonic Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional
EarthScope: Geophysics Data: Geophysics Data:Lidar
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Unit 1: Introduction to Flooding part of Flood Hazards
Do geoscientists understand the meaning of floods and their role within the broader context of ecological and societal impacts? In this unit, students are introduced to the concept of flooding and the mechanisms ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
Collection Source: GETSI
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Unit 2: Examining the Distribution of Mass Wasting Events part of Planning for Failure: Landslide Analysis
What factors contribute to the distribution patterns of mass wasting events? In this unit, students will use a frequency-ratio method, one of the most common quantitative methods used in the statistical analysis of ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
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Unit 4: Analyze and Prescribe a Risk Assessment and Hazard Mitigation Plan part of Planning for Failure: Landslide Analysis
How can community stakeholders use the landslide susceptibility model to inform planning and infrastructure decisions? Students will create a landslide risk analysis report and assessment plan for a specific ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
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Unit 2: Global Sea-Level Response to Temperature Changes: Temperature and Altimetry Data part of Understanding Our Changing Climate
What is the contribution of seawater thermal expansion to recent sea-level rise? In this unit, students create time-series graphs of global averaged sea surface temperature anomaly (SSTA) data spanning 1880–2017 ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Sea Level Change, Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Collection Source: GETSI
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Unit 4: Measuring Ice Mass Changes: Vertical Bedrock GPS part of Understanding Our Changing Climate
This unit shows how GPS records of bedrock surface elevation may be used to monitor snow and ice loading/unloading on decadal and annual time scales. Students calculate secular trends in the GPS time series and ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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Unit 5: Societal Implications of Climate Change: Stakeholder Report part of Understanding Our Changing Climate
Sea-level rise due to the melting of glaciers and ice sheets and ocean thermal expansion has significant societal and economic consequences. In this final unit, students prepare a summary of the impacts of sea ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geophysics:Geodesy, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Global Change and Climate:Sea Level Change, Environmental Science, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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Unit 1: Climate Change and Sea Level: Who Are the Stakeholders? part of Understanding Our Changing Climate
How are rising sea levels already influencing different regions? This unit offers case study examples for a coastal developing country (Bangladesh), a major coastal urban area (southern California), and an island ...

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Global Change and Climate:Sea Level Change, Environmental Science, Global Change and Climate, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Sustainability
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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Unit 3: Global Sea-Level Response to Ice Mass Loss: GRACE and InSAR data part of Understanding Our Changing Climate
What is the contribution of melting ice sheets compared to other sources of sea-level rise? How much is the sea level projected to increase during the twenty-first century? In this unit students will use Gravity ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Natural Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Sea Level Change
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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Unit 3: Glaciers, GPS, and Sea Level Rise part of Measuring the Earth with GPS
GPS data can measure bedrock elevation change in response to the changing mass of glaciers. In this module, students will learn how to read GPS data to interpret how the mass of glaciers in Alaska and Greenland is ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Glacial/Periglacial, Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level
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Unit 4: Groundwater, GPS, and Water Resources part of Measuring the Earth with GPS
GPS data can measure ground elevation change in response to the changing amount of groundwater in valleys and snow cover in mountains. In this module, students will learn how to read GPS data to interpret how the ...

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Water Quality and Quantity:Groundwater , Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water supply/water resource evaluation, Geography:Geospatial
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level
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Unit 2: Earthquakes, GPS, and Plate Movement part of Measuring the Earth with GPS
GPS data can measure bedrock motion in response to deformation of the ground near plate boundaries because of plate tectonics. In this module, students will learn how to read GPS data to interpret how the bedrock ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geography:Geospatial
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level
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Unit 1: Collecting GPS Data part of Measuring the Earth with GPS
GPS data can measure vertical and horizontal bedrock motion caused by a variety of geologic processes, such as plate movement and the changing amount of water and ice on Earth's surface. In this unit, students ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geography:Geospatial
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level
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Unit 3: What's in YOUR watershed? part of Eyes on the Hydrosphere: Tracking Water Resources
In this unit, students investigate water resources of their own area or another area of personal interest, which typically gets them very excited. They apply their knowledge from Units 1 and 2 to identify the water ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
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Unit 2: Kilauea Hawai'i - Monday Morning Meeting at the USGS Hawai'i Volcano Observatory part of Monitoring Volcanoes and Communicating Risks
How do volcanologists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory monitor volcanoes? In a jigsaw format, students first work in teams to learn one of the four volcano monitoring data sets (GPS, Tilt, Seismic and InSAR) and ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
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Unit 1: Monitoring Volcanic Activity at Mount St. Helens part of Monitoring Volcanoes and Communicating Risks
How can data from an impending volcanic dome-building event be used to forecast the hazard to a surrounding community? In this activity, students will examine geodetic data (GPS and lidar) and seismic data in a ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
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Unit 4: Comparing risks at different volcanoes part of Monitoring Volcanoes and Communicating Risks
Students assess the risks from three different volcanoes based on the Risk Equation, Risk = Hazard x Value x Vulnerability. The three volcanoes--Fuego Guatemala, Rinjani Indonesia, and Moana Loa Hawaii--have ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
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Unit 1: Exploring the Reservoirs and Pathways and Methods to Measure the Hydrologic Cycle part of Eyes on the Hydrosphere: Tracking Water Resources
How does water move throughout the Earth system? How do scientists measure the amount of water that moves through these pathways? This unit provides an alternative way for students to learn the major components of ...

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water cycle/groundwater-surface water interface, Geoscience:Hydrology, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level
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Unit 2: Monitoring surface and groundwater supply in central and western US part of Eyes on the Hydrosphere: Tracking Water Resources
In Unit 2, students learn how the techniques for water budgeting (covered in Unit 1) can be used to monitor both groundwater (High Plains Aquifer) and surface water (western mountain watershed) systems. Students ...

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Surface Water , Groundwater , Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Water Quality and Quantity:Water Conservation, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Drought, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water supply/water resource evaluation, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Management and Policy
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Volcano Monitoring with GPS: Westdahl Volcano Alaska part of EarthScope ANGLE:Educational Materials:Activities
Learners use graphs of GPS position data to determine how the shape of Westdahl Volcano, Alaska is changing. If the flanks of a volcano swell or recede, it is a potential indication of magma movement and changing ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Engineering
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)
Quantitative Skills: Vectors and Matrices, Graphs
EarthScope: Geophysics Data: Data:GPS/GNSS, Geophysics GPS/GNSS
Collection Source: ANGLE, UNAVCO
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