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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 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 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, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geography:Geospatial
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:Water supply/water resource evaluation, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geography:Geospatial, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Groundwater , Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level
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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, Geoscience, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Engineering
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8), College Lower (13-14)
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Unit 1: GPS/GNSS Fundamentals part of High Precision Positioning with Static and Kinematic GPS
The constellations of satellites orbiting our planet enable high-precision positioning not just for consumer or survey applications but also for geoscience research such as detecting plate motions, landslide ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques, Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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Unit 2: Kinematic GPS/GNSS Methods part of High Precision Positioning with Static and Kinematic GPS
The application of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) in the earth sciences has become commonplace. GNSS data can be collected rapidly and compared in common reference frames. Real-time kinematic (RTK) GNSS ...

Subject: Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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Unit 2.1: Geodetic survey of an outcrop for road cut design part of Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM
This unit offers an alternative application for high-resolution topographic data from an outcrop. Using engineering geology methods and data collection from TLS and/or SfM, students design safe "road ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology, Engineering, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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Unit 3: Monitoring groundwater storage with GPS vertical position part of Measuring Water Resources
This unit shows how GPS records of surface elevation can be used to monitor groundwater changes. Students calculate secular trends in the GPS time series and then use the original and detrended records to identify ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water cycle/groundwater-surface water interface, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Geomorphology as applied to other disciplines, Landforms/Processes, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water: Unsaturated zone/recharge, Groundwater flow, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Subsidence, Extreme Weather:Drought, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Groundwater , Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water and society, policy, and management, Water supply/water resource evaluation, Well hydraulics, Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Geology of groundwater occurrence
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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Unit 4: Water budget assessment of a California drought part of Measuring Water Resources
The California Drought of 2012–2016 had significant social and economic consequences. This final unit focuses on this drought as a case study for measuring the hydrologic system so that we can better understand ...

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Snowpack and Snow Melt, Ground Water, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geophysics:Geophysics in other disciplines, Geodesy, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Surface Water , Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Drought, Environmental Science:Sustainability, Water Quality and Quantity:Water Conservation, Groundwater , Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geography:Geospatial
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
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Unit 2: Geodetic survey of an outcrop for stratigraphic analysis part of Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM
Geodetic survey techniques, such as TLS and SfM featured here, have many applications in sedimentology research, including lithological identification and analysis, sediment surface topography, and sequence ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Stratigraphy:Sequence Stratigraphy, Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geophysics in other disciplines, Geography:Physical
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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Unit 3: Geodetic survey of a fault scarp part of Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM
In this unit, students will design a survey (TLS and/or SfM) of a fault scarp. After conducting the survey in the field, students will analyze the data to identify the number and magnitude of possible fault ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Geomorphology as applied to other disciplines, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Structural Geology:Folds/Faults/Ductile Shear Zones, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Tectonic Geomorphology, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Geophysics and Structural Geology, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Landforms/Processes:Hillslopes, Geography:Geospatial, Physical, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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Unit 4: Geomorphic change detection part of Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM
Applications of geodetic imaging in geomorphology research often center on monitoring and detecting change within a system over time. Since most geomorphic systems evolve over longer time periods—months, years, ...

Subject: Geography:Physical, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geophysics in other disciplines, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geography:Geospatial
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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Unit 5: Summative assessment project part of Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM
Unit 5 is the summative assessment for the module. This final exercise takes eight to ten hours. The exercise evaluates students' developed skills in survey design, execution of a geodetic survey, and simple ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Stratigraphy, Depositional environments:Continental, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Facies and Facies Models, Sedimentary Structures, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Folds/Faults/Ductile Shear Zones, Geography:Geospatial, Geoscience:Geology:Historical Geology, Geophysics:Geophysics in other disciplines, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques, Landforms/Processes, Geoscience:Paleontology:Preservation and Taphonomy, Field Techniques , Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Tectonics, Geomorphology:Landscape Evolution, Tectonic Geomorphology, Geomorphology as applied to other disciplines, Geography:Physical, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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Unit 1-TLS: Introduction to TLS part of Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM
Field experience using geodetic and geophysical tools provides a unique opportunity for upper-level undergraduates to learn research skills applicable to their future graduate research or career path. This unit ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geography:Geospatial, Physical, Physics:Optics:Lasers
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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Unit 1-SfM: Introduction to SfM part of Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM
This unit introduces students to Structure from Motion (SfM). SfM is a photogrammetric technique that uses overlapping images to construct a 3D model of the scene and has widespread research applications in ...

Subject: Physics:Other Sciences:Geoscience, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geography:Geospatial, Physical, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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Unit 3: Warm with a Chance of Melting part of Ice and Sea Level Changes
How are recent air temperature trends influencing Greenland's ice mass? Are ice mass changes in Greenland spatially and temporally uniform? In this unit, students use atmospheric and geodetic data (GRACE, ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodesy, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Recent climate data, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Sea Level Change, Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Recent climate data, Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Climate feedbacks, Impacts of climate change
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level
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Unit 4: An Uplifting Story of Sea Level Change part of Ice and Sea Level Changes
How much and how quickly does Earth's surface respond to changes in a glacier's mass? How can geodesy help scientists understand the relationship between ice mass change and changes in the bedrock ...

Subject: 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
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14):Introductory Level
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Unit 2: Identifying faulting styles, rates and histories through analysis of geomorphic characteristics (Lidar) part of Imaging Active Tectonics
Can active faults be identified remotely, based upon their appearance in the landscape? How can the geomorphic features associated with active faults be used to classify and quantify fault movement? In this unit, ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Folds/Faults/Ductile Shear Zones, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology, Geodynamics, Geodesy, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity, Geophysics and Structural Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Tectonics, Geomorphology:Tectonic Geomorphology, Geography:Physical, Geospatial
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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Unit 3: How to see an earthquake from space (InSAR) part of Imaging Active Tectonics
How can we tell what style of faulting was responsible for a particular earthquake? Especially in cases where there is limited instrumentation in a region, or where geologists have difficulty accessing the affected ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Stress/Strain/Strain Analysis, Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity, Folds/Faults/Ductile Shear Zones, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology, Geodesy, Geodynamics, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Geophysics and Structural Geology, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Physics:Oscillations & Waves:Instruments, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geomorphology:Geomorphology as applied to other disciplines, Landscape Evolution, Tectonic Geomorphology, Geography:Geospatial, Physical
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
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