Exploring Geohazard Data Portals and Related Teaching Activities

Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Tate B85
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Beth Pratt-Sitaula, Earthscope Consortium

This workshop will give participants the chance to explore a range of simple data portals related to plate tectonics and geohazards, as well as associated teaching activities. Portals will include UNAVCO GPS/GNSS Velocity Viewer, IRIS Earthquake Browser, and the NOAA Tsunami Events. Featured related activities are appropriate for a range from levels from secondary through introductory- and majors-level undergraduate.  Workshop will include practical tips for working with data portals with students of different levels.

Recommended that all participants BRING A LAPTOP, which will work better than a tablet for looking at both portals and activities.


By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Know how to access and use multiple data portals related to plate tectonics and geohazards learning
  • Know a variety of free online activities that can be used with secondary and undergraduate students to analyze the data from the portals.
  • Start an implementation plan for using geohazard data portals and activities in their teaching


2022-07 Geohazard portals and activities presentation (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 29.4MB Jul13 22) - including participant brainstorm on addressing student challenges for working with online data portals

1:30 - Welcome, overview, and introductions

1:40 - Overview various data portals and related activities and participant exploration time

Portal: UNAVCO GPS/GNSS Velocity Viewer (note the very helpful video at the top of the page)

Portal: IRIS Earthquake Browser

Portal: NOAA Tsunami Events (1850 to Present) Time-Lapse Animation (Secondary-Intro undergrad)

Select resources that tie to geohazard mitigation and preparation

3:00 - Break

3:10 - Whole-group discussion of common challenges and strategies for scaffolding students to working successfully with data portals

3:30 - Implementation planning time - how would these resources fit in your teaching situation?
Please take this time to write down some take-away ideas on how you plan to use these resources in your own classes. These questions might be good ones to start from:

  1. What course are you think of for these materials
  2. What portal(s) and activity(ies)?
    1. Where might they fit in the course? (what might they replace?)
    2. What tips did you learn while exploring today do you want to remember?
  3. What ways might you need to adapt the materials to suite your teaching situation and learners?
  4. What are three steps you need to take in order to make this happen?

3:50 - Wrap-up and workshop evaluation

4:00 - Adjourn


Data portals