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This module is part of a growing collection of classroom-tested materials developed by GETSI. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
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Summary

In this module, students use LiDAR and InSAR data to understand the earthquake cycle, from individual earthquakes to landscape-forming timescales. This is motivated by consideration of earthquake hazards, specifically the vulnerability of the infrastructural lifelines upon which society depends. Five units are provided, including lecture materials, discussions, paper exercises, group activities that can be deployed either as gallery walks or computer exercises, an exercise for modeling InSAR data using an online tool, and a culminating assignment. These materials are intended for inclusion in upper-level undergraduate classes in structural geology, tectonics or geophysics.

Strengths of the Module

This module introduces students to new techniques for investigating the surface manifestation of normal, thrust, and strike slip faults and the impact each of these different types of earthquakes can have on societal support infrastructure. Use of these new geodetic data sets and the information provided by analysis of this data creates a much more dynamic and rich environment for the students to work in; this, in turn, will lead to an enhanced and nuanced understanding of faults, faulting, and changes to the near surface environment that impact humans. The students will be exposed to analytical techniques and will have the opportunity to work with this new data through digital technology that is typically only available to graduate students or professionals.


Great fit for majors-level classes in:

  • structural geology
  • geophysics
  • tectonics
  • geohazards
  • geomorphology

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This module is part of a growing collection of classroom-tested materials developed by GETSI. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
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