Initial Publication Date: September 3, 2019

Webinar: Using GPS Data to Teach about the Earth in Introductory Undergraduate Courses: Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Water Cycle, and Ice Mass Change

Tuesday, October 22, 2019


Karen Kortz (Community College of Rhode Island)
Beth Pratt-Sitaula (UNAVCO)

This webinar is part of the NAGT Webinar Series.
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Webinar Description:

Most geoscientists know that high precision GPS data can be used to study plate tectonics and earthquake hazards. Fewer people realize how much can also be learned about changing groundwater and ice mass. This webinar introduces instructors to the Measuring the Earth with GPS: Plate Tectonics and Changing Ice-Water teaching module from the GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project. In the course of this module, students not only increase their quantitative skills significantly through reading GPS time series, but gain experience applying the findings to societally important decisions and communicating science to others.

Module is appropriate for a wide variety of introductory-level earth sciences from physical geology to hazards to earth system science. Individual units can be used as stand-alone exercises, taught in sequence, or spread throughout a course based on the topic at hand.



GETSI webinar 10_2_2019 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 48.6MB Oct22 19)

Webinar Goals

At the end of this webinar, participants will know more about:

  1. The breadth of different applications for high precision GPS data
  2. Strategies to engage introductory students in geoscience learning through GPS data, understanding times series and rates, and applying scientific findings to critical societal decisions
  3. How to access the GETSI (GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues) teaching resources