Initial Publication Date: January 3, 2020

Webinar: Teaching About Volcanoes with Monitoring Data and Communicating Risk

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET


Kaatje Kraft (Whatcom Community College)
Beth Pratt-Sitaula (UNAVCO)

This webinar is part of the NAGT Webinar Series.

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Webinar Description:

Tap into the natural fascination students have with volcanoes as an entry to learn about volcano monitoring and communicating risk. Give your undergraduate students a chance to learn to analyze a wide variety of data sets including GPS, tilt, InSAR, lidar, and seismic.

This webinar introduces instructors to Monitoring Volcanoes and Communicating Risks teaching module from the GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project. During the module students not only learn to increase their data analysis skills, but gain experience in the type of risk communication that professional hazard scientists need to engage in. A variety of case study sites are used from Hawaii and Mt St Helens to Yellowstone and Central America, including volcanic types of shield, composite, and caldera-forming volcanoes. Students learn about different volcano types and volcano terminology through experience with the societal impacts, rather than just memorizing facts.

The module is appropriate for a wide variety of courses including introductory geoscience courses or early in majors-level volcanology or natural hazards courses.



GETSI-MonitoringVolcanoes-webinar-slides-final.pptx (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 82.3MB Jan29 20)

Webinar Goals

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

  1. A breadth of different geodetic and seismic methods and data sets related to monitoring volcanoes
  2. Strategies to engage students in studying volcanoes and communicating with affected stakeholders
  3. How to access the GETSI (GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues) teaching resources