Initial Publication Date: September 17, 2019

Short Course @ AGU: Using Geophysics Data to Teach About Flooding, Landslides, and Climate Change in Undergraduate Majors' Courses

Sunday December 8, 2019 (day before AGU starts)
8 am - 5 pm

American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
Grand Hyatt, Skyline Room (36th floor) map (Acrobat (PDF) 813kB Dec5 19)

Looking for new data sets and methods to include into your majors-level courses?

The GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project has developed undergraduate teaching resources which feature analysis of geodesy data (lidar, GPS, InSAR, gravity) to help address societal challenges. This workshop gives instructors hands-on time with several of these modules, which particular revolve around water and earth system science. Featured modules are

The short course will also overview best practices for teaching with real data, improving students' ability to apply math to geoscience problems, and increasing student capacity to propose societal solutions. During the final stage of the workshop participants will work on implementation plans for adopting the modules and learning strategies into their courses.

The short course is intended for undergraduate Earth science instructors. Late stage graduate students with significant teaching responsibilities will also be considered.

Participants who complete the entire short course will receive a stipend of $300 the following month. An additional $100 is available for instructors who use the materials in subsequent teaching and give feedback.

Application Deadline November 15, 2019 - rolling admissions starting mid October.
This short course is now FULL. No further applications can be accepted.

Note: AGU requires at least 1 day of AGU annual meeting registration for all short course attendees.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Be able to access online teaching resources presented in the short course
  • Practice using a cross section of available resources
  • Analyze which resources will be most appropriate for the courses they teach
  • Initiate implementation plans for adopting and/or adapting relevant teaching resources


  • Bobak Karimi (Wilkes University)
  • Susan Kaspari (Central Washington University)
  • Venkatesh Merwade (Purdue University)
  • Beth Pratt-Sitaula (UNAVCO)



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