Introducing Geophysics for Urban and Near-surface Applications
Each of the topical modules, designed to take 1-3 weeks of class time, is intended for introductory-level undergraduate courses and focuses on the applications of a single geophysical method to questions or problems that affect local communities. The following modules are now available:
- Measuring Depth to Bedrock for an Urban Renewal Project explores the use of seismic refraction methods to evaluate the subsurface geology for an urban renewal project along Codorus Creek, in York, PA.
- Pipes, Tree Roots or Unmarked Graves? Forensic Geophysics has students analyze GPR data from surveys conducted to map utility lines (e.g., pipes and cables) or to locate unmarked graves.
- In Evaluating the Health of an Urban Wetland, students investigate the relationship between electrical resistivity and physical properties of the soil in Harrier Meadow and evaluate a hypothesis relating the distribution of plant species to groundwater salinity.
- Locating Subsurface Features using Gravity and Magnetics introduces students to the fundamentals of exploring the subsurface with gravity and magnetism.
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- Questions: education_AT_earthscope.org
- Interested in borrowing geophysical instruments for educational purposes? Check out EarthScope Geophysics Field Education page
- For more information: read About this project and the project team.
This work is supported by the Seismological Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (SAGE) which is a major facility operated by the EarthScope Consortium and funded by the National Science Foundation under award EAR-1851048.