Initial Publication Date: September 22, 2016

Addressing Water Resources and Sustainability in Upper-level Undergraduate Courses

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Developing Students' Data Skills
Thursday, October 13th
11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Thursday, October 6th

9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Presenters: Beth Pratt-Sitaula (UNAVCO), Bruce Douglas, (Indiana University–Bloomington), and Gigi Richard, (Colorado Mesa University)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools. A module is also included from an InTeGrate sister-project called "GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues" GETSI.


Issues related to water resources and sustainability are topics that showcase the interactions between geoscience, engineering, policy, and society. Teaching about these topics helps students see the connections between geoscience and their daily lives. This webinar will highlight teaching strategies and examples ranging from in-class activities to capstone projects that help student consider water resources and sustainability using real data. GETSI editor, Beth Pratt-Sitaula will discuss the roles of InTeGrate and GETSI in developing geoscience materials that address societal issues. Bruce Douglas, a GETSI module author, will discuss the module, "Measuring Water Resources with GPS, Gravity, and Traditional Methods". Gigi Richard, an InTeGrate module author, will discuss the module, "Water Sustainability in Cities". The webinar will include 30 minutes of presentations and 25 minutes of discussion. Participants are encouraged to both ask questions of the presenters and discuss their own experiences regarding water resources and sustainability.


At the end of this webinar, participants will have:

  • better awareness of geodetic tools and new data sets to use in hydrogeology, hydrology, and water resources courses
  • strategies to incorporate engineering, design, and policy-maker advice into geoscience courses
  • greater familiarity with InTeGrate and GETSI
  • an appreciation for the value of having a societal component in a science course


Time - 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET
Duration - 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion. 
Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Adobe Connect. 
Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.

Registration for this webinar is closed.

Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Please email Rory McFadden ( if you have any questions about this event.


Beth Pratt-Sitaula, Education and Community Engagement, UNAVCO

Bruce Douglas, Geological Sciences, Indiana University–Bloomington

Gigi Richard, Physical and Environmental Sciences, Colorado Mesa University


ITG webinar Water Resources and Sustainability (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 28.4MB Oct12 16)

1) Welcome and introductory remarks - Rory McFadden, SERC staff

2) Overview of InTeGrate and GETSI Guiding Principles and development process – Beth Pratt-Sitaula

3) Measuring water resources using GPS, Gravity, and traditional methods – Bruce Douglas

  • Increasing awareness of geodetic tools and new data for water resources
  • Designed for upper-level courses in hydrogeology, hydrology, and water resources
  • GETSI GPS CA Drought (MP4 Video 16MB Oct4 16)
  • Report to policy makers that synthesizes data sets and findings

4) Water sustainability in cities – Gigi Richard

  • Addressing the urban water system
  • Designed for upper-level courses with engineering and design approach
  • Capstone unit on sustainability

5) Reflections by participants

  • Prompt: How do you plan to (or currently) incorporate water resources and sustainability issues in your course?

6) Synthetic remarks - final remarks by presenters

The conveners will reflect on the chat and each provide a synthetic remark. The chat and final remarks will be discussed further in the InTeGrate discussion thread. This online interest group is aimed at providing you with a platform for continuing discussion and exchanging ideas with your new colleagues about addressing water resources and sustainability issues, as well as broader InTeGrate principles that will continue to be discussed throughout the webinar series.

7) Other modules and courses that address water resources – Rory McFadden

8) Opportunities for further interaction – Rory McFadden

9) Webinar Evaluation


Click to watch the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 595.5MB Nov30 16).



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