Initial Publication Date: March 26, 2018

Addressing Landslide Hazards in Introductory Undergraduate Courses

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Tuesday, April 24

11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Presenters: Beth Pratt-Sitaula (UNAVCO), Adam Booth (Portland State University), and Becca Walker (Mt San Antonio College)

Presentation Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 60MB Apr18 18)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools. The modules in this webinar are from an InTeGrate sister-project called "GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues" GETSI.

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Learning to "read" a landscape can be challenging for introductory students. The GETSI module Surface Process Hazards engages students in landslide case studies from around the world as an entry to learning about landslide hazards. They go on to analyze a range of remote sensing images including radar- and lidar-developed shaded relief and InSAR for different geomorphic processes and physical factors including mass movements. Finally student pull together all their learning through developing their own landslide hazard map from Boulder Creek, CO and area that experienced significant flooding and mass movement.

This webinar will feature a short talk by geomorphologist, Adam Booth, on cutting edge ways lidar data are being used to better understand landslide hazard and Earth surface processes. Next module author, Becca Walker, will overview the Surface Process Hazards module and highlight ways to teach this topic in introductory Earth science courses. The webinar will include 30 minutes of presentations and 25 minutes of discussion. Participants are encouraged to both ask questions of the presenters and include their own experiences regarding surface process hazards teaching. The module is particularly appropriate for introductory courses such as physical geology, geohazards, and Earth System Science. It can also be used successfully early in a geomorphology course.


At the end of this webinar, participants will have:

  • better awareness of ways to integrate landslide case studies, lidar and InSAR data, and quantitative skills into introductory undergraduate courses
  • strategies to engage students in geoscience learning through landslide hazard map development
  • greater familiarity with GETSI (GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues) teaching resources and principles
  • connections to new colleagues engaged in this work


Time - 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET
Duration - 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Zoom meeting software with questions and discussion. Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Zoom. Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar. 
Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

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Please email Mitchell Awalt ( if you have any questions about this event.


Beth Pratt-Sitaula, Science Education Specialist, UNAVCO

Adam Booth, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, Portland State University

Becca Walker, Professor, Earth Sciences and Astronomy, Mt. San Antonio College


Presentation Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 60MB Apr18 18)

1) Welcome and introductory remarks – Mitchell Awalt, SERC

2) Brief overview of GETSI Guiding Principles and geodesy in general –Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO

3) Recent landslide research using lidar data – Adam Booth, Portland State University

4) Teaching with the Surface Process Hazards module -Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College

5) Reflection by participants - What are some challenges to using lidar and InSAR data in your introductory courses?

6) Concluding remarks by presenters

7) Opportunities for further interaction - Mitchell Awalt, SERC

8) Webinar Evaluation


Click to view the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 192.8MB Apr19 18)

Lidar data sources

A recording of the webinar will be made available here following the event.