MARGINS Data in the Classroom

Teaching with MARGINS Data and GeoMapApp

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July 30, 2009
2:00-3:00 PM EDT

The use of real geoscience data in teaching is a powerful way to engage students in the scientific process. When viewed in a map-based context, large geoscience data sets become more accessible to students and allow patterns and trends to be more easily discerned.

GeoMapApp , a free tool that works on any computer, offers substantial functionality to explore and visualize a rich and wide-ranging array of built-in and user-imported geoscience data sets. GeoMapApp is developed by the Marine Geoscience Data System group at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Follow the simple instructions in the GeoMapApp User Guide to download and run GeoMapApp.

This interactive webinar will demonstrate the capabilities of the latest version of GeoMapApp and how it can be used with data being generated by the MARGINS project to deliver high-quality educational opportunities to students in college and high school. There will be a brief introduction designed to show GeoMapApp's main functions, followed by three short presentations by faculty members to demonstrate the use of GeoMapApp and MARGINS-related data in the classroom.

Watch the Webinar

Download this webinar: low resolution version (MP4 Video 92.8MB Oct30 09), full resolution version (Quicktime Video 1626.9MB Jul31 09). The full resolution version is very large, but presents the webinar at full resolution so that the text in the application is more legible. If you have a fast connection it may be worthwhile to download this larger version.

Draft Schedule

  • Introduction to GeoMapApp - Andrew Goodwillie (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, NY)
  • Chemical Inputs and Outputs at Subduction Zones - Karin Block (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, NY)
    Students analyze global geochemistry data to study geochemical inputs and outputs at subduction zones. Lower Division.
  • What Kind of Continental Margin Am I? - Laura Wetzel (Eckerd College, FL)
    Students use earthquake, volcano, and topographic data to identify active and passive margins. Introductory level.
  • Source-to-Sink Morphology, Sedimentation, and Anthropogenic Impact - Cecilia McHugh (Queens College-CUNY, NY)
    Students relate geomorphological features to continental margin evolution and investigate the energy of the sediment transport system. Introductory level.