[unav_all] GSA short courses featuring geodesy

Beth Pratt-Sitaula prattsitaula at unavco.org
Wed Aug 3 05:04:33 MDT 2016


Hello UNAVCO community

We want to draw your attention to the UNAVCO-sponsored GSA short courses for 2016. All of them feature geodesy data and methods but are oriented for a range of research and teaching applications. Register at: http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2016/science-careers/courses <http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2016/science-careers/courses>  The early registration deadline is August 22 so act fast! After this deadline all course prices will go up $30.

TEACHING ORIENTED
517. Teaching about Climate Change and Hazards: Data-Rich Teaching Modules for Introductory Courses
522. Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) and Structure from Motion (SfM) in Undergraduate Field Courses
527. Analyzing Active Tectonics with LiDAR, InSAR, and GPS: Using Geodetic Data in Major-Level Courses
532. Bridging Science to Society in the Classroom: Tectonic Motions, Earthquakes, and Shake-Resistant Buildings

SURVEY METHODS ORIENTED
501. Introduction to Terrestrial Laser Scanning (Ground-Based Lidar) for Earth Science Research and Education
525. Introduction to Structure from Motion (SfM) Photogrammetry for Earth Science Research and Education

Details below and on the GSA website.
Contact me if you have any questions!
-Beth
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Beth Pratt-Sitaula, PhD
UNAVCO Science Education Specialist
prattsitaula at unavco.org | 509-899-3480 | www.unavco.com

DETAILS - TEACHING ORIENTED

517. Teaching about Climate Change and Hazards: Data-Rich Teaching Modules for Introductory Courses
Sat., 24 Sept., 8 a.m.–noon. CCC, Room 703
Cost: US$25. Limit: 30. CEU: 0.4
Instructors: Becca Walker, Mount San Antonio College; Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO
Cosponsors: GETSI (GEodetic Tools for Societal Issues); UNAVCO; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Abstract: Including data analysis and quantitative skills in introductory undergraduate courses is challenging. This short course introduces participants to two 2-week curricular modules - “Ice Mass and Sea Level Changes” and “Surface Process Hazards”. Students use temperature, sea level altimetry, tidal gauge, gravity, GPS, and LiDAR data to consider potential societal implications of sea level rise and mass movements. Appropriate for a broad range of introductory courses, the modules consist of units that may be implemented together or individually. Other shorter activities featuring geodetic data for introductory courses will also be included (e.g. GPS and earthquakes). Modules can be found at http://serc.carleton.edu/getsi.

522. Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) and Structure from Motion (SfM) in Undergraduate Field Courses
Sat., 24 Sept., 8 a.m.–noon. CCC, Room 104
Cost: US$25. Limit: 35. CEU: 0.4
Instructors: Bruce Douglas, Indiana Univ.; Christopher Crosby, UNAVCO
Cosponsors: UNAVCO; GEodetic Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI); National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Abstract: Terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) and structure from motion (SfM) photogrammetry are increasingly important research methods for generating high-resolution topographic models, but are typically not part of undergraduate curriculum. In this short course, instructors will be introduced to teaching resources developed by UNAVCO for integrating TLS and SfM into field camps and in-semester field courses. Applications for these methods include stratigraphic analysis, fault scarp analysis, and change detection and can give insights into topics from energy research and paleoclimate to earthquakes, landslides, and flooding hazards. Materials are appropriate for courses such as field methods, structural geology, geophysics, and geomorphology. This short course focuses on the teaching resources themselves, and practical experiences using these resources in undergraduate field education. For those interested in exposure to TLS technology, we recommend also registering for the “Introduction to Terrestrial Laser Scanning (Ground-Based LiDAR) for Earth Science Research and Education” short course scheduled the preceding day.

527. Analyzing Active Tectonics with LiDAR, InSAR, and GPS: Using Geodetic Data in Major-Level Courses
Sat., 24 Sept., 1–5 p.m., CCC, Room 703
Cost: US$25. Limit: 30. CEU: 0.4
Instructors: Bruce Douglas, Indiana Univ.; Vince Cronin, Baylor Univ.; Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO
Cosponsors: GETSI (GEodetic Tools for Societal Issues); UNAVCO; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Abstract: Despite its growing importance in societally critical fields such as hazard mitigation and climate change, geodetic techniques and data are seldom found in undergraduate courses—even for majors. This short course gives instructors hands-on experience with two curricular modules that feature LiDAR, InSAR, and GPS data applied to better understanding and mitigating earthquake hazards. Modules are appropriate for courses such as structural geology, geophysics, tectonics, and geomorphology. Modules consist of units that may be implemented together or individually. A module about water resource applications of GPS and gravity data will also be presented in brief. Modules are online at http://serc.carleton.edu/getsi.

532. Bridging Science to Society in the Classroom: Tectonic Motions, Earthquakes, and Shake-Resistant Buildings
Sat., 24 Sept., 1–5 p.m., CCC, Room 707
Cost: US$25. Limit: 30. CEU: 0.4
Instructors: Shelley Olds, UNAVCO; Roger Groom, Mount Tabor Middle School; Robert­-Michael de Groot, SCEC (Southern California Earthquake Center)
Cosponsors: UNAVCO; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Abstract: In this fun and interactive half­day short course, middle­ and high­ school teachers will explore modern technologies used to study tectonic motions, develop earthquake early warning systems, and construct earthquake-resistant buildings. Teachers will use high­precision GPS data and maps from the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory to identify areas with earthquake risk. They will explore authentic earthquake data using Quake­catcher sensors from the Quake Catcher Network (QCN), a collaborative citizen science initiative. To mitigate shaking impacts and building resonance during earthquakes, teachers will apply NGSS engineering design elements to construct and test shake-resistant buildings. Bring your laptop or tablet. Free learning materials and posters will be provided. UNAVCO and SCEC provide free and open access to data and instructional materials to teach about Earth processes.


DETAILS - SURVEY METHODS ORIENTED

501. Introduction to Terrestrial Laser Scanning (Ground-Based LiDAR) for Earth Science Research and Education
Fri., 23 Sept., 8 a.m.–5 p.m., UNAVCO, Boulder (A bus will be provided from the Colorado Convention Center)
Cost: US$50; lunch included. Limit: 20. CEU: 0.8
Instructors: Christopher Crosby, UNAVCO; Marianne Okal, UNAVCO
Cosponsor: UNAVCO
Abstract: This one-day course will provide faculty, students, and professionals with an introduction to terrestrial laser scanning (TLS, also known as ground-based LiDAR). TLS provides high-resolution 3D images of geologic features and has emerged as a powerful tool for applications ranging from outcrop mapping to analysis of earth surface processes. The course will focus on TLS technology, data collection, processing and analysis, and examples of science and educational applications. A combination of lectures and hands-on demonstrations of TLS equipment and data processing will be used.

525. Introduction to Structure from Motion (SfM) Photogrammetry for Earth Science Research and Education
Sat., 24 Sept., 9 a.m.–5 p.m., CCC, Room 110
Cost: US$30, includes lunch. Limit: 40. CEU: 0.7
Instructors: Edwin Nissen, Colorado School of Mines; Ramon Arrowsmith, Arizona State Univ.; Christopher Crosby, UNAVCO
Cosponsor: UNAVCO
Abstract: Structure from Motion (SfM), a photogrammetric technique that uses overlapping images to construct 3D surface models, is quickly emerging as a valuable research and education tool in geodesy, geomorphology, structural geology, and related disciplines. Images can be collected with a standard consumer-grade camera, making SfM a low-cost tool that compliments other 3D imaging technologies, such as terrestrial and airborne laser scanning (LiDAR). SfM can be collected from a hand-held camera or an airborne platform such as an aircraft, tethered balloon, kite, or UAS (unmanned aerial system), enabling 3D imaging of features ranging in size from decimeters to several kilometers. This one-day course will provide faculty, students, and professionals with an introduction to SfM technology, data collection and processing, and examples of science and educational applications. A combination of lectures and hands-on demonstrations of SfM equipment and data processing will be used.

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