GETSI Project: GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues – An initiative to create teaching modules for undergraduates based on the application of geodetic data sets Abstract


  • The GETSI project is a three-year NSF funded project to develop and disseminate teaching and learning materials that feature geodesy data applied to critical societal issues such as climate change, water resource management, and natural hazards. GETSI was born out of requests from geoscience faculty for more resources with which to educate future citizens and future geoscience professionals on the power and breadth of geodetic methods to address societally relevant topics. Development of the first two modules started at a February 2014 workshop held at UNAVCO. Initial topics primarily targeted for the introductory level include use of geodetic data such as gravity, satellite altimetry, and GPS time series to investigate ice mass and sea level change. Topics targeted for advanced courses for geoscience majors include local and regional investigations of active tectonics and hazards using InSAR and LiDAR. The full modules will be designed to involve two weeks of class time; module design will permit portions of the material to be used as individual projects or assignments of shorter duration. Ultimately a total of four modules will be created and disseminated, two each at the introductory and majors-levels. GETSI is working in tight partnership with the Science Education Resource Center’s (SERC) InTeGrate project on the module development, assessment, and dissemination to ensure compatibility with the growing number of resources for geoscience education. This will allow for an optimized module development process based on successful practices defined by these earlier efforts.

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  • 2014

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