Earth and Planetary Surface Processes

Mini-Course: Teaching about Measuring Water Resources with GPS, Gravity, and Traditional Methods

  • 1.  Mini-Course: Teaching about Measuring Water Resources with GPS, Gravity, and Traditional Methods

    Posted 10-27-2020 18:07
    GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) Project presents the mini-course:
    • Date: Wednesday November 4, 2020
    • Time: 12-2 pm PT | 1-3 pm MT  |  2-4 pm CT  |  3-5 pm ET  |  8-10 pm UTC
    • Registration deadline: Monday November 2, 2020
    This mini-course will give instructors a chance to learn about the Measuring Water Resources with GPS, Gravity, and Traditional Methods majors-level GETSI module. It will include interactive opportunities for instructors to actually work through parts of student exercises, discuss ideas with peers, and work on implementation planning. $50 stipend* for completion of the course and short implementation plan. All module units are online-ready or online-adaptable.

    Measuring water resources such as groundwater and snowpack is challenging, but the advent of satellite gravity measurements and hydrologic GPS applications can augment traditional methods. This module gives students the unique opportunity to learn these newer methods alongside more traditional ones of groundwater wells and SNOTEL stations. They determine the pros/cons, uncertainty, and spatial scales of different methods. Droughts in the High Plains Aquifer and California are used as case studies. In the summative assessment, students pull together what they have learned and write a report with recommendations for policy makers.
    This is part of a larger series with other upcoming opportunities.
    The series is designed to support undergraduate instructors interested in using GETSI modules - teaching resources that  feature data and quantitative skills applied to critical topics such as natural hazards, climate change, and water resources. 
    Each mini-course is two hours long and will focus on one of the published GETSI modules. Unlike a webinar, these mini-courses will include interactive opportunities for instructors to actually work through parts of student exercises, discuss ideas with peers, and work on implementation planning. $50 stipend available.*
    *Stipend for participants who complete the Implementation Planning Form by the Sunday after the mini-course. Must be US citizen or permanent resident to receive stipend; however, others are welcome to participate without compensation.
    GETSI is funded by the US National Science Foundation. All modules are free and distributed online via the GETSI website.


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    Beth Pratt-Sitaula, PhD (she/her)
    UNAVCO Science Education Project Manager
    prattsitaula@unavco.org | 509-899-3480 | www.unavco.org
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