2013 Geological Society of America Meeting Short Courses

Sep 12, 2013

UNAVCO is running a pair of short courses at the 2013 Geological Society of America meeting in Denver next month (October 27-30th) that may be of interest to the OpenTopography community. Details are below. The early registration deadline is September 23rd.

For Researchers (faculty, graduate students and geoscience professionals):
Introduction to Terrestrial Laser Scanning (Ground-Based LiDAR) for Earth Science Research (GSA course 501)
Friday, October 25, 2013 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Held at UNAVCO, Boulder, CO
US$54; includes lunch. Limit: 20. CEU: 0.8.
Cosponsor: UNAVCO
Instructors: Christopher Crosby, UNAVCO; Marianne Okal, UNAVCO; David Phillips, UNAVCO; Carlos Aiken, The University of Texas at Dallas

This one-day short course will provide earth science faculty, students and professionals with an introduction to the principles of Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS - a.k.a., ground-based lidar). TLS enables the capture of very high-resolution three-dimensional images of geologic features, and has emerged as a powerful tool for applications ranging from outcrop mapping to documentation and analysis of active earth surface processes. The course will focus on TLS technology, data collection, processing and analysis workflows, and examples of science applications. The course will consist of a combination of lectures and hands-on demonstrations of TLS equipment and data processing.

For College Faculty:
Integrating GPS, LiDAR, InSAR, and Other Geodesy Data into Undergraduate Courses (GSA course 526)
Saturday, October 26, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.. Held at Auraria Campus, Senate Chambers
US$20 ; Limit: 30. CEU: 0.4.
Cosponsor: UNAVCO
Instructors: Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO; Vince Cronin, Baylor University; Gareth Funning, University of California at Riverside

Despite its growing importance to research in societally critical fields such as hazard mitigation and climate change, geodetic techniques and data are seldom found in undergraduate geoscience courses. In this UNAVCO-sponsored short course participants will learn about a suite of activities, relevant to both major’s (structures, geophysics, tectonics, geomorphology, volcanology, and more) and introductory courses, that feature geodetic data investigations. A primary focus will be use of GPS data to understand regional strain and earthquake hazards but resources for teaching with airborne and terrestrial LiDAR and InSAR will also be included. Presenters include material authors and instructors as well as technical experts.