Workshops and Institutes

Analyzing Earthquake Data to Explore Plate Tectonics

February 17, 2014 - February 18, 2014


During this two-day workshop teachers will work to analyze and interpret data sets that indicate the location and frequency of earthquakes and tsunami hazards and identify patterns that allow for forecasts of the likelihood and locations of future events.  Participants will come away with strategies for using earthquake data from the IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) website with middle and high school students, a deeper understanding of the dynamics of earthquakes, and video and written resources for teaching about earthquake risk.

With 160 million people, Bangladesh is the most crowded place on Earth, and one of the poorest. Scientists have come to recognize that it sits at the juncture of several active tectonic plate boundaries, putting it at risk for a devastating catastrophe. The workshop will use this as a case study to understand how scientists study earthquakes, the potential for an earthquake in Bangaldesh, and what the impact could be for the people living there. Museum exhibits will be used to investigate how plate tectonic processes cause earthquakes.

This workshop is for middle and high school Earth Science teachers.

Stipend Available

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. GEO-1202986

 Registration for the Feb 17 and 18 Workshop is now closed.