Using High-Resolution Topography to Understand Earth Surface Processes
A Summer 2020 Earth Sciences Field Issues Course
This course currently includes optional in-person field demos that will be operated in compliance with any then-current UNC, CDHE, local and State of Colorado COVID-19 guidelines.
In recent years, high-resolution topographic acquisition methods have exploded, expanding geoscientists’ ability to study earth surface processes. Previously, time-consuming survey methods (e.g., total station) or expensive airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) were the most common methods employed. With the increase in accessibility of ground-based LiDAR (also known as terrestrial laser scanning; TLS) and structure from motion (SfM), high-resolution topography can be collected by geoscientists with the proper training at a reduced cost compared to airborne LiDAR, and at a much higher resolution compared to traditional methods.
This course will spend June 30 - July 13 with online readings and discussions (~1 hr/day) about topographic data collection methods and protocols as well as the scientific applications of each. The workshop-style full-time (~8 hrs/day) component of the course will give students hands-on training July 14-25.
The objective of the course is to train students in manual and remote sensing methods of topographic data collection, including 1) GPS/GNSS surveys, 2) structure from motion (SfM), and 3) ground-based (terrestrial laser scanning, TLS) and airborne LiDAR.
Choose Graduate or Undergraduate Option
Undergraduate version of course = ESCI 491-601
Graduate version of course = ESCI 591-602
Level of Study
Undergraduate = ESCI 491-601
Graduate = ESCI 591-602
Online + optional in-person field demos in Northern Colorado Area
Online: June 30 - July 25
Workshop-style session dates: July 14-25
Add/Register by: July 1
Drop by: July 6
Withdraw by: July 17
Sharon Bywater-Reyes, Ph.D.
$700 / course
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