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   Edwin Nissen
   Teaching
    Courses taught at University of Victoria:

EOS 170 - Natural Hazards
Winter Session
This introductory-level course provides an overview of natural hazards including earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami, landslides, forest fires, and extreme weather. Particular attention is given to hazards affecting BC, important historic natural disasters, and hazards related to climate change. The 2018 syllabus and class schedule can be downloaded here. Taught in 2017, 2018.


EOS 400 - Advanced Field Geology
Summer Session
A two week transect of the Canadian Cordillera, focusing on tectonic interpretations of Cordilleran rocks, the processes responsible for orogenesis, the role of orogens in the construction, growth, and evolution of the North American continent, and feedbacks between mountain building and climate.
The 2018 syllabus and guidebook can be downloaded here (162 MB). Taught in 2018, 2019, co-taught in 2017. 

EOS 519C - Earthquake Seismology
Winter Session
This graduate-level course provides an overview of how seismic waves are used to study earthquakes and Earth structure, and how they are integrated with other data (e.g. geodesy, rock mechanics) to investigate plate tectonics and seismic hazards. The course is based strongly around Stein & Wysession's An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure. Taught in 2018.

UNI 201 - Geological Hazards
Spring Session
These four, two hour-long evening classes provide an overview of the major geological hazards: earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and tsunami. This is part of UVic's UNI 201 program, free introductory academic courses for people whose economic and social circumstances normally pose obstacles to university education. Taught in 2019.


Mines logoCourses taught previously at Colorado School of Mines:

GPGN 200 - Introduction to Geophysics
Discovery course designed to introduce sophomores to the diverse science and applications of geophysics. Taught in 2015, 2016.

GPGN 455 - Introduction to Earthquake Seismology
An overview earthquake seismology, geodesy and geomorphology, focused on earthquake locations, depths and mechanisms, tectonics, rheology, and seismic hazards. Taught in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

GPGN 471 - Applications of Satellite Remote Sensing
An introduction to geoscience applications of satellite remote sensing of the Earth and planets, providing background on satellites, sensors, methodology, and diverse applications.Taught in 2014, 2015, 2016.

GPGN 486 - Geophysics Field Camp
Introduction to geophysical field methods in which students design, conduct, and interpret surveys of seismic, gravity, magnetic, and electrical observations. Co-taught in 2014, 2015, 2016 with other Geophysics faculty.

GPGN 598 - Induced Seismicity
Special topics reading and seminar class. Taught in 2014.


GPGN 598 - Strong Motion Seismology
Special topics reading and seminar class. Co-taught in 2016 with David Wald and Eric Thompson (USGS).


OpenTopography science workshops:

Off campus, I have helped teach several
OpenTopography short courses on high resolution topography, many with an emphasis on applications in active tectonics research. These have been sponsored by UNAVCO, SCEC, NSF Earthscope, and INEGI.

Introduction to Structure from Motion (SfM) Photogrammetry for Earth Science Research and Education
21 October 2017, at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Seattle

A repeat of last year's workshop on SfM data collection, processing, and analysis.

Introduction to Structure from Motion (SfM) Photogrammetry for Earth Science Research and Education
24 September 2016, at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver
A hands-on introduction to SfM technology, data collection and processing, and examples of science and educational applications.
Course notes and example datasets can be found here.

SCEC International Summer School on Earthquake Science
26 July 2016, Lake Arrowhead Resort, California
One day high resolution topography short course as part of larger summer school curriculum on earthquake science.
Course overview can be found here.

Imaging and Analyzing Southern California’s Active Faults with High-Resolution Topography
25-26 January 2016, Arizona State University, Tempe
Workshop on uses of high-resolution topography in active tectonic studies. Course notes and example datasets can be found here.

Lidar Derived DEMs applied to Landslide, Fault, Earthquake Rupture, and Landscape Changes
23-24 March 2015, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City
Introductory short course on utilizing high-resolution topography derived from lidar and structure-from-motion. Course notes and example datasets can be found here.

Imaging and Analyzing Southern California's Active Faults with Lidar
4-6 November 2013, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UCSD, La Jolla
Workshop on uses of high-resolution topography in active tectonic studies.
Course notes and example datasets can be found here.

VISES SCEC Workshop on High Resolution Topography Applied to Earthquake Studies
18-20 September 2013, Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo
Workshop on uses of high-resolution topography in active tectonic studies.
Course notes and example datasets can be found here.

UNAM workshop group photo, March 2015San Diego workshop, November 2013