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Education EGU announces the 2023 Higher Education teaching grant recipients

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EGU announces the 2023 Higher Education teaching grant recipients

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Higher Education teaching grant program, whose purpose is to enable the preparation of teaching resources that will be freely available to everyone who teaches university-level geoscience.

This year EGU awarded five grants to recipients from four different countries. These recipients have showcased remarkable dedication and innovation in their proposals, promising to elevate the quality and accessibility of geoscience education. Brief summaries of the 2023 awarded teaching resources are provided below:

Sandbox modeling for basin development in laboratory

(Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia)

The purpose of this teaching resource is to assist geoscience students in enhancing their understanding of geological processes through interactive exercises and instructional materials, including films, lecture slides, and guides related to sandbox modeling, along with lab books.

Contributors: Siti Nur Fathiyah Jamaludin, Nur Adriana Wahid, Zuraini Ismail

Sea level changes

(National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)

The objective of this teaching material is to help students comprehend sea level changes, to recognize sea level indicators, to analyze geospatial data and to apply concepts to real-world problems (sea level variations on coastal regions, ecosystems and human populations), utilizing virtual reality tools and interactive modules. Instructions for gaining access can be found here:

Contributors: Niki Evelpidou, Giannis Saitis, Evangelos Spyrou, Anna Karkani

Design and implementation of topographic surveys for territorial monitoring in mountain environments

(Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

The purpose of this resource is to help students understand the fundamentals of photogrammetry, GIS and structure-from-motion software, enhancing geospatial expertise, to gain hands-on experience in glacier monitoring with topographic techniques, including UAV-photogrammetry and GNSS survey planning and data processing and to learn to use UAVs, GNSS and laser scanners for accurate data collection and 3D modeling.

Contributors: Livio Pinto, Francesco Ioli, Federica Gaspari, Federico Barbieri, Rebecca Fascia, Lorenzo Rossi

Integrated teaching of managing geo-data using VR and GIS. A case study of Nea Kameni volcano (Santorini, Greece)

(National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece; University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy)

This teaching material’s objective is to teach students how to gather, evaluate and process data using selfie drones, to create highly accurate 3D models of the Earth's relief to be used for data collection in Virtual Reality environment, to perform spatial analysis and interpret data in a GIS environment and finally to disseminate results in a user-friendly manner using GIS applications.

Contributors: Paraskevi Nomikou, Varvara Antoniou, Fabio-Luca Bonali, Konstantina Bejelou)

More Crops per Drop! How to increase the security of agri-food production with satellite data?

(University of Twente, the Netherlands)

This teaching package provides cross-disciplinary competencies in Crop Water Productivity (CWP). Its aim is to help students learn how to use the wealth of information provided by Earth Observation data, to unravel the nexus between water (hydrology) and crop physiology and to apply this knowledge to analyze CWP data for their own study area. Instructions for gaining access can be found here (after selecting the "access as a guest” option"):

Contributors: Egor Prikaziuk, Suhyb Salama