GSP2200EN - GNSS in the Geosciences

Course description

This course is an introduction to the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and its application in geosciences. It will deal with the history, development, drawbacks and advantages of the GNSS. The mechanics of satellite constellation, datums coordinate systems, point versus differential positioning will be discussed as well. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of GNSS data to investigate geohazards, crustal deformation, post- seismic deformation, volcano deformation and plate tectonic motion.

How this course benefits students

In an era when we are seeing a lot of advances in Global Navigation Satellite Systems, it is important for students to understand and appreciate God's wisdom in inspiring such technologies and how they can be used in furthering the gospel.

Why this course is important

There is and continues to be a lot of advances in GNSS and geosciences and for students to be effective in taking the gospel to the ends of the earth to know how to deploy these tools.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Geospatial Studies
Educational level
Natural Sciences Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms*
  • 2021-04 (March 7, 2022 - May 1, 2022)
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Prof. Ryan Scamehorn, Instructor in Geospatial Mission

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Technological advances in GNSS and practices will be evaluated according to Biblical understanding.

Missionally driven

Technological advances in GNSS and practices will be evaluated according to Biblical understanding.

Contextually informed

The entire course will deal with the issue of how to contextualize the gospel in any cultural setting.

Interculturally focused

Students from any and every culture will be exploring and evaluating their own contexts for gospel-culture syncretism.

Practically minded

Students will leave the course will the ability to interpret GNSS advances in light of in light of Biblical Christianity.

Experientially transformed

The course will engage each student evaluating and understanding GNSS in geosciences and how to utilize it.