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Mission Statement

UNAVCO, a non-profit university-governed consortium, facilitates geoscience research and education using geodesy.

We challenge ourselves to transform human understanding of the changing Earth by enabling the integration of innovative technologies, open geodetic observations, and research, from pole to pole.

Geodesy

Geodesy is the study of Earth’s shape, gravity field, and rotation. Geodetic research defines the terrestrial reference frame; and quantifies changes in the properties of Earth’s surface and subsurface, ice sheets and glaciers, and oceans and atmosphere. Geodesy’s broader benefits include help with preparedness and mitigation of hazards; and foundational support for space-based operations, navigation, communications, surveying, resource management, and national security. Read more about our community's Science.

The GAGE Facility

Under a 2013 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), UNAVCO operates the National Earth Science Geodetic Facility, known as the Geodesy Advancing Geosciences and EarthScope (GAGE) Facility. UNAVCO’s NSF- and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-funded core activities are now integrated under this umbrella. The GAGE Facility provides support to the NSF investigator community for geodesy, related research, education and workforce training with broad societal benefits. NSF-funded geodesy investigators are active on every continent, across a broad spectrum of the geosciences and facilitated by UNAVCO data, engineering, and education services.

Supporting services include:

  • (1) The Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO), an integrated set of geodetic networks (cGPS, real-time GPS, borehole strainmeters, tiltmeters and seismometers, and metpacks) that forms the world-class geodesy component of EarthScope,
  • (2) a facility that provides engineering, instrumentation, and data services to NSF-funded investigators who use terrestrial and satellite geodetic technologies (e.g., TLS, GPS, and InSAR) in Earth science research as well as Geosciences more broadly,
  • (3) network operations to support NSF-funded community GPS networks for Earth, atmospheric, and polar science applications, and the NASA's Global GNSS Network (GGN), and
  • (4) PI planning support and core programs to advance geoscience education resources and geodesy community engagement.

NSF's Earth Sciences Division (EAR) and Division of Polar Programs (PLR) fund facility support for PI geodesy research and GPS networks around the world, including Greenland and Antarctica, while NASA funds support for operations of the GGN and the activities of the IGS Central Bureau that make millimeter-level global geodesy possible.

Community and Services

The UNAVCO consortium Membership consists of more than 100 US Full Members and over 80 Associate Members (domestic and international). Through our Geodetic Infrastructure and Geodetic Data Services Programs, UNAVCO operates and supports geodetic networks, geophysical and meteorological instruments, a free and open data archive, software tools for data access and processing, cyberinfrastructure management, technological developments, technical support, and geophysical training. The UNAVCO Education and Community Engagement Program provides educational materials, tools and resources for students, teachers, university faculty and the general public. We also provide summer internship experiences for undergraduate students interested in careers in geodesy and geosciences through our RESESS program. Find out more about our Community, Projects, Instrumentation, Data, Software, and Education services, assistance, and support.

Offices and Staff

UNAVCO is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado with regional offices in San Clemente, California, Portland, Oregon, and Anchorage, Alaska. Geoscience and engineering staff are deployed on assignments throughout the United States and around the world with regular deployments in the Arctic and Antarctica. Read more about our Organization, Governance or Employment Opportunities.

Outreach Materials

Outreach Materials include published one-pagers, booklets, newsletters, and brochures highlighting UNAVCO services and community science.

UNAVCO Logo & Usage Policies

Various templates for the UNAVCO Logo & Usage Policies are available.

Brief History

UNAVCO originated as the University NAVSTAR Consortium in 1984 within the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2001, UNAVCO, Inc, became an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Read more about our History.

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