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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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