Meghan Miller, UNAVCO President

Message from the President
September 12, 2012

Welcome to UNAVCO!

This has been another exciting year, with many internal changes to optimize our operations to better support you as a research and education community, as you meet the abundant science opportunities fueled by geodesy. We are committed to sustaining UNAVCO as a model facility for the 21st century – effective, efficient, nimble, transparent, accountable, and forward-looking. At the same time, we are proud to serve a science community with a strong tradition of innovation, creativity, transformative research, and broad impact. Stewardship by our sponsors and community have supported a healthy research agenda and sustained efforts to develop the geodesy workforce. Nonetheless, these resources are finite while the growth of opportunity in geodesy is unabated, creating fiscal and workforce challenges in meeting the opportunities of our age.

During the last year, we have undertaken several initiatives that respond to strategic planning, reviews and recommendations from both sponsors and the community. We have realigned the work of UNAVCO staff into new programs: the integration of observing systems and networks across techniques (Geodetic Infrastructure), network data operations, enhanced community data products and cyberinfrastructure for data security, discovery and accessibility (Geodetic Data Services); and education and outreach strategies, both within Education and Community Engagement, and integrated across the organization. We have also initiated an External Affairs effort that will strengthen UNAVCO’s roles in informing policy, and in building capacity for international geodesy.

In August, we submitted an NSF proposal to integrate UNAVCO’s core funding streams and programmatic activities into a single GAGE Facility (Geodesy Advancing Geosciences and EarthScope). Two themes recur throughout the plan: First, geodesy is an increasingly powerful suite of positioning, imaging, and strain techniques that are used together to illuminate complex geophysical processes, and to define and discriminate the interactions of the lithosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. Second, this integration allows geodesists to reveal Earth systems interactions and address critical science questions and their broad impact. The operational facility plan also commits UNAVCO to the continued deep integration of research support and education.

We look forward to this renewal for UNAVCO.

-M. Meghan Miller, President [CV]

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