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Meghan Miller, UNAVCO President

Message from the President
May 14, 2014

Welcome to UNAVCO!

UNAVCO's stories of success have continued to unfold with the five-year renewal of core funding into a single award and NSF facility structure. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of UNAVCO under its various organizational homes: initiated at CIRES at the University of Colorado in 1984, moved to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in 1991 on the promise of atmospheric science applications, improved physical facilities, and the potential for multi-agency international science projects. During 2001, UNAVCO Inc., a standalone non-profit organization was established by its academic Membership, with full implementation on October 1, 2003. We celebrated the science accomplishments of these three decades in March at our biannual science workshop, under the theme of 30 years of geodesy innovation for science.

Since October of 2013, the GAGE (Geodesy Advancing Geosciences and EarthScope) Facility award now integrates UNAVCO’s core funding streams and programmatic activities into a single entity for the support of science applications that rely on geodesy. The increasingly powerful suite of positioning, imaging, and strain techniques that UNAVCO supports are used together to illuminate complex geophysical processes, and to define and discriminate the interactions of the lithosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. This integration further 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 are reinvigorated by this renewal for UNAVCO.

We continue to commit 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 our 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.

-M. Meghan Miller, President [CV]

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