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UNAVCO fosters communication for and by scientists and educators throughout its membership who are affiliated with member universities and other scientific institutions, has funding sponsors, and is run through a governance structure. UNAVCO hosts meetings and events for its members, and encourages the community to join the discussion through the email lists, discussion forums, and other social media interactions. UNAVCO publishes a variety of publications, proposals, and reports for use by scientists and educator affiliated with its member institutions.



UNAVCO consortium members are educational or nonprofit institutions chartered in the United States (US) or its Territories that are willing to make a clear and continuing commitment to active participation in the activities of the organization.

  • Members Map and Table Listing provides a map showing all the locations of UNAVCO Members and Associate Members and a table with the institution name, member representative name, and representative's email address.
  • Members Table Listing provides a table with the institution name, member representative name, and representative's email address.


UNAVCO members provide governance for the organization. Representatives of Member institutions serve on the board of directors and on governing committees.

  • Bylaws [PDF] includes information about UNAVCO, its Member Institutions, Representatives, and Meetings; Committees, the Board of Directors and their Meetings, Officers and other governance bylaws
  • Board of Directors provides a list and contact information for the current members of the UNAVCO Board of Directors.
  • Committees includes the current and past members of the standing and advisory committees, their contact information, and term, committee charters and reports.
  • Officers provides a list and contact information for the current officers of UNAVCO
  • President's page include a message from the UNAVCO president and biography
  • Strategic Plan - Positioning UNAVCO 2009-2013 provides a foundation for an implementation plan that will detail actions, time lines, and specific metrics, and will be undertaken through UNAVCO governance, by the investigator community, and by UNAVCO staff.
Meetings and Events

Meetings & Events

Meetings, short courses, and events convened or co-convened by UNAVCO are open to its members. UNAVCO sponsors meetings, workshops, events, staff contributions, and publications.

  • Meetings and Events includes the UNAVCO and Community Events Calendar, upcoming board meetings, short courses, and other meetings & events. Previous years are available through the archive links. Community events are external to UNAVCO and are shown as reminders; consult the event organizers for most up to date information.
Publications, Proposals, and Reports

& Reports

UNAVCO publishes research plans, proposals, reports, and related documents such as the Strategic Plan for 2009-2013.

  • Community Bibliography includes a collection of citations for refereed publications from key journals which mention UNAVCO and/or the Plate Boundary Observatory.
  • Outreach Materials include the UNAVCO Logos and Usage Policies, published one-pagers, booklets, newsletters , and brochures highlighting UNAVCO services and community science.
  • Proposals provides links to the narrative of funded proposals
  • Reports to Sponsors includes current and past reports to its sponsors as part of its responsibilities for continued funding.
  • Strategic Plan - Positioning UNAVCO 2009-2013 provides a foundation for an implementation plan that will detail actions, time lines, and specific metrics, and will be undertaken through UNAVCO governance, by the investigator community, and by UNAVCO staff.
  • Meeting & Event Publications include presentations, publications, and posters from UNAVCO workshops, and other community meetings such as AGU's Fall Meeting
Policies, Forms, and Procedures

Policies, Forms,
& Procedures

Policies and procedures that govern UNAVCO as well as forms used to request services, participate in events, review disclosures, or receive reimbursements are all available.

  • Policies, Forms, and Procedures relate to governance, data use and acknowledgment, and advancing community proposals for workshops, equipment, or science collaboration.
Join the discussion

Join the Discussion

Community mail lists, discussion forums, other social interaction networks, such as facebook, are available to UNAVCO members to promote information exchange.



UNAVCO's primary sponsors are the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).



UNAVCO collaborates with member institutions and other groups on a variety of projects, including:

  • Africa Array – Pan-African Network of Observatories have expanded their geographic coverage and array of scientific instruments. UNAVCO provides critical data sets needed for addressing first-order questions about plate boundary tectonics and the rifting cycle, the hydrological cycle and climate change in Africa. This program is funded under an NSF MRI-R2 award.
  • COCONet - Caribbean Network (Continuously Operating Caribbean GPS Observational Network) is an international geoscience community project to develop Caribbean-wide GPS observations which will support investigation of process-oriented science questions with direct relevance to Earth and atmospheric hazards, and to provide for regional capacity building focused on science and international collaborations.
  • COOPEUS is a project funded under the Research Infrastructures action of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the EU, shall bring together scientists and users being involved in Europe’s major environmental related research infrastructure projects.
  • EarthScope includes multi-disciplinary observatories. This program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) deploys thousands of seismic, GPS, and other geophysical instruments to study the structure and evolution of the North American continent and the processes that cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. It involves collaboration between scientists, educators, policy makers, and the public to learn about and utilize exciting scientific discoveries as they are being made.
  • Hazard Response Efforts are coordinated by UNAVCO for community field activities, hardware, and data requests following an earthquake or other notable event.
  • GSAC WS – Seamless Archive (Web-Services Enabled Geodesy Seamless Archive) is funded through the NASA ROSES ACCESS Program to facilitate comprehensive user access to a broad range of space geodetic data including GPS/GNSS, DORIS, SLR, and VLBI.
  • INTERFACE - Lidar Scanning is a national facility to assist geoscientists obtain high-resolution, high-precision, three-dimensional surface data. And includes instrumentation, software, and instruction in the collection of earth surface data by Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS) Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), for users at any level.
  • LARISSA - Larsen Ice Shelf is an NSF-funded initiative that brings an international, interdisciplinary team together to study the environmental change in Antarctica's Larsen Ice Shelf System and its global change implications.
  • POLENET - Polar Observations is a network that dramatically improves geophysical observations across the Earth’s Polar regions and provides a legacy of observational infrastructure to enable new insights into the interaction between the atmosphere, oceans, polar ice sheets and the Earth's crust and mantle.
  • RESESS - Student Interns (Research Experience in Solid Earth Science for Students) is an established and successful program for multi-year summer research internships for Earth science undergraduates from populations underrepresented in science. This high impact program recruits sophomores and juniors as research interns, and mentors them through the transition to graduate school.
  • NLAS - Satellite Lidar Systems is a NASA ROSES funded project to integrate NASA IceSAT satellite and altitude airborne LiDAR into the OpenTopography system. It also lays the groundwork for data flow from the NASA DESDynI mission.
  • Supersites Initiative - Geohazard Scientific Community is an initiative under the auspices of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and provides access to space borne and in-situ geophysical data of selected sites prone to earthquake, volcano, or other hazards through a web site hosted at UNAVCO.
  • Western US Velocity Field - Crustal Deformation initiative focused on evaluating methods for determining a GPS velocity field that unifies all available campaign and continuous GPS data into a single solution with a common reference frame, with the goal of creating a unified velocity field and make it widely available through UNAVCO for research in active tectonics and earthquake mechanics, as well as application to natural hazards and precise geodetic positioning.
  • WInSAR - Radar Remote Sensing is a consortium of universities and research laboratories established by a group of practicing scientists and engineers to facilitate collaboration in, and advancement of, Earth science research using radar remote sensing. WInSAR helps coordinate requests for data acquisition and for data purchase, aiding individual investigators by simplifying interactions with data providers and with government agencies funding science, including NASA, NSF, and the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
  • GSRM – The Global Strain Rate Map provides a global, self-consistent strain rate and velocity field model, constrained by geodetic and geologic field observations. It is the first model of its kind to implicitly add the kinematics of plate boundary deformation to a description of rigid plate motions. The model provides important input for seismic hazard, seismotectonics and geodynamics studies on a global and regional scale.
  • SNARF - Stable North America Reference Frame working group convened under the auspices of UNAVCO, was established to define a tectonically meaningful reference frame for the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory.
  • GEON - Cyberinfrastructure for the Geosciences is a past collaborative project sponsored by NSF to develop an integration of 3 and 4 dimensional earth science data.