The following FAQs are presented for reference for new UNAVCO PIs, researchers, and students to provide an overview of resources, service and support available through the GAGE Facility.
The UNAVCO community is engaged in geodetic research which includes earthquake processes, mantle properties, active magmatic systems, plate boundary zone deformation, intraplate deformation, glacial isostatic adjustment, global geodesy and plate tectonics, global change, polar processes, hydrogeodesy, and atmospheric sciences.
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) is the standard generic term for satellite navigation constellations that provide autonomous geo-spatial positioning with global coverage. The United States NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS) has been the only fully operational GNSS since the mid-1990s and accordingly accounts for the bulk of UNAVCO's available equipment and project support. However, UNAVCO's Development & Testing activities include other GNSS technologies, such as using GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou/Compass, QZSS, and SBAS.
Yes, see GNSS Modernization.
Yes, there is a UNAVCO Bulletin Board to help inform our community of relevant technical information and developments.
Yes, in addition to contacting staff members at anytime, PIs are asked to complete our user questionnaire to provide feedback on our services. Use our Questionnaire to provide feedback to help us monitor performance, evaluate our effectiveness and improve our service.
To apply for institutional membership, please complete the Membership Application. Shortly after your application is received and conditional approval is granted, you will be notified of the next steps including where to remit the fee. In the event that more information is needed, you will be notified.
Members are educational or nonprofit institutions chartered in the United States (US) or its Territories who are willing to make a clear and continuing commitment to active participation in the activities of the organization. Such activities include corporate governance and participation in decisions that affect the programs, facilities, and scientific mission of UNAVCO. Institutions that are engaged in research that advance the mission of UNAVCO, but that otherwise do not qualify for membership (e.g., non-US educational or research institutions), may be accepted for Associate Membership.
Full Members receive:
Associate Members receive:
There is a one-time fee of US$1,000. Membership terms must be renewed every three years. While a renewal does not require an additional fee, full Members are expected to have participated in governance either directly or by casting a ballot during a recent board election.
In the event of a change in representation, the written appointment by the appropriate administrator at the Member institution (e.g., dean) shall be filed with the Secretary of the Corporation (see list of current Officers), and should be copied to communityunavco.org.
See Board of Directors.
Members receive access to special pricing on equipment based on UNAVCO vendor agreements for group purchases within the U.S. or leverage in negotiating pricing abroad. Some vendors may provide special pricing to UNAVCO Associate Members directly.
Sometimes support for students, post-docs and/or early career scientists (the latter two within 5 years of being awarded a Ph.D.) is available for UNAVCO offered meetings, workshops, or short courses. The meeting registration page will indicate available support, the criteria for awarding support, and the method for requesting support.
Member and Associate Member representatives receive a subvention for attending the biannual UNAVCO Science Workshop, that typically takes place in March of even numbered years. This support is not transferable as it recognizes the Representative's role.
See major projects such as:
UNAVCO can help with technical planning and budgeting for proposals involving GNSS, TLS, InSAR, airborne LIDAR and geochronology services. Instructions for initiating UNAVCO involvement in the proposal process and what to expect at this project phase can be found at Technical Planning & Budget Development for New Proposals.
Salaries of UNAVCO staff members are provided by NSF and NASA for participation in supported projects and need not be budgeted for in the PIs budget. Travel, shipping, non-pool equipment and other related project costs are paid for by the PI. Funds for these are made available through subaward or through direct transfer from NSF. Authorized users may use pool equipment for free. Access to archive and related services is free. Where equipment purchases are required, substantial discounts are available on commonly used items through pre negotiated arrangements.
Yes, we provide extensive guidelines for PIs, including best practice information for GPS/GNSS Campaign & Kinematic surveys and for GPS/GNSS Permanent Station support, both of which include information about equipment and field procedures for high precision GNSS applications.
UNAVCO provides user training in all aspects of high precision GNSS data collection. This is typically provided in conjunction with support for specific projects, but occasionally, general training sessions are provided.
Instruments and equipment, available on priority basis to assigned projects, include the following:
Yes, equipment is assigned on a highest priority, first come first served basis to projects sponsored by NSF-EAR, NSF-OPP and NASA Science Mission Directorate. GNSS equipment may be used for campaigns or RTK surveys or for semi permanent deployment where equipment will be returned to the pool after an agreed upon term. Pool equipment cannot be used for permanent installation. UNAVCO policy requires PIs to be qualified to properly use and care for equipment through participation in UNAVCO training (or be waived based on previous experience) prior to accessing pool equipment. The PI or an authorized representative of the PI's institution must sign an Equipment Loan Agreement that specifies specific terms and responsibilities.
As a benefit to members, UNAVCO has established special pricing with a number of vendors who supply equipment that is commonly used and supported within the community. These arrangements allow UNAVCO members to take advantage of discounts that may not otherwise be available. See more about special pricing available to UNAVCO members at Instrumentation/Equipment Purchases.
UNAVCO is the community's primary resource for technical information about equipment. Part of the resource provided by UNAVCO is the capability to facilitate and perform testing of GPS receivers and related equipment such as DC power and communication systems. UNAVCO maintains the capability to conduct a number of testing activities designed to assess various data quality issues, power consumption, usability and worthiness under harsh circumstances. Capabilities include data collection, processing, and analysis. Special facilities include an environmental testing chamber and special accommodations at the Marshall Test Facility, where monument, antenna and communications testing is conducted, and at the Niwot Ridge TundraLab where specialized cold weather testing is conducted for polar projects. See more information on other Development & Testing activities.
As part of the UNAVCO Data Center, UNAVCO operates a community GPS/GNSS archive, which provides long-term secure storage and easy retrieval of GNSS data, various derived products, and related metadata. The GPS/GNSS Archive primarily stores high-precision geodetic data used for research purposes, collected under National Science Foundation and NASA sponsored projects. A relational database management system (RDBMS) is used to facilitate data and metadata entry and retrieval. Find more information about Data Management & Archiving.
As part of the UNAVCO Data Center, UNAVCO operates a community SAR archive, which provides long-term secure storage and easy retrieval of SAR data, related metadata, and (in the near future) various derived products. Please see SAR Data for more information.
All GPS/GNSS data collected on NSF-EAR funded projects must be submitted to the UNAVCO Archive for long term preservation. Data distribution policy includes free availability of all GNSS data. See the UNAVCO Data Policy. Policies for SAR data are determined by the space agency source; see SAR Satellites.
You will need to be a member of WInSAR and Apply for SAR Data Access.
See instructions for Submission of Data.
The Geodetic Seamless Archive Centers (GSACs) are a collection of geodesy data archives and their operating agencies who agree to exchange information about data holdings in order that users need not contact each archive separately to locate data. GSAC is also the software that facilites this activity. It also provides data and metadata via web services. See more information about the GSAC project.
UNAVCO supports software for various GPS/GNSS data requirements, for TLS and SAR data, visualization, and geodetic tools. See more information on Software.
TEQC is a software tool kit developed by UNAVCO for translating, editing and quality checking GPS or other GNSS data, including related augmentation data, such as meteorological data co-collected with GPS/GNSS data. See more about teqc.
UNAVCO does provide high precision data processing as a service, both through the GAGE processing service and through related facilities. See more information on GPS/GNSS Post-Processing.
If you are a reporter, press officer or other media contact who would like to discuss any type of media relation, such as an interview, information for a story, how to reach researchers for information/interview, notification of a press release or story release or other media-related information, please contact scienceunavco.org.
UNAVCO's Geodetic Science Snapshots typically highlight recent peer-reviewed publications of interesting science discoveries where UNAVCO services or support were involved.
Please contact scienceunavco.org with any suggestions for publications or science discoveries to highlight on Science Snapshots.
Yes, UNAVCO maintains a non-comprehensive list of links to news coverage of science and services related to UNAVCO in our News area.
Yes, UNAVCO maintains a non-comprehensive list of publications that cite UNAVCO plus some statistics on uses of UNAVCO services by the research community in our Community Publications.
Please contact scienceunavco.org with full citation of a publication or media posting.
Please contact scienceunavco.org for consideration of a near real-time Tweet of your research highlight.
Please see UNAVCO's Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Citation Guidance and Attribution of UNAVCO Support & Community Data Sets for more information about citing UNAVCO services, using UNAVCO's DOIs for data and other citation/attribution information.
UNAVCO can assist with:
See Education & Outreach Services for more details.
UNAVCO will assist PIs in development of their broader impacts for NSF proposals as well as for the education and public outreach component of NASA proposals. The NSF Grant Proposal Guide is an excellent place to start. NASA provides guidance online as well.
UNAVCO staff can work with you on refining your broader impacts, helping to set a reasonable budget for implementation & evaluation, and executing your projects.
Other general tips:
UNAVCO manages RESESS, an undergraduate research internship focused on increasing the diversity in geosciences. PIs can include support for an undergraduate student to conduct research with them for one or more summers.
87% of RESESS alumni are in geoscience graduate school or working in a geosciences-focused profession. PIs provide support for salary. Programmatic support is funded by the RESESS program and UNAVCO. (Programmatic support includes conference travel, registration, GRE preparation, communications workshop, and leadership training in addition to other infrastructure support.)
To include support for a RESESS student in your proposal, send an email to resessunavco.org.
UNAVCO provides an annual series of short courses focused on UNAVCO tools and data streams. Short Courses are offered to enhance the capacity of our scientific community to process, analyze, and interpret various types of geodetic data. PIs who are developing tools, data products, and related materials focused on UNAVCO-supported science can receive logistical support for short courses. PIs support student and instructor travel expenses and food during the short course; UNAVCO provides logistical support and can host the short course.
UNAVCO provides support to instructional staff and faculty on curriculum design and instruction focused on geodesy and UNAVCO-supported science. Services include facilitation of new curriculum materials, guidance on revision of existing materials, and development of ancillary tools and materials.
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