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2013 UNAVCO Highlights
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UNAVCO at AGU 2013 Thanks for coming to visit us at our new booth, engaging with us through talks and posters, and collaborating with us. In case you missed it, here are some highlights from AGU 2013.
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2013-12
UNAVCO at GSA 2013 Thanks for coming to visit us at our new booth, engaging with us through talks, posters, and workshops, and collaborating with us. In case you missed it, here are some highlights from GSA 2013.
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2013-11
Scanning vegetation and landforms in Montana In August of 2013, UNAVCO supported the second half of a two-part terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) project undertaken by scientists at the University of Montana. The August survey took place on the Bitterroot River in Montana. The goal of the research is to better understand how rivers change due to interactions between water flow, sediment, and vegetation.
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2013-12
Scanning vegetation and landforms in Arizona In April of 2013, UNAVCO supported the first half of a two-part terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) project undertaken by scientists at the University of Montana. The April survey took place on the Santa Maria River in arid northwestern Arizona. The goal of the research is to better understand how rivers change due to interactions between water flow, sediment, and vegetation.
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2013-11
Hands-on Learning at the Hilton Creek Fault in California UNAVCO provided an engineer and TLS equipment to assist with the UC Santa Cruz field camp this past summer in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. In addition to teaching classical field methods, many field camps are now also teaching students how modern tools can help to better visualize complex geological problems.
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2013-06
UNAVCO upgrades COCONet cGPS sites in Jamaica In collaboration with Paul Williams of the University of the West Indies' Earthquake Unit and with transportation from the Jamaican Port Authority, UNAVCO engineers worked to upgrade COCONet sites CN10 and CN11 on the tiny islands of Morant Cay and San Pedro Cay, Jamaica. The sites are two of the hardest hit by corrosion.
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2013-09
Troubleshooting COCONet cGPS sites in Panama A trip to Panama resulted in troubleshooting of two sites. In collaboration with Arkin Tapia, Nestor Vergara, and Eduardo Camacho at the Instituto de Geociencias in Panama City, Panama, site CN28 on Contadora Island was brought back online, followed by a site visit for work on communications and corrosion-proofing at CN20, one of the most corrosion-ridden sites in COCONet.
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2013-08
Arctic Observing Networks: Collaborative Research: Sustaining and amplifying the ITEX AON through automation and increased interdisciplinary observations UNAVCO is supporting the ITEX project with terrestrial LiDAR Scanning (TLS) and GPS survey equipment. The goal of this project is to maintain the existing ITEX AON in Barrow, AK and increase the applicability of the data collected for the greater scientific community.
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2013-10
UNAVCO installs COCONet cGPS site in Trinidad UNAVCO worked in collaboration with personnel at UWI, both in the seismic and surveys and lands departments, to complete the new GPS site in Toco, a small town situated along the remote north east coast of Trinidad.
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2013-10
UNAVCO reestablishes a continuous GPS/MET site on the island of Roatan With assistance from students Jose Eveline, Guillermo Antonio Lopez, Antonia Sarahi Martinez, and Estefania Kury (all of the Universidad Politécnica de Ingeniería (UPI) Tegucigalpa), Honduras, UNAVCO reestablished a continuous GPS/MET site on the island of Roatan.
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2013-10
UNAVCO installs COCONet cGPS site in Aruba By collaborating with the Meteorological Department of Aruba, UNAVCO engineers were able to install another cGPS site in the Caribbean.
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2013-10
Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) monitors life cycle of icy debris fans In 2006, while collecting samples of rock, Bucknell University researchers Craig Kochel and Rob Jacob discovered landforms in the Wrangell Mountains of Alaska that had previously been uncharacterized. These newly discovered landforms were named icy debris fans due to similarities with alluvial fans. An alluvial fan is a fan- or cone-shaped deposit of sediment crossed and built up by streams.
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2013-08
UNAVCO helps incorporate GPS into introductory field course This marks the fourth year that UNAVCO has sent both a real-time-kinematic GPS system and a field engineer to assist with the GPS portion of a Volcanoes of the Eastern Sierra Nevada field course.
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2013-06
The RESESS internship program kicks off its 9th year Aisha R. Morris is excited to join the UNAVCO team as an Education and Community Engagement Specialist, and Director of the RESESS Program. Most recently, Aisha worked in the office of Representative Rush Holt (NJ-12) as the 2011-2012 William L. Fisher Geosciences/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Fellow. Prior to her AAAS Fellowship, Dr. Aisha Morris was an Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Postdoctoral Fellow at Syracuse University.
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2013-05
COCONet station installed in Anguilla With assistance from the Anguillan government, UNAVCO installed a continuous GPS/MET site in Anguilla, one of the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, lying east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and directly north of Saint Martin.
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2013-05
COCONet station installed near Anegada Passage Puerto Rico and the northern Virgin Islands define the eastern terminus of the Greater Antilles, which extend eastward from offshore eastern Central America to the Lesser Antilles volcanic arc and mark the boundary between the Caribbean and North America plates.
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2013-05
Three continuous GPS sites constructed in Panama for COCONet UNAVCO staff installed 3 new COCONet continuous GPS/MET sites in Panama, which complement the previously installed CN33 (ca. November 2011) continuous GPS/MET site. A total of 4 new COCONet cGPS and meteorological sites (CN20, CN28, CN33, and CN34) are now operational in Panama.
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2013-04
Characterizing Forest Structure for Snow Prediction using Terrestrial Laser Scanning Seasonal snowpacks are difficult to measure and model in complex forested terrain. These measurements are necessary in order to reliably predict weather, climate, and water resources in much of the western U.S. The interactions between local vegetation structure and climate play a central role in the accumulation and ablation of snow, but it remains challenging to represent snowpack processes and distributions at the scales that land surface models are typically applied.
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2013-04
Strainmeters capture strain transients following the M4.7 March 2013 Anza Earthquake On March 11 2013 a M4.7 earthquake occurred in the Anza section of the San Jacinto fault (SJF) zone. The event was typical for the region, it occurred at a depth of 13.1±0.5 km and the focal mechanism indicated strike-slip motion on an 82° dipping fault.
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2013-04
GNSS station installed on Brown Mountain, South Georgia Island The first continuous GNSS station on South Georgia Island was installed in February 2013 as a collaboration between the University of Luxembourg, the British National Oceanographic Centre, the British Antarctic Survey, and UNAVCO.
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2013-04
COCONet stations in Mexico provide links between North American and Caribbean plates Two sites at the most southern part of the North American continental plate were installed in Mexico as part of the ongoing Continuously Operating Caribbean GPS Observational Network (COCONet).
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2013-03
Further Terrestrial Laser Scan (TLS) Measurements on Toutle River The Toutle River is a 17.2-mile (27.7 km) tributary of the Cowlitz River in the U.S. state of Washington. It rises in two forks merging near Toutle below Mount St. Helens and joins the Cowlitz near Castle Rock, 20 miles (32 km) upstream of the larger river's confluence with the Columbia River. The river was altered by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and subsequent flows of ash and other debris.
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2013-02
Terrestrial Laser Scan (TLS) of Handcart Gulch explores rock glaciers Handcart Gulch, named for the handcarts that Colorado miners used to pull outfits up the steep valley walls, was a rowdy area that reached its peak in 1876-77 with several hundred miners in the area. Today, a cabin and some ruins mark the site. It is also the site of a terrestrial laser scanning project that hopes to shed light on the geological faulting of the region.
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2013-02
UNAVCO uses Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) to examine bluff beneath 12th century castle In the Burggrafenamt district of South Tirol, Italy, a castle sits on a hill, named by the ancestral seat of the Counts of Tirol during the 12th century. The castle has witnessed a range of historical events, through the Habsburg dynasty, the Napoleonic Wars, two world wars, and now embodies its modern role as the South Tirolean Museum of History.
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2013-02
RAPID: Nicoya Earthquake After-event Response (NEAR) 2012 Megathrust earthquakes occur at subduction zones at convergent boundaries, where one tectonic plate is subducted by another. These earthquakes are among the most powerful and destructive natural hazards on the planet.
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2013-02
UNAVCO connects communications with two AfricaArray GPS sites In July of 2012, UNAVCO engineers traveled to both Mongu and Itezhi-tezi, Zambia to upgrade continuous GPS sites by affixing data communication systems. The Itezhi-tezhi GPS site received a BGAN satellite communication system and the Mongu site received a cellular modem. This allows both sites to transmit data on a regular basis to the UNAVCO facility in Boulder, CO.
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2013-01
M7.5 Earthquake 94 km W of Craig, Alaska On January 5th, 2013, at 08:58 UTC, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake shook the ocean floor off the west coast of southeastern Alaska. A tsunami was generated, but the waves were only about six inches above normal and the tsunami warning was canceled. The earthquake was followed by six aftershocks as big as M5.1, and came nearly four hours after the initial quake. Houses shook and items were moved around, but there were no injuries reported.
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2013-01
Delving into the East African Rift System in Three Dimensions During July of 2012, 10 new continuous GPS stations were installed around the Lake Malawi region. Lake Malawi is the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. The third largest and second deepest lake in Africa, it is also the ninth largest in the world. Working in Africa always presents many challenging logistics for large-scale projects and this was no exception.
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2013-01
Exploring arc volcano processes with the Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat In April of 2012, two engineers from UNAVCO conducted a maintenance trip to the Island of Montserrat to service four stations that house continuous GPS systems and borehole strain meters.
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2013-01
 

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