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2015 UNAVCO Highlights
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Reaching Educators Where They Live How do you make learning relevant? One way to do this is to use examples that are local and familiar to students and park visitors, such as a favorite rock formation or lake that they can visit and to which they have intellectual and emotional attachments. With the GPS data available through the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO), UNAVCO has created a suite of regionally-focused educational and outreach products that can be used in formal and informal education settings.
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2015-12
Join UNAVCO at AGU 2015 Visit our booth, attend an event, and keep up with UNAVCO work through our staff presentations at AGU 2015.
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2015-11
Connect UNAVCO, a New Website Highlighting Connections in Geodesy Connect UNAVCO is a new feature based on semantic web software that links geodetic services and products (such as, people, software, datasets, publications, and more) in efficient and discoverable ways.
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2015-10
Data Event Response to the 26 October 2015 Mw 7.5 Earthquake- 45km N of `Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan, Afghanistan UNAVCO has produced a fully processed 1-sps borehole strainmeter (BSM) dataset spanning the time period of this event, to be made available at http://borehole.unavco.org/bsm/earthquakes/20151026_Afghanistan/.
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2015-10
Join UNAVCO at GSA Visit our booth, take a short course, attend an event, and keep up with UNAVCO work through our staff presentations.
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2015-10
PBO Collaborative Work with USGS Alaska Volcano Observatory and IRIS on Augustine Volcano, Alaska The 2015 season in Alaska was defined by resource sharing and cooperative work with a number of agencies. The largest collaborative effort was a week-long project based in Homer, Alaska with work on and around Augustine volcano.
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2015-10
Summer 2015 Interns Wrap-up The 18 2015 UNAVCO interns departed Boulder after an exciting and rewarding summer of research, writing, working, and communications training. Hailing from 17 different universities and colleges across the country, the nine RESESS interns, four Geo-Launchpad interns, and five USIP interns joined together for a summer of formal and informal professional development, field trips, and training opportunities.
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2015-10
Dataworks for GNSS Software Enables Regional Data Centers in the Central America and the Caribbean as part of COCONet and TLALOCNet Many governmental and research organizations are increasingly setting up GNSS stations worldwide, and are often open to sharing these data but lack the tools that would support data sharing. UNAVCO developed the Dataworks for GNSS software with NSF funding to the COCONet project to address this need.
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2015-09
Mw 8.3 Earthquake - 46km W of Illapel, Chile UNAVCO produced a fully processed 1-sps borehole strainmeter (BSM) dataset spanning the time period of this event, made available at http://borehole.unavco.org/bsm/earthquakes/20150916_Illapel_Chile/.
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2015-09
UNAVCO Community Leadership Plans for the Future In preparation for the 2018 re-competition of the GAGE (Geodesy Advancing Geosciences and EarthScope) facility, the UNAVCO community and governance held several planning sessions to chart the future needs of the geodetic and broader geoscience community. In September 2014, the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored a Community Workshop entitled “The future of PBO in the GAGE Facility (2013-2018) and after EarthScope,” covered in a previous highlight.
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2015-09
Data Event Response to the 17 August 2015 Mw 4.0 Earthquake 1km N of Piedmont, California In response to the Mw 4.0 Earthquake 1km north of Piedmont, California on August 17, 2015 , five-sample-per-second (5-sps or 5-Hz) GPS data were collected for a 3-day period around the event (day of event ± 1 day). The data are available from ftp://data-out.unavco.org/pub/highrate/.
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2015-09
Data Event Response to the 29 July 2015 Mw 6.3 Earthquake 70km SSW of Redoubt Volcano, Alaska In response to the Mw 6.3 earthquake 70km south-southwest of Redoubt Volcano, Alaska on July 29, 2015, one-sample-per-second (1-sps) GPS data were collected for a 7-day period around the event (day of event ± 3 days). The data are available from ftp://data-out.unavco.org/pub/highrate/.
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2015-09
Data Event Response to the 21 July 2015 Mw 4.0 Earthquake 3km NNE of Fremont, California In response to the Mw 4.0 Earthquake 3km north-northeast of Fremont, California on July 21, 2015, five-sample-per-second (5-sps or 5-Hz) GPS data were collected for a 3-day period around the event (day of event ± 1 day). The data are available from ftp://data-out.unavco.org/pub/highrate/.
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2015-09
Septentrio Chosen as Preferred Vendor for Reference Stations UNAVCO is pleased to announce that Septentrio, Inc. has been selected as the Geodesy Advancing Geosciences and EarthScope (GAGE) Facility Preferred Vendor for next generation GNSS reference station products.
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2015-08
Data Recovery and Field Response to 25 April 2015, Mw 7.8, Gorkha, Nepal Earthquake UNAVCO, working with many partners, went to Nepal after the Gorkha earthquake to recover data, fix GPS stations and help to establish new stations. Early analysis of some GPS data shows basin resonance in Kathmandu. GPS data from the newly integrated Nepal network is available from the UNAVCO archive.
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2015-08
Do You Call Yourself a Geodesist? UNAVCO asked 11 geoscientists at our March 2014 Science Workshop, “Do you call yourself a geodesist?” The answers were diverse and highlight the expanding research opportunities of geoscientists plus the expanding use of geodesy and geodetic tools in other fields of science and engineering.
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2015-07
Data Event Response to the 27 July 2015 Mw 6.9 Earthquake 73km SW of Nikolski, Alaska In response to the Mw 6.9 earthquake 73km southwest of Nikolski, Alaska on July 27, 2015, one-sample-per-second (1-sps) GPS data are being collected for a 7-day period around the event (day of event ± 3 days). Once downloaded, data will be available from ftp://data-out.unavco.org/pub/highrate/.
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2015-07
Mount St. Helens 35 Years Ago and Now The 35th anniversary of the catastrophic May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens provided the opportunity to share with the public how far volcano monitoring has come in the last three and a half decades, and the role played by the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory in maintaining instrumentation on the volcano's flanks.
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2015-06
Summer 2015 Interns at UNAVCO UNAVCO hosts three summer internships, each with a different focus: Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students (RESESS), Geo-Launchpad, and the UNAVCO Summer Internship Program (USIP).
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2015-06
UNAVCO installs COCONet cGPS site CN51 on Sombrero Island, Anguilla In collaboration with the government of Anguilla, UNAVCO installed COCONet cGPS station CN51 on Sombrero Island in May 2015. CN51 increases coverage on the northern edge of the Caribbean plate and is the northeasternmost station in the network.
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2015-06
Data Event Response to the 29 May 2015 Mw 6.7 Earthquake 111km NNW of Chirikof Island, Alaska In response to the Mw 6.7 Alaska earthquake on May 29, 2015 at 07:00, one-sample-per-second (1-sps) GPS data will be collected for a 7-day period around the event (day of event ± 3 days). Once downloaded, data will be available from ftp://data-out.unavco.org/pub/highrate/.
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2015-05
Introducing Undergraduates of All Majors to Geodesy in California's Eastern Sierra Despite day after day of rain in California's drought, 15 students of various majors are traipsing around the desert in Indiana University's Volcanoes of the Eastern Sierra intro-level field course.
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2015-05
Community Event Response to the 25 April 2015 Mw=7.8 Gorkha, Nepal Earthquake A magnitude 7.9 earthquake occurred in Nepal at 06:11:26 UTC on April 25, 2015. The earthquake occured as the result of thrust faulting on or near the main frontal thrust between the subducting India plate and the overriding Eurasia plate.
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2015-04
UNAVCO Community Science Shared with NSF Director On February 20, 2015 NSF Director Dr. France Córdova and other NSF leadership met with UNAVCO President Dr. M. Meghan Miller at the NCAR Research Aviation Facility at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, Colorado. The senior management team, select UNAVCO staff, and several early career scientists joined them.
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2015-03
PBO Futures Workshop Final Report The National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored a Community Workshop entitled “The future of PBO in the GAGE Facility (2013-2018) and after EarthScope,” which was held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Breckenridge, Colorado from September 22nd through 24th, 2014.
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2015-04
Join UNAVCO at EGU Engage with UNAVCO staff and learn about our science support through the UNAVCO Members Reception and UNAVCO staff presentations at EGU.
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2015-04
Low-Cost Additions to the Plate Boundary Observatory for Earthquake Early Warning Between December 2014 and February 2015, UNAVCO installed 10 accelerometers at existing Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) GPS sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. Accelerometers in combination with high-precision GPS data provide a new interdisciplinary data type. Applied in real-time, this information is an essential input in models for prototype earthquake early warning systems.
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2015-03
UNAVCO Installs COCONet cGPS Site CN01 and Upgrades Sites BGGY and CN00 in Antigua and Barbuda During this installation and maintenance trip, UNAVCO collaborated with the Antigua and Barbuda National Office of Disaster Service (NODS), University of the West Indies (UWI) Trinidad, and the US Geological Survey (USGS) to install a new station and maintain two others.
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2015-02
UNAVCO Installs COCONet cGPS Sites CN39 and CN41 in Venezuela UNAVCO worked with the Fundación Venezolana de Investigaciones Sismológicas (funvisis) to install two of six new COCONet GPS sites in Venezuela: sites CN39 - Quebrada Arriba and CN41 - El Baul.
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2015-02
RESESS Interns Present Research at Scientific Conferences This past fall, 16 2014 RESESS interns and RESESS alumni participated in the Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia and the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco, California.
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2015-01
Mount St. Helens Network Maintenance Brings All Stations Online Continuous GPS stations at Mount St. Helens installed in collaboration with the USGS Cascade Volcano Observatory (CVO) help scientists monitor and better understand Mount St. Helens both for risk assessment and for applying new knowledge to other volcanoes worldwide. PBO GPS station maintenance on Mount St. Helens in September 2014 focused on making three stations on the volcano more robust for transmitting data throughout the winter and bringing eight “silent” stations back online.
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2015-01
Workshop to Assess Field Education Support by the GAGE Facility On November 17 and 18, 2014, 21 faculty and researchers interested in incorporating geodetic instrumentation and tools into field education met at UNAVCO in Boulder, Colorado for the Field Education and Support by the UNAVCO GAGE Facility Workshop. The goal of this workshop was to bring together educators who are interested in, or are already actively using, geodesy in a field education context.
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2015-01
 

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