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UNAVCO was awarded a collaborative EAR grant with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) to support a five year planned development of a plate-scale integrated geodetic and atmospheric/regional climate observational system in the pan-Caribbean region. One goal of the Continuously Operating Caribbean GPS Observational Network (COCONet) is to add 50 new semi-permanently monumented, continuously operating, GPS stations spanning multiple Caribbean and Caribbean bordering nations. COCONet goals also call for the integration of GPS data from up to 50 existing stations operating in the Caribbean. The new GPS stations will, in some cases, be co-located with existing tide gauges, thus supporting studies of sea level change in response to current global warming, and will be mated with surface meteorological observational equipment to significantly expand spatiotemporal geodetic and atmospheric observational infrastructure in a region of complex tectonics with substantial earthquake, tsunami, volcanic, tropical storm and hurricane, flooding and landslide hazards.

COCONet data flows via the EarthScope - Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) data management system and is available via the Web-accessible UNAVCO GPS data archive. Low-latency data telemetry is via cellular modem or through VSAT satellite communications to the PBO Network Operations Center in Boulder, Colorado. These data are processed into derived geodetic products, including combined GPS station position and velocity estimates, simplified position time series and velocity field estimates in multiple formats, at the existing GAGE Analysis Centers at Central Washington University and New Mexico Tech and the Analysis Center Coordinator at MIT.

UNAVCO funding for COCONet runs from September 2010 to August 2016.

Please visit the COCONet homepage, hosted by UNAVCO, for more information.

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