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Celebrating 15 Years of Discovery and the Legacy of a Major Science Initiative: The EarthScope Finale Science Symposium and Reception

Celebrating 15 Years of Discovery and the Legacy of a Major Science Initiative: The EarthScope Finale Science Symposium and Reception

May 23, 2019

Scientists, community members, National Science Foundation (NSF) staff and representatives of federal agencies gathered in Washington, D.C. May 21-22 to celebrate the successes of EarthScope. EarthScope was an NSF program designed to study the structure and evolution of the North American continent and the processes that cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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CONVERSE: Community Network for Volcanic Eruption Response

CONVERSE: Community Network for Volcanic Eruption Response

May 20, 2019

The Community Network for Volcanic Eruption Response (CONVERSE) research coordination network (RCN) brings together a broadly interdisciplinary group of scientists from academia and US federal agencies who reflect the wide range of data, samples, instrumentation and modeling that currently characterizes volcano science.

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Data Event Response to the May 14, 2019 M 7.5 Earthquake, 45km NE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

Data Event Response to the May 14, 2019 M 7.5 Earthquake, 45km NE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

Nay 16, 2019

UNAVCO has produced a fully processed 1-sps borehole strainmeter (BSM) dataset spanning the time period of this event. This dataset can be downloaded from the UNAVCO borehole strainmeter event response page.

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The Next Generation GPS/GNSS Network: The Network of the Americas (NOTA)

The Next Generation GPS/GNSS Network: The Network of the Americas (NOTA)

April 16, 2019

The newly designated Network of the Americas (NOTA) incorporates three major networks: the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO), 1,100 stations spanning Alaska, the continental US, and Puerto Rico; TLALOCNet, 40 stations in Mexico; and COCONet, 85 stations spanning the Caribbean.

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SCIENCE SNAPSHOTS

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Probabilities of Large Earthquakes in Alaska

Probabilities of Large Earthquakes in Alaska

February 28, 2018

A crustal deformation model for the Western United States fits geodetic and geologic observations and shows where major changes in the crust are occurring. Such modeling is critical for earthquake hazard assessments and for understanding Earth processes.

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Measuring Slip on a Complex Fault in Alaska

Measuring Slip on a Complex Fault in Alaska

May 20, 2019

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake on 23 January 2018 in the Gulf of Alaska broke multiple orthogonal fault segments. The GNSS data of ground deformation during and after the earthquake showed most of the slip on two west-southwest oriented faults. The earthquake does not appear to have increased the stress in the region of the magnitude 9.2 1964 Alaska earthquake.

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Tracking Interactions of the Sun, the Moon and Earth with GNSS for the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse

Tracking Interactions of the Sun, the Moon and Earth with GNSS for the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse

March 03, 2019

he 21 August 2017 total solar eclipse across the United States blocked solar radiation and influenced the ionosphere and the rest of the atmosphere. The total electron content (TEC) in the ionosphere was measured with UNAVCO’s network of U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS)/ Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) ground-based sites and other geodetic sites across the country.

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Measuring Permafrost on the North Slope of Alaska with GNSS

Measuring Permafrost on the North Slope of Alaska with GNSS

January 18, 2019

The freeze-thaw dynamics of permafrost on the north slope of Alaska was measured over 12 years using a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) site permanently embedded in the permafrost near Barrow, Alaska. The data reveal subsidence due to thawing each summer plus interannual variations. The technique provides a new spatial and temporal approach to quantify permafrost changes and it can be applied at more than 200 GNSS sites in cold regions.

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How Flood and Fire Alter Landscape, Seen Through the Discerning Eye of Ground-based LIDAR

How Flood and Fire Alter Landscape, Seen Through the Discerning Eye of Ground-based LIDAR

February 7, 2019

A colluvial hollow in Fourmile Canyon, Colorado that was present after the 2010 Fourmile Canyon wildfire transitioned to a fluvial channel with steps and pools while retaining the original hollow roughness after an intense 2013 flood. The changes were measured with a terrestrial laser scanner from UNAVCO and can help understand future risks in a changing landscape.

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Tsunami Hazards in Central America

Tsunami Hazards in Central America

November 8, 2017

Central America faces tsunami threats along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts and at the shores of large lakes. Large earthquakes caused the most damaging tsunamis, however, landslides or volcanic eruptions can cause tsunamis around large lakes. Warning systems rely on seismic and geodetic observations. The Central American Tsunami Advisory Center (CATAC) will use these observations to help reduce losses.

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Chile Advances Earthquake and Tsunami Warning System with GNSS Data

Chile Advances Earthquake and Tsunami Warning System with GNSS Data

April 08, 2019

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) networks have been established and enhanced to provide information and warning about large earthquakes and tsunamis. The Centro Sismológico Nacional (CSN) of the Universidad de Chile can collect information about an earthquake and potential tsunami from GNSS data within seconds and provide early warning to communities in Chile and the rest of the world.

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