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UNAVCO 1996 Annual Report
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Appendix B. Boulder Facility Data Acquisition Support

Support to GPS data acquisition encompasses the hardware, software, design, documentation, training and staff required to facilitate the collection and transfer of high quality GPS data from the GPS receiver to safe storage. Data acquisition support to NSF investigators by the UNAVCO Boulder Facility Data Acquisition Group (DAG) includes a pool of GPS receivers, field engineering support, the design, development, installation, and maintenance of continuously operating GPS stations, training for operation of GPS receivers, and the transfer of GPS data collection technology to scientific users. Researchers experienced with GPS technology primarily used the Facility in 1997 for technical consultation on continuous station installation, trouble-shooting receiver problems, and developing and testing the software and hardware products that help them collect the data themselves. New users conducting studies in ecology, petrology, hydrology, and atmospheric sciences have found GPS an exciting new research tool and the number of requests for support from such users increased in 1997 as they became aware of the capability of the Facility. For example, a scientist studying pluton emplacement in the White-Inyo Range under NSF EAR-Petrology funding learned of the UNAVCO Facility early this summer and was able to get the technical advice and a short-term loan of a GPS receiver and processing software necessary for accurately locating gravity measurements. A second researcher applied GPS in a completely new application in the study of the evolution of peatland bogs.

The following sections discuss the Boulder Facility's support to specific projects in FY97 and a projection of support requirements for FY98.

B.1 - Training and Technology Transfer
B.2 - Equipment Loans and Servicing
B.3 - Support for Campaigns
B.4 - Support of Continuously Operating GPS Stations
B.5 - Support to the Office of Polar Programs
B.6 - Hardware and Software Development in Support of Data Acquisition
B.7 - Direct Project Support for FY98
B.8 - Data Acquisition Group (DAG) Staff

1997 Annual Report - 27 OCT 1997

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