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NSF Awards the Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (GAGE) to UNAVCO

  • Principal Investigator: Meghan Miller
  • Dates: 1 October 2018 - September 30 2023
  • Location: Boulder, CO
  • Primary Funding Source: NSF

Written by Meghan Miller
20 September 2018


Five-year funding authorization for UNAVCO’s proposal to manage geodetic facilities was approved by the National Science Board on July 18, 2018. UNAVCO's service to the geodetic community continues under "Enabling Discoveries in Multiscale Earth System Dynamics: Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of GEoscience (GAGE)". The National Science Foundation Earth Sciences Division, Office of Polar Programs and NASA will continue support for researchers and educators who rely on geodetic networks and instrumentation, data services, and community engagement services.


Since the mid-1980s, the aspirations of the geodesy community have grown far beyond the first-ever high precision campaign GPS studies of tectonic and volcanic deformation. These are now succeeded by a growing suite of international GNSS constellations and temporally rich continuous observations from permanent networks. GNSS networks are complemented by gravity, radar and lidar observations, with data services and Education and Community Engagement activities that extend scientific reach and societal impact. The Network of the Americas (NOTA) will be federated from a subset of the GPS stations in the Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO),

TLALOCNet in Mexico, and COCONet in the Caribbean. NOTA will be enhanced with multi-constellation GNSS observations and robust, high-rate (1 Hz), real-time streaming at a growing number of existing stations, for network modernization and cost savings in data management. PBO borehole geophysical sensors will continue to operate, as will geodetic imaging capabilities (Terrestrial Laser Scanning and Synthetic Aperture Radar). Diverse data services, modernization of geoscience curriculum, career-cycle professional development, and community engagement activities extend the benefits of this work to investigators, students and society.


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