UNAVCO building geodetic architecture of ShakeAlert®

UNAVCO recently wrapped up a two-year project upgrading and installing geodetic stations to better serve the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System, but the work contributing to ShakeAlert is far from over. As a result of a new interagency agreement with the National Science Foundation and the United States Geological Survey, UNAVCO will build and operate the new geodetic data architecture of ShakeAlert.

New and upgraded geodetic stations will serve ShakeAlert®

The ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system is much more than the alert message on your phone. Detecting earthquakes, characterizing them, and determining the appropriate warning area takes a tremendous amount of infrastructure. With the completion of a recent Cooperative Agreement with the USGS, UNAVCO has improved West Coast geodetic infrastructure so it can be fully integrated into ShakeAlert.

Supporting the science response to the 2021 Haiti earthquake

On August 14, a devastating magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Nippes, Haiti, causing thousands of deaths and widespread damage to homes, churches, schools, and other infrastructure. In the midst of this humanitarian crisis, geoscientists are working to understand exactly what happened on the fault (or faults) responsible—which is critical to understanding future risk.

Alaska Field Blog: Network Repairs

This is one post in a series on the Alaska Amphibious Community Seismic Experiment blog following a field campaign in response to the magnitude 8.2 Chignik earthquake. (You can find the UNAVCO event response page for this earthquake here.) We are reprinting posts contributed by UNAVCO staff here but you can follow along on the blog to read the rest. This post comes from UNAVCO Project Manager Ken Austin.

RESESS Alum Jae Bridges accepted into graduate program

We are delighted to congratulate Jae Bridges—a 2020 RESESS intern—for being accepted into the graduate program at Ohio University this fall! We’re even happier to note that Jae will be working with Prof. Katherine Fornash, who is herself an alum of the RESESS program!

UNAVCO summer internship programs are underway!

May 24 saw the official launch of our three summer internship programs! The RESESS program provides undergraduate research internships primarily focused on increasing diversity in the geosciences, the Geo-Launchpad program specifically serves Colorado and New Mexico community college students, and the USIP program brings in graduate and upper-level undergraduate students in to work with UNAVCO … Continued

Monitoring hurricanes with… GPS stations?

Weather satellites track hurricanes through a number of different types of measurements but all things have strengths and weaknesses. And when it comes to severe weather, there’s no such thing as too much data for improving forecasts. Believe it or not, GPS stations may be able to help.

Response to March 22 tragedy in Boulder

Our Statement Monday’s fatal shootings in Boulder occurred close to home for many of us at UNAVCO. While no UNAVCO staff were directly affected, the grief in the community reaches far. Our thoughts are with all those who have suffered senseless loss, to whom we can only extend our sympathies. The CU Boulder website has … Continued