Clocking a speeding glacier reveals the fate of a disappearing lake

The metaphor of a “slippery slope” is often invoked for things that might quickly get out of control, but in glaciology these words can be applied more literally. In a warming world, we want to know how quickly ice sheets can melt and raise sea level. If melting ice lubricates the base and speeds up ice flow, losses could accelerate.

IRIS Receives NSF Award to Support Planning of Subduction Zone Observatory

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded nearly $500,000 to IRIS to conduct activities focused on Subduction Zone in Four Dimensions (SZ4D). SZ4D is an initiative in the research community to study subduction zones – the places where tectonic plates converge and collide – through both space and time, with a focus on the fundamental processes underlying geologic hazards such as great earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. UNAVCO is a subawardee on this award to IRIS.

New video: Supporting rockfall hazard studies in Zion

Zion Canyon’s beauty and scale wouldn’t be possible without countless rockfall events that hastened its carving. But now that human infrastructure exists in the park—carrying millions of visitors each year—rockfall presents a significant risk that has to be managed. UNAVCO recently supported a project assessing that risk in two locations in the park.

New user identity management system for data access

There are lots of exciting changes on the way as a part of UNAVCO’s coming merger with IRIS to form EarthScope Consortium, including the development of a new common cloud platform (CCP) for data services. This complex project is well underway and will be rolling out in stages, with the goal of a transparent and … Continued

Borehole project in Italy will help answer questions about enigmatic faults

Italy has experienced several deadly earthquakes in recent years. They all occurred within a complicated fault system that challenges our models for fault behavior. An array of instruments has been deployed across the region to help geoscientists around the world study these faults. And with support from UNAVCO, the latest addition to that array is a number of borehole strainmeters.

2022 Technical Short Course Offerings

Are you looking to refine your geodesy knowledge and gain mapping skills? UNAVCO hosts technical short courses each summer that provide training on geodetic data processing techniques and tools.