[unav_all] UNAVCO Project Support

Chuck Meertens chuckm at unavco.org
Thu May 13 14:52:53 MDT 2004

Dear UNAVCO community,

The UNAVCO Facility is pleased to announce new expanded capabilities to 
support your upcoming proposed projects. Thanks to grants for equipment 
from the NSF Instruments and Facilities program and the EarthScope/PBO 
MRE, the UNAVCO Facility will be able to provide several new levels of 
project support, including longer-term installations using pool 
equipment and Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) systems. The purpose of this 
announcement is to inform users about new and up-coming resources of the 
UNAVCO equipment pool. We also would like to request your feedback on 
your anticipated requirements so we can better meet your future project 

We foresee three styles of observations and a variety of equipment 
configurations based on the amount of observation time needed to meet 
the scientific goals and precision requirements of the experiment. The 
general categories of equipment include:

1. Short-term (minutes to weeks) or "campaign" surveys: new low-power, 
high memory campaign GPS receivers, antennas, batteries, tripods and 
associated materials for campaign and RTK surveys.

   Potential applications: traditional campaign surveys or RTK surveys.

2. Intermediate-term (weeks to years) or "semi-permanent" stations: 
self-contained systems including new low-power, high memory permanent 
station GPS receivers, secure enclosures, solar panels, and optional 
communications hardware.

Potential applications: high precision initial baseline measurements for 
comparison with future surveys; precision velocity estimates for more 
rapidly moving areas; longer term measurements in areas where 
communications are not possible; measurement of time-dependent 
deformation; and event response (e.g. earthquakes).

3. Long-term (years) or "permanent" stations: A number of older GPS 
receivers are currently available for long-term installation at new 
permanent stations.

Potential applications: highest possible precision surveys on high 
quality geodetic monuments and measurements of time-dependent deformation.

To get assistance with project planning and budgeting as you prepare for 
upcoming NSF EAR and PBO and NASA proposals, please contact us via our 
On-line Project Support Request form at: http://www.unavco.org  (under 
the UNAVCO Facility, Project Support link). You can also contact me or 
our staff directly at anytime if you would like to discuss your project 
or other UNAVCO issues. If we cannot accommodate your needs with 
existing or anticipated Facility resources, we can work with you and 
with funding Program Managers on the best strategies for purchasing new 

NSF Proposal Deadlines at: http://www.nsf.gov/home/deadline/geo.cfm

We look forward to hearing from you!

Chuck Meertens

Dr. Charles Meertens
UNAVCO Facility Manager
6350 Nautilus Drive
Boulder, CO 80301-5554
Work Phone: 303-381-7465
chuckm at unavco.org

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