[unav_all] COCONet Workshop: Community Science, Station Siting, and Capacity Building

Meghan Miller meghan at unavco.org
Fri Oct 22 16:21:29 MDT 2010


Registration for the community workshop for COCONet is now open.  The workshop will be held at the the Gran Meliá Golf Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, February 2 - 4, 2011.    

The workshop will provide broad science input to support the following goals:
	• Refine the overarching science plan for pan-Caribbean GPS infrastructure.
	• Revise the GPS station siting plan in light of science goals and existing open-data GPS infrastructure.
	• Develop a mechanism for ongoing science oversight.
	• Define capacity building activities and funding mechanisms, including development of the scientific and technical capacity of the international and in-country community conducting research in the Caribbean, and ensuring a climate of free and open access to COCONet geodetic data.

We aim to attract a diverse and international community of scientists and students interested in advancing these goals.  Please also forward this message to international colleagues with Earth and atmospheric science interest in the Caribbean. 

To register and apply for support, please visit:

COCONet is a four-year award for Caribbean-wide regional GPS observations using a facility infrastructure for geoscience investigation of process-oriented science questions with direct relevance to geohazards.  The science rationale focuses on targets both in Earth and atmospheric sciences.

The Continuously Operating Caribbean GPS Observational Network (COCONet) will consist of 50 new CGPS and meteorology stations designed to augment data from another 50 existing GPS stations in the region.   The intent is that COCONet will provide free, high-quality, low-latency, open data and data products for researchers, educators, students, and the private sector for 100 stations. These data will be used by local and foreign researchers to study a variety of problems that include solid earth processes such as plate kinematics and dynamics, and plate boundary interaction and deformation, including earthquake cycle processes. It will also serve atmospheric science objectives by providing more precise estimates of tropospheric water vapor and enabling better forecast of the dynamics of airborne moisture associated with the yearly Caribbean hurricane cycle.  Because of the open data design, we anticipate significant broader impact with unanticipated science applications and commensurate societal benefits.

There will be an opportunity to register existing, geodetic quality, open data stations for consideration to be included in the COCONet data flow, processing, and standard data products.  

Please join us in Puerto Rico in  February!  

Tim Dixon

Organizing Committee:
Tim Dixon, University of Miami, Organizing Committee Chair
Richard Robertson, UWI – Seismic Research Centre, Vice Chair
Guoquan Wang, University of Puerto Rico;  Local Host
John Braun, UCAR
Eric Calais, Purdue University
Mike Jackson, UNAVCO
Rob Kursinski, University of Arizona, Caribbean NSF PI (AGS)              
Glen Mattioli, UT - Arlington, Caribbean NSF PI (EAR)             
Meghan Miller, UNAVCO
Hector Mora Paez, INGEOMINAS
Raj Pandya, UCAR, Education, Outreach & Capacity Building

Jaime Magliocca, Executive Assistant  -  <magliocca at unavco.org>

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