2012-2013 Science Planning Summaries
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UNAVCO GPS survey support
 

Program Manager:
Dr. Mark Kurz

T-295-M
NSF/PLR Award 1261833

ASC POC/Implementer:
Leslie Blank / Cara Sucher

Mr. Joseph R Pettit (Principal Investigator)
pettit@unavco.org
Project LinkExternal Non U.S. Government Site

UNAVCO
Boulder, Colorado

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  Crary Lab and field sites

Project Description:
UNAVCO provides technical support and equipment for precision geodetic observations using GPS and terrestrial LiDAR technologies. Survey grade GPS receivers, terrestrial laser scanners and supporting power and communications systems for both high-precision campaign surveying and continuous data collection are available to project researchers. Infrastructure for this support includes a Real Time Kinematic (RTK) differential GPS broadcasting station covering McMurdo Sound, a repeater on Mt Erebus for GPS data retrieval from the Transantarctic Mountains and an Iridium satellite communications hub in Colorado. Technical support is provided for the Palmer Station GPS surveying system. Operation and maintenance is provided as needed for the NASA IGS stations MCM4 and PALM, the POLENET (ANET) remote GPS stations and GPS reference stations at WAIS Divide and South Pole Station.

Field Season Overview:
This field season, two to four UNAVCO staffers will be based at McMurdo Station throughout the austral summer. They provide technical and field engineering support, and manage the UNAVCO equipment pool. Field team members will occasionally travel to field locations as project support requirements dictate. Detailed logistical support is arranged directly between UNAVCO and the science project team

Deploying Team Members:

  • Brendan Hodge
  • Thomas Nylen
  • Marianne Okal
  • Joseph Pettit (PI)

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