2012-2013 Science Planning Summaries
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UNAVCO GPS survey support

Program Manager:
Dr. Michael Jackson

NSF/OPP Award 1261833

ASC POC/Implementer:
Leslie Blank / Cara Sucher

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

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 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 Mount Erebus for GPS data retrieval from the Transantarctic Mountains, and an Iridium satellite communications hub in Colorado. Technical support is also provided for the Palmer Station GPS surveying system. Operation and maintenance is provided as needed for the NASA International Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Service (IGS) stations MCM4 and PALM, the POLENET (ANET) remote GPS stations, and GPS reference stations on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide and at 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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