The beauty and diversity of the Caribbean region is a result of geological and atmospheric processes that also pose serious threats to the large population within reach of seismic faults, hurricanes tracks, or sea-level change. The capacity to understand, prepare for, adapt to, and in some cases predict these natural hazards requires Earth observations on both large and small scales.

The Continuously Operating Caribbean GPS Observational Network (COCONet) project was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the aim of developing a large-scale geodetic and atmospheric infrastructure in the Caribbean that will form the backbone for a broad range of geoscience and atmospheric investigations and enable research on process-oriented science questions with direct relevance to geohazards.

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Congratulations to the outstanding COCONet Graduate Fellows for 2014 and second year Fellows.
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The Network

COCONet will establish a network of at least 46 new continuous Global Positioning System (cGPS) and meteorology stations, refurbish an additional 21 stations, and archive data from at least 61 cGPS stations that are already or will soon be in operation. Significant progress has been accomplished in the initial 27 months of the project. The network is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2013.

COCONet will provide raw GPS data, GPS-PWV, surface meteorology measurements, time series of daily positions, as well as a station velocity field to support a broad range of geoscience investigations. All the new and refurbished stations will have sub-daily data latency. Atmospheric data products will be distributed to the researchers using both the Unidata Local Data Manager (LDM) and other web Internet distribution systems. Geodetic data products will be available from the UNAVCO public data archive and potential regional data partners in the Caribbean. All of the participants in the project have committed to a free and open data policy.

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Dominican Republic upgrades
Determining how the Caribbean plate moves with respect to the neighboring North America and South America plates has been a major challenge.
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Honduras
Determining how the Caribbean plate moves with respect to the neighboring North America and South America plates has been a major challenge.
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Bahamas
Determining how the Caribbean plate moves with respect to the neighboring North America and South America plates has been a major challenge. Geologic plate motion models using seafloor magnetic anomaly rates ...

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Science Snapshot: Anticipating and Monitoring a Large Earthquake in Costa Rica
The Nicoya Peninsula along the west coast of Costa Rica has experienced magnitude 7 or larger earthquakes about every 50 years since the mid-1800s.
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