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.
COCONet Status Map
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.Quick Data Access:
- Current and proposed COCONet stations » [Static KMZ, Feb 2013]
- View stations in the UNAVCO Data Archive Interface v2 »
Science Snapshots and HighlightsScience 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.
Read more Carriacou
While most people in the Caribbean were enjoying their time off for Easter weekend, UNAVCO engineers Jacob Sklar and Michael Fend were installing COCONet GPS site CN46 on Carriacou Island, Grenada.
Read more Saint Lucia
UNAVCO engineers, in collaboration with the University of the West Indies and Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Physical Development, Housing and Urban Renewal, installed cGPS sites CN47 and CN04 in Saint Lucia during a 2.5-week trip spanning February and March 2014.
Read more Dominican Republic
In collaboration with the Oficina Nacional de Meteorología (ONAMET), Alex Holsteinson at Geomedición, Instrumentos y Sistemas, Fausto Baez at Holasa, and the Punta Cana Group of the Punta Cana International Airport, COCONet GPS site, CN05, has been installed in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.