The Continuously Operating Caribbean GPS Observational Network (COCONet) project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Collaborative Research project between UNAVCO and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), is pleased to announce the awards of the COCONet Mirror Data Center Sites and Regional Data Center for 2013.

UNAVCO will provide hardware, software, installation, and training as needed to develop these sites. The centers will support open access to data, data integration, high impact research, and graduate-level training in the Earth sciences in the circum-Caribbean region where there is a significant need for more expertise and study to meet immediate concerns and provide longer-term benefits to the COCONet community. The benefits include but are not limited to, educational advancement; professional workforce development; hazards preparedness, response and mitigation; development and planning; and understanding and living with Earth processes.

Congratulations to the new COCONet data centers. The centers should be fully functional in the near future. After a review of the success of the centers, additional support that is contingent on funding, for more data centers will be considered in 2014.

For more information please contact Glen Mattioli, Director of Geodetic Infrastructure at UNAVCO and Principal Investigator for COCONet.
Email: mattioliunavco.org


Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) will receive a grant to develop a mirror data center to host and serve COCONet data and metadata from UNAVCO and serve as a geodetic seamless archive center through web services (GSAC-WS). CIMH, headquartered in Husbands, St. James, Barbados will serve the eastern circum-Caribbean region. Dr. Andrea M. Sealy is the principal investigator for the mirror data center award (contact email: asealycimh.edu.bb). CIMH is a Regional Meteorological Training Centre for the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and part of the Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (representing 16 countries in the Caribbean). The institute is well placed to serve as a mirror data center and to expand collaborations and integration of geodetic data for atmospheric and solid Earth sciences applications.


Instituto Nicaraguense De Estudios Territoriales

The Nicaraguan Institute for Terrestrial Studies (Instituto Nicaraguense De Estudios Territoriales, INETER) will receive a grant to develop a mirror data center to host and serve COCONet data and metadata from UNAVCO and serve as a geodetic seamless archive center through web services (GSAC-WS). INETER, headquartered in Managua, Nicaragua will serve the western circum-Caribbean region. Dr. Jose Armando Saballos is the principal investigator for the mirror data center award (contact email: armando.saballosgf.ineter.gob.ni). INETER provides research, data, education, and support for all hazards in Nicaragua, especially volcanic unrest, earthquakes, and severe weather. Their diverse talents in all fields of geoscience research and observations and their established data services make the INETER an excellent site for a mirror data center.


Colombian Geological Survey

The Colombian Geological Survey , Center for Processing and Analysis of Geodetic Data will receive a grant to develop a regional data center (RDC) headquartered in Bogota, Colombia and serve the entire circum-Caribbean community. The RDC functions as a mirror for COCONet data and metadata with capabilities for local data and metadata management, such as downloading stations and archiving GNSS data. Dr. Hector Mora-Paez will serve as the principal investigator for the RDC award (contact email: hmorasgc.gov.co). Dr. Mora-Paez directs the GNSS GEORED Project at the Colombian Geological Survey. The project, the institution, and the investigators are well suited to host a regional data center with longer-term integration and dissemination of geodetic data for research and broader impacts.


2013 COCONet Regional Data Center Request for Proposals