After more than a decade of affiliation with UCAR, UNAVCO—originally
the University NAVSTAR Consortium—is an independent entity. Founded
in 1984 and now overseen by 29 member institutions, UNAVCO is best known
for its support of geodesy and other high-precision research applications
of Global Positioning System technology. It joined UCAR in 1992 as the
increasing potential for GPS-based applications in the atmospheric and
related sciences became apparent.
UNAVCO’s governing board formed a nonprofit, membership-governed
institution, UNAVCO, Inc., in 2001. Its operational arm, the UNAVCO
Facility, remained in UCAR’s Office of Programs (UOP) until 30
September 2003. The facility has since moved from UCAR’s Foothills
campus to a new location several miles to the northeast (see below).
“The facility’s move from UCAR to UNAVCO is part of a long-term
plan to expand UNAVCO’s role in solid Earth geodesy and geophysics,”
says UNAVCO president William Prescott.
UCAR will continue its GPS-related research and development through
UOP’s Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere
& Climate (COSMIC), which will incorporatethe GPS Science and Technology
UNAVCO, Inc., and the UNAVCO Facility are located at 6350 Nautilus
Drive, Boulder, Colorado.