CWU Receives $600,000 National Science Foundation Grant to Advance Geosciences

<p>Tim Melbourne</p>

Tim Melbourne

Thanks to more than $600,000 from the National Science Foundation, Central Washington University will participate in the world’s largest earthquake monitoring system.

Tim Melbourne, CWU geological sciences professor, received a total of $620,500 for "Geodosy Advancing Geosciences & Earthscope (GAGE)," a five-year research project funded by UNAVCO/National Science Foundation.

Melbourne is the director of the PANGA [Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array], a lab that monitors the Earth’s movements throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, British Columbia, and northern California.

Melbourne’s lab will become one of two Data Analysis Centers for the emerging Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO), a network of 1,100 permanent, continuously operating Global Positioning System (GPS) stations, and other data-collecting and reporting instruments designed to study movement on and below the Earth’s surface. GPS is the preferred method for sensing Earth movements from days to decades.