Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array
Central Washington University

About Panga

Mission Statement

The Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array (PANGA) is a continuous array of high precision Global Positioning System receivers that are deployed to monitor crustal deformation in the Pacific Northwest. An international group of institutions is committed to investigating solid earth deformation in support of seismic and volcanic hazard risk assessment using this GPS network. The PANGA consortium, an advisory body, will promote and coordinate the efficient collection, analysis, and interpretation of high precision deformation measurements using GPS. The consortium will further studies that characterize how active tectonics leads to earthquake and volcanic hazards in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia - a region being deformed by the relative motions of the Pacific, Juan de Fuca, and North America plates.

Core Institutions

Central Washington University: Geodesy Lab, Dept. of Geological Sciences
Geological Survey of Canada: Pacific Geoscience Centre
Oregon State University: College of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
U.S. Geological Survey: Cascade Volcano Observatory
University of Idaho (INGA)
University of Oregon: Department of Geological Sciences
University of Washington: Geophysics Program

Investigator Community

includes the following collaborating or participating organizations:
Bay Area Regional Deformation Array (BARD)
Humboldt State University
National Geodetic Survey
Puget Reference System Utility
SUNY Geneseo
University of Idaho
UNAVCO Boulder Facility
U.S. Geological Survey
University of Alaska

Supporting Programs

National Science Foundation:  Academic Research Infrastructure - Equipment; Major Research Instrumentation; Earth Sciences - Geophysics, Instrumentation and Facilities
Department of Natural Resources, Canada
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, U.S. Geological Survey
SUN Computers