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Assessment of GPS velocity accuracy for the Basin and Range Geodetic Network (BARGEN)

Davis, J. L. and Bennett, R. A. and Wernicke, B. P. (2003) Assessment of GPS velocity accuracy for the Basin and Range Geodetic Network (BARGEN). Geophysical Research Letters, 30 (7). Art. No. 1411. ISSN 0094-8276. doi:10.1029/2003GL016961.

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We assess the accuracy of horizontal velocity estimates from the Basin and Range Geodetic Network (BARGEN), a continuous GPS network that has been in operation since 1996. To make this quantitative assessment, we use a procedure that we term the “whole-error” method. In this method, the measure of the velocity errors is the root-mean-square (RMS) residual velocity relative to a simple geophysical model. This method produces a conservative estimate of the uncertainties, since errors in the geophysical models also contribute to the RMS residual. Using estimates from two different BARGEN subnetworks, the Northern Basin and Range and the Yucca Mountain Cluster, we determine velocity uncertainties of 0.1–0.2 mm yr^(−1). Since BARGEN covers a significant fraction of area of the proposed Plate Boundary Observatory component of EarthScope, our results indicate a good ability of this project to determine highly accurate long-term horizontal crustal velocities and deformation rates in this region.

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Additional Information:© 2003 by the American Geophysical Union. Received 21 January 2003; revised 11 March 2003; accepted 13 March 2003; published 11 April 2003. This research was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, NASA, the UNAVCO Facility, the California Institute of Technology, the Smithsonian Institution, and the University of Nevada, Reno. We thank P. Elósegui, H. Johnson, and an anonymous reviewer for useful comments on the manuscript. We also thank J. Langbein and R. King for comments on an earlier version of this work.
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Official Citation:Davis, J. L., R. A. Bennett, and B. P. Wernicke, Assessment of GPS velocity accuracy for the Basin and Range Geodetic Network (BARGEN), Geophys. Res. Lett., 30(7), 1411, doi:10.1029/2003GL016961, 2003
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