Message re: Shutdown from Julianna Blackwell, Director, National Geodetic Survey

Thank you for contacting me this morning regarding services provided by the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) during the shutdown of the Federal government.

The CORS network is comprised of approximately 2,000 stations which are owned and operated by more than 200 partners comprised of Federal, state and local agencies; academic institutions; and private organizations. NOAA operates approximately 60 CORS sites. Data from the non-NOAA CORS sites may be available directly from individual CORS owners/operators.

During the shutdown of the Federal government:
CORS data is being collected by NGS and will be made available to the public, along with associated services and tools such as UFCORS, OPUS, etc., once the shutdown is over and the data undergo quality control/quality assurance measures.

Only federal government websites necessary to protect lives and property will be maintained. Access to the NGS Integrated Database (NGS IDB) is currently not available to the public. CORS data and information from the NGS IDB can be made available in emergency situations concerning safety of life or property.

NGS will continue to provide geopositioning services necessary to maintain public safety, transportation, and protection of Nation's critical infrastructure. Services include management of a network of Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS), maintain the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and support overall global positioning activities essential to support public transportation and safety. The Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) data supports three dimensional positioning, meteorology, space weather, and geophysical applications throughout the United States, its territories, and a few foreign countries.

Juliana P. Blackwell
Director, National Geodetic Survey
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