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Atlantic Mediterranean Interdisciplinary GPS Observation

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The AMIGO (Atlantic Mediterranean Interdisciplinary GPS Observations) involves investigators from: l'Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingenieurs, Universite Mohamed V, Morocco (EMI); a Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal (FCUL); el Institut Cartografic de Catalunya, Spain (ICC); el Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya, Spain (IEEC); the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (MIT); el Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada en San Fernando, Spain (ROA); and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, USA (SAO).

The AMIGO collaboration was initiated in August 1998 to address the lack of observational constraints on the kinematics of the eastern Atlantic and western Mediterranean. A number of Iberian and North African agencies were beginning to establish small GPS networks, either for local geodetic control, small-scale kinematics, atmospheric studies, or purely technical studies around that time. The AMIGO collaboration was formed to provide a more coordinated data set for the range of scientific problems being addressed by investigators from these institutions. Each AMIGO institution is therefore able to address its goals in the most cost-effective manner. Each AMIGO institution supports its own limited activities. Generally, this involves establishing permanent GPS sites, with supporting infrastructure, or performing campaign GPS observations.

The role of SAO in this collaboration is to provide a consistent, careful, analysis of combined continuous and campaign GPS data in this region in a well defined reference frame in order to study the deformation pattern along the Africa-Eurasia plate boundary.

For further information contact:

Dr. Pedro Elosegui
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden St, MS 42
Cambridge, MA 02138-1516
(617) 496-7645