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NOAA/NGS Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS)
browse graphic The National Geodetic Survey (NGS), an office of NOAA's National Ocean Service, manages a network of Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) that provide Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) data consisting of carrier phase and code range measurements in support of three dimensional positioning, meteorology, space weather, and geophysical applications throughout the United States, its territories, and a few foreign countries. Surveyors, GIS users, engineers, scientists, and the public at large that collect GPS data can use CORS data to improve the precision of their positions. CORS enhanced post-processed coordinates approach a few centimeters relative to the National Spatial Reference System, both horizontally and vertically. The CORS network is a multi-purpose cooperative endeavor involving government, academic, and private organizations. The sites are independently owned and operated. Each agency shares their data with NGS, and NGS in turn analyzes and distributes the data free of charge. As of March 2014, the CORS network contains almost 2000 stations, contributed by over 200 different organizations, and the network continues to expand. The National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) is the designated archive of the NGS CORS data set. NGDC utilizes NOAA's Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS) infrastructure to archive and distribute CORS data.