Our Geodesy research is enabled by access to cutting-edge hardware and software facilities. This supports all levels of our activities, from data collection and pre-processing through to modelling and analysis of observed processes. The Geodesy group also plays an active role in the installation, operation and maintenance of GNSS stations including: Morpeth (MORP/MORO/MORG) ,North Shields (NSLG) and Newcastle (NCAS/NCLV) in partnership with the IGS, the Ordnance Survey, Leica and Topcon, and the National Oceanography Centre / NERC British Isles GNSS Facility.

Our hardware resources are fundamental in allowing the collection of raw data for research such as time series analysis and modelling .This includes items of specialist equipment such as: GNSS receivers (Leica Viva GNSS GS 12/10 and Trimble), GPS only receivers (Leica GPS1200), GNSS antennas, Total Stations (including a variety of both Leica and Trimble as well as robotic  Total Stations ), Levels (automatic and manual), Laser scanners (Leica and Riegl ), meteorological sensors (Paroscientific Met 4a/3) and Fast GBSAR.

Software and Computing

The group has a broad selection of specialist software resources and operates a High Throughput Computing cluster managed by HTCondor software on our dedicated Geodesy group Linux cluster. The group also has access to the wider University pool of software and computers. Licensed software includes: high-precision GNSS data processing software (GAMIT/TRACK, Bernese, GIPSY-OASIS, NAPEOS and in-house developed kinematic precise point positioning and single epoch relative software), InSAR data processing software (GAMMA, ROI_PAC and ISCE), InSAR time series package InSAR TS+AEM, multi-satellite orbital dynamics software (FAUST), ice sheet modelling software (GLIMMER) and standard commercial software packages for GNSS and land survey data processing, including Leica Geo Office.