In this episode, we talk to Lynda Bell, who is the Southwest Regional Geodetic Advisor for NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey. She is the geodetic advisor for Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
In the episode, she explains why the National Spatial Reference Frame (NSRS) is so important and how it is a framework that ties all of our geospatial data together. She also reminds us of what a datum is and what we need to know about the new datums that are coming in 2023. She also explains the GPS on BenchMark program and how you can contribute. We then ask her about her recent visit to Utah and the importance of the PLSS monument preservation at Temple Square and also the USGS/UGRC Great Salt Lake Causeway project - a project measuring water levels and height.
More info from NOAA on Datums
NOAA's National Geodetic Survey webpage
The GPS on BenchMarks Program
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