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2003-08-07

Minutes of the Council Meeting 7th of July 2003 during the IUGG2003

by Christina Schneider

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Sz. Rózsa
Present:Fernando Sanso (President), C.C. Tscherning (Secretary General), Gerhard Beutler (1. vice-president), Michael Sideris (New 1. vice-president), Klaus-Peter Schwartz (Past president),

Australia (Will Featherstone), Austria (Erhard Erker), Belgium (Bernard Ducarme), Brazil (Denisar Blitzkow), Canada (Marcelo Santos), China (Yamin Dang), Colombia (Laura Sanchez), Czech Republic (Petr Holota), Denmark (Niels Andersen), Finland (Markku Poutanen), France (Pascal Willis), Germany (Bernhard Heck), Greece (Dimitris Arabelos), Hungary (József Ádám), Indonesia (Hasanuddin Z. Abidin), Italy (Susanna Zerbini), Japan (Shuzo Takamoto), Malaysia (S. Bin Haji Aby), New Zealand (Groeme Blick), Norway (Björn Geirr Harsson), Poland (Jan Krynski), Portugal (Joăo Agria Torres), Romania (Crisan Demetresen), Russia (Petr Medvedev), South Africa (Charles Merry), Sweden (Bo Jonsson), Switzerland (Alain Geiger), Turkey (Ali Kilicoglu), UK (Philippa Berry), USA (David Sandwell)

Guests: Chris Rizos (EC), Wolfgang Torge (EC), Larry Hothem, Ruth Neilan, Inma Tomás Estellés, David Marti Belenger, Clark R. Wilson (EC), Chris Jekeli (EC)

FS welcomed all the delegates and presented the new agenda (changed as announced). FS asked for the Council’s permission to make some further minor changes in the new agenda. The following agenda was then adopted:

  1. Review of election procedures (KPS)

  2. Remaining Elections (KPS)

  3. Report of Audit Committee

  4. IAG budget approval

  5. IAG representatives

  6. Resolutions

  7. Approval of Inter Commission committee on Theory

  8. Discussion on IGGOS and discussion on ICC on Planetary Geodesy (ICCPG) and ICC on Geodetic Standards (ICCGS)

  9. Venue of Scientific Assembly 2005

After a roll call CCT stated that there where enough countries present to make a quorum.


1. Review of election procedures (KPS)

KPS made a short presentation of the material sent out about 3 months ago. He thanked the Nomination Committee, which had been a very effective and responsive group.

The committee received 17 lists with nominees with 3-4 persons proposed for each position. KPS suggested that the next election should move forward the deadline for final nominations, because this time it was conflicting with Christmas, which is a problem due to the holidays and mail not being delivered. The EC and the Cassinis Committee will have to decide on the proposed changes.

In the next period, the Cassinis Committee has to take care of the review of the Statues and By-Laws and the nomination procedure.

FS thanked the Nomination Committee and especially KPS for being the chair and doing a good job.


2. Remaining Elections (KPS)

The EC had received 2 proposals for hosting the Communication and Outreach Branch (COB). The EC has chosen Hungary, based on a proposal, which József Ádám had submitted. The EC has consequently nominated József Ádám as president for the COB. The Council elected unanimously J. Ádám as president of the COB.

According to the By-Laws the Council shall elect an assistant secretary as contact person to the Local Organizing Committee for the Scientific Assembly, but since there isn’t chosen a location the election cannot take place. Therefore a liason-person has to be chosen, who is not previously elected by the Council.


3. Report of Audit Committee

On behalf of the Audit Committee Will Featherstone gave a brief report. The report was distributed to the Council prior to the meeting and also attached this minute as attachment 2.

The Council approved the report.


4. IAG budget approval

CCT gave a short presentation of the budget distributed prior to the meeting (see attachment 3)

As mentioned earlier, the only really new issue in this budget is the "Membership fee" and the Council raised some question about how people would be encouraged to be a member of IAG? CCT explained that József Ádám and the IAG office will hand out the Membership application form at any given opportunity. Also, whenever IAG arranges Schools, Symposias et al, application forms would be distributed. IAG is also hoping for the collaboration from all the National Delegates. Also, membership forms are available via the IAG homepage.

Geodesists from developing countries have already expressed their willingness to contribute with amounts corresponding to their possibilities.

Furthermore, the Steering Committee for the COB is going to have a meeting on the 2nd of July, where among other things this issue will be discussed.

The Council adopted the budget.


5. IAG representatives

This agenda item could be removed from the agenda because the representatives were already elected.


6. Resolutions (GB)

The Resolution Committee had a meeting on the 5th of July. The Committee received 5 resolutions in all. GB gave a short presentation of the six resolutions (see attachment 4):

Res. 1. Ocean-Bottom Pressure Measurements. This resolution is joint with IAPSO. (Author R. Gross)

Res. 2. Ocean Modeling. This resolution is joint with IAPSO. (Author R. Gross)

Res. 3. Integrated Global Geodetic Observing System (IGGOS) (Author H. Drewes)

Res. 4. Endorsement of (highly technical) IAU resolutions (Manchester, 1999) (Author C. Wilson)

Res. 5. Monitor Earth with SAR (Author David Sandwell ) (joint with IAPSO)

Res. 6. GNSS Resolution (Authors R. Neilan and L. Hothem)

All six resolutions are meant to be IUGG Resolutions and the material was already handed over to the IUGG Resolutions Committee (President Harsh Gupta). The IAG Council will be asked to approve the resolutions anyway: If the IAG Council would not approve one or some of the Resolutions, the IAG would withdraw the proposed IUGG resolution. It the IUGG Council would not approve one or some of the resolutions proposed by the IAG Council, these Resolutions would be automatically considered as IAG resolutions.

After the presentation GB opened for a discussion in the Council.

Re. Res. 1 and 2.: Since the resolutions are joint resolutions, IAPSO will also considerthem, and if they don’t adopt it, the resolution No. 2 would be withdrawn. The first part of the resolution is highly recommended by IAG. The last part of it is only understood by the IAPSO association and therefore not for consideration in the IAG.

Vote: There where two voting’s for this resolution: 1 for the first part and 1 for the second:

Resolution 1:

Against: 0

Abstained: 0

For: Unanimously adopted

Resolution 2:

Against: 0

Abstained: 0

For: Unanimously adopted

Re. Res. 3.: There was a small concern if the Committee would consider adding conventions. After a discussion it was decided that the resolution would be:

In paragraph "… and urges" paragraph 1. will be as follows: "1. providing data, conventions, models, products, …"

Vote:

Against: 0

Abstained: 0

For: Unanimously adopted

Re. Res. 4.: After some discussion it was decided to go along with IAU.

Vote:

Against: 0

Abstained: 1

For: The rest of the Council. Adopted.

Re. Res. 5.: There was discussion weather IUGG should adopt this resolution since InSAR is not a traditional IUGG subject.

Vote:

Against: 0

Abstained: 1

For: The rest of the Council. Adopted.

Re. Res. 6.: There where some comments about paragraph "Recommends" and the sentence "Maximize common frequencies and signals". After some discussion it was decided that Ruth Neilan should provide GB with a revised version.

Vote:

Against: 0

Abstained: 0

For: Unanimously adopted.

It was mentioned that there where on resolution missing, namely one thanking the Local Organizing Committee for its excellent work and the well organized XXIIIrd General Assembly.


7. Approval of Inter Commission committee on Theory

The IAG EC already had elected Peilang Xu as president for this Committee at its meeting in Nice, 2003. The reasons for establish ICCT are:

  • To support the commissions

  • The section of Theory does not exist in the new structure because it was overlapping with all the sections. It is still useful though to have a group, which can work with all the commissions, and ICCT can do that.

  • ICCT is mainly to focus on theoretical questions raised by the commissions.

  • After a discussion whether or not the ICCT should be established GB requested the Council to approve of the establishment as an experiment and then reconsider in 4 years. The Council then moved for voting:

    Vote:

    Against: 1

    Abstained: 0

    For: The rest of the Council. Adopted.


    8. Discussion on IGGOS and discussion on ICC on Planetary Geodesy (ICCPG) and ICC on Geodetic Standards (ICCGS)

    IGGOS:

    GB gave a presentation of the latest developments within the IGGOS committee, which also was mailed to the Council prior to the General Assembly – proposal of the 17th of June (see attachment 5).

    EC had elected Chris Reigber as president of the IGGOS program board for the IGGOS definition phase 2003-2005.

    The Council didn’t have any comments and remarks and the IGGOS was formally established by the Council.

    ICC on Planetary Geodesy (see attachment 6):

    The Planning Group of ICCPG has had a meeting and and proposes that the ICC should be established.The planning group decided to appoint a steering committee with Dave Smith as president (t.b.c.), the IAG VP and the President of Commission 3will be members of the planning group.

    It was emphasized that the distributed proposal isn’t final and that both, the old and new EC, had some discussions whether this ICC should be established.

    The EC requests that the Council approve the establishment in the 2003-2007 timeframe, provided the finalized proposal is approved by the EC..

    Vote:

    The Council voted unanimously to proceed as proposed.

    ICC on Geodetic Standards (see attachment 7):

    The Council had a discussion about the ICC and the issue of a parallel activity at IERS/BIPM. It was decided that the planning group should sort out this problem.

    The EC request the Council’s permission to establish the ICC in the 2003-2007 timeframe, provided the finalized proposal is approved by the EC.

    Vote:

    Against: 0

    Abstained: 1

    For: The rest of the Council. Adopted.


    9. Venue of Scientific Assembly 2005

    The proposals where presented in alphabetical order:

    Australia, Cairns:

    Chris Rizos presented the proposal from Cairns and stated that if Melbourne, Australia is elected to host the General Assembly 2007 he would withdraw his proposal for 2005.

    Italy, Torino:

    Susanna Zerbini presented the proposal from Torino and she also stated that if Perugia is elected to host General Assembly 2007 she would withdraw the proposal.

    Then Spain, Valencia made their presentation

    And finally

    Turkey, Istanbul

    After the presentations ballots where handed out to those Council members allowed to vote according to the IUGG rules.

    The vote ended as follows:

    Cairns: 11

    Italy: 0

    Spain: 8

    Turkey: 9

    FS congratulated Cairns, Australia for having won thecontest. He also thanked the other three candidate organizers. All proposals were excellent.

    Respectfully submitted: Christina Schneider, date 2003-07-30