Editor: Gyula Tóth
IAG Communication and
MTA-BME Research Group
for Phys. Geod. and Geodyn.
Department of Geodesy
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
H-1521 Budapest, Hungary
Information Service of the International Association of
EGU Vening Meinesz Medal to C.C. Tscherning
CONT08: An August Continuous VLBI Campaign
Geodetic Techniques (GNSS, VLBI, SLR)
and Its Applications on Atmosphere/Geodynamics session in AOGS 2008
EUREF Symposium 2008
International Symposium on Gravity, Geoid and Earth
Observation GGEO 2008
37th Scientific Assembly of the Committee on
Space Research and Associated Events – COSPAR 2008
14th General Assembly of WEGENER -
International IGeS School "THE
DETERMINATION AND USE OF THE GEOID"
16th International Workshop on Laser Ranging – Updated
IAG Sponsored Meetings
EUREF Symposium 2008
International Symposium on Gravity,
Geoid and Earth Observation GGEO 2008
New Challenges in Earth’s Dynamics
14th General Assembly of WEGENER -
IAG Related Meetings
PLANS 2008: Position Location and
Use of GIS and Remote Sensing in
Disaster Risk Management
Measuring the changes
International Symposium on the Effect of
Climate Change on the World’s Oceans
SIRGAS 2008 General Meeting and Workshop
Asia Oceania Geosciences Society’s 5th
Annual Meeting (AOGS 2008)
United Nations Regional UN-SPIDER
37th Scientific Assembly of the
Committee on Space Research and Associated Events – COSPAR 2008
Conference on Remote Sensing Techniques
in Disaster Management
Third World Congress “Aviation in the
16th International Workshop on Laser
21st CODATA International Conference
UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop
The Role of Hydrology in Water Resources
XXXVI IAH Congress
ACM GIS 2008
Digital Earth Summit on Geoinformatics:
Tools for Global Change Research
IAG Sister Societies’ General Assemblies
Associations’ Scientific Assemblies of
FIG Working Week
XXI ISPRS Congress
33rd International Geological
IAVCEI 2008 General Assembly
István Joó (1928-2007)
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At the last General Assembly of the
European Geosciences Union (EGU) in Vienna, Austria, April 13-18, 2008 Carl
Christian Tscherning IAG Honorary Secretary General was awarded by the EGU
Vening Meinesz Medal for his fundamental contributions to physical
geodesy and his unselfish involvement within the International Association of Geodesy.
Dirk Behrend and Cynthia Thomas, NVI
After a three-year intermission, there will
be another continuous VLBI campaign organized this year (CONT08). Similar to
the very successful CONT05 campaign, CONT08 will be observed in late summer.
However, for scientific reasons the observing period is shifted by about a
month so that the actual observations will be taken between August 12 @
00:00:00 UT and August 26 @ 23:59:59 UT. The observation period should ensure a
high signal level in the atmospheric excitation functions for high temporal
resolution Earth rotation investigations. The signal vanishes (zero-crossing)
in the season transition months of October and March; these months should
therefore be avoided entirely.
logistical preparations for the CONT08 campaign are under way. The CONT08
network will consist of eleven stations (see figure). In contrast to CONT05, it
is planned to observe the 15 consecutive days on the basis of UT days, i.e., an
observing day will run from 0 UT to 24 UT. In addition, the observing scheme
will also be altered so that daily station checks (e.g., pointing) will not
necessarily be done at the change of schedules but rather at a convenient, but
still well-coordinated time for the stations (i.e., different daily check times
for each station). In this way gaps with no observational data can be avoided.
Previously, daily check gaps (of 30-min length) resulted in unrealistic peaks
in the sub-daily EOP time series derived from the CONT05 campaign data.
The fifteen days
of continuous observations will be observed at a recording rate of 512 Mbps.
According to preliminary schedule simulations, this will result in a storage
space requirement of about 260 TB for the entire campaign. With the geodetic
media pool only being able to support the standard IVS observing program, new
module purchases are necessary for carrying out the campaign as planned.
Several stations/institutions have purchased or will purchase new modules (Medicina, Ny-Ĺlesund, Onsala, Wettzell, and NASA) to augment the pool with the needed,
about three quarters of the full campaign, capacity. If any of the major
purchases falls through, it will become necessary to downscale the scope of
CONT08, for instance, by reducing the recording rate. A possible fall-back plan
is to observe two weeks back-to-back, where one week is observed at 512 Mbps
and the other at 256 Mbps.
difference to the CONT05 campaign will be that all data will be correlated at
one correlator: the Washington Correlator will process the entire CONT08
campaign. This will ease the logistical aspects regarding module handling for
the correlators, stations, and shipping.
As was done in
previous CONT campaigns, the participating stations will conduct extensive
testing of their equipment under the direction of Brian Corey (MIT Haystack
Observatory) and Ed Himwich (NVI, Inc./NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). The test results are to be examined by the stations themselves as well as by Brian and
Ed. The tests will be done in order to ensure that the stations will be at
their peak performance for CONT08.
CONT08 observing scheme to the other space-geodetic techniques (GNSS, SLR,
DORIS) will improve the comparison and combination work. For that these
techniques should make sure that the best possible observations are taken for
the duration of the CONT08 campaign; i.e., no unnecessary maintenance work or
upgrades should be performed at the stations. Furthermore, all sites should be
analyzed in the regular analysis of the particular service.
inter-technique studies it is envisioned to prepare a special issue on CONT08
in the Journal of Geodesy. The call for contributions will probably go out
about a year after the end of the CONT08 observing, that is in the September
2009 time frame. The detailed aspects of this special issue need still to be
information on the campaign will be posted to the CONT08 Web page http://ivscc.gsfc.nasa.gov/program/cont08 as it becomes available.
network of 11 stations that will participate in the CONT08 campaign to be
observed from August 12 to August 26, 2008.
Geodetic Techniques (GNSS, VLBI, SLR) and Its Applications on
Atmosphere/Geodynamics session in AOGS 2008
Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) is
the one of the biggest society on Geosciences and has the mission to promote
the Geophysical sciences for the benefit of humanity in Asia and Oceania. The 5th annual meeting of AOGS will hold in Busan, South Korea on 16-20 June, 2008. You can find more information at the AOGS web site http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2008/index.asp and http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2008/doc/aogs2008_8pp_brochure.pdf. The session for Space Geodesy was accepted like as "Geodetic
Techniques (GNSS, VLBI, SLR,,) and Its Applications on
Atmosphere/Geodynamics" (Session number : SE87)
SE87: Geodetic Techniques (GNSS, VLBI, SLR,,)
and Its Applications on Atmosphere/Geodynamics
The current Space/Ground Geodetic
techniques (e.g. GNSS (both ground and LEO based), VLBI, SLR.) with an
unprecedented accuracy enable to characterize a broad range of Earth sciences,
especially increasingly GPS/SLR/VLBI networks in Asia-Oceania areas cooperating
with IGS, ILRS, IVS and GGOS as well as the CHAMP/GRACE and the recently
launched Formosat-3/COSMIC mission. Each or combination of geodetic techniques
provide valuable insights for Atmosphere (troposphere and ionosphere) and
Geodynamics, such as Space-borne GNSS Radio Occultation and Ground-based GNSS
meteorology, crustal deformation, Earth Rotation and Polar Motion, Precise
Orbit Determination, Positioning and Navigation (RTK, PPP.), land subsidence,
natural hazard monitoring as well as deep-space exploration. This session
welcomes all Space Geodetic techniques issues/developments and their
integration applications in Atmosphere/Geodynamics.
James Park and Mike Pearlman
The EUREF symposium is organised yearly. It
is the forum where the EUREF activities are discussed and resolutions are
taken. The 2008 symposium will be organised by the Royal Observatory of Belgium
(ROB), the Royal Military Academy (RMA) and the National Geographic Institute
- Registration : May 15, 2008.
Details are available through the Symposium
Chania, Crete, Greece
The symposium aims at bringing together
geodesists and geophysicists working in the general areas of gravity, geoid,
geodynamics and Earth observation. Besides covering the traditional research
areas, special attention will be paid to the use of geodetic methods for
- Earth observation,
- Environmental monitoring,
- Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS)
- Earth Gravity Models (e.g., EGM08),
- Geodynamics studies,
- Dedicated gravity satellite missions
- Airborne gravity surveys,
- Geodesy & geodynamics in polar
- The integration of geodetic and
The first circular letter is
The web site of the Symposium is (http://www.geomatlab.tuc.gr/GGEO2008) with additional information.
13 - 20 July
2008, Montreal, Canada.
COSPAR Secretariat, c/o CNES, 2 place
Maurice Quentin, 75039 Paris Cedex 01, France. Tel: +33 1 44 76 75 10, Fax: +33
1 44 76 74 37. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.cospar2008.org/ or http://www.cospar-assembly.org
Scientific Program Chair:
Prof. Jean-Pierre St.-Maurice, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
February 17, 2008
Approximately 85 meetings covering
the fields of COSPAR Scientific Commissions (SC) and Panels:
- SC A: The Earth's Surface,
Meteorology and Climate
- SC B: The Earth-Moon System,
Planets, and Small Bodies of the Solar System
- SC C: The Upper Atmospheres of the
Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmospheres
- SC D: Space Plasmas in the Solar
System, Including Planetary Magnetospheres
- SC E: Research in Astrophysics from
- SC F: Life Sciences as Related to
- SC G: Materials Sciences in Space
- SC H: Fundamental Physics in Space
- Panel on Satellite Dynamics (PSD)
- Panel on Scientific Ballooning (PSB)
- Panel on Potentially Environmentally
Detrimental Activities in Space (PEDAS)
- Panel on Radiation Belt Environment
- Panel on Space Weather (PSW)
- Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP)
- Panel on Capacity Building (PCB)
- Panel on Education
- Special events: 50th anniversary
lectures, interdisciplinary lectures, space agency round table, session on
EGY - Towards an Earth and Space Science Commons
Papers Published in Advances in Space
Research, a fully refereed journal.
The Institute of Physical Geodesy (IPGD) of
the Technische Universität Darmstadt is pleased to announce that the 14th
General Assembly of WEGENER - WEGENER 2008 will take place in Darmstadt, Germany, from September 15-18, 2008. The conference venue will be
darmstadtium, the new Science and Conference Center in Darmstadt.
project aims to bring together geoscientists interested in using geodetic
techniques to measure and understand the 3D surface motion in Europe and the Mediterranean. The 14th Assembly of WEGENER will provide a forum for
presentation, discussion, coordination and scientific support for geoscientists
interested in unravelling the kinematics and mechanisms of the broad
Eurasian/African/Arabian collision zone. Contributions on new aspects arising
from the global observing system GGOS and the new satellite missions for
gravity, SAR and Laser Altimetry are welcome in particular. The threat by
Natural Hazards to the Mediterranean is addressed in a special session on
with Call for Abstracts and additional information available at http://www.ipg.tu-darmstadt.de/wegener/. The early bird registration rate deadline is May 1st 2008.
Organized by Politecnico
di Milano, Campus Como
COMO, Italy, 15 -19 September 2008.
PRELIMINARY PROGRAM (DEADLINE FOR THE
REGISTRATION : 15 JULY 2008)
Local Organizing Committee:
e-mail : email@example.com
web : www.iges.polimi.it
Tel : +39 - 02-2399.6527 / 02-2399.7520
Fax : +39 - 02-2399.7519
Organization of accommodation will
1st day (15 September 2008) Prof. F. Sansò and R. Barzaghi
1 – General Introduction to Physical Geodesy
Lecture 2 – General Theory for Geoid Computation
Lecture 3 – The Remove Restores Concept and Collocation
2nd day (16 September 2008)
4 – The Global Geopotential Models Prof. N. Pavlis
on Global Models
Exercises 2 on Global Models
3rd day (17 September 2008)
5 - The Collocation Method in Geodesy
Exercises 2 on Collocation
4th day (18 September 2008)
7 – The Terrain Effect in Geoid Estimation Prof. R. Forsberg
5th day (19 September 2008) Prof.
6 – The FFT Methods to Geodesy
Note: All the software used during the
school will be made available on CD for the participants
Please send by e-mail or fax this
registration form to:
Fax: +39 -02-23997519
Registration Fee (paid before 15 July,
Registration Fee (paid after 15 July,
2008): 500 Euros
Registration Fee includes the School
Lecture Notes and the sw package that will be delivered on CD to the students,
the social dinner and coffee breaks.
Details on methods of payment will
F. Sansò – R. Barzaghi – G. Sona
ILP workshop at Ensenada, Baja California
(Mexico), 21-26 September 2008:
Volcanism, mantle, paleo-stress and
sedimentary basins;. A joint International Lithosphere Programme Task Force
The conference will be held at the Corall
Hotel in Ensenada, facing the Ocean, 200 m away from the Earth Science building. A 2 days pre-conference field trip (September 22-23) is scheduled. Already
approved sessions comprise: Volcanism and geodynamics: insights from studies of
eroded volcanic systems; Long-term evolution of volcanoes and volcanic systems
recording lithospheric processes; Lithosphere-astenosphere interactions;
Temporal and spatial changes of stress and strain; Baby plumes; Architecture
and evolution of the Gulf of
Mexico and other
Mexican basins; Sub-Andean basins and Circum-Pacific margins.
On-line abstract submission, hotel infos,
and registration are available on the web site of the Mexican Geophysical Union
(www.ugm.org.mx), with a deadline for submission on 2 June 2008.
Other contacts: Dr L. Delgado-Argote (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr F.
Ortuńo-Arzate (email@example.com), Prof.
A. Tibaldi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Poznan Poland, October 13-17, 2008.
The Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences will host the next International Workshop on Laser Ranging in Poznan Poland (15 km from the Borowiec SLR station) on October 13-17, 2008 (note new
dates). The theme of this year’s workshop is “SLR, The Next Generation”. The
first circular will be issued soon. In the meantime, we ask you to reserve
these dates on your calendars and plan to attend what will surely be another
exciting laser workshop.
We are also pleased to announce that the proceedings
from the 15th International Workshop on Laser Ranging, held in Canberra Australia in October 2006, have been completed. All presentations and papers
from this workshop will also be accessible through the ILRS Web site at: http://cddis.gsfc.nasa.gov/lw15/index.html.
Dynamics Data Information System (CDDIS)
Colloquium to honour Helmut Moritz
on November 14,
2008 at Berlin (Germany)
(Extract of the First Circular distributed
on April 10, 2008)
On November 1, 2008, Prof. Dr. techn. Dr. h.c. mult. Helmut
Moritz, Graz, Member of the Leibniz Society of Sciences at Berlin, Full Member
of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), foreign member of over ten national
academies of sciences, is reaching the age of 75.
On this occasion
the Leibniz Society, to honour its standing member of many years’, is
organising an all-day Colloquium on the theme “Scientific Geodesy” on November
14, 2008, at Berlin. This colloquium is supported by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) and the Graz Technical University.
Helmut Moritz is
also by international standards one of the most important representatives of
scientific geodesy in the last half-century heralded by the International
Geophysical Year 1957/58, which marked the beginning of space travel and the
resulting space research in October 1957, in which the geodesy with all its branches reached a level unimaginable before and became truly international and
global. Helmut Moritz served the international geodetic
community over many years, to mention only: from 1979
to 1983 as the President of the International Association of Geodesy, and from
1991 to 1995 as the President of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics,
to which there belong 7 associations, the oldest of these being the IAG.
In the honorary
colloquium on the 14th of November 2008 the Leibniz Society centres
on Helmut Moritz’ fields of study and scientific interest. The Society invites
his friends, colleagues, coworkers and scholars to present papers on relevant
actual and historical subjects Future applications can be accepted only for
organising the colloquium consists of Erik W. Grafarend (Stuttgart), Bernhard Hofmann-Wellenhof
(Graz), Heinz Kautzleben (Berlin) and Reinhard Rummel (Munich). The 2nd
Circular will be distributed on July 31, 2008.
intend to take part in the colloquium and are interested to get the 2nd
Circular, are asked to contact the address email@example.com
June 18-20, 2008, Brussels, Belgium
The EUREF Symposium 2008 will take place in
Brussels, Belgium from 18th to 20th June 2008. Details
are available through the home page of the Symposium: http://epncb.oma.be/EUREF2008/.
June 23-27, 2008, Chania, Crete, Greece
The symposium aims at bringing together
geodesists and geophysicists working in the general areas of gravity, geoid,
geodynamics and Earth observation. Besides covering the traditional research
areas, special attention will be paid to the use of geodetic methods for Earth
observation, environmental monitoring, Earth Gravity Models, geodynamics
studies, dedicated gravity satellite missions, airborne gravity surveys,
Geodesy & geodynamics in polar regions, and the integration of geodetic and
geophysical information. The website of the Symposium is http://www.geomatlab.tuc.gr/GGEO2008.
September 1-5 2008, Jena, Germany
Under the sponsorship of the International
Association of Geodesy (IAG), the Commision 3 (Geodynamics) & the
sub-commissions on earth Tides (3.1), Crustal Deformation (3.2), Geophysical
Fluids (3.3) and the Global Geodynamics Project (GGP) organise for the first
time a joint meeting which will include the 16th International Symposium on
earth Tides. The assembly will provide a unique opportunity to exchange new
results and strategies to meet the current challenges of earth’s dynamics from
different viewpoints. For details, please visit www.ets2008.de.
September 15-18, 2008, Darmstadt, Germany
The 14th General Assembly of WEGENER - WEGENER
2008 will take place in Darmstadt, Germany, from September 15-18, 2008. The
conference venue will be darmstadtium, the new Science and Conference Center in Darmstadt. The 14th Assembly of WEGENER will provide a forum
for presentation, discussion, coordination and scientific support for
geoscientists interested in unravelling the kinematics and mechanisms of the
broad Eurasian/African/Arabian collision zone. Contributions on new aspects
arising from the global observing system GGOS and the new satellite missions
for gravity, SAR and Laser Altimetry are welcome in particular. 2nd Circular with Call for Abstracts and additional
information are available at http://www.ipg.tu-darmstadt.de/wegener/.
May 6 - 8 2008, Monterey, California, USA
PLANS 2008 is the
second biennial conference co-sponsored by the IEEE and the ION. Please visit
the website www.plansconference.org
May 5 - 16 2008, Bangkok, Thailand
This 2nd Regional
training course will take place in Bangkok, Thailand. The main purpose of the
course is to enhance the capabilities of professionals and technical staff
working in disaster risk management by providing them with understanding of the
use of spatial information in disaster risk management. For detailed
information visit http://www.itc.nl/education/courses/course_descriptions/C08-ESA-TM-02.aspx.
May 12-15 2008, Lisbon, Portugal
This conference is the second joint meeting
of the two groups under the theme “Measuring the Changes”, combining the 13th
FIG Symposium on Deformation Measurements and Analysis with the 4th
IAG Symposium on Geodesy for Geotechnical and Structural Engineering.. The recent catastrophic disasters have dramatically increased the
importance, and demand, for fully automated, continuous, and reliable
deformation monitoring in the civil engineering, mining, and energy sectors.
The Conference webpage is http://measuringchanges.lnec.pt/.
May 19-23 2008, Gijón, Spain
Climate change is the most important threat
to the Earth. Even if we stabilize CO2 emissions, the 2007 IPCC
(Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Assessment confirms that warming
will continue for decades and sea level will continue to rise for centuries.
The Symposium will bring together results from observations, analyses and model
simulations, at a global scale, and will include discussion of the climate
change scenarios and the possibilities for mitigating and protecting the marine
environment and living marine resources. For details, please visit http://www.pices.int/meetings/international_symposia/2008_symposia/Climate_change/
May 26-29 2008, Montevideo, Uruguay
The next SIRGAS meeting will take place in Montevideo, Uruguay, from 28 to 29 May 2008, in combination with the second workshop of
the SIRGAS Working Group I (Reference System), which will be held two days
before, from 26 to 27 May, 2008. The corresponding web site is http://www.sirgas.org/index.php?id=156&L=2.
Asia Oceania Geosciences Society’s 5th Annual Meeting
2008, Busan, South Korea
The AOGS mission is to promote geophysical
science for the benefit of humanity in Asia and Oceania. Hence, AOGS 2008 will
once again bring together geoscientists from all over Asia, Oceania and the
rest of the world to present their works and ideas. AOGS invites all
geoscientists to convene their own sessions and present their findings at AOGS 2008 in Busan. The session for Space Geodesy was accepted like as "Geodetic Techniques (GNSS,
VLBI, SLR,,) and Its Applications on Atmosphere/Geodynamics" (Session number
: SE87) For further details, visit http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2008/index.asp.
2008, Hastings, St. Michael, Barbados, South Korea
The United Nations Regional UN-SPIDER
Workshop: “Building Upon Regional Space-based Solutions for Disaster
Management for the Caribbean” will be held in Barbados from 08-11 July 2008.
First Announcement provides information on the workshop and is available on the
50th Anniversary Assembly
13 - 20 July 2008, Montreal, Canada.
The 50th Anniversary Assembly
COSPAR 2008 will be held in Montreal, Canada. For more information about this
particular event please visit the Assembly website at http://www.cospar2008.org/.
22-24 September 2008, Zadar, Croatia
The First International Conference on
Remote Sensing Techniques in Disaster Management and Emergency Response in the
Mediterranean Region will take place in Zadar, Croatia. The subject
"Disaster Management and Emergency Response" is a high-priority topic
in the Mediterranean region. Risk reduction using remote sensing techniques may
be very helpful in various applications. Identification of relevant space-based
and airborne information for Disaster Management Support and Emergency Response
is a major priority issue. The webpage of the conference is http://www.earsel.geosat.hr/.
Third World Congress “Aviation in the XXI-st Century”
22-24 September 2008, Kyiv, Ukraine
The Third World Congress “Aviation in the XXI-st
Century” - "Safety in Aviation and Space Technology", will be held at
the National Aviation University, Kiev, Ukraine, September 22-24, 2008. For
more information please visit http://congress.nau.edu.ua/.
13-17 October 2008, Poznan, Polan
The next International Workshop on Laser
Ranging will be held in Poznan Poland (15 km from the Borowiec SLR station) on October 13-17, 2008. (note new dates). The theme of this year’s workshop is
“SLR, The Next Generation”. The first circular will be issued soon.
October 1-3, 2008, Kyoto, Japan
The HydroChange 2008 Symposium
“Hydrological changes and management from headwater to the ocean” will be held
at Kyoto Garden Palace, Kyoto, Japan. Please visit the official web site of the
Symposium at http://www.chikyu.ac.jp/HC_2008.
5-8 October 2008, Kyiv, Ukraine
CODATA - International Council for Science
: Committee on Data for Science and Technology’s 21st International
Conference: “Scientific Information for Society - from Today to the Future”
will be held in Kyiv, Ukraine. Visit http://www.codata.org/08conf/index.html
for more information.
October 13-15 2008, Bonn, Germany
The Second United Nations International UN-SPIDER
Bonn Workshop: “Disaster Management and Space Technology – Bridging the Gap”
to be held in Bonn, Germany from 13-15 October 2008. The workshop will be
organised by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the
German Aerospace Center (DLR) and will build on top of the first workshop held
in Bonn last year. More information on the workshop is available on the website
October 13-16 2008, Isle of Capri, Naples, Italy
A joint IAHS UNESCO Symposium on The Role
of Hydrology in Water Resources Management will be held in Naples, Italy. The purpose of the Symposium "The Role of Hydrology in Water Resources Management” is
to discuss ways in which hydrologists can contribute most effectively to the
planning and management of freshwater projects, including the efficient
operation of existing systems faced with new socio-political situations. Web
page of the Symposium is www.ihp2008capri.it.
October 26-31, 2008, Toyama, Japan
“Integrating Groundwater Science and Human
Well-being” congress is planned to be held in Toyama, Japan. Please visit http://www.envr.tsukuba.ac.jp/~IAH2008.
November 5-7, 2008, Irvine, CA, USA
The ACM SIGSPATIAL International
Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems 2008 (ACM GIS 2008) is
the sixteenth event of a series of symposia and workshops that began in 1993
with the aim of bringing together researchers, developers, users, and
practitioners carrying out research and development in novel systems based on
geo-spatial data and knowledge, and fostering interdisciplinary discussions and
research in all aspects of geographic information systems. Additional
information is available through the webpage http://acmgis08.cs.umn.edu/.
Digital Earth Summit on Geoinformatics: Tools for Global Change
November, 12-14, 2008, Potsdam, Germany
The summit will be
held in Wissenschaftspark Albert Einstein, Potsdam, Germany from 12-14 November
2008. It will bring together leading scientists from Geoinformatics
and Global Change research and will foster the exchange of ideas, cooperation between
so-far disjoint scientific fields and provide time for in-depth discussion. For
details please visit the webpage of conference, www.isde-summit-2008.org.
- IUGG/IAGA, August 23-30, 2009, Sopron, Hungary
- IUGG/IAHS, September 7-12, 2009, Hyderabad, India
- IUGG/IASPEI, January 10-16, 2009, Cape Town, South Africa
- IUGG/IAG, August 31-September 4, 2009, Buenos Aires , Argentina
- IUGG/IACS-IAMAS-IAPSO, July 19-29, 2009, Montreal, Canada
- IUGG/IAVCEI, August 18-25, 2008, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 14-19, 2008, Stockholm, Sweden
The FIG Working Week 2008 – Integrating
Generations will be held in Stockholm, Sweden in June 2008. This conference is
hosted jointly by the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and the
Swedish Association of Chartered Surveyors (Sveriges Lantmätareförening, SLF).
The website of the conference is http://www.fig.net/fig2008/.
July 3-11, 2008, Beijing, China
The quadrennial ISPRS Congress will be
hosted by the Chinese Society of Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography, with
the theme 'Silk Road for Information from Imagery'. It is worth mentioning that
ISPRS 2008 Beijing will be held just one month before 2008 Beijing Olympic
Games when the city will become the focus of world attention. Detailed
information is available from the Congress website: http://www.isprs2008-beijing.org/.
August 6-14, 2008, Oslo, Norway
The 2008 Congress will be
held in collaboration with the International Union of Geological Sciences
(IUGS) and many other international and national organisations, the National
IUGS Committees in the five Nordic Countries (Norden): Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden. Please visit http://www.33igc.org/
for more information about the IGC 2008.
August 18-25, 2008, Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik is an excellent place to host the IAVCEI General Assembly in 2008.
The main theme of the meeting will be "Understanding Volcanoes". The
meeting is devoted to volcanism and volcano-tectonics of all environments and
the impact of volcanic eruptions on the surface environment and human
activities. The website of the Assembly is http://www.iavcei2008.hi.is/.
István Joó, a prominent personality of the Hungarian geodesy and
cartography from the early 1960s until the beginning of the 21st century, died
on the 5th of August, 2007 at the age of 79. He was born in 1928, in Hidashollós, a tiny village near the western border of Hungary, in a peasant’s family with
eight children. He was just two years old, when he lost his mother; his
grandmother brought him up. He spent his childhood and adolescence in the
shadow of the Second World War. The village environment, manual labour and
performing of all the duties expected in a large family formed his character.
Because of the
war, he completed secondary school with some delay in 1950 in Körmend, and started his university studies in Sopron, at the first Hungarian land surveying
engineering faculty founded in the previous year. After the first academic
year, with a military command he was called up to go on with studies at the
Faculty of Military Engineering of the Technical University of Budapest (BME).
He graduated with honours as a certified military engineer specialized in
cartography, and a certified land surveying engineer too. He was a remarkable
student with his diligence, strong power of will and persistence.
his university studies, he started to work as a topographer at the Cartographic
Service of the Ministry of Defence. In 1956, he refused to sign the so-called
“profession of allegiance to Kádár”, so his military career finished. In
January 1957, he began to work for the Enterprise of Land Surveying and Soil
Testing, dealing with engineering geodesy. Then he became a technical secretary
at the Cartographia Enterprise. Being a very ambitious and active young
engineer of good organizing skills, in 1961, at the age of 33 he was appointed
to chief engineer of the State Office of Lands and Cartography (ÁFTH). From
January 1962, he became the Head of the Technological Department of the ÁFTH in
Budapest; that position made him the number one technical leader of the whole
Hungarian land surveying profession (the general director of the Office did a
political job). István Joó kept his important post also in the period of
several restructuring in the public administration, during 25 years, until he
left Budapest for teaching at the College in Székesfehérvár.
As a Head of
Department within the National Lands and Cartographic Office (OFTH, successor
of the ÁFTH) in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, he initiated
the creation of a new geodetic basis for Hungary. The Hungarian geodetic datum
marked currently as HD72 was established under his direction; this meant the
introduction of a new primary national control network (EOVA), a new mapping
projection system (EOV) and a new map system (EOTR) at the same time. Dr. Joó
also initiated the start of the new primary vertical network (EOMA). In 1967,
he supported the establishment of FÖMI, called at that time Institute of Geodesy and Cartography (currently Institute of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote
Sensing) which has been an important factor in the research and development of
geodesy and cartography in Hungary up-to-now. The satellite geodesy was his
labour of love; in 1969, within the Geodetic Science Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), the Cosmic Geodetic Sub-Commission was created on his
proposal. He was its first chairman until 1981.
scientific activity and research interest were many folded. He published his
first paper in 1962, in the Hungarian journal „Geodézia és Kartográfia” on the
displacement of measuring pyramids. The theme of his doctoral thesis (dr.
techn., BME) in 1964 was the changes of Hungary’s area when representing it in
various projection systems. In 1968, in his CSc thesis (in MTA), he dealt with
the accuracy analysis of girotheodolites. In 1979, in his academic doctoral thesis (DSc, MTA), he compared the new horizontal control network with
the earlier ones, using statistical methods. He spent a long period of time
with the recent vertical crustal movements based on repeated levelling data.
Dr. Joó was also the co-ordinator of the analyzing work of crustal movements in
the East-European and Carpatho-Balkan Regions; he edited four map works in this
theme. In the last couple of his years, he completed this activity with
correlation regression analysis and modelling, involving his colleagues at the
College’s Department and students too. In the last days of his life, he still
planned to set out a new levelling line of crustal movement. The number of his
publications exceeds 360; 30 out of them are books, textbooks, theses and map
works. Almost one third of the publications are published in foreign languages.
In summer 1986,
Dr. Joó was appointed to University Professor of the Sopron University, and at the same time, he became the Head of the Székesfehérvár Faculty. Until 1994,
he worked as the General Director of the College Faculty of Land Surveying and
Land Management of the Sopron University (currently Faculty of Geoinformatics,
University of West Hungary, Sopron) and also as the Head of the Department of
Geodesy until 1996. Dr. Joó started his activity as a lecturer much earlier, in
1965, when he travelled systematically to Székesfehérvár to lecture on higher
geodesy; he considered teaching more important than any other job of him.
Dr. Joó showed
his skills of science-organizing very early. He was the member and leader of
several Hungarian and international scientific organizations and he worked for
them through long years with success. He held leading posts not only in the Hungarian State land affairs for a long period of time, but he was active in the
international organizations of our profession and science too. He was the
Secretary of Section IV of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) from
1975 to 1979, and a member of the Commission for Recent Crustal Movement (CRCM)
within IAG Section V between 1972 and 1990. At the same time, he was the Head
of the Sub-Commission for Eastern Europe. Between 1982 and 1994, he was active
as the Chairman of the Hungarian National Commission of FIG. He was the
Hungarian National Correspondent for IAG between 1972 and 1991, and a member of
the MTA’s Geodetic Science Committee through decades and even the Chairman for
the period 1999-2001. He organized several national meetings and international
of his merits in professional works, scientific research and higher education,
Professor István Joó was awarded several honours. Among others he is the holder
of the ministerial prizes A. Fasching and A. Szentgyörgyi resp., and the
Honorary Medal “Lázár Deák” of the Geodetic and Cartographic Society. In Olsztyn, Poland he was conferred an honorary doctoral degree.
He lived a
healthy life. As a young man he used to smoke, but later on with strong will he
stopped it, consciously ate and kept his physical condition also with manual
labour. He systematically played chess as a young man and also in his later
age. He loved his family: he brought up three children, and helped them by all
István Joó with
his activity, life work and strong character left a deep impression both in the
profession of geodesy in Hungary and in those who knew him in person.