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
Call for International Participation in Laser Ranging to
the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
IVS Seeks Host Institutions for Combination Centers and
Additional Analysis Centers
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"
GNSS Reflectometry Course and Workshop
16th International Workshop on Laser Ranging – Updated
IAG Sponsored Meetings
New Challenges in Earth’s Dynamics ETS2008
14th General Assembly of WEGENER -
IAG Related Meetings
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 XXI-st
GNSS Reflectometry Course and Workshop
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
XXI ISPRS Congress
33rd International Geological
IAVCEI 2008 General Assembly
A Report on the Joint Symposium “Measuring the Changes”
of the FIG 13th Symposium on Deformation Measurement and Analysis
and the IAG 4th Symposium on Geodesy for Geotechnical and Structural
Engineering, May 12 – 15, 2008, Lisbon, Portugal
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A Call for Participation in Laser Ranging
(LR) to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was issued in May to all of the
ILRS stations. LRO-LR is a one-way (uplink) only measurement. The ground
station records its fire times, and the Lunar Obiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA)
instrument measures the LR event times at the LRO spacecraft. The LOLA Science
Team constructs the ranges from the ground and flight measurements. Laser
Ranging will be used, along with S-band, and LOLA altimetric cross-overs, to precisely
determine the LRO orbit, which in turn will be used to update the lunar gravity
model and to analyze the LOLA altimetry. Global coverage of laser ranging to
LRO will help in generating the precise orbit and should allow the Science Team
to produce an updated gravity model earlier.
This will be the
first time that the ILRS will track an object that is orbiting a body other
than earth, and represents our first step into planetary laser transponders.
the stations are due at the end of June, with selection of the participants in
July. LRO is scheduled to be launched no earlier than November 24, 2008.
ILRS Central Bureau
The Directing Board of the International
VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry solicits proposals IVS Combination
Centers and for additional Operational Analysis Centers and Associate Analysis Centers. The existing Associate Analysis Centers are encouraged to apply for
becoming Operational Analysis Centers. The calls are posted on the IVS Web site
The deadline for proposals is 1 September 2008. Successful proposers will be
notified by October 2008.
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: email@example.com
http://www.cospar2008.org/ or http://www.cospar-assembly.org
Scientific Program Chair:
Prof. Jean-Pierre St.-Maurice, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
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/.
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Sansň 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. Sansň – 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
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.
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 (email@example.com), Dr F. Ortuńo-Arzate (firstname.lastname@example.org), Prof. A. Tibaldi (email@example.com).
ESTEC Noordwijk, Netherlands, September 24-25, 2008.
This is to
announce the forthcoming GNSS-R workshop and one-day course on GNSS-R organized
by the European Space Agency and to be held on 24-25 September at ESTEC in
Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
The first day
there will be a course on GNSS-R covering:
Applications (mesoscale altimetry, wind and wave
scatterometry, sea-ice, soil moisture, etc)
Limitations and sources of error
Future of GNSS signals
Potential in-orbit demonstrator (conceptual
design, applications addressed, accuracy, error budget...)
The second day
there will be a chance for those working in the field of GNSS-R to present
their latest work plus round table to discuss future actions with respect to an
There will be no
cost for participation in the workshop and course. To register please send an
e-mail to Christopher.Buck@esa.int. Further details will be announced in the next few weeks.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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/.
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/.
24-25 September 2008, ESTEC in Noordwijk, Netherlands
The forthcoming GNSS-R workshop and one-day
course on GNSS-R is organized by the European Space Agency and will be held on
24-25 September at ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. There will be no cost
for participation in the workshop and course. To register please send an e-mail
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
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/.
Adam Chrzanowski1, Chris Rizos2,
Maria Joao Henriques3 and Cecilia Whitaker4
Canadian Centre for Geodetic Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Canada1
School of Surveying & Spatial Information Systems, University of New South Wales, Australia2
Laboratorio Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC),
Metropolitan Water Dsitrict of Southern California,
The second jointly held symposium on
deformation measurements and analysis was held May 12 – 15, 2008 in Lisbon, Portugal. The symposium was a combined meeting of the FIG Commission 6, Working Group
6.1, Deformation Measurements and Analysis (13th FIG Symposium on
Deformation Measurement and Analysis) and the IAG Sub-commission 4.2,
Applications of Geodesy in Engineering (4th IAG Symposium on Geodesy
for Geotechnical and Structural Engineering). The
theme of the symposium “Measuring the Changes”, reflects the importance, and
demand, for fully automated, continuous, and reliable deformation monitoring in
the civil engineering, mining, and energy sectors. In addition there is a
strong trend to incorporate deformation systems into new structures from the
very beginning, driven by concerns for whole-of-life structural health
monitoring. Automation, multi-sensor integration, continuous data collection,
integrated analysis and physical interpretation, and enhanced accuracy and
reliability are the key developments in new monitoring systems. These issues
are the subject of studies of these two international working groups.
was attended by about 160 delegates from 30 countries. Maria Joao Henriques and
her Laboratorio Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC) colleagues did a wonderful
job of organizing the symposium and events, and the meeting was a great
success. (Information about the symposium can be
found at the official site of the organizers: http://measuringchanges.lnec.pt and
soon to be posted proceedings.)
had 20 technical sessions with topics ranging from modeling (4 sessions),
monitoring of structures (3), GNSS (2), geodeformations (2), radar (2),
equipment (2), laser scanning, engineering geodesy, multi-techniques and poster
papers (2). In addition, there was a special session for those interested in
fiber optic sensors hosted by the FIG WG 6.4 (Engineering Surveys for
Construction Works and Structural Engineering) task force on fiber optic
sensors. Keynote presentations by each chair of the two organizations started
off the symposium and were followed by many excellent presentations and poster
papers throughout the event.
There was also
great participation by supporting vendors in the exhibitor’s session. There
were exhibits from Leica Geosystems, Sokkia Europe, Topcon, Fiber Sensing,
Emilio de Azevedo Campos and Measurand Geotechnical. These exhibitors were very
active participants with all types of equipment demonstrations taking place
inside and outside of the symposium event hall. Many attendees received
personalized and hands-on experience with the equipment.
Another aspect of the symposium is the
great support the organizing committee received from the vendors to help
sponsor this event. The vendors that sponsored the symposium at the platinum
level were Leica Geosystems, Topcon and Trimble. At the silver level, support
was received from GAUSS, SPGO, Portuguese Geographic Institute, Sokkia Europe,
Sol Data Iberia and Technasol FGE. The organizers and chairs of the symposium
sincerely express their appreciation for the support these organizations
provide for these meetings to take place.
No symposium is
complete without a social event to “loosen up” the attendees for a night of
mingling and making new friends and connections. The LNEC provided a wonderful
evening of fun by hosting a dinner at the Lusitania Horse Training Center. The evening started with a show of the horse’s skill in historic battlefield maneuvers
and was followed by an excellent dinner with a show of the traditional
Portuguese fado music.
The first morning of the symposium coincided with the
devastating earthquake in China. The symposium participants prepared a condolence
letter for the victims of the Chengdu earthquake to express their sadness and
solidarity with the peoples of Sichuan Province. To show further support, at
the closing session, discussion was held regarding holding the next symposium in
mainland China. Canada and Hong Kong were also offered as possible venues. The
proposers of these locations are tasked with submitting a proposal to Adam
Chrzanowski (chair FIG WG 6.1) and Chris Rizos (vice president IAG) for consideration.
Proposals should address topics like local and international travel to site,
hotel accommodations, conference facilities, cost to participants and local
The day after
the symposium end was a technical field trip to visit Alqueva Dam. This trip
provided attendees the opportunity to observe the Portuguese countryside and to
see the issues that Portuguese dam engineers and surveyors face close up.
One of the action items from
the closing session was to provide a web site specifically for deformation
topics, which would include the past proceedings and other related documents.
While this is not accomplished yet, links for the proceedings for all the past
events with digital proceedings can be seen below. The majority of the
proceedings are at this general link - http://www.fig.net/commission6/reports/reports.htm.
The Lisbon proceedings will be added in the near future.