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IAG Report for 2003

by C.C.Tscherning, Secretary General

posted by
Sz. Rózsa
(1) Central Bureau activities.

The Bureau publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, which is printed in the Journal of Geodesy. This is distributed with the Journal to all national representatives and the members of the IAG Executive Committee. The newsletter includes a listing of all geodetic publications (provided by the IAGBibliographic Service). It also includes updates to the Geodesists Handbook and meeting reports.

The Central Bureau has maintained the IAG home-page until Nov. 2003. This function, is now taken over by the new IAG Communication and Outreach Branch, see below.

The Central Bureau also maintains and updates a database of addresses and of individual members (see below).

(2) The Executive Committee (EC).

At a meeting of the IAG Council in September 2002, new statutes and by-laws were adopted by the Council. Since then a major task of the EC has been to implement the new structure. It is based on topic-oriented Commissions, on the IAG Services, and on a new structural element, the Communication and Outreach branch (COB). Furthermore so-called inter-commission committees (ICC’s) and projects may be established.

The EC had several meetings where the main topic was the implementation of the new structure. The first meeting was held on April 11, 2003 in Nice, France (http://www.gfy.ku.dk/~iag/ec_nice2002f.htm), where another main item was the preparation of the IUGG/IAG General Assembly. During the IUGG/IAG General Assembly in July several meetings were held (http://www.gfy.ku.dk/~iag/Mec1july.htm, http://www.gfy.ku.dk/~iag/GBEC7juli1.htm ). The EC prepared the establishment of three ICC’s, namely on Standards, on Planetary geodesy and on Theory, and an IAG Project called “Integrated Global Geodetic Observing System” (IGGOS), see http://www.gfy.ku.dk/~iag/iggos_prop_june_03.htm .

(3) IUGG/IAG General Assembly, July 2003, Sapporo, Japan.

This meeting is considered to be too long, so IAG has reduced its own program to only 4+4 weekdays. This program covered presentations of reports and scientific papers for the 5 IAG Sections in the 7 first days, and the last day was devoted to a symposium on IGGOS. Publication of reviewed proceedings from the section symposia are in preparation and will be published in the IAG Symposium Series by Springer Verlag. All reports had been published before the General Assembly in "Travaux de l'Association Internationale de Géodésie", on a CD-ROM.

National reports were distributed at the general assembly. Many were available in electronic form.They are now available through links at the IAG home-page.

Apart from having its own symposia, IAG also took part in a number of inter-association symposia, and several IAG committees organized splinter meetings during the assembly.

During the IAG General Assembly the Council had 2 meetings. The auditors reported on the accounts, and a new budget was approved. The council also adopted a number of resolutions, which subsequently were adopted as general IUGG resolutions. The council also approved the establishment of the above mentioned ICCT’s and strongly endorsed the IGGOS project. The council did not perform any elections, since elections had been completed before the general assembly by mail ballot.

An account of the elections and of the administrative meetings will be published in the Geodesists Handbook, to be published in the spring of 2005.

(4) Individual membership.

With the new statutes and by-laws individual membership has been introduced. The individual members will receive a newsletter and various benefits. The membership fee is USD 50, with a discount of 1 year if the membership fee is paid for 3 (4) years. Institutions may on behalf of their employees pay the institutional membership fee. Students and retired persons are members for free on the condition that they can receive the newsletter by e-mail. By the end of the year 2003 60 scientists had signed up as members.

(5) Communication and Outreach.

Based on two responses to a call for participation the EC decided to establish the new COB under the leadership of Prof. J.Adam at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. The COB has established a modern web-page: http://www.iag-aig.org and prepares material for the promotion of IAG activities.

(6) Coordination with organisations within surveying, cartography and remote sensing.

The IAG president participated in a meeting of the Joint Board of the Mapping Societies in Durban, August 2003. It was decided to continue an informal cooperation.