Editor: Gyula Tóth
IAG Communication and
MTA-BME Research Group
for Phys. Geod. and Geodyn.
Department of Geodesy
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
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Information Service of the International Association of
CALL FOR PROPOSALS for hosting the Central Bureau of the
International Gravity Field Service
VII Hotine-Marussi Symposium 2009 on Theoretical Geodesy
Geodesy for Planet Earth
2nd International Colloquium - Scientific and Fundamental
Aspects of the Galileo Programme
IAG Sponsored Meetings
VII Hotine-Marussi Symposium 2009 on
Geodesy for Planet Earth
2nd International Colloquium – Scientific
and Fundamental Aspects of the Galileo Programme
IAG Related Meetings
FIG Working Week 2009
230th Anniversary of MIIGAiK
Training School on GIA Modelling
6th International Symposium on Mobile
Mapping Technology – MMT’09
Workshop: Changes of the Greenland
6th International Symposium onLBS &
GNSS Vulnerabilities and Solutions 2009 Conference
ION GNSS 2009
International UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop
ACM GIS 2009
IAG Sister Societies’ General Assemblies
Associations’ Scientific Assemblies of
Lubomir Włodzimierz Baran (1937-2009)
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS
for hosting the Central Bureau of the International Gravity Field Service
The International Gravity Field Service
(IGFS) is a unifying ‘umbrella’ IAG service which coordinates collection,
validation, archiving and dissemination of gravity field related data, coordinates
exchange of software for gravity field activities, coordinates courses,
information materials and general public outreach relating to the Earth’s
The IGFS was
established by the International Association of Geodesy Executive Committee at
the IUGG General Assembly in Sapporo, Japan, August 2003, and is an IAG ‘level-2’ service under IAG Commission 2 – Gravity Field. One of the main arguments for establishing the
IGFS was to provide a leading role of the gravity field services, as one of the
three fundamental pillars in the IAG’s first project - GGOS, the Global
Geodetic Observing System, which now is a major Component of the IAG.
The overall goal
of the IGFS is to coordinate the servicing of the geodetic and geophysical
community with gravity field related data, software and information. The
combined data of the IGFS entities data will include satellite-derived global
models, terrestrial, airborne and marine gravity observations, time-dependent
gravity data, GPS levelling data, digital models of terrain and bathymetry, as
well as ocean gravity field and geoid from satellite altimetry. Thus both the
static and the temporal variations of the Earth’s gravity field will be covered
by the IGFS.
important role of the IGFS is to take new initiatives and coordinate
international data collection projects, such as, e.g., Arctic and Antarctic
Gravity and Geoid Projects, and the support of development of high and
ultra-high resolution global geopotential models, such as NGA’s EGM08 and its
The IGFS is not handling gravity field data
distribution directly. The IGFS will function as a unifying service and contact
for the following gravity field related services (IGFS Centres):
BGI – International Gravimetric Bureau – collection, archiving,
distribution of gravity data. Hosted by CNES, Toulouse.
IGeS – International Geoid Service – collection and distribution of geoid
models and related software, geoid schools – hosted by Politecnico di Milano.
ICET – International Centre for Earth Tides – collection and archiving of
global Earth tide data, including data from the Global Geodynamics Project –
hosted by the University of French Polynesia.
ICGEM – International Centre for Global Earth Models – distribution of
satellite and surface spherical harmonic models – hosted by GFZ Potsdam.
IDEMS – International DEM Service – provision of Global Digital Terrain
Models – hosted by DeMontfort University, UK.
Centre – National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, USA (G&G dept.) - advises on global models, geoid and gravity, supplementing other services.
The structure of the IGFS centres is shown
in Figure 1, and can be seen on www.igfs.net.
1: Structure of the IGFS.
Current working groups under the IGFS
Working Group on Absolute Gravimetry -
Standardization and Networks – chaired by H. Wilmes, BKG, Germany.
Working Group on Evaluation
of Global Earth Gravity Models, chaired by J. Huang, Geodetic Survey Division,
Natural Resources Canada.
The IGFS held a Retreat in 2008, and has
identified areas such as implementation of a new global vertical datum,
coordination of repeated global absolute gravity measurements, and the
unification of temporal satellite gravity field solutions, as potential future
tasks for the IGFS.
The Role of the Central Bureau
The Central Bureau of the IGFS serves as
the executive arm of the IGFS Directing Board (former Advisory Board). The CB
should organize and coordinate task forces to
- Define standards for gravity field data
observation procedures, anomaly computations, and associated data
corrections (meteorology, hydrology, postglacial rebound, etc.)
- Provide recommendations for data
processing methods and reductions
- Establish data exchange and archival
- Define and implement fundamental
geopotential reference systems
- Evaluate and recommend relevant auxiliary
- Facilitate the provision of digital
elevation models and density values for gravity field determination and
The CB should coordinate activities related
- The design and realization of global
absolute and superconducting gravimetry networks, with special emphasis on
co-located sites for GGOS and regional densifications
- The facilitation and coordination of
regional gravity field determination and data exchange projects in order
to improve medium to short wavelengths (e.g., Arctic and Antarctica)
- The definition and realization a global
- The integration of terrestrial, airborne
and satellite measurements in practice
- The improvement of the use of
satellite-derived DEMs for gravity field modeling
- The evaluation and calibration of
satellite-derived temporal gravity field variations as well as the
improvement of processing of satellite data
- Making gravity data, geopotential models
(static and time-variable), geoid estimates and other gravity field
related products available for general use
- Public outreach on the Earths gravity
Organizing meetings and schools on gravity,
geoid and related geophysics
Making software and tutorials for gravity and
geoid analysis available.
Establishing and maintaining a web site with
links to IGFS Centres
High Level Tasks
- Provide link between the IGFS entities,
IAG, and external projects, networks or organizations (oceanic,
atmospheric, hydrologic, …).
- Provide link to the GGOS bureau and
communicate their requirements and recommendations to the IGFS.
- Implement standards and recommendations
related to gravity field observations, secure consistency with geometric
standards, and promote their use within the geoscientific community.
- Tasks of permanent nature concerning all
IGFS shall reside within the Central Bureau. Tasks of temporary nature may
be delegated to ad-hoc committees.
- The Central Bureau will be headed by a
Director, and will have a secretariat to provide administrative,
communication and web support.
- The Central Bureau will include such
expertise as is necessary to conduct Bureau business and provide guidance
and oversight to the supporting entities.
- Dedicated working groups and analysis may
be set up for specific issues dealing with particular aspects of gravity
field related issues.
- The Director will report to the IGFS
Directing Board and the IAG Executive Committee. The Director forms
together with the IGFS Chairman and the head of the Technical Centre the
IGFS management group.
- The Director of the Central Bureau will
be a member of the GGOS Steering Committee on behalf of the IGFS.
Interfaces with Internal and External Entities
The Central Bureau acts essentially as
representative of the IGFS and is liaison to other geodetic and geophysical
services, especially to the GGOS entities. There must be a routine exchange of
information and regular meetings with representatives of the IGFS. A close
contact has to be kept to the GGOS Bureaus for ‘Standards and Conventions’,
‘Networks and Communications’ and ‘Satellite Missions’ as well as the
IGFS CENTRAL BUREAU - CALL FOR PROPOSALS
On behalf of the International Association
of Geodesy, the IGFS and its member services hereby request proposals for the
operation of the IGFS Central Bureau. An organizational structure to operate
the Central Bureau and an operational plan must be provided in the proposal.
The proposal should clearly address the capabilities being offered by the
institution, its financial ability and commitment to carry them out, and
appropriate points of contact.
required for the IGFS Central Bureau have to be provided by the proposing
institution. Proposers may also solicit support from external entities in terms
of financial contributions and expertise. From the proposal it should become
clear that the proposing institution has the expertise, capabilities and
financial background to perform the proposed tasks.
The initial term
of this appointment will be 4 years. It may be terminated by either party with
a 6 months notice. The term will be automatically renewed subject to
satisfactory performance, unless either party gives notice 6 months prior to
the end of the term.
PROPOSAL STRUCTURE, DEADLINE AND SUBMISSION
The proposal should
contain the following parts: title, proposing institution and its address,
designated head of the bureau, abstract, goals,
expertise, work and schedule and allocated resources. Proposals should be
concise, no more than 4 – 5 pages in length. Proposals should be submitted
electronically and by mail not later than April, 30, 2009. A pdf (or mailed-in) letter by the responsible head of the proposing institution, with the
authority for the commitment of human and financial resources, should be
be send to the IAG General Secretary:
International Association of
c/o Deutsches Geodaetisches
D - 80 539 Muenchen, Germany
Tel +49 - 89 - 23 031 -1113
Fax +49 - 89 - 23 031 -1283
with a copy to the IGFS Chair Rene Forsberg
at DTU-Space, National Space Institute of Denmark (email@example.com; DTU-Space will not bid for the CB).
Questions to the
present call can be directed to Rene Forsberg (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair of the IGFS, or to Steve Kenyon (Steve.C.Kenyon@nga.mil), member of the IAG Executive Committee and head of the IGFS
will be evaluated and ranked by an independent evaluation committee. The decision
for awarding the IGFS CB is expected to be taken by the IAG Executive Committee
during the IAG Scientific Assembly in Buenos Aires, September 2009. The
successful proposer will be notified by September 15, 2009 with the goal to
start the IGFS Central Bureau activities no later than the end of 2009.
July 15, 2009: Due date
August 15, 2009: Report by
evaluation committee to IAG
September 15, 2009: Decision by the
IAG and the IGFS Advisory Board.
October 1, 2009: Notification
of proposer on proposal acceptance
January 1, 2010: Start of
Central Bureau activities
IGFS, April 28, 2009
6–10 July 2009, Rome, Italy, Sapienza
Universitŕ di Roma
Scientific Organization Committee:
- Nico Sneeuw
- Pavel Novák
- Fernando Sansň
- Study group chairs and steering committee
members of IAG InterCommission Committee on Theory (IAG-ICCT)
Local Organization Committee:
- Mattia Crespi, G. Colosimo, F. Fratarcangeli,
A. Mazzoni, F. Pieralice
The main goals of the Symposium are aligned
with the objectives of the ICCT:
- advances in theoretical geodesy
- developments in geodetic modelling and
data processing, in the light of the recent advances of the geodetic
- connections and contribution exchanges
between geodesy and other Earth sciences
In particular, all the topics regarding
the activities of the ICCT Study Groups are of interest and related
papers are strongly encouraged:
- theory, implementation and quality
assessment of geodetic reference frames
- quality of geodetic multi-sensor systems
- configuration analysis of Earth oriented
- inverse theory and global optimization
- satellite gravity theory
- InSAR for tectonophysics
- temporal variations of deformation and
- towards cm-accurate geoid - theories,
computational methods and validation
- application of time-series analysis in
The first circular letter is available from
http://w3.uniroma1.it/Hotine-marussi_Symposium_2009/Circulars.asp. The website http://w3.uniroma1.it/Hotine-marussi_Symposium_2009/ have been set up with additional information on the Symposium.
Scientific and Local Organizing Committee
Geodesy for Planet Earth
Scientific Assembly, Buenos Aires, Argentine, August 31 to September 4, 2009
2nd Circular is reachable
through the webpage of the conference www.iag2009.com.ar.
- Deadline for accommodation booking at
Intercontinental Hotel (Special Rate): May 1st, 2009
- Third Circular: June, 2009
for Submission of Full-Papers Manuscripts: September 30th, 2009
Local Organizing Committee
October 14-16, 2009, Padua, Italy
The second international colloquium on fundamental aspects and scientific
applications of Galileo and GNSS will be held in Padua October 2009. The Aula
Magna of the University, the very place where Galileo Galilei was lecturing
will be the venue of this event which coincides with the 400th anniversary of
the first recorded astronomical observations with a telescope by Galileo
The colloquium will address three major areas of research:
- The fundamental aspects of navigation by
satellites and Galileo: geodetic and temporal reference frames,
relativistic frame, on board and ground clocks, orbits, radiation
environment in orbit, inter-satellite links, fundamental aspects of
propagation, tropospheric and ionospheric corrections, calibration /
validation and relations with international organisations (BIPM, IGS).
- Scientific applications in meteorology,
geodesy, geophysics, space physics, oceanography, land surface and
ecosystem studies, using either direct or reflected signals, differential
measurements, phase measurements, radio occultation measurements, using
receivers placed on the ground, in airplanes or on satellites.
- Scientific developments in physics and
dealing with future systems, particularly in testing fundamental laws, in
astronomy, in quantum communication, and in developing clocks or
experiments based on GNSS.
This colloquium intends to bring together
leading members of the European scientific community and their international
partners. One of its aims is to propose to Galileo partners means of enhancing
the scientific use of Galileo and to contribute to GNSS development based on
The purpose of
this colloquium is to review the various possibilities to use navigation
satellites such as Galileo for scientific purposes, and to investigate how
these scientific requirements can contribute to make the most of the present
systems, and define their future evolutions. The conference will be organized
as a series of plenary talks and two parallel half day sessions.
is organised by ESA, the University of Padova and COSPAR. The meeting is
supported by the Académie de l'Air et de l'Espace, Bureau des Longitudes, IAG,
IGS, URSI and ASI. Companies and organisations interested in becoming Sponsors,
please contact: Prof. Cesare Barbieri, e-mail: Cesare Barbieri
May 25-29, 2009, Chengdu, China
The Second International Conference on
Earth Observation for Global Changes (EOGC2009) will take place in Chengdu, China, 25-29 May 2009. Knowledge about changes to the Earth's surface and the
underlying processes that induce them has enormous impacts on how society responds
to these changes. With its remarkable progress in the past decade, Earth
observation technology has been playing a crucial role in studies on global
changes. EOGC2009 promises to bring together a broad range of scientists,
researchers, students, and practitioners worldwide in leading academic
institutions and government and industrial laboratories, to enjoy a week of
technical sessions, tutorials, exhibits and social activities. Please visit http://www.eogc2009.com.cn/ for details.
6–10 July 2009, Rome, Italy, Sapienza
Universitŕ di Roma
The main goals of the Symposium are
advances in theoretical geodesy, developments in geodetic modelling and data processing
in the light of the recent advances of the geodetic observing systems, connections
and contribution exchanges between geodesy and other Earth sciences. The first
circular letter is available from http://w3.uniroma1.it/Hotine-marussi_Symposium_2009/Circulars.asp.
The website http://w3.uniroma1.it/Hotine-marussi_Symposium_2009/
have been set up with additional information on the Symposium.
IAG 2009 Buenos Aires
August 31 to September 4, 2009
The International Association of Geodesy
Scientific Assembly IAG2009 that will be hosted by the IUGG National Committee
together with the Argentine Association of Geophysics and Geodesy, will take
place in the city of Buenos Aires. IAG2009 will be an event that covers the
whole of geodesy in an exciting social environment that extends our knowledge,
improves our practice, and widens our friendship networks. Following the long
outstanding tradition of these scientific assemblies, IAG2009 will be a major
scientific event, bringing together geodesists from all over the world, and
demonstrating the vital role that geodesy plays in our society. This will be
the main geodetic meeting in 2009. 2nd
Circular is reachable through the webpage of the conference www.iag2009.com.ar.
October 14-16, 2009, Padua, Italy
The second international colloquium on
fundamental aspects and scientific applications of Galileo and GNSS will be
held in Padua October 2009. The colloquium will address three major areas of
research. The fundamental aspects of navigation by satellites and Galileo.
Scientific applications in meteorology, geodesy, geophysics, space physics,
oceanography, land surface and ecosystem studies, using either direct or
reflected signals, differential measurements, phase measurements, radio
occultation measurements, using receivers placed on the ground, in airplanes or
on satellites. Scientific developments in physics and dealing with future
systems, particularly in testing fundamental laws, in astronomy, in quantum
communication, and in developing clocks or experiments based on GNSS. To find
more information, please visit the conference website http://www.congrex.nl/09c10/.
May 3-8, 2009, Eilat, Israel
The FIG Working Week 2009 will take place
in Eilat, a resort city at the southernmost edge of Israel, on the shores of
the Red Sea. The Working Week be held on 3-8 May 2009. The Working Week will gather
international professionals and academia members from the fields of land
surveying, land and real-estate appraisal, GIS, spatial planning, environmental
awareness, and civil engineering. Please visit www.fig.net/fig2009 for details.
May 25-29, 2009, Moscow, Russia
An International Conference on Geodesy,
Cartography and Cadastre in the 21st century is to be held within
the framework of celebrating the 230th Anniversary of Moscow State
University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIAGiK) on May 25-29, 2009, Moscow, Russia. The webpage of the Conference is http://230.miigaik.ru/.
June 1-5, 2009, Gaevle, Sveeden
The main objective of this Training School
is to give early-stage researchers whose principal area of expertise is not in
Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (GIA) modeling an intensive training on
numerical GIA modeling. The training will not be limited to the solid-earth
deformation process of GIA only, but will also involve glaciological modeling
of the disappearing Late-Pleistocene ice sheets on the one hand and GIA-induced
sea-level change on the other hand. The school is organzied by the COST
action ES0701 "improved constraints on models of GIA" but is open to
everyone with relevant interest and background.
See http://www.cost-es0701.gcparks.com/index.php/activities/training-schools for
further information and registration.
June 14-20, 2009, Albena Resort, Bulgaria
The International Multidisciplinary Scientific
Geo-Conference & EXPO – SGEM 2009 will bring together researchers, educators,
and practitioners representing research and educational institutions, companies,
government agencies and consulting organizations from all over the world to
exchange ideas, to define the research priorities and to propose potential
solutions of the problems related to the new reality of global changes. The
webpage http://www.sgem.org contains
June 17-19, 2009, Gdynia, Poland
The upcoming 8th International Navigational
Symposium on "Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation"
TRANS-NAV 2009 is organised jointly by the Faculty of Navigation, Gdynia
Maritime University and The Nautical Institute from 17 to 19 June 2009 in Gdynia, Poland. The Conference website is http://transnav.am.gdynia.pl.
The Symposium is addressed to scientists and
professionals in order to share their expert knowledge, experience and research
results concerning all aspects of navigation, safety of navigation and sea
July 10-13, 2009, Orlando, Florida, USA
The 7th International Conference on
Computing, Communications and Control Technologies: CCCT 2009 (http://www.2009iiisconferences.org/CCCT)
will take place in Orlando, Florida, USA, on July 10th - 13th, 2009. CCCT
Conferences are yearly events intended to serve as an encounter point for
Computer, Communications and Control Technologies researchers, practitioners,
consultants and users who have been interchanging ideas, research results and
innovations in the mentioned areas and other related topics. The deadline to
submit a paper/abstract is November 12th, 2008.
July 20-25, 2009, Colmar, France
The First International Conference on
Advances in Satellite and Space Communications will be held in Colmar, France, July 20-25, 2009. The Conference webpage http://www.iaria.org/conferences2009/SPACOMM09.html
provides further details.
July 21-24, 2009, Presidente Prudente, Săo
The 6th International Symposium
on Mobile Mapping Technology “Mobile Mapping Serving the Information Society”
will take place in Presidente Prudente, Săo Paulo, Brazil, July 21-24, 2009. The main objective of the conference is to discuss
the most recent technology and its application, to exchange experiences and to
promote future research aiming at the development and the production in the
fields related to mobile mapping. You may want to check out the website http://www.fct.unesp.br/eventos/simposio/mmt09/ingles
to get preliminary information on MMT’09.
August 25-27, 2009, Katuaq, Nuuk, Greenland
The CGC workshop is an interdisciplinary
workshop on the current changes of the Greenland ice sheet, sea-ice and
permafrost, and presents an opportunity for in-depth discussions of the
observed changes as measured by satellite, airborne and in-situ networks
(climate stations and GPS), the modelling of the changes, and future
projections of change. Geodesy has a special role to play in the
monitoring of the Greenland ice sheet, especially due to GRACE and geodynamic
uplift studies by GPS and absolute gravity. The workshop is part of the Nuuk
Climate Days, with a parallel workshop on the Arctic Freshwater Budget
(FreshNor), and a joint event on the impact of effects of climate changes on
the Greenland society, arranged in cooperation with the Danish Meterological
Institute, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, and Asiaq-Greenland
Survey. Deadline for abstracts: June 1. Web site: www.space.dtu.dk/nuuk2009.
September 2-4, 2009, Centre for
Geospatial Science, University of Nottingham, UK
The symposium will bring together experts
from around the world to present the latest research results and developments
with focus on Location Based Services in the fields of Cartography,
Geoinformation, Computer Sciences, Telecommunication, Geodesy, and Geomedia Techniques.
For further information see: http://www.lbs2009.org/.
September 2-5, 2009, Baska, Krk Island, Croatia
The 2nd GNSS Vulnerabilities and
Solutions 2009 Conference is to be held on 2-5 September 2009 in Baska, Krk Island, Croatia. This four-day event aims to gather GNSS experts and focuses on
GNSS problems and vulnerabilities, as well as to developments aiming to improve
the accuracy and reliability of GNSS. For further
information please refer to the Call for Papers, which can be downloaded from http://www.rin.org.uk/files/POOL/ulnerabilitiesAndSolutions2009_CallForPapers.pdf.
September 22-25, 2009, Georgia, USA
The Institute of Navigation’s GNSS 2009
(technical sessions and exhibits) will be held at the Savannah International Convention Center, Savannah, Georgia. Pre-conference tutorials will be held in Savannah on September 21-22. See the ION website (www.ion.org)
October 21 – 23, 2009, Bonn, Germany
The Third United Nations International
UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop: Disaster Management and Space Technology From Concepts
to Applications is being jointly organized by the United Nations Office for
Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The
workshop will be held in Bonn, Germany, from 21 – 23 October 2009 in the UN Building in Bonn. Please check out: http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/unspider/workshops.html.
November 4-6, 2009, Seattle, USA
The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference
on Advances in Geographic Information Systems 2009 (ACM GIS 2009) is the
seventeenth 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. Visit http://acmgis09.cs.umn.edu for details.
- IUGG/IAGA, August 23-30, 2009, Sopron, Hungary
- IUGG/IAHS, September 7-12, 2009, Hyderabad, India
- IUGG/IAG, August 31-September 4, 2009, Buenos Aires , Argentina
- IUGG/IACS-IAMAS-IAPSO, July 19-29, 2009, Montreal, Canada
Lubomir Włodzimierz Baran, age 71,
passed away in Olsztyn, on 3rd April 2009, after a serious illness. He was to
become one of the outstanding geodesists of his generation, with the wide
international reputation in the community of Earth’s sciences.
Lubomir W. Baran
was born on 27th September 1937 in Żniatyn, in south-eastern Poland. He received his early education in Ełk, where he graduated from high school in
1955. Then he attended Warsaw University of Technology, where at the Faculty of
Geodesy and Cartography he received the degree of Master of Science in geodesy
in 1960. At the same faculty he received his PhD in 1966 and habilitation
(Doctor of Science) in 1972. In 1976 Lubomir W. Baran was awarded a title of
professor by the President of Poland with, and in 1987 – a title of full
career Lubomir W. Baran started in 1960 at the Agriculture Higher School in
Olsztyn (transformed later into the Agriculture-Technical Academy, and finally
into the University of Warmia and Mazury) as one of the founders in 1960 of a
recent Faculty of Geodesy and Land Management. With the advent of satellite
geodesy he was deeply involved in the development of this field, that became
later one of the major fields of his expertise. In 1961 he established in Olsztyn the station No 1151 of optical observations of satellites and ran it together with
a group of students, affected with his enthusiasm. 18 years later, in 1978 he
founded and headed for more then two decades the satellite Observatory at
Lamkówko, north-east of Olsztyn, that in 1994 became a station LAMA of IGS
Lubomir W. Baran developed numerous methods of adjustment of geodetic networks
with the use of satellite data. Following the progress in the development of
artificial Earth satellites observation techniques, his first investigations
concerned photographic observations of satellites. Then he developed methods of
adjusting trilateration networks based on SLR data. His research interest also
focused on the adjustment of satellite triangulation networks on regional and
continental scale, on the use of satellite techniques for quality control and
strengthening the terrestrial geodetic control networks, and on multigroup as
well as sequential adjustment of geodetic networks with large number of
parameters to be determined.
Lubomir W. Baran’s later research concentrated on the use of global positioning
systems in geodesy and geodynamics, especially on error propagation in GNSS
networks, and on the application of GNSS to studying ionosphere and its impact
on GNSS positioning. He initiated works on the establishment in 1990. of the
integrated geodetic control network in Poland in the ETRS system. He also
substantially contributed to the development of the ASG-EUPOS network of active
multifunctional permanently operating GNNS stations in Poland, that became fully operational in 2008.
The results of
Professor Lubomir W. Baran’s research were presented in more than 260
publications, that include almost 100 monographs and original papers and 7
academic books. They also were presented at almost 250 symposia, of them 130
providing continuous education to undergraduate and graduate students for 48
years at the university level, Professor Lubomir W. Baran successfully
supervised 8 PhD students. He was also very active as a reviewer. Besides
reviewing a few hundred articles and research projects he was involved as a
referee in almost 150 processes of promotions concerning scientific degrees and
Lubomir W. Baran’s talents were quickly recognized by the academic society. He
was a Dean of the Faculty of Geodesy and Land Management (1969-1975, 1978-1981, 1992-1999), a Deputy Dean (1975-1978). He also was
a Vice-Rector (1981-1984) and then a
Rector (1984-1987) of the Agriculture-Technical Academy in Olsztyn. He was also
a Head of the Chair of Geodesy and Photogrammetry (1969-1970), a Head of the Chair of Geodesy
(1970-1976), deputy Director (1983-1984) and Director (1976-1983, 1989-1993) of
the Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry.
Lubomir W. Baran was honoured in many ways. In 1994 he became a corresponding
member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, in 2007 – an ordinary member of PAS
and since 2003 – a member of the Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
He was elected to numerous scientific committees of the Polish Academy of Sciences, e.g. Committee on Geodesy (President since 2003), Committee on Astronomy,
Committee on Geophysics, Committee on Space and Satellite Research, National
Committee for the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (President
since 1996). He was also elected to numerous research councils, e.g. at the
Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, Institute of Geophysics of PAS, Space
Research Centre of PAS, Olsztyn Planetarium and Astronomical Observatory. Since
1991 he was a member of the Polish Central Commission for Scientific Degrees
Professor Lubomir W. Baran had also been recognized by the international
scientific community. He was an active member of numerous international
scientific organizations, e.g. American Geophysical Union, COSPAR, European Geosciences
Union, IAG, IUGG. In 1983-1987 he was a President of the IAG Special Study
Group No 1.59 Computer Assisted Design of Geodetic Networks, and later in
1992-95 - a President of the IAG Special Study Group No 1.127 Error Propagation
in GPS Networks. In 1991 he was honoured with a fellowship of the International
Association of Geodesy. In 2003 he became a member of IAG. Since 1988 he was a
national representative to the IAG Sub-commission EUREF, since 1995 he was an
accredited delegate of Poland to the Council of the IUGG and in 1995-2000
national correspondent of the IAG.
In 2000 the Agriculture Academy in Wrocław honoured Prof. Lubomir W. Baran awarding him an honorary doctor degree. In
2005 Rector and the Senate of the Warsaw University of Technology honoured him
by electing him to be Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Geodesy and
Cartography. He also awarded over 20 research awards and was decorated with
numerous medal including a few highest state medals.
Lubomir W. Baran was recognized as a respected scientist, involved in
international cooperation in geodesy, always supporting interdisciplinary
cooperation in research. He was an unquestionable authority, he brought up a
few generations of engineers, and he was a wonderful Man, Man of tact, warm and
kind, extremely popular among his collaborators, students and alumni. He will
be missed very much by many of his friends and collaborators. He will be
remembered in the academic community as unattainable model, outstanding
scientist, honourable man and a true friend.