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IAG Communication and
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IAG Young Authors Award
Summary of the Fifth Meeting of the IAG Executive
IAG2009 - Important information
Preliminary call for special issue 'CONT08' in Journal of
AGU-Fall Meeting 2009 Session G02 - GRACE, GOCE and
Second Announcement for the 6th IVS General Meeting
EUREF Symposium 2010
IAG Sponsored Meetings
International VLBI Service for Geodesy
and Astrometry (IVS) 2010 General Meeting
IAG Related Meetings
ACM GIS 2009
International Cartography Conference
Earth Observation and Water Cycle Science
AGU Fall Meeting 2009
Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2010
GOCE User Workshop
EGU General Assembly 2010
EUREF Symposium 2010
IAG Sister Societies’ General Assemblies
XXIV FIG International Congress
Werner Gurtner (1949 – 2009)
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the IAG Bylaws, the IAG Young Authors Award is granted to young scientists for
important contributions in the Journal of Geodesy and to foster excellence in
scientific writing. The presentation of the awards is made at each IAG General
Assembly and each Scientific Assembly. At the IAG Scientific Assembly 2009 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Young Authors Award was granted to Dr. Franziska
Wild-Pfeiffer, Stuttgart, Germany,
for the paper
comparison of different mass elements for use in gravity gradiometry", published in Journal of Geodesy, Volume 82, pages 637-653, 2008.
The IAG Bureau congratulates on the award!
Summary of the Fifth Meeting of the IAG Executive Committee 2007-2011
Intercontinental, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Time: Sunday, August 30, 2009, 09:00 – 13:00
Attendees (voting): M. Sideris (IAG President), C. Rizos (IAG Vice-President), H. Drewes (IAG Secretary General), G.
Beutler (Immediate Past President), Z. Altamimi (President Commission 1), Y.
Fukuda (President Commission 2), S. Verhagen (President Commission 4), M.
Rothacher (Chair of GGOS), J. Ádám (President of the COB), S. Kenyon, R.
Neilan, H. Schuh (Representatives of the Services), K. Heki, (Member at Large)
Attendees (non-voting): F. Sansň (IAG Past
President), P. Novák (Vice-President ICC on Theory), H. Hornik (IAG Assistant
Guests: T. Beer (President IUGG), C. Pacino (LOC IAG 2009 Scientific Assembly),
M. Lilje (FIG representative), R. Sarib (FIG Commission 5), G. Johnston
Regrets: M. Bevis
(President Commission 3), R. Wonnacott (Member at Large), N. Sneeuw (President
ICCT), R. Klees (Editor in Chief J. of Geodesy)
Summary of Agenda Items
1. Welcome and adoption of agenda
welcomed the members of the IAG Executive Committee (13 out of 15 voting
members, 3 non-voting members) and several guests. All participants introduced
themselves. The agenda was unanimously adopted.
2. Information on the Scientific Assembly
C. Pacino informed
on behalf of the LOC about the status and logistics (rooms, splinter meetings,
social events etc.) of the IAG 2009 Scientific Assembly. 480 participants from
about 60 countries were pre-registered, 40 of those cancelled up to date1. An icebreaker party on Monday evening and a gala dinner on Wednesday
evening are the major social events. H. Drewes reported on the travel grants
provided by IAG, IUGG, and PAIGH. Altogether, 17 participants were supported,
i.e., ten by the IAG travel award for young scientists,, four by IUGG for
developing countries, and three participants from the Americas by PAIGH. In
this context H. Drewes thanked T. Beer for the support of IUGG, and PAIGH for
the support in particular of the SIRGAS meetings. He extended his thanks to the
LOC for waiving the registration fee for the IAG awardees. He further informed
that the icebreaker party is sponsored by IAG and serves thus as the
traditional IAG reception.
mid-term reports (Travaux de l’AIG)
presented the draft of the “Travaux de l’AIG – Volume 36 – IAG Reports 2007 –
2009, established for the IAG Scientific Assembly, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August/September 2009 (eds. H. Drewes and H. Hornik)”. He explained that the main
objective of these reports is the evaluation of the work done during the past
two years with the option to dissolve inactive groups. The texts have been put
on the IAG Office website. Almost all groups have delivered reports for this
volume; the missing will be delivered in the next future. The updated volume
will be put on the IAG webpage, hard copies will be made available on demand by
the IAG Office.
The Commission Presidents gave then a review on the work of all
Z. Altamimi informed on the work of the Commission 1. A “School on Reference Frames” and a “Commission 1 Symposium” are planned to be held in 2010.
Within Sub-commission 1.3 - Regional Reference Frames a new sub-commission for
Asia and the Pacific (APREF) is planned. Geoscience Australia has offered to
organize the work.
Y. Fukuda gave an overview of Commission 2 and reported that all
sub-components of this commission have made good progress. Several relevant
meetings are planned for 2010.
There was no representative of Commission 3 present, the report will be
published in the webpage.
S. Verhagen pointed out that Commission 4 works in close contact with
FIG, ION, ISPRS and other organisations. On behalf of the FIG, M. Lilje
confirmed the excellent cooperation. The Working Groups 4.1.3 “Multi-Sensor
Systems for Environmental Monitoring Applications” and 4.3.2 “GNSS-Based
Sounding of the Atmosphere” were dissolved because no visible results have been
yielded up to now.
Acting for N. Sneeuw, Vice-President P. Novák gave an overview on the
work of the ICCT. The ICCT was engaged in the organization of the VIIth Hotine-Marussi-Symposium
2009 in Rome with about 100 participants. F. Sansň emphasized the great
activities of the ICCT by which especially young scientists can find an
adequate platform for discussions and new ideas as well as cooperation with
M. Rothacher reported on the activities of GGOS. New Terms of Reference
(TOR) have been released last year with several new elements. A Bureau for
Standards and Conventions has been installed in Munich in cooperation of the Technical University with DGFI (Director U. Hugentobler). The Bureau for Networks and
Communications is hosted at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (Director M.
Pearlman). In order to improve the outreach and awareness level, a GGOS portal
has been created; the Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie (BKG) in Frankfurt a.M. has taken over the task. The planned Coordinating Office and the Bureau for
Satellite Missions could not yet be realized; the Working Group on Satellite
Missions is therefore continued. As a special effort, M. Rothacher mentioned
the newly issued book “Global Geodetic Observing System” edited by H.-P. Plag
and M. Pearlman in the Springer book series. M. Sideris congratulated and
thanked the authors for the excellent work. G. Beutler added the need for more
public relations and commitments for GGOS by other institutions.
S. Kenyon gave a summarizing report on the activities of the
International Gravity Field Service (IGFS) including the five Services Bureau
Gravimétrique International (BGI), International Center for Earth Tides (ICET),
International Center for Global Earth Models (ICGEM), International Digital
Elevation Models Service (IDEMS), and International Geoid Service (IGeS). M.
Sideris thanked S. Kenyon also for chairing the Scientific Committee of the IAG
2009 Scientific Assembly.
H. Schuh reported on the International VLBI Service for Geodesy and
Astrometry (IVS). He mentioned in particular the ten years anniversary
celebration. Topics of the IVS Directing Board Meeting were the verification of
the next generation of radio-telescopes and the further development of the
techniques. From 2010 on, altogether 10 worldwide distributed new
radio-telescopes are planned. At present, eight IVS Analysis Centres are
operating. Z. Altamimi and G. Beutler emphasized that the VLBI data represent a
fundamental contribution to the ITRF and the increase for 10 radio-telescopes
symbolizes a highly welcomed improvement for this work.
H. Schuh informed also on the work of the International Laser Ranging
Service (ILRS). At present eight Analysis Centres are sharing the enormous data
processing. In the discussion, G. Beutler pointed out that the ILRS data
represent the only optical data for the ITRF and thus represent an
indispensable contribution. Unfortunately the ILRS chairperson had to retire
due to severe sickness. The next ILRS meeting will be held in September in Greece.
R. Neilan gave the report for the International GNSS Service (IGS). An
IGS brochure and a new Implementation Plan are in preparation. In December 2008
the IGS hosted the third meeting of the International Committee on Global
Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) in Pasadena. Two resolutions of this
conference couch the installation of Task Forces for the establishment of a
global vertical reference frame as well as the time system. Finally R. Neilan
informed that the website of the IGS will be re-designed basically in the next
future. The elections for the IGS Governing Board will take place this year;
the present board chairman John Dow will step down. The new structure will be
confirmed on the IGS Workshop in Newcastle, July 2010. M. Sideris appreciated the revision of the website.
4. Report of Journal of Geodesy
On behalf of R.
Klees, H. Drewes gave a report on the Journal of Geodesy (JoG). At present, the
Editorial Board of the JoG comprises an Editor-in-Chief, an Editorial
Assistant, an IAG information editor, a Book Review Editor, and the Past
Editor-in-Chief. Moreover, 20 other persons are members of the board. In all,
about 150 contributions are submitted per year for publication in the JoG.
Meanwhile the online-submission is working sufficiently and the time period
between submission of a paper and the publication could be reduced
considerably. The “ISI Impact Factor” for the JoG has increased in 2008 to
1.689; the journal is now among the highest ones in the field of geo-sciences.
The IAG Symposia Series has been included for the first time in the Web of
Science (ISI Web of Knowledge). Together with Springer it is striven for a high
of IGFS and Call for Central Bureau
S. Kenyon reported
on a call for proposals for hosting the Central Bureau (CB) of the
International Gravity Field Service (IGFS). The call was advertised in spring
2009; only one proposal was submitted. Considering this poor response, a
decision was not yet made. The application should be updated with respect to
some requested details and be submitted once more till end of Oct. 2009. The
paper will then be circulated among the competent community. The IAG EC will
make its definite decision on the meeting at the 2009 AGU Assembly in December,
2009. In the case of a positive decision, the CB can start to work according
to the initial plans with January 2010.
of IERS and Call for GGFC
As H. Schuh
reported, the Global Geophysical Fluid Centre (GGFC), which is hosted by the
IERS, is going to be re-organized. Instead of the hitherto eight Special
Bureaus, the GGFC will be structured by an Operational and Science Support. The
goal of the GGFC is to provide operational data sets to the public, e.g. time
series for various purposes. B. Richter, director of the IERS Central Bureau
sent the call for participation for various components within the re-structured
GGFC. Eight applications have been received. The proposals will be evaluated;
the final decision on the future work will be made at the 49th meeting of the
IERS Directing Board in Warsaw, Oct. 2009.
of IAS establishment
Y. Fukuda gave an
overview on the IAS business meeting on occasion of the IAG Symposium on
Gravity, Geoid and Earth Observation in Chania/Crete. The Steering Committee
consists of Y. Fukuda (President IAG Commission 2), C. Hwang (chairing
Sub-commission on Altimetry), O. Anderson (representative of IGFS), R. Gross
(GGFC and Vice-President of Commission 3), P. Woodworth (PSMSL and GLOSS), A.
Braun (ice applications), W. Bosch (Chairman of former IAS Planning Group).
Representatives have been nominated for the GGOS-EC: W. Bosch and C. Hwang (as
substitute), and O. B. Andersen for the IERS WG on Data and Information Systems
(DIS). The IAS website <http://ias.dgfi.badw.de> is installed. As product
classes are to be considered mean sea surface models, marine gravity data,
dynamic ocean topography and ocean tide models. An IAS Pilot-project on Ocean
Tides (IAS-PP-OT) will be issued. M. Sideris proposed to send out another call
for an IAS Central Bureau.
of FIG Representatives
On behalf of
International Federation of Surveyors (Fédération Internationale des Géomčtres,
FIG) M. Lilje presented ideas on “our role and how FIG and IAG can co-operate”.
FIG and IAG are both organisations to present developments within geodesy,
surveying and mapping to the surveyor. Traditionally IAG is more science, FIG
more practice oriented. With the development of the recent techniques this
differentiation, however, redundant. FIG includes a huge network around the
world, which also can be used by the IAG. At present FIG comprises 99 member
organisations in 81 countries and even will increase in future. Special
relations between FIG and IAG are given within FIG Commission 5 - Positioning
and Measurement (chair: R. Staiger, Germany). In 2001 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between FIG and IAG has been signed. Special interest for
current and future cooperation is given to large projects such as AFREF or
APREF. M. Lilje thanked the IAG for its participation and engagement in various
FIG congresses and meetings. C. Rizos added that the cooperation between IAG
and FIG has been considerably deepened and developed now to a basis for common
work. Z. Altamimi mentioned several links with Commission 1. M. Sideris recommended inviting one another especially for training courses and other educational
activities. The COB should announce IAG activities to the FIG.
General Assembly Melbourne 2011
T. Beer, President
of the IUGG, expressed his thanks for the invitation to this IAG Assembly and
EC-Meeting. He explained that the Union is fully organized on a volunteer
basis. The IUGG itself does not achieve very much research, but it unites the
eight Associations under one umbrella, thus initiating the contacts and
relations among the geo-scientific disciplines. He emphasized the need to make
the IUGG known as the competent representative for geo-sciences. The IUGG has
to take care not to lose its competence to other organizations. H. Drewes
reported on the meeting of the IUGG and Associations Secretaries General in Munich, May 2, 2009, concerning the IUGG General Assembly, Melbourne 2011. Instead of the
traditional twelve days, the scientific sessions will be limited to ten days
only; the first and last day (Monday of the first and Friday of the second
week, respectively) will be reserved for business meetings. For IAG sessions
five days are planned in the middle of the Assembly. Days before and after
should be used for joint sessions with other Associations. There will be nine
plenary sessions, each one organized by IUGG and each Association. They should
be of interest to all associations. In order to prepare these topics in time,
the EC members are asked to propose speakers for the Plenary Session organized
by IAG. There will be organized Union Symposia of common interest,
Inter-Association Symposia by at least two Associations, and Association
Symposia. M. Sideris mentioned a suggestion of the IAG Bureau to have the IAG
Symposia topic-related rather than structure-related. EC members shall submit
proposals to the IAG Secretary General, H. Drewes.
of Outreach Branch
distributed the IAG Brochure which had just been completed to this Assembly. It
has been compiled by the COB together with the IAG Office and aims to inform
the public about geodesy. The brochure will be distributed in the next future
for further distribution, and also be put into the IAG website. M. Sideris thanked
the COB for the work to compile this important brochure and to print it in. The
IAG website is continuously completed and updated.
Young Authors Award: Result of voting
publications had been suggested and discussed for the IAG Young Authors Award.
The applicant must be 35 years of age or younger, and the paper must have been
published in the two annual volumes of the Journal of Geodesy (JoG) preceding
the IAG General or Scientific Assembly. R. Klees as Editor-in-Chief of the JoG
has submitted three proposals to the IAG EC. Finally the EC decided for the article “A comparison of different mass
elements for use in gravity gradiometry” by F. Wild-Pfeiffer (JoG, Vol. 82, No
10 / Oct. 2008). As the awardee is not participating in this IAG Assembly, the
notification of the award will be sent by mail.
to IAU Commission 19
H. Schuh has been elected for President of IAU Commission 19; thus he
cannot fulfil anymore his hitherto function as IAG representative in this
Commission. The EC congratulated H. Schuh for his election. As new IAG
representative Z. Malkin from the Pulkovo Observatory has been proposed. H.
Schuh embraced this nomination as Z. Malkin would dispose over much competence
for this task. The EC unanimously accepted the proposal.
of ABLOS revised Terms of Reference
C. Rizos explained
the objectives of ABLOS (Advisory Board on the Law of the Sea) as an
interdisciplinary body of IAG and IHO. In September this year ABLOS will have a
meeting at which the new Terms of Reference are to be adopted. They had been
presented to the EC before the meeting. The IAG EC accepted the draft of the
Committee for officers 2011-2015
explained that elections of the IAG Officers for the next legislature period
2011-2015, i.e., after the next IUGG General Assembly, have to be prepared.
According to IAG Bylaw 39 the IAG President has to appoint a Nomination
Committee consisting of a Chair and three other members after taking advice
from the EC. Traditionally, the Chair is taken by the immediate IAG Past
President, i.e. G. Beutler. However, the EC members are invited to contribute
for the nominations. A concerning circular will be sent out in the next future.
The rules for the
IAG Travel Award state that applicants are asked to send their application at
least three months before the meeting to the IAG Office. H. Drewes explained
that an application deadline of three months before the meeting is too short to
meet the early bird. Therefore he proposed to shift the deadline backwards to
six months. H. Schuh stated that six months are rather early as then often only
rather few information on the meeting and its topics is available. S. Verhagen
recommended to hold the deadline flexible according to the specific meetings.
Finally M. Sideris moved to set the deadline to 5 months, H. Schuh seconded.
The IAG EC unanimously accepted the proposal.
The rules for the
fee for the IAG individual membership of students as well as retired colleagues
are not clearly enough defined in the IAG Bylaws. Meanwhile the students’
membership is restricted to one year and has to be renewed annually by submitting
a certificate from the respective university. H. Drewes proposed to grant the hitherto existing free membership for retired colleagues only for those
colleagues who are IAG Fellows, i.e. have had a function within IAG for a
longer time. For all others the fee for a 4-years membership will be set to 100
USD, for those coming from a country listed as a developing country according
to the rules of the UN, the fee will be reduced to 50 USD for four years. The
proposal was unanimously accepted.
As H. Drewes presented
applications for IAG sponsorship of the following 3 meetings:
North American Geoid Meeting, 21 – 23 October 2009
(D. Roman, Chair CP2.2);
6th IVS General Meeting, 8 – 13 February 2010,
Hobart, Tasmania (H. Schuh);
Theory of Reference Frames, 31 May – 6 June 2010 (A. Dermanis,
The EC accepted to
support these conferences.
GGOS StC / IAG EC Meeting
M. Sideris pointed
to the joint GGOS StC / IAG EC Meeting in the afternoon of this day. Everybody
interested in this topic is encouraged to participate.
announced the installation of the new World Data System (WDS) as a merging of
the former Federation of Astronomical and Geophysical Services (FAGS) and the
World Data Centres (WDC) with definite instructions and rules so that all
groups can find themselves very clearly (see http://www.icsu.org/index.php).
H. Schuh informed
on the date of the next EGU Assembly in Vienna: May 2-7, 2010.
The next EC Meetings
will take place on occasion of the EGU Assembly, Vienna, May 2010.
M. Sideris stated
that this EC Meeting was very successful and thanked s all participants for
their contributions and closed the session at 13:15 (1:15 pm).
21. Joint GGOS Steering Committee and IAG EC
The joint GGOS Steering Committee and IAG EC Meeting started at 14:00
(2:00 pm), see separate minutes.
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Between August 12 and August 26, 2008 the
International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry has observed the
so-called CONT08 campaign of 15 days of uninterrupted VLBI observations for
Earth orientation studies. The other space-geodetic services as well as science
partners in other geodynamical disciplines had been asked to consider dedicated
observing sessions at the same time period.
About a year
later, the data should all be analyzed and the idea was developed to bring
together all publications related to the CONT08 period in a joint Special Issue
of Journal of Geodesy. With this call we solicit the submission of titles (and
authors) of possible contributions in order to have a rough indication whether
a sufficient number of papers can be expected. The scope of the papers may
cover all types of measurements carried out during the CONT08 period for Earth
orientation studies and related disciplines as well as aspects of modeling of
the acquired data and interpretation of the obtained results.
If you plan to
submit a paper to a Special Issue on CONT08, please send your title (with
authors) to one of us until December 15, 2009. If at least seven positive
responses are received by that date, a full call will be issued aiming at a
submission date for the full manuscripts of March 31, 2010.
Axel Nothnagel (email@example.com)
Urs Hugentobler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
David Salstein (email@example.com)
Editors to Journal of Geodesy
2009, San Francisco, USA
The geodetic community is in a unique
situation, with several dedicated gravity field missions in operation
simultaneously. The status of the GOCE and GRACE missions will be provided.
This session solicits papers that describe innovative new applications of data
collected by these missions. Papers that describe science insights from new
signals uncovered in the data, or new techniques of signal extraction are
encouraged. Topics of interest also include simultaneous exploitation of GRACE
and GOCE data; exploitation of 3d satellite gravity gradient data; combinations
of satellite and in-situ data; methods of extending the mass-flux data records
beyond the mission lifetimes; and potential directions to ensure the continuity
of these measurements into the future.
This session is
intended to be a lively forum for a discussion of application of mass flux
measurements from these satellite missions; what they are telling us today; and
how we might proceed in the future. The Scientific Program is now accessible
online from the webpage http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm09/program/index.php.
Mark Drinkwater and Srinivas Bettadpur
2010, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
The sixth General Meeting of the
International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (IVS) will be held
February 7-13, 2010, in Hobart, TAS, Australia. All IVS Associate Members and
individuals who have interests in the application of VLBI in the fields of
geodesy, Earth sciences, and astrometry are invited to attend the meeting.
The keynote of
the sixth General Meeting is the new perspectives of the next generation VLBI
system under the theme "VLBI2010: From Vision to Reality". The vision
of the VLBI2010 system is gradually being realized. The unprecedented new
capabilities of 1-mm positional accuracy and station velocities of 0.1 mm/yr,
continuous observational time series or station positions and Earth orientation
parameters, and fast turnaround time from observation to geodetic and
astrometric result will foster new science and applications. Keynote speakers
will be asked to address the keynote in their presentations.
The meeting host
is the University of Tasmania, School of Mathematics and Physics. Details about
the meeting including the registration, accommodations, and abstract submission
are available at the meeting Web site:
Registration: Registration for the meeting is now open. Please visit the meeting
Web site, click on "Registration", and download the registration and
accommodation form (PDF or Word format). Fill in the form and send it to the
local organizers. Early bird registration deadline is November 30, 2009;
regular registration deadline is January 7, 2010.
Accommodation: The local organizing committee has blocked a number of rooms in the
on-campus housing facilities and in a selected hotel. These two options should
be requested together with the registration. Please use the registration and
accommodation form for this action. The deadline for arranging accommodation
through the local organizing committee is January 7, 2010.
The abstract submission deadline is November 22, 2009. Contributions are
welcome from anyone attending the meeting. To submit an abstract, visit the
meeting Web site and click on "Submit an Abstract". Then use the
abstract submission form. For further information contact any member of the
Local Organizing Committee, the Program Committee, or the Coordinating Center.
Coordinating Center Director
June 2-5, 2010,
The next EUREF Symposium will be held in Gävle, Sweden, June 2-5, 2010. The 2010 symposium is organised by
Lantmäteriet - the Swedish mapping, cadastral and land registration
authority - and co-sponsored by KTH Royal Institute of Technology and
Onsala Space Observatory at Chalmers University of Technology. The website of the 2010 symposium http://www.lantmateriet.se/euref2010 from time to time will be completed.
February 7-14, 2010, Hobart, Australia
The purpose of the meeting is to assemble
representatives from all IVS components to share information, hear reports, and
plan future activities. The meeting also provides a forum for interaction with
other members of the VLBI and Earth science communities. The keynote of the
sixth GM is the new perspectives of the next generation VLBI system under the
theme "VLBI2010: From Vision to Reality". The
content of the meeting will be of interest to the broad spectrum of IVS members
as well as to the wider VLBI and Earth science community. URL: http://ivscc.gsfc.nasa.gov/meetings/gm2010
November 3, 2009, Seattle, USA
SPRINGL'09 - 2nd ACM International Workshop
on Security and Privacy in GIS and LBS is co-located with 17th ACM SIGSPATIAL
International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM GIS
2009). SPRINGL 2009 is the second workshop in the SPRINGL workshop series that
aims at bringing together researchers working on the foundations of the field
and on novel applications bridging spatio-temporal data management and security
and privacy. Further details are available from the webpage http://www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/daic/springl09.
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.
November 15-21, 2009, Santiago, Chile
November 18-20, 2009, Frascati, Italy
December 14-18, 2009, San Francisco, USA
The Fall Meeting provides an opportunity for
researchers, teachers, students, and consultants to review the latest issues
affecting the Earth, the planets, and their environments in space. This meeting
will cover topics in all areas of geophysical sciences including geodesy.
Please visit http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm09/index.php
for further details.
February 10-15, 2010, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
The Second International Conference on
Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Applications, and Services will take
place in St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles from February 10-15, 2010. The
topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state
of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments,
applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit
complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference
or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas. General page of
the Conference is http://www.iaria.org/conferences2010/GEOProcessing10.html.
Satellite Navigation Summit 2010
March 9-11, 2010, Munich, Germany
The Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2010
– the eigth one – to be held March 9-11 2010 in the famous “Residenz München”, Germany – has been established as the European and International conference with
global impact featuring invited high-ranking worldwide speakers from industry,
science and governments dealing with the directions of satellite navigation now
and in the future. For online registration and details please visit http://www.munich-satellite-navigation-summit.org.
March 17-19, 2010, Munich, Germany
May 2-7, 2010, Wien, Austria
June 2-5, 2010, Gävle, Sweden
The next EUREF Symposium will be held in Gävle, Sweden, June 2-5, 2010. The 2010 symposium is organised by Lantmäteriet - the
Swedish mapping, cadastral and land registration authority - and co-sponsored
by KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Onsala Space Observatory at
Chalmers University of Technology. The website of the
2010 symposium http://www.lantmateriet.se/euref2010
from time to time will be be completed.
June 13-19, 2010 - Athens, Greece
The Second International Conference on
Advances in Satellite and Space Communications (SPACOMM 2010) will be
held in Athens, Greece, June 13-19, 2010. All tracks are open to both research
and industry contributions. For details please visit the webpage of the
April 11-16, 2010, Sydney, Australia
The FIG 2010 Congress, hosted by the
International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and Institution of Surveyors,
Australia (ISA), is expected to bring together over 2,000 participants from
almost 100 countries. The Congress will have a full professional program
consisting of more than 80 technical and poster sessions, several workshops,
pre-congress seminars, and special forums, including four plenary sessions
focusing on the hot issues of the global agenda and of our profession: namely
the big challenges of climate change, disaster risk management and good land
governance; spatially enabled society; and different aspects of the
technological futures. The webpage of the FIG 2010 Congress is www.fig2010.com.
Dear colleagues and friends of the
Astronomical Institute of the University of Bern (AIUB)
sadness I have to inform you that Prof. Dr. Werner Gurtner died from cancer
last Saturday, October 24, in the Lory Hospital of the University of Bern,
shortly after his sixtieth birthday.
completed his studies in Surveying Engineering in 1973 at the Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry of the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. From 1974 to 1979 he
was a research assistant and Ph.D. candidate of Prof. Max Schuerer, who was a
lecturer at the ETH in addition to his position as director of the AIUB.
Werner's Ph.D. thesis, partly written in Bern, resulted in the "Geoid of
Switzerland" using astrometric observations – a well-known reference.
was officially employed by the AIUB since January 1980. As early as 1978, at
the ETH, he started working on the new Zimmerwald Observatory dedicated to
Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR). In 1987 he became the director of the Zimmerwald
fundamental observatory. During the 1980s Werner also worked on the team that
successfully developed what would eventually be known as the Bernese GPS
Software package. Between 1992 and 1996 he led the AIUB team, which planned and
realized the new SLR and astrometry telescope in Zimmerwald. In collaboration
with the Canton of Bern, the University of Bern, the Swiss National Science Foundation,
and the Swiss Federal Office of Topography, the 1-meter combined SLR and
astrometry telescope was deployed at Zimmerwald and became one of the essential
pillars of the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS). With the same energy
Werner organized the upgrade of the Observatory during 2005-2008. The site as
established by Werner is recognized now as one of the foremost stations in the
global space geodesy community from the scientific, technical, and
administrative points of view.
In the 1990s, Werner
Gurtner was one of the key persons in the development of the International GNSS
Service (IGS). His contributions related to IGS data transfer and information
dissemination were of great importance and at least in part responsible for the
worldwide acceptance of the IGS. The Receiver INdependent EXchange (RINEX)
format, which he initiated and coined to a great extent, became a standard as
the platform for exchanging GNSS data in both science and engineering
applications. Werner continued to work on RINEX enhancements until very
recently. The global acceptance of RINEX in both the science and receiver
technology communities is a tribute to Werner's foresight.
the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) to develop essential structural
elements related to space geodesy. He was a member of the very active EUREF
Technical Working Group since 1992; he chaired this group from 1999 to 2003. He
was not only a key person on the development of the IGS, but also, even to a
much greater extent, for the development of the ILRS. Werner Gurtner was Chair
of the ILRS Governing Board from 2002 to 2009. Before that time he chaired
EUROLAS, an association of European SLR observatories.
The Faculty of
Sciences of the University of Bern acknowledged the achievements of this
eminent engineer and scientist by awarding him the title of professor in 1999.
Werner Gurtner will be remembered as competent collaborator, good friend and
University of Bern