GGOS Strategic Plan 2024 – 2034: Geodesy for Science and Society
GGOS, the Global Geodetic Observing System of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), was established as an integrating framework for all IAG Components (Services, Commissions, Inter-Commission Committees and Projects) to move from the provision of individual geodetic technique-based products to a level of consistent modelling and interpretation of Earth System processes and interactions, ensuring an integrated, consistent and long-term observing system.
GGOS regularly reviews and updates its
strategic priorities to meet emerging needs in geodesy, always with a focus on
strengthening GGOS’ role as a collaborative hub in support of sustainable
geodesy through the promotion and integration of diverse geodetic technologies
With this in mind, we are pleased to
present the new GGOS Strategic Plan 2024 – 2034: Geodesy for Science and
Society. This new Plan is based on an extensive community survey consisting
of six closed questions (multiple choice with predetermined answers) and seven
SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) questions. 70 colleagues
from 32 countries participated in the GGOS survey between 11 July and 30
September 2022. Based on this brainstorming, the GGOS Strategic Planning
Committee convened a two-day community workshop to discuss and identify updated
long-term goals as well as cross-cutting community needs that each Strategic Goal
will seek to address.
. Guided by these Gadsadoals, the Community Needs are presented as elements of a holistic effort to support the geodetic community and advance the recognition and use of geodesy for public benefit through innovation, advocacy, communication, and integration.
The members of the GGOS Executive Committee
are currently working on the related Implementation Plan, which outlines the
steps required to achieve the Strategic Goals. The Implementation Plan focuses
on identifying, allocating, executing, and monitoring progress, with some
actions requiring a multi-year effort. GGOS will periodically assess the
progress towards the implementation of this plan and provide updates to the
We invite all interested colleagues inside
and outside the IAG to find out more about our new Strategic Plan at https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.10571158
and to get involved in supporting its implementation. Your participation would
be greatly appreciated.
Laura Sánchez, GGOS President, Deutsches
Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut, Technische Universität München, Germany
Anna Riddell, GGOS Vice-President,
Geoscience Australia, Australia
Martin Sehnal, Director of the GGOS
Coordinating Office, BEV Austrian Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying,