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Division on Geodesy

President: Johannes Böhm (g@egu.eu)
Deputy President: Annette Eicker (annette.eicker@hcu-hamburg.de)

Traditionally geodesy is the science of the measurement and the mapping of the Earth’s surface. Since the surface is mainly shaped by the Earth’s gravity field the classical definition includes the Earth’s gravitational potential. Observing the Earth figure, the orientation and rotation as well as the gravity field, geodesy today provides spatial and temporal patterns of geophysical processes within the Earth system such as sea level rise, tides, melting of continental ice masses, changes in global water circulation and in the atmosphere or deformations of the solid Earth. Consequently, the geodesy division covers activities on the whole spectrum of modern geodetic Earth system modeling from the measurement systems to the investigation of geophysical processes.

Recent awardees

Markus Rothacher

Markus Rothacher

  • 2018
  • Vening Meinesz Medal

The 2018 Vening Meinesz Medal is awarded to Markus Rothacher for his pioneering work in linking geometry, rotation and gravity to space geodetic observations and subsequently enhancing the understanding of the Earth system.


Sara Bruni

Sara Bruni

  • 2018
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award

The 2018 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award is awarded to Sara Bruni for her innovative contributions to global and regional reference-frame studies bridging the gap to other fields of geosciences, such as geodynamics.


Isabella Velicogna

Isabella Velicogna

  • 2017
  • Vening Meinesz Medal

The 2017 Vening Meinesz Medal is awarded to Isabella Velicogna in recognition of her pioneering and groundbreaking work on the application of time-variable gravity for ice-sheet mass balance and land-water hydrology studies.


Xingxing Li

Xingxing Li

  • 2017
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award

The 2017 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award is awarded to Xingxing Li for his innovative contributions in improving the performance of precise point positioning, significantly extending the high-rate GNSS applications in geosciences.


Florian Andritsch

Florian Andritsch

  • 2017
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2017 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Florian Andritsch Comparing tracking scenarios to LAGEOS and Etalon by simulating realistic SLR observations

Latest posts from the G blog

Have a colleague who does outstanding work? - Nominate him/her for an EGU Award or Medal!

Congratulations again to Sara Bruni for receiving the Geodesy Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award 2018! A summary of her research on new findings in the gravity field time series from Medicina is posted below. Maybe you know an Early Career Scientist who does as outstanding work as Sara Bruni does? Nomination is the first crucial step in order to receive an award, don’t let this opportunity pass and nominate an outstanding colleague for an EGU Award or Medal in …


Gravity time series still reveal new insights

Gravity time series still reveal new insights

View of the Medicina observatory. The site hosts a superconducting gravimeter (SG) installed in a dedicated building next to a piezometer. Local height variations are monitored by means of two GPS stations, located at the end of the N-S segment of the “North Cross” radio telescope. The two GPS stations are about 30 m apart and are close to a VLBI antenna. Geodetic observations have proven to provide a fundamental base for advances in Earth-system sciences, while simultaneously supporting critical …


EGU General Assembly – an adventure for newbies

EGU General Assembly – an adventure for newbies

One day in January, we heard it through the grapevine that we were supposed to submit abstracts to an event called EGU. So we asked ourselves: What exactly is EGU? Our colleagues told us: ‘EGU is a huge, international conference worth going. And you will have a lot of fun.’ So we submitted our abstracts and hoped for the best. Three months later, we entered the airport with a poster box and some of our colleagues. Immediately, the excitement started …


Review of the General Assembly by the Division President

Review of the General Assembly by the Division President

More than 15.000 participants with great presentations in 666 sessions (posters, PICOs, and orals) made the EGU General Assembly 2018 at the Austrian Convention Centre in Vienna a great success. In the geodesy-led programme, we had 428 submissions, which were distributed to 19 oral blocks, 3 PICO sessions, and a series of poster sessions. We listened to exciting talks, starting with geodetic theory on Monday morning and ending with presentations on VLBI and SLR observations to artificial objects in space …

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

The deadline to nominate brilliant scientists for the EGU 2019 awards and medals is this month, on the 15th. To increase diversity in the group of EGU awardees and medallists, we encourage the EGU membership to consider gender, geographical and cultural balance when nominating outstanding Earth, planetary and space scientists at various career stages. Other important dates to keep in mind are 3 June, the deadline for submitting your feedback on the EGU 2018 General Assembly, and 18 June, the deadline for presenting authors at the meeting to submit their presentations to our online repository. Also of highlight is the call for proposals for training schools and conference series, opening on Friday (check egu.eu then). We will be launching two new EGU conference series, named in honour of two female scientists.

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