International Association of Geodesy, Annual Report 2002.

Prepared by C.C.Tscherning, IAG Secretary General, 2003-02-05, revised 2003-02-13.

(1) Central Bureau activities.

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

The central bureau maintains the IAG home-page, and updates a database of addresses.

(2) The Executive Committee (EC).

The EC had one meeting in Nice, France, April 26-27, where the main items were the preparation of the IUGG/IAG General Assembly 2003 and the re-structuring of IAG. The report from a planning group with the task of preparing the implementation of the new structure was discussed and approved. The establishment of an Intercommission Committee on Theory was discussed, and its is expected to be approved by the Council in 2003.

A planning group for a new IAG project, IGGOS, with G.Beutler as president was approved. It was also decided to establish a planning group for an inter-commission committee on geodetic standards.

(3) Symposia and meetings.

Int. Congress on Geodesy and Cartography, Caracas Venezuela, March 18-22, 2002.

Second Symposium on Geodesy for Geotechnical and Structural Engineering, Berlin, Germany, May 21-24,

2002 EUREF Symposium, Ponta Delgada, Azores Island, Portugal, June 5-8, 2002.

V Hotine-Marussi Symposium, Matera, Italy, June 10-14, 2002.

Eleventh General Assembly of the Wegner Project, Athens, Greece, June 12-14, 2002.

International Workshop on Satellite Altimetry for Geodesy, Geophysics and Oceanography, September 8-13, 2002, Wuhan, China.

3rd. Meeting of the International Gravity and Geoid Commission, Thessaloniki, Greece, Aug. 26-30, 2002.

Celebrating 50 Years of Geodetic Science at Ohio State University 1-5 October 2002, Ohio, USA

IAG International Symposium On Recent Crustal Deformations In South America And Surrounding Areas, and VII International Congress of Earth Sciences 2002 October 21 - 25 , 2002 Santiago, Chile

(4) Educational Activities:

School on the Determination and use of the Geoid was organized by the International Geoid Service in collaboration with the University of Thessaloniki from August 30 to Sep. 5.

Joint BGI/ICET Summer School 2002 on Terrestrial gravity data acquisition techniques, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, Sept. 4 - 1, 2002.

Workshop on vertical crustal motion and sea-level change. Toulouse, France, Sept. 17-19, 2002. (Organized jointly with IAPSO, and sponsored by IUGG).

(5) Developing Countries.

The possibilities for establishing a geodetic reference system for Africa is being investigated on the initiative of IAG Commission X. An application for the support of a pilot project was submitted to ICSU but not funded.

A considerable efforts were made in the last two years improving the quality, the fundamental station networks and the gravity densification in South America, with special emphasis to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Paraguay. Important work has been done in the framework of SIRGAS (Sistema de Referencia Geocentrico para Las Americas), which has received financial support of its work from IUGG

IAG has, using the so-called IAG Fund and special funds from IUGG, sponsored the participation of a number of scientists from developing countries at IAG sponsored meetings and workshops.


Prepared by: C.C.Tscherning
Secretary General
Last update 2003-02-10 by cct.