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Geophysics & Geodesy Platform

Geodesy Platform

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The geodesy platform comprises a unique set of space-geodetic, remote sensing and satellite-derived data sets and methods. The focus is on utilizing space techniques for monitoring processes such as continental-scale groundwater changes, glacier and ice sheet imbalance, planetary deformation, sea level change, and land surface change.

The geodesy platform participates in the realization of the International Terrestrial Reference Frame ITRF and, as one of the members of the FESG consortium, participates in the data processing of Germany’s Space-Geodetic Observatory Wettzell. They contribute to the services of the International Association of Geodesy IAG and participate in international services and science/ satellite mission teams such as ESA’s CCI, GRACE, GRACE-FO, OSTST, Cryosat-2, Sentinel-3 cal/val or WCRP GSLB. These activities are complemented through terrestrial geodetic and remote sensing techniques such as GNSS and gravimetric equipment, including robotic sensing systems.

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Kusche, J., Kleemann, V., Bosch, W. (2012): Mass distribution and mass transport in the Earth system, J. Geodyn., 59:1-8, doi:10.1016/j.jog.2012.03.003

Nothnagel, A., Artz, T., Behrend, D., Malkin, Z. (2016): International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry - Delivering high-quality products and embarking on observations of the next generation, J. Geod., doi:10.1007/s00190-016-0950-5

Rietbroek, R., Brunnabend, S.-E., Kusche, J., Schröter, J., Dahle, C. (2016): Revisiting the contemporary sea-level budget on global and regional scales, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 113(6):1504–1509, doi:10.1073/pnas.1519132113


Professor Doktor-Ingenieur Jürgen Kusche

Geodesy Platform

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kusche
University of Bonn
Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation
Nussallee 17
53115 Bonn

Phone: +49 228 73-2629