Global Geodetic Observing System

Meeting the Requirements of a Global Society on a Changing Planet in 2020

  • Hans-Peter Plag
  • Michael Pearlman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxix
  2. H.-P. Plag, G. Beutler, R. Gross, T. A. Herring, C. Rizos, R. Rummel et al.
    Pages 1-13
  3. H.-P. Plag, Z. Altamimi, S. Bettadpur, G. Beutler, G. Beyerle, A. Cazenave et al.
    Pages 15-88
  4. R. Rummel, G. Beutler, V. Dehant, R. Gross, K.H. Ilk, H.-P. Plag et al.
    Pages 89-133
  5. C. Rizos, D. Brzezinska, R. Forsberg, G. Johnston, S. Kenyon, D. Smith
    Pages 135-152
  6. D. Sahagian, D. Alsdorf, C. Kreemer, J. Melack, M. Pearlman, H.-P. Plag et al.
    Pages 153-196
  7. J. F. Zumberge, J. S. Border, V. Dehant, W. M. Folkner, D. L. Jones, T. Martin-Mur et al.
    Pages 197-207
  8. T. A. Herring, Z. Altamimi, H.-P. Plag, P. Poli
    Pages 225-236
  9. M. Rothacher, G. Beutler, D. Behrend, A. Donnellan, J. Hinderer, C. Ma et al.
    Pages 237-272
  10. G. Beutler, M. Pearlman, H.-P. Plag, R. Neilan, M. Rothacher, R. Rummel
    Pages 273-281
  11. H.-P. Plag, G. Beutler, R. Gross, T. A. Herring, P. Poli, C. Rizos et al.
    Pages 283-291
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 1-40

About this book


The Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS) has been established by the Int- national Association of Geodesy (IAG) in order to integrate the three fundamental areas of geodesy, so as to monitor geodetic parameters and their temporal varia- ?9 tions, in a global reference frame with a target relative accuracy of 10 or b- ter. These areas, often called ‘pillars’, deal with the determination and evolution of (a) the Earth’s geometry (topography, bathymetry, ice surface, sea level), (b) the Earth’s rotation and orientation (polar motion, rotation rate, nutation, etc. ), and (c) the Earth’s gravity eld (gravity, geoid). Therefore, Earth Observation on a global scale is at the heart of GGOS’s activities, which contributes to Global Change - search through the monitoring, as well as the modeling, of dynamic Earth processes such as, for example, mass and angular momentum exchanges, mass transport and ocean circulation, and changes in sea, land and ice surfaces. To achieve such an - bitious goal, GGOS relies on an integrated network of current and future terrestrial, airborne and satellite systems and technologies. These include: various positioning, navigation, remote sensing and dedicated gravity and altimetry satellite missions; global ground networks of VLBI, SLR, DORIS, GNSS and absolute and relative gravity stations; and airborne gravity, mapping and remote sensing systems.


Earth Observation Earth Sciences Global Change Space Geodesy geodesy

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Peter Plag
    • 1
  • Michael Pearlman
    • 2
  1. 1.Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology &University of Nevada, RenoRenoU.S.A.
  2. 2.Center for AstrophysicsHarvard-SmithsonianCambridgeU.S.A.

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