Relativistic Geodesy

Foundations and Applications

  • Dirk Puetzfeld
  • Claus Lämmerzahl

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 196)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Pacome Delva, Heiner Denker, Guillaume Lion
    Pages 25-85
  3. Peter A. Hogan
    Pages 131-142
  4. Bahram Mashhoon
    Pages 143-157
  5. Erik W. Grafarend
    Pages 229-289
  6. Aurélien Hees, Adrien Bourgoin, Pacome Delva, Christophe Le Poncin-Lafitte, Peter Wolf
    Pages 317-358
  7. Jan-Willem van Holten
    Pages 393-418
  8. Dennis Philipp, Dirk Puetzfeld, Claus Lämmerzahl
    Pages 419-451
  9. Ignazio Ciufolini, Antonio Paolozzi, Erricos C. Pavlis, Richard Matzner, Rolf König, John Ries et al.
    Pages 467-479

About this book


Due to steadily improving experimental accuracy, relativistic concepts – based on Einstein’s theory of Special and General Relativity – are playing an increasingly important role in modern geodesy. This book offers an introduction to the emerging field of relativistic geodesy, and covers topics ranging from the description of clocks and test bodies, to time and frequency measurements, to current and future observations.

Emphasis is placed on geodetically relevant definitions and fundamental methods in the context of Einstein’s theory (e.g. the role of observers, use of clocks, definition of reference systems and the geoid, use of relativistic approximation schemes). Further, the applications discussed range from chronometric and gradiometric determinations of the gravitational field, to the latest (satellite) experiments. The impact of choices made at a fundamental theoretical level on the interpretation of measurements and the planning of future experiments is also highlighted. Providing an up-to-the-minute status report on the respective topics discussed, the book will not only benefit experts, but will also serve as a guide for students with a background in either geodesy or gravitational physics who are interested in entering and exploring this emerging field.


Future space navigation systems Chronometric geodesy Frame dragging Post-Newtonain geodesy Relativistic measurement science

Editors and affiliations

  • Dirk Puetzfeld
    • 1
  • Claus Lämmerzahl
    • 2
  1. 1.ZARMUniversity of BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.ZARMUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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