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Mission Earth

Geodynamics and Climate Change Observed Through Satellite Geodesy

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  • The science of measuring the Earth – Presented in an exciting and easy to understand way
  • Illustrative examples from satellite navigation to climate change
  • How geodesy has become an integral part of our daily life

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About this book

How does your cell phone know where you are right now? How is our planet changing due to geodynamic processes and ongoing climate change? How can these changes be precisely measured from space in order to obtain reliable information about the melting of ice sheets or the threat to coastal regions from rising sea levels? This popular science book provides answers to these and many other socially relevant questions. It is aimed at interested nonprofessionals who want to learn more about our fascinating planet, but also at experts in natural sciences. You are taken on an exciting journey through time from the first surveys in ancient times to the satellite era, which is providing us with a global view of our home planet. Illustrative examples demonstrate how deeply global positioning and navigation with satellites pervade our daily life, and what fundamental contributions geodesy makes to understanding the Earth system and determining the effects of climate change.

With interview contributions by Günter Hein, Harald Lesch and Stefan Rahmstorf.

This book is a translation of the original German 1st edition Mission Erde by Detlef Angermann et al., published by Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature in 2021. The translation was done with the help of artificial intelligence (machine translation by the service Content and language were subsequently revised by the authors. Springer Nature works continuously to further the development of tools for the production of books and on the related technologies to support the authors.


English translation of original German book review:​“With this book, the authors have succeeded in an impressive way in presenting modern geodesy - using the example of global geodesy - in a lively and descriptive manner with regard to its possibilities and achievements and in placing it in the scientific and societal context…It is very worthwhile to read the book ... .” (Hansjörg Kutterer, in: zfv - Zeitschrift für Geodäsie, Geoinformation und Landmanagement, Jg. 146, Heft 2, 2021)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany

    Detlef Angermann, Florian Seitz

  • Astronomical & Physical Geodesy, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany

    Roland Pail

  • Satellite Geodesy, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany

    Urs Hugentobler

About the authors

Detlef Angermann holds a doctorate in geodesy and heads the Research Area Reference Systems at the Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut of the Technical University of Munich.

Roland Pail is Professor of Astronomical and Physical Geodesy at the Technical University of Munich. 

Florian Seitz is Professor of Geodetic Geodynamics and heads the Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut of the Technical University of Munich.

Urs Hugentobler is Professor of Satellite Geodesy and heads the Satellite Geodesy Research Facility of the Technical University of Munich.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Mission Earth

  • Book Subtitle: Geodynamics and Climate Change Observed Through Satellite Geodesy

  • Authors: Detlef Angermann, Roland Pail, Florian Seitz, Urs Hugentobler

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  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-662-64105-7Published: 17 February 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-662-64106-4Published: 16 February 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 246

  • Number of Illustrations: 6 b/w illustrations, 68 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Popular Science in Geography

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