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Introduction

  • H.-P. PlagEmail author
  • G. Beutler
  • R. Gross
  • T. A. Herring
  • C. Rizos
  • R. Rummel
  • D. Sahagian
  • J. Zumberge
Chapter

Earth is a restless planet (Solomon & the Solid Earth Science Working Group, 2002). With its atmosphere, oceans, ice cover, land surfaces and its interior, it is subject to a large variety of dynamic processes operating on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales, driven by large interior as well as exterior forces. Many areas of the Earth’s surface are exposed to natural hazards caused by dynamic processes in the solid Earth, the atmosphere and the oceans. Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcano eruptions, tectonic deformations, landslides, deglaciation, sea level rise, floods, desertification, storms, storm surges, global warming and many more are well known phenomena that are expressions of the dynamics of our restless planet. In modern times these processes are influenced, as well, by anthropogenic effects; to what extent is still largely unknown.

Keywords

Global Navigation Satellite System Global Navigation Satellite System Very Long Baseline Interferometry Spatial Data Infrastructure Geodetic Observation 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • H.-P. Plag
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. Beutler
    • 2
  • R. Gross
    • 3
  • T. A. Herring
    • 4
  • C. Rizos
    • 5
  • R. Rummel
    • 6
  • D. Sahagian
    • 7
  • J. Zumberge
    • 8
  1. 1.Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, and Seismological LaboratoryUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA
  2. 2.Gerhard, Astronomical Institute, University of BernBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  4. 4.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  5. 5.School of Surveying & Spatial Information Systems, The University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  6. 6.Institute for Astronomy and Physical Geodesy, Technische Universitát MünchenSydneyAustralia
  7. 7.Environmental Initiative at Lehigh University, Lehigh UniversityBethlehemAustralia
  8. 8.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryPasadenaUSA

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