The Integration of Geodetic Measurements into an Earth Science Observing Program: The Example of Glacial Rebound

  • Kurt Lambeck
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 120)


In addressing the issue of integrating geodetic measurements into an Earth Science Observing Program, a convenient starting point may be to look at how the accuracies of geodetic measurements have improved from tens of meters in the 1960’s to centimeters and less today, representing a three order of magnitude improvement within three decades. The question foremost is what can we constructively do with such measurements. Not being an engineer, I do not care about these very precise measurements per se. What I am ultimately interested in is the evolution of the Earth. What is the planet like today and how did it evolve into this state from its primordial planetary dust cloud? All knowledge about terrestrial resources, hazards, and environmental change follow if we can answer this very basic all-encompassing question. Our particular geodetic question, therefore, is, what can the high precision geodetic measurements contribute to these broader issues. I am not going to try and answer that since many of the papers in this symposium have done that.


Tide Gauge Lower Mantle Geodetic Measurement Geodetic Observation Mantle Viscosity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt Lambeck
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  1. 1.Research School of Earth SciencesThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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