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Division on Geodesy

President: Johannes Böhm (g@egu.eu)
Deputy President: Annette Eicker (annette.eicker@hcu-hamburg.de)

Traditionally geodesy is the science of the measurement and the mapping of the Earth’s surface. Since the surface is mainly shaped by the Earth’s gravity field the classical definition includes the Earth’s gravitational potential. Observing the Earth figure, the orientation and rotation as well as the gravity field, geodesy today provides spatial and temporal patterns of geophysical processes within the Earth system such as sea level rise, tides, melting of continental ice masses, changes in global water circulation and in the atmosphere or deformations of the solid Earth. Consequently, the geodesy division covers activities on the whole spectrum of modern geodetic Earth system modeling from the measurement systems to the investigation of geophysical processes.

Recent awardees

Markus Rothacher

Markus Rothacher

  • 2018
  • Vening Meinesz Medal

The 2018 Vening Meinesz Medal is awarded to Markus Rothacher for his pioneering work in linking geometry, rotation and gravity to space geodetic observations and subsequently enhancing the understanding of the Earth system.


Sara Bruni

Sara Bruni

  • 2018
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award

The 2018 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award is awarded to Sara Bruni for her innovative contributions to global and regional reference-frame studies bridging the gap to other fields of geosciences, such as geodynamics.


Saniya Behzadpour

Saniya Behzadpour

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Saniya Behzadpour Error modeling validation of GRACE gravity data


William Durkin

William Durkin

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to William Durkin Impact of local crustal variations and ice mass balance uncertainties on interpreting regional GIA in southeast Alaska


Isabella Velicogna

Isabella Velicogna

  • 2017
  • Vening Meinesz Medal

The 2017 Vening Meinesz Medal is awarded to Isabella Velicogna in recognition of her pioneering and groundbreaking work on the application of time-variable gravity for ice-sheet mass balance and land-water hydrology studies.


Xingxing Li

Xingxing Li

  • 2017
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award

The 2017 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award is awarded to Xingxing Li for his innovative contributions in improving the performance of precise point positioning, significantly extending the high-rate GNSS applications in geosciences.


Florian Andritsch

Florian Andritsch

  • 2017
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2017 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Florian Andritsch Comparing tracking scenarios to LAGEOS and Etalon by simulating realistic SLR observations

Latest posts from the G blog

Have a colleague who does outstanding work? - Nominate him/her for an EGU Award or Medal!

Congratulations again to Sara Bruni for receiving the Geodesy Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award 2018! A summary of her research on new findings in the gravity field time series from Medicina is posted below. Maybe you know an Early Career Scientist who does as outstanding work as Sara Bruni does? Nomination is the first crucial step in order to receive an award, don’t let this opportunity pass and nominate an outstanding colleague for an EGU Award or Medal in …


Gravity time series still reveal new insights

Gravity time series still reveal new insights

View of the Medicina observatory. The site hosts a superconducting gravimeter (SG) installed in a dedicated building next to a piezometer. Local height variations are monitored by means of two GPS stations, located at the end of the N-S segment of the “North Cross” radio telescope. The two GPS stations are about 30 m apart and are close to a VLBI antenna. Geodetic observations have proven to provide a fundamental base for advances in Earth-system sciences, while simultaneously supporting critical …

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

Earlier in October, we announced the winners of the 2019 EGU awards and medals: 45 individuals who have made significant contributions to the Earth, planetary and space sciences and who will be honoured at the 2019 EGU General Assembly next April. We have also announced the winners of the Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards corresponding to the 2018 General Assembly, which you can find on our website. Congratulations to all!

This month, we also opened the call for abstracts for the EGU 2019 General Assembly. If you are interested in presenting your work in Vienna in April, make sure you submit your abstract by 10 January 2019, 13:00 CET. If you would like to apply for a Roland Schlich travel grant to attend the meeting, please submit your abstract no later than 1 December 2018. All 2019 EGU members will be able to submit abstracts to the 2019 meeting. With a few exceptions, only one abstract as a first author will be permitted. Please find more information on the EGU website.

In November, EGU 2018 members will have the opportunity to vote for the next EGU treasurer in the EGU Autumn elections. Check the elections page on our website for more information.

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