International Association of Geodesy

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Full nameInternational Association of Geodesy
Membersabout 80 countries
Office locationMünchen,  Germany

The International Association of Geodesy is a constituent Association of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics. It was founded in 1862 as the Mitteleuropäische Gradmessung became the Europäische Gradmessung in 1867, the Internationale Erdmessung (Association Geodésique Internationale in French and "International Geodetic Association" in English) in 1886 and took its present name in 1946.[1][2] At present there are 4 commissions and one inter-commission committee:

  • Reference Frames
  • Gravity Field
  • Geodynamics and Earth Rotation
  • Positioning & Applications
  • Inter-commission Committee on Theory

The Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS) is the observing arm of the IAG that focuses on proving the geodetic infrastructure to measure changes in the earth's shape, rotation and mass distribution.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Torge, Wolfgang (2015). "From a Regional Project to an International Organization: The "Baeyer-Helmert-Era" of the International Association of Geodesy 1862–1916". IAG 150 Years. International Association of Geodesy Symposia. 143. Springer, Cham. pp. 3–18. doi:10.1007/1345_2015_42. ISBN 978-3-319-24603-1.
  2. ^ Soler, T. (1997-02-01). "A profile of General Carlos Ibáñez e Ibáñez de Ibero: first president of the International Geodetic Association". Journal of Geodesy. 71 (3): 176–188. doi:10.1007/s001900050086. ISSN 1432-1394.
  3. ^ Plag, H.-P.; Pearlman, M. (2009). Global geodetic observing system meeting the requirements of a global society on a changing planet in 2020. Berlin: Springer. pp. 1–13. ISBN 978-3-642-02687-4.
  4. ^ "GGOS - Global Geodetic Observing System - About". IUGG. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  • Drewes, Hermann (2016) [1] Springer-Verlag ISSN 1432-1394
  • IUGG Report (2012) pg 47-50