OF THE IAG - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING AT THE XXII IAG/IUGG GENERAL
ASSEMBLY, BIRMINGHAM, JULY, 1999.
Three meeting were held during the IUGG GA in Birmingham. For each
meeting the agenda items treated as well as participants is listed
1. Meeting. Monday, July 19, 1999, 11.00-12.45.
Items treated: 2,3,4,5,6,8
were: K.P. Schwarz, (President), F.Sanso (1. Vice President),
J.O.Dickey (2. Vice President), C.C.Tscherning (Secretary General),
F.Brunner (President Section 1), R.Forsberg (President Section 3), P.
Holota (President Section 4), M.Feissel (President Section 5),
C.Boucher (President Commission X), P.Willis (Secretary Section 2),
G.Beutler (President Commission XII), M.Sideris (secretary Section 3),
B.Heck (Secretary section 4), C.Wilson (Secretary section 5), T.Tanaka
(President Commission VII), W.Torge (Past president), I.I.Mueller
(Honorary President), H.Moritz (Honorary President).
Titles refer to old EC.
2. Meeting. Saturday, July 24, 9.00 - 16.00.
Items treated: 1,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19
were: G. Beutler, C. Boucher, F.-K. Brunner, M. Feissel, R. Forsberg,
B. Heck, C. Jekeli, R. Rummel, F. Sansň, K.-P. Schwarz, M. Sideris,
H. Sünkel, T. Tanaka, W. Torge, C.C. Tscherning, P. Willis.
3. Meeting. Monday, July 26, 1999, 19.00 - 20.30
Items treated: 20,21,22,23
were: Y.Yuanxi (Secretary sec 4), C. Boucher, M. Feissel, W. Torge, T.
Tanaka, B. Heck, P. Holota, P. Willis, R. Rummel, M. Sideris
(President Sec 3), G. Beutler (First vice president), M. Vermeer
(President of Commision), F. Brunner, C. C. Tscherning, K.-P. Schwarz,
J. O. Dickey, F. Sanso (President), O. Andersen.
new Executive Committee members (elected at the previous Council
meeting) were invited to participate in this meeting. Note: Titles of
new members of the EC.
Adoption of the minutes of the EC meeting in Paris.
minutes were adopted without change.
organisation and program of the General Assembly were presented by the
Proposals for new nominations.
list of nominations, prepared by the Nomination Committee, was
presented by the president of the Nomination Committee, W.Torge. The
CVs of the nominated persons were made available for inspection at the
IAG office. Further nominations may be submitted according to the
Proposal for members of the audit committee.
Bureau proposed the following persons: G.Harsson (Norway), J.Adam,
(Hungary) and R.Wonnacott (South Africa).
Nomination of the members of the resolution committee.
following persons were nominated for the Resolution Committee: F.Sanso',
J.Dickey, A.Dodson and C.Merry.
procedure for appointing fellows was discussed. Officers who end their
term during the General Assembly are eligible. It was discussed
whether presidents of sub-commissions should be elected fellows.
G.Beutler also pointed out that members of Scientific Bodies of some
services also were eligible. It was decided to ask the section
presidents to give recommendations that would be discussed at the next
session. Here the following Fellows were elected:
Balt. Andersen, (Denmark), D.Arabelos (Greece), L.Ballani (Germany),
B.Benciolini (Italy), M.Bevis (USA), G.Blewitt (UK), J.Bosworth (USA),
A.Cazenave (France), T.Clark (USA), J.Degnan (USA), V.Dehant
(Belgium), H.Drewes (Germany), B.Ducarme (Belgium), W.Featherstone
(Australia), W.Freeden (Germany), T.Herring (USA),K.-H. Ilk (Germany),
P. de Jonge (The Netherlands), J.Johanssen (Sweden), P.Knudsen
(Denmark), Z-X Li (PRC), J.Manning (Australia), N.Pavlis (USA),
C.Rizos (Australia), C.Rocken (USA), I.Tziavos (Greece), M.Vermeer
(Finland), M.Wei (Canada), D.Wolf (Germany), S.Zerbini (Italy).
Venue of IAG Scientific Assembly 2001.
had been received from Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark),
Sopron (Hungary), Warsaw (Poland). After presentation of each venue by
the country representatives and a comparison of the different venues,
Budapest was selected.
contact between the Executive Committee and the Local Organizing
Committee to be finally decided Monday 26th.
IAG representatives to external bodies
Directing Board: Dr. M.Vermeer (Finland), President of the Gravity /Geoid
Commission on Mean Sea Level and Tides: M.Bevis to be contacted.
Working Group on Astronomical Standards (WGAS): E. Groten (Germany),
ICRS Working Group: T. Herring (USA), continuing.
Directing Board: Dr. S.Takemoto, (Japan), President Earth Tide
ICL: S.Zerbini, (Italy)..
Directing Board: C. Reigber (Germany), continuing, or his nominee.
Governing Board: G. Beutler (CH), (ex-officio), T. Herring (USA), IAG
Representative. ISO TC 211: J.Ihde (Germany), continuing.
Inter-Association Committee for Mathematical Geophysics: M. Vermeer
Executive Board: I.I. Mueller (USA) K.-P. Schwarz (Canada), continuing
to next meeting. New representatives will be nominated if there is a
need after the next meeting.
(PanAmerican Institute for Geography and History): W. Torge (Germany),
H. Drewes (Germany), continuing.
Working Group on data exchange for forecast of natural disasters.
WG-GGI.: R.Dietrich (Germany).
procedure for further elections were discussed, and it was proposed
that in several cases the sections could make the appointment. It was
decided to ask the representatives for bi-annual reports. The Bureau
will review the reports. The Bureau may prepare a few questions to be
answered in the report.
Adoption of new SSG.
was decided that all special study group and special commissions
should deliver complete description and member-list to the section
presidents by the end of September. Section presidents should then
compile and forward the complete list to the Central Bureau for
inclusion on the IAG web page.
members will be asked to comment on the descriptions before the end of
October. Adoption of the descriptions of the SSG's (and SC) would then
be carried out via e-mail vote. Subsequently discussion can be held at
the EC meeting in November. The President stressed that the special
study groups should be international in membership and focussed in
their research. If possible the research objectives should be agreed
upon by the SSG membership.
following SSG were then established and the president appointed:
1.179: Wide area modelling for precise satellite positioning - S. Han
1.180: GPS as an atmospheric remotesensing tool - H. Van der Marel
1.181: Regional permanent arrays - R.Weber (Austria),
1.182: Multipath mitigation - M.Steward (Australia)
II: Advanced Space Technology
Precise orbits using multiple space techniques - R. Scharroo (USA) to
continue until decision is made at first EC meeting.
2.183: Spaceborne INSAR technology - R.Hanson (The Netherlands).
III: Determination of the gravity field
3.167: Regional land and marine gravity field modelling. - I.Tziavos
3.177: Synthetic Modelling of the Earths gravity field - W.
Featherstone (Australia), continuing.
3.178: Arctic Gravity Project ­ R. Forsberg, was to become a
working group within the new IGGC.
3.184: Use of remote sensing techniques for validating heights and
depths - P. Berry (UK)
3.185: Merging data from dedicated satellite missions with other
gravimetric data- N. Sneeuw (Germany).
3.186: Altimetry data processing for gravity, geoid and sea surface
topography determination - C. Hwang (Taiwan).
IV: General theory and methodology
4.187: Wavelets in Geodesy and geodynamics- W. Keller (Germany)
4.188: Mass density from integrated inverse gravity modelling - G.
4.189: Dynamic theories of deformation and gravity field - D. Wolf
4.190: Non-probabilistic assessment in geodetic data analysis - H.
4.191: Theory of Fundamental Height Systems - C.Jekeli (USA).
working group: Geodetic effects of non-tidal oceanic processes - R.
should establish contacts with an IAPSO commission on Geodetic fixing
of tide gauges. Mike Bevis will be contacted on this.
and J.Dickey expressed concerns about the overwhelming number of SSG
Chairpersons from Europe.
New IAG Structure - program / procedure of work.
resolution on the restructuring process was adopted with one
following members were proposed for the steering committee:
Balmino (France), G. Beutler (Switzerland), F.K. Brunner (Austria),
J.O. Dickey (USA), M. Feissel (France), R. Forsberg (Denmark), R.
Rummel (Germany), K.-P. Schwarz (Canada), and ex-officio, F.Sanso'.
G.Beutler was proposed as chairperson of the Steering Committee.
steering committee is responsible for contacting a large group of
experts and users and to develop a proposal by the end of 2000.
proposal must be adopted at an extraordinary council meeting at the
Scientific Assembly in 2001 and implemented at the General Assembly in
Sponsorship of Symposia.
of the following meetings were given:
International Course on Engineering Surveying - Munich (Germany) -
March 13-17, 2000.
Workshop on "Perspectives of Geodesy in South-East Europe" -
Dubrovnik (Croatia) - May 2-6, 2000.
Congress on Geodesy and Cartography - Caracas (Venezuela) - December
JofG Editorial Board proposal.
proposal from the Editor-in-Chief was adopted:
P.J. G. Teunissen (The Netherlands), Assistant Editor-in-Chief:
F.H.Schroeder (The Netherlands), IAG Information Editor: O.B.Andersen
(Denmark), Book-review editor: C.C.J.M.Tiberius (The Netherlands).
R.Barzaghi (Italy), C.Brunini (Argentine), F.K.Brunner (Austria),
A.Dodson (UK), W.E.Featherstone (Australia), W.Fredeen (Germany),
T.A.Herring (USA), P.Holota (Czech rep.), H.T.Hsu (PRC), K.H.Ilk
(Germany), A.Kleusberg (Germany), R.B.Langley (Canada), S.Okubo
(Japan), B.Schaffrin (USA), I.N.Tziavos (Greece), M.Vermeer (Finland),
P.Willis (France), P.Xu (Japan).
proposed that not more than the equivalent of half of the quadrennial
IUGG contribution is kept as a bank reserve. As a consequence of this
the following budget was approved: (Amounts in USD).
fund will be included in the IAG accounts following the advice of the
new Assistant Secretary General (K.Keller (Denmark)), will make a
special effort to raise more money, contacting fellows, associates,
institutions and private companies.
Proposal for Joint IUGG/BIPM Commmittee on a CTRS.
Boucher presented the proposal received via IUGG from BIPM.
Boucher, G. Beutler (rep IAG), and a IUGG representative to IERS (C.
Reigber or his successor) were appointed as members of a committee to
propose procedures for the adoption of an ITRF within IAG/IUGG and its
dissemination to other agencies. The name of the committee should be
decided by the committee themselves.
16. Journal Artificial Satellites.
recommended that the Polish Journal Artificial Satellites is not made
the official journal of an IAG body. The EC agreed with the arguments
given in their letter.
Schwarz and C.C. Tscherning will send a letter to the Polish Space
Research Centre explaining the IAG position.
Rules for IAG Young Author Award.
rules proposed by the President were adopted. The revised rules are
available from the IAG home page
Proposals for new IAG Services: ILRS, IVS, DORIS, EOSS.
proposal for ILRS and IVS were adopted. CSTG was thanked for their
work with these proposals.
more developed proposal will be expected from DORIS. The EOSS proposal
was not acceptable since it was a regional and not an international
service proposed. The group is invited to work inside IAG (Comm. X and
Rules for Bomford Prize.
proposal by K.P.Schwarz was accepted. The revised rules are available
from the IAG home page
Status of Handbook and Travaux.
reported on the preparations of the Travaux and the Handbook. 80% of
the material has been received or promised before mid August for the
Travaux. The remaining 20% will not come. 50% of the representatives
of IAG to other bodies have responded.
is foreseen on a CD in late September. The Travaux will also be
available on the web. With the CD an order list for the Travaux as a
book will be distributed.
Handbook has a final deadline after the next EC meeting (finalising
SSG descriptions). This will result in a publication in February of
2000. Parts of the Handbook will be available on the web as soon as
the material is ready.
Audit Committee report.
presented the report that had been distributed. The outgoing president
will write to the three members to thank them for their work.
Central Bureau got a mandate to merge the IAG general account with the
account for the IAG fund to limit costs and facilitate administration.
Resolution Committee Report.
presented the resolutions. The resolutions were adopted after revision
for presentation at the Council.
present there are nearly 90 pre-orders in hand. Springer has required
a minimum of 150 pre-orders in order to publish the proceedings. It
was decided to publish proceeding with the number of pre-orders we are
getting even though this might result in a 3000$ expense for IAG. It
was mentioned that we might be saving a corresponding amount on the
Travaux. The President proposed that e-mails are written to all IAG
participants at the IUGG shortly after the meeting to ask once more
Earth Science Focus on Urban Issues.
the last four years the IUGG has drawn attention to what earth
sciences can do to urban regions in the future. Its was discussed in
which manner IAG can contribute to solving urban problems. The issued
was postponed to the next EC meeting.
Torge strongly recommended that the next EC take up the issue of
advertising the IAG in the next 4-year period.