1. Approval of agenda
presented the agenda containing several additions, and this was
2. Confirmation of adoption of minutes of the 2000
IAG meeting in Nice, France
Minutes of the EC meeting in Nice, 28-29th April, 2000 were
published as part of the IAG newsletter in JoG 74/06 and on the IAG
web page. The Minutes were adopted by the EC with the following
correction under item 7 (Report from the review committee, IAG
structure): Inter-commission/service bodies reside within sections and
not within commissions.
3. Report from the Review
Beutler presented the IAG review 2000-2001 Executive Summary and went
through the IAG Missions and Objectives. These were adopted with minor
The key elements of the IAG structure were presented.
EC adopted the following titles for commissions with the provisional
content specified in the proposal for new Statutes and By-laws.
1. Geometric reference frames
2. Gravity field
3. Earth Rotation and Geodynamics
4. Positioning and Applications.
The Bureau will distribute the adopted executive
summary to the National Representatives within two weeks of the EC.
The review committee was thanked and the committee was
dissolved. G. Beutler was asked to present the executive summary in
It was decided that if the Council in Budapest passes
the change of structure, a committee for the realization of the new
IAG structure should be established. G. Beutler assisted by the
section presidents should lead this committee. The committee should
have the freedom to invite additional committee members.
A procedure for handling amendments to the Statutes and
By-laws was established by the EC:
It was underlined that amendments should be send
through the National representatives and should be send to the
Secretary General before the end of June.
All amendments will be presented to the Council in
Budapest. Amendments will be mailed to the EC prior to the Council
meeting for possible support. The Amendments will be posted on the IAG
internet site and distributed to the National Representatives before
the Council meeting.
4. Proposal for new statutes
The Secretary General received the proposal for new
statues and by-laws 6 months ahead of the Council meeting Budapest,
which is why they can be considered at this meeting.
to the new Statutes a review committee shall review the Statutes and
Bylaws every eight years to ensure an up-to-date structure IAG. The
first review shall take place in 2007.
The proposals for new Statutes and By-laws with the
amendments made at the EC meeting were unanimously adopted by the EC
for presentation to the Council in Budapest. The Bureau will
distribute the proposal to the National Representatives within two
weeks of the EC.
IAG Guidelines for the Establishment of Sub-commissions, Study Groups,
Commission Projects, Inter-commission Committees and IAG Projects were
distributed for information at the EC meeting. It
was decided that they should not be included to the By-laws.
C. Jekeli put forward a motion for a mechanism to
change the status of the inter-commission committees. B. Heck
supported the motion. The motion reads: The EC may recommend to the
council and seek its approval to grant full commission status to an
inter-commission committee. The motion was not adopted by the EC.
5. 20001 IAG Scientific
Assembly in Budapest.
K.-P. Schwarz and J. Adam presented the status of the
preparation for the IAG meeting. Presently 274 have pre-registrated
representing 58 countries.
Advertising was discussed. IAG agreed to advertise GPS
World and Galileo World at the meeting in Budapest by distributing
free sample copies. O. Andersen was asked to contact Springer with
respect to similar arrangement with the Journal of Geodesy. C.C.
Tscherning should explore the possibilities of advertisement in EOS,
and C. K. Shum agreed to announce the meeting at the upcoming spring
The meeting arrangement proceeds as planned and the
second circular had been distributed. The list of symposium convenors
and session chairs was distributed for information.
K.-P. Scwartz will establish a small committee to elect
best poster and oral presentation among young scientist.
Financial support has been obtained from ESA and NASA,
and IAG will be able to support a substantial number of scientists.
6. Bi-annual report.
Bi-annual reports from all the entities within IAG will
form an official IAG publication. This publication will be distributed
on CD in Budapest and will published on the IAG Internet site. The
section presidents are responsible for compiling the material within
their sections. Status were:
Sec 1. All entities have been contacted and have
Sec 2. All entities have been contacted. Reports are
already available on the Section web site.
Sec 3. All entities have been contacted. Most have
Sec 4. All entities have promised to send material at
end of April.
Sec 5. All entities have been contacted and have
responded. The section will report via the section website.
7. Collaboration with sister
F. Sanso reported on a meeting with ISPRS, IUG, FIG,
IHO, ICA and IAG at the ISPRS meeting in Amsterdam, July 2000.
A proposal for establishing a joint board of spatial
information societies will be addressed at the next meeting with the
societies, which will take place 2. Sept. 2001 in Budapest.
It was decided to discuss how the collaboration could
be enlarged with other organizations/societies at the EC meeting in
FIG has drafted a memorandum of understanding, which
had been distributed prior to the meeting. The EC adopted the
memorandum of understanding.
It was decided that F. Sanso should ask R. Neilan to
become IAG representative to the Institute of Navigation (ION).
C. Boucher was asked to prepare a proposal for
establishing a group to look into implementation of ITRF including
communication between the involved organizations.
8. Report from the Committee
for Developing Countries
D. Blitzkow presented the work of the CDC. A South
American geoid workshop was successfully held in Sao Paolo in 2000
with participation from most South America countries. The
committees work in South America is very successful.
Meeting was held with C. Merry (S. Africa) on
establishing a working group on creating an African geoid.
Commission X and the IGS central Bureau suggested the
establishment of an African continental reference system (AFREF). The
Interest and motivation for establishing AFREF document was
distributed prior to the meeting and presented by C. Boucher.
9. Report on the Journal of
P. Teunissen reported on the Journal of Geodesy.
Printed and online versions are available. Volume 74 contains ten
issues (two double issues) and the Geodesists Handbook and will be
finished shortly. Volume 75 will be finished in 2001 and will contain
three double issues).
Review process has been lowered from 10 to 9 month on
average, but the production time has been increased from 4 to 5 month.
Special issues on GLONASS (guest editor P.
Willis) and on New parameters for Earth orientation (guest
editor T. Herring) are foreseen, and review papers are also planned.
It was stressed that interaction with the section presidents is
important in defining special issues.
The IAG newsletter suffers from Springers production
time. Springer has agreed that IAG can issue electronic news on a
10. Gravity Field and Figure
of the Earth Service. (GFFS)
M. Sideris presented a suggestion for establishment of
a new IAG service Gravity Field and Figure of the Earth Service (GFFS)
formed by joining the following services (BGI, ICET, IGeS)
supplemented with the following centers/services (PSMSL, ICGEM
(international center for global earth gravity models)). The EC agreed
to set up a coordination group headed by M. Sideris to create/prepare
the terms of reference for the service. The coordination group should
prepare the material for establishment of the service at the Budapest
11. IAPSO Scientific
Assembly (Mar de la Plata, Argentina, October 2001)
The EC approved to co-sponsor the IAPSO meeting in
October and to have a joint IAG/IAPSO symposium called Gravity,
geodesy and the ocean circulation as inferred from altimetry.
12. IUGG General Assembly in
C. C. Tsherning asked for input on themes for the IUGG
GA as well as names of union symposia for the IUGG GA by the end of
13. Next meeting.
The next EC meeting will be held in Budapest, Tuesday
4. September 2001. The subsequent meeting will be held 26-27th April,
2002 in association with the next EGS meeting.
Ole B. Andersen