XXII'th General Assembly of the International Association of Geodesy,
(Birmingham July, 1999)
Summary of the meetings by the Council and Executive Comittee during the General Assembly
(O. Andersen, IAG information editor)
During the XXII'th General Assembly of the International Association of Geodesy, the
|The Executive committee met on July 19, July 24, July 27|
|The Council met on July19, July 21, July 27|
Present 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), O. Andersen. (Assistant Sec General), The new Executive Committee members were invited to participate in the third meeting.
At the meetings (July19, July 21, July 27)of the Council, 40 member countries were represented.
During these meetings, topics concerning the activities and administrative affairs of the International Association of Geodesy were treated. Decisions or conclusions were drawn as follows.
The Financial Report of the IAG for the period 1st January 1995 to 31st of December 1998 was presented by the Secretary General during the IAG opening session. In terms of IAG by-law 54 an ad-hoc Audit Committee must be appointed by the Council to "examine all expenditures and ensure that they were in accordance with the proposals previously approved". The Audit Committee appointed by the Council on 19th July 1999 consisted of:
J. Adam, Hungary
B.G. Harsson, Norway
R.T. Wonnacott, South Africa
The Audit Committee met four times.
3.1 The accounts are well presented and expenditures supported by receipts and records.
The Audit committee had the following acknowledgement
The elections were prepared by the Nominating committee chaired by W. Torge, which presented its list of candidates at the first meeting of the council on July, 19. The election took lace in the council on Wedensday, 21th. They resulted in the following structure of the IAG.
President Fernando Sanso (Italy)
First Vice President Gerhard Beutler(Switzerland)
Secretary General C. C. Tscherning (Denmark)
Second Vice President Denizar Blitzkow (Brasil)
Section I: Positioning
President: Alan Dodson, U
Secretary: Chris Rizos, Australia
Section II: Advanced Space Technology
President:C. K. Shum (USA)
Secretary:Pascal Willis (France)
Comm VIII: H. Drewes (Germany)
Section III: Determination of the Gravity Field
President: Michael G. Sideris (Canada)
Secretary: Gerd Boedecker (Germany)
Comm XIII: Martin Vermeer (Finland)
Section IV: General Theory and Methodology
President:Bernhard Heck (Germany)
Secretary:Christopher Jekeli (USA)
Section V: Geodynamics
President:Clark Wilson (USA)
Secretary: Veronique Dehant (Belgium)
Comm V: President: Shuzo Takemoto(Japan)
Comm XIV President: S. Zerbini (Italy)
Editor in Chief of the Journal of Geodesy
P. J. G. Teunissen (The Netherlands)
Assistant Secretaries of the Association
Ole Baltazar Andersen (Denmark)
Kristian Keller (Denmark)
Honorary Secretaries General
3. Commissions, Special commissions and special study groups.
Former Commission III (International gravity commission) and Comm XII (International geoid commission) were merged and a new commission XIII were formed under the name The International gravity and geoid commission. Commission VII (Recent crustal movements) were dissolved and a new commission XIV on crustal deformation were established. The following commissions were installed for the period 1999-2003
Comm X: Global and Regional Geodetic Networks
Comm VIII: International Coordination Of Space Techniques For Geodesy And Geodynamics (CSTG)
Comm XIII: International Gravity and Geoid Commission
Comm V: Earth Tides
Comm XIV Crustal Deformation
3.2 Special Commissions
According to the IAG by-laws special commissions may be formed to study scientific problems of a long term character with requires close corporation between specialists from different countries.
All special commission were continued except for SC 6 (Wegener Project) which was continued as a sub-commission in commission XIV. The following special commissions were installed for the period 1999-2003
SC4: Application of Geodesy to Engineering
SC7: Satellite Gravity Field Missions
SC1: Mathematical and Physical Foundations of Geodesy
SC3: Fundamental Parameters
SC8: Sea Level and Ice Sheets
3.3 Special Study Groups
Special study groups are formed to study specific scientific problems of limited scope. Therefore most groups are terminated after four years. However, this time two special study groups were continues. These were SSG 1.162 and SSG 3.167. All other special study groups were terminated. The following special study groups were installed for the period 1999-2003
SSG 1.179: Wide Area Modelling for Precise Satellite Positioning
SSG 1.180: GPS as an atmospheric remote sensing tool
SSG 1.181: Regional Permanent Arrays
SSG 1.182: Multipath Mitigation
SSG 2.162: Precise Orbits Using Multiple Space Techniques
SSG 2.183: Spaceborne Interferometry Techniques
SSG 2.192: Spaceborne GNS Atmosphere Sounding
SSG 2.193: Gravity field missions: calibration and validation
SSG 2.194: GPS Water Level Measurements
SSG 3.167: Regional Land and Marine Geoid Modelling
SSG 3.177: Synthetic Modelling of the Earths Gravity Field
SSG 3.184: Use of Remote Sensing Techniques for Validating Heights and Depths
SSG 3.185: Merging data from dedicated satellite missions with other gravimetric data
SSG 3.186: Altimetry data processing for gravity, geoid and sea surface topography determination
SSG 4.187: Wavelets in Geodesy and Geodynamics
SSG 4.188: Mass Density from Joint Inverse Gravity Modelling
SSG 4.189: Dynamic theories of deformation and gravity fields
SSG 4.190: Non-probabilistic assessment in geodetic data analysis
SSG 4.191: Theory of Fundamental Height Systems
3.4 International Bureau, Services and Centres
The following bodies were established or asked to continue their work.
IGS International GPS Service
ILRS The International Laser Ranging Service
IVS International VLBI Service
BGI International Gravimetric Bureau
IGeS International Geoid Service
IERS International Earth Rotation Service
Director, Central Bureau, Daniel Gambis
PSMSL Permanent Service For Mean Sea Level
BIPM Bureau International des Poids et Mesures - Time Section
3.5 Joint working Groups
The following Joint Working Group was installed for the period 1999-2003
IAG/IAPSO Joint Working Group
Chair: R. S. Gross (USA)
3.6 Committees reporting to the IAG Bureau
The following committee was installed for the period 1999-2003
ABLOS Committees reporting to the Bureau:
4. IAG representatives to external bodies.
BGI Directing Board: Dr. M.Vermeer (Finland), President of the Gravity /Geoid Commission.
IAPSO Commission on Mean Sea Level and Tides: M.Bevis to be contacted.
IAU Working Group on Astronomical Standards (WGAS): E. Groten (Germany), continuing.
IAU ICRS Working Group: T. Herring (USA), continuing.
ICET Directing Board: Dr. S.Takemoto, (Japan), President Earth Tide Commission.
ICL: S.Zerbini, (Italy)..
IERS Directing Board: C. Reigber (Germany), continuing, or his nominee.
IGS Governing Board: G. Beutler (CH), (ex-officio), T. Herring (USA), IAG Representative. ISO TC 211: J.Ihde (Germany), continuing.
IUGG Inter-Association Committee for Mathematical Geophysics: M. Vermeer (Finland), continuing.
IUSM 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.
PAIGH (PanAmerican Institute for Geography and History): W. Torge (Germany), continuing.
SIRGAS: H. Drewes (Germany), continuing.
WMO/IUGG Working Group on data exchange for forecast of natural disasters. S.Zerbini.
SCAR WG-GGI.: R.Dietrich (Germany).
GALOS: B.-G. Harsson (Norway)
H. Kahmen (alternatively F. Brunner) was suggested as IAG representative to the IUGG commission on Mega Cities.
The Bomford prize
The Bomford prize 1999 was awarded to Veronique Dehant, Royal Observatory of Belgium for her outstanding contribution to geodesy and particularly for her contribution in the nutation field. The Bomform prize and the certificate was presented to V. Dehant by President K.-P. Schwarz during the opening ceremony of the General Assembly.
The Levallois Medal
The Levallois Medal was awarded to T. Krarup, National Survey and Cadastre (KMS) Denmark in recognition of distinguished service to the association and to the science of geodesy n general. The Levallois medal and the certificate were presented to T. Krarup by Professor H. Moritz during the opening ceremony of the General Assembly.
1998 IAG Young Authors Award
During the opening ceremony of the General Assembly in Birmingham the winner of the IAG Young Author Award for 1998 was presented. The award consists of a certificate and a check of 1000US$ The award was given Dr. Cheinway Hwang from the Department of Civil Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. It was given the paper: Inverse Vening-Meinesz formula and deflection-geoid formula: applications to the predictions of gravity and geoid over the South China Sea, Journal of Geodesy, vol 72, 5, pp. 304-312
Seven resolutions related to Geodesy were presented and accepted by the council of IUGG. The text of the resolutions can be found as a separate chapter of this issue of the Geodesists handbook.
Seven resolutions were presented and accepted by the council of IAG. The text of the resolutions can be found as a separate chapter of this issue of the Geodesists handbook 2000
7. IAG new fellows
The IAG executive committee approinted the following fellows of the International Association of Geodesy
8. IAG scientific Assembly 2001.
The IAG scientific Assembly will be held in Budapest in Hungary in the beginning of September, 2001.
9. IUGG General Assembly 2003.
The IUGG General Assembly will be held in Sapporo in Japan in 2003.