Anette Eicker | 2019-09-01

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During the IUGG General Assembly in Montreal the IAG Executive Committee (EC) established a new IAG Inter-Commission Committee on "Geodesy for Climate Research" (ICCC) to enhance the use of geodetic observations for climate studies. The goal is to establish a systematic and comprehensive approach among the various geodetic communities, but also to establish and foster links to the climate science.

Specific goals of the ICCC

    to deepen the understanding of the potential (and limitations) of geodetic measurements for the observation, analysis and identification of climate signals
  • to advance the development of geodetic observing systems, analysis techniques and data products regarding their sensitivity to and impact on Essential Climate Variables
  • to advance the improvement of numerical climate models, climate monitoring systems, and climate reanalysis efforts through incorporating geodetic observations
  • to stimulate scientific exchange and collaboration between the geodetic and the climate science communities
  • to make geodetic variables more user-friendly by sharing them publicly and explaining their usefulness

The activities of the ICC will primarily be carried out through its thematic working and study groups to be set up at the next IAG EC meeting in December. Furthermore, plans of the ICCC comprise the organization of a workshop series to intensify the exchange between different geodetic communities and the climate monitoring and modeling communities, the organization of related sessions at international conferences, and the establishment of links to other climate science related bodies within IUGG and beyond.

Further information can be found on the IAG website:

Would you like to contribute and/or have any ideas or comments? Please contact (Annette Eicker).

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