The 3rd Meeting of the International
Gravity and Geoid Commission took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, from August
26 to 30, 2002. This symposium continued the tradition of the joint symposia
of the International Geoid and Gravity Commissions ("1st Joint Meeting of
the International Gravity Commission and the International Geoid Commission",
Graz, Austria, Sept. 11-17, 1994 and "2nd Joint Meeting of the International
Gravity Commission and the International Geoid Commission", Trieste, Italy,
Sept. 7-12, 1998). The symposium primarily aimed and succeeded at bringing
together geodesists and scientists from different branches of geosciences
working in the general areas of gravity, geoid and geodynamics.
Besides covering the traditional
research areas of Gravimetry and geoid determination, special attention was
paid to the use of airborne surveys, satellite altimetry, dedicated gravity
satellite missions, mathematical methods for the processing and integration
of heterogeneous data, vertical datum definition and geodetic methods for
geodynamics studies and temporal variations of the gravity field. The Scientific
Committee members (Athanasios Dermanis, Dimitrios Arabelos, Bernhardt Heck,
Fernando Sansò, Michael Sideris and Martin Vermeer) are sincerely
thanked for selecting the session topics, which resulted in such an important
The following seven sessions were organized in the frame of the GG2002
1. Airborne and terrestrial
gravity instrumentation and methods
Rene Forsberg, National Survey and Cadastre, Denmark
Jacques Liard, Geodetic Survey Division - Natural Resources Canada,
2. Precise geoid determination
Will Featherstone, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Heiner Denker, Institut für Erdmessung, Germany
3. Dedicated gravity satellite missions
Peter Schwintzer, GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam,
Nico J. Sneeuw, University of Calgary, Canada
4. Satellite altimetry
Jaroslav Klockocnik, Astronomical Institute of the
Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Martin Vermeer, Finnish Geodetic Institute, Finland
5. Numerical methods and integrated processing of heterogeneous
Dimitrios Arabelos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
Gabriel Strykowsky, National Survey and Cadastre, Denmark
6. Vertical datum definition and unification
William Kearsley, The University of New South Wales,
Ambrus Kenyeres, FOMI Satellite Geodetic Observatory, Hungary
7. Geodynamics and temporal gravity variations
Luisa Bastos, University of Porto, Portugal
Detlef Wolf, GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Germany
The conveners are responsible for the high number and high quality of
the papers presented at the symposium. In fact, there were approximately
130 oral and poster presentations, from 150 participants from 35 countries
around the world. This web site presents the un-reviewed proceedings of the
conference, comprising of 71 manuscripts submitted by the participants during
the conference. The reviewed proceedings will be published by Ziti editions
by the end of 2002.
Certainly the symposium could not have been organized and completed without
the dedication of the members of the Local Organizing Committee, i.e., Vassilios
Andritsanos, Dimitrios Arabelos, Athanasios Dermanis, Chris Kotsakis, Dimitrios
Tsoulis and Georgios S. Vergos.
Sponsors played also a major role in the success of GG2002 by promoting
the symposium and supporting social events as well as students and colleagues
from developing countries. Special thanks are thus due to the International
Association of Geodesy (IAG), the Technical Chamber of Greece, the Technical
Chamber of Greece – Branch of Central Macedonia, the Research Committee of
the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Polytechnic School of the Aristotle
University of Thessaloniki, the Hellenic Association of Rural and Surveying
Engineers, Marathon Data Systems and Ziti Editions. In particular the Technical
Chamber of Greece is thanked for its generous financial contribution.
Finally, sincere thanks are due to my graduate student, Georgios S. Vergos,
for the endless hours he put in collecting and organizing the manuscripts
and preparing both the web site material and the reviewed proceedings.
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