[unav_all] REFAG2018 Abstract Deadline February 9

Geoffrey Blewitt gblewitt at unr.edu
Mon Jan 22 11:42:02 MST 2018

*REFAG2018 Symposium and Panel on Satellite Dynamics Meeting, *

*Hosted at COSPAR 2018, 42^nd Scientific Assembly*

/July 14-22, 2018, Pasadena, California, USA/



Dear Colleagues,

As you may be aware, February 8 is the abstract deadline for the 
REFAG2018 Symposium ("Reference Frames for Applications in Geosciences") 
to be held at the COSPAR 2018, 42nd Scientific Assembly, from July 15-21 
in Pasadena, California, USA, as COSPAR Scientific Event B1.2, 
officially co-sponsored by the International Association of Geodesy. The 
REFAG2018 Symposium description posted at http://www.cospar-assembly.org 
is copied below.

We anticipate having 6 half-daily sessions during the week assuming 
participation is similar to the level of previous REFAG Symposia (held 
every 4 years).  In addition, 4 half-daily sessions at COSPAR2018 are 
anticipated for the Panel on Satellite Dynamics Meeting (COSPAR 
Scientific Event PSD.1).

Note that in this four-year cycle of IAG's structure, IAG Commission 1 
on "Reference Frames" is now addressing a very broad variety of topics 
related to reference frames, including (for example) relativistic 
geodesy, co-location using common parameters in space, co-location using 
clocks and new sensors, troposphere ties, next generation reference 
frames, environmental loading effects, etc.   We therefore would 
especially encourage abstract submission from all of you working with 
Commission 1, including the many subcommissions and their working 
groups, joint study groups, and joint working groups. Abstracts relating 
to reference frames are welcome from all researchers irrespective of IAG 

Please find more information on IAG Commission 1 at 

Thank you for considering your participation in Pasadena in July.  Note 
that COSPAR is hosted by Caltech and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 
and provides a great opportunity to visit colleagues at both institutions.

(With apologies for cross-posting)

Geoffrey Blewitt, Johannes Böhm, Zuheir Altamimi, and Urs Hugentobler
REFAG2018 Scientific Organizing Committee



“Reference Frames for Applications in Geosciences” (REFAG2018) continues 
the quadrennial series of symposia of IAG Commission 1 “Reference 
Frames”, which is identical to COSPAR Sub-Commission B2 “International 
Coordination of Space Techniques for Geodesy.” Reference systems and 
frames are of primary importance for research in the geosciences, 
satellite orbit determination, precision navigation, as well as for 
practical applications in geo-information. For the geosciences, 
precisely defined reference frames are needed for an improved 
understanding of the Earth's rotation and its gravity field, geocenter 
motion, glacial isostatic adjustment, surface loading deformation and 
global redistribution of water, sea level change with time, tectonic 
plate motion and plate boundary deformation, the earthquake cycle, and 
other crustal displacements.  We solicit presentations dealing with 
theoretical aspects and the practical realization of reference frames, 
as well as their applications in the geosciences. Further emphases of 
the session are on global terrestrial and regional reference frames, 
celestial reference frames, and the co-location of space geodetic 
techniques on ground and in space.  Additionally, we encourage 
scientific reports from the many dedicated participants of IAG 
Commission 1, its sub-commissions, and associated working groups.


Geoff Blewitt, Professor
University of Nevada, Reno

"If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research" - Albert Einstein

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