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Geodynamics

"And yet it moves"

These words are attributed to the mathematician, astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei. He is supposed to have exclaimed them in 1633, as he was convinced that the Earth is dynamical. As forces affect the Earth our living space changes permanently. The monitoring of these forces and their consequences is fascinating and has been engaging laypersons and experts alike for several centuries. It is a main focus of research of Geodesy, a part of Geomatics, today.

The planet earth is moving around the sun in the solar system. As we know today Galileo Galilei was right with his statement. The earth is permanently influenced by external and internal forces. Thereby rigid earth, atmosphere and hydrosphere (the water) are part of the complicated system earth and continuously interact with each other. The exact and continuous recording of the forces like the one caused by gravity or of position changes and the derivation of models (e.g. plate tectonics) are necessary to understand the system Earth. Geodetic sensors placed in outer space (e.g. as part of gravity missions) and on the surface of the Earth (e.g.tide gauges, GPS stations) play an important role in this field. Geomatics is particularly concerned with improvement of sensors, optimally analyzing newly and previously collected data, and contributing to the multidisciplinary interpretation of the measurement results.

Climate & environment

What happens where while it is getting warmer? How does our environment change? Where does sea level rise come from? Are the continents drying out? Are the continental plates still sliding on top of each other as they did in the past? - Geomatics engineers measure changes and answer questions.

 
Real estate

Everyone has seen geomatics engineers in the field. Using their instruments they sometimes work at the roadside. Car drivers slow down, thinking of speed control. Children stop by craving for the colorful security jackets. - But what are the engineers really doing there?

 
Technology & industry

How is it possible that we don't miss each other when boring a tunnel from two sides? Why is the shelf at home always crooked but the 300 m high building bolt upright? - Because geomatics engineers take care of it.

 
Navigation & Mobility

In the past, the front passenger said: "There should be a right turn soon". Today, this is not enough anymore. Dead-ends, new roundabouts, nearby points of interest – a modern navigation system seems to know everything. - If it does, this is just due to geomatics…