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Highly precise geo-information may help predict tsunamis, earthquakes

16 May 2006

Over 140 geoscience and navigation experts from around the world met at ESOC for the 2006 IGS Workshop. Scientists presented fascinating results from research in geodesy, geophysics, orbital measurement, navigation and coordinate system design, which are leading to better tools for measuring sea-level and atmospheric changes — and may one day help predict tsunamis and earthquakes.

Many workshops and conferences hosted by ESA delve into highly technical and scientific topics, but few offer as much scope for improving the lives and livelihood of millions of people as last week’s IGS (International GNSS Service) Workshop. The week-long event saw some 140 experts from more than 25 countries working in the area of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) gather to present results and chart a course for future research and service provision activities.

The IGS, a non-governmental organisation, has grown from informal academic beginnings some 15 years ago into the world’s foremost interdisciplinary service providing orbit data and clock corrections for navigation satellites and ground receivers, highly accurate location information and models of the Earth’s atmosphere, as well as a host of special products and services.

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