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Geodetic and Geophysical Observations in Antarctica

An Overview in the IPY Perspective

  • Alessandro Capra
  • Reinhard Dietrich


  • Integrates data acquired in the field with observations in order to provide an understanding of the polar region environment

  • Provides a great overview on the advantages of the scientific utilization of polar observatories


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. A. Capra, M. Dubbini, A. Galeandro, L. Gusella, A. Zanutta, G. Casula et al.
    Pages 37-72
  3. Gary Johnston, Nicholas Brown, Michael Moore
    Pages 85-96
  4. M. Berrocoso, A. Fernández-Ros, M.E. Ramírez, J.M. Salamanca, C. Torrecillas, A. Pérez-Peña et al.
    Pages 97-124
  5. Ian D. Thomas, Matt A. King, Peter J. Clarke
    Pages 211-235
  6. Mirko Scheinert, Andrés F. Zakrajsek, Sergio A. Marenssi, Reinhard Dietrich, Lutz Eberlein
    Pages 267-280
  7. S. Danesi, M. Dubbini, A. Morelli, L. Vittuari, S. Bannister
    Pages 281-298
  8. F. Coren, N. Creati, P. Sterzai
    Pages 319-331

About this book


Due to their unique geophysical and geodynamic environment, both the Arctic and Antarctic polar regions are often utilized for geodetic and geophysical observations. This book is a collection of papers on various aspects of the scientific investigation and observation techniques of the polar regions at both temporary and permanent observatories. Most papers focus on regional models based on data acquired in polar regions. Geodetic satellite positions systems (GNSS: GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO) will also be discussed as well as other space techniques (DORIS, VLBI). Gravimetry, absolute gravimetry, and tidal gravimetry are also discussed, as well as seismology and meteorology. The book also touches on data analysis and geodynamic interpretation and discusses methods of constructing autonomous observatories.


Antarctica Geodetic observations Geophysical observations International Polar Year Polar geodesy satellite

Editors and affiliations

  • Alessandro Capra
    • 1
  • Reinhard Dietrich
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipto. Ingegneria Meccanica e CivileUniversità Modena e Reggio EmiliaItaly
  2. 2.TU Dresden Inst. Planetare GeodäsieGermany

About the editors

Professor Alessandro Capra is a faculty member in the University of Modena's Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department.

Dr-Ing Reinhard Dietrich is a professor at the Institute of Planetary Geodesy at the Technical Universtiy of Dresden.

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From the reviews:

“This book is a set of 20 research articles written by 80 authors from 12 countries. … They successfully guided and edited this book, which may be considered an important step in discovery and better recognition of the continent. … Subsequent articles, in a concise but sufficiently informative style, deal with issues of different scale and importance. … interesting to all geoscientists active in polar regions as well as to graduate students in geophysics and geodesy for the many methodological aspects touched upon by the authors.” (Marek Lewandowski, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Vol. 168, 2011)