Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 10, 151–161, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-10-151-2019

Special issue: The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics: from different...

Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 10, 151–161, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-10-151-2019

Review article 16 Apr 2019

Review article | 16 Apr 2019

The International Association of Geodesy: from an ideal sphere to an irregular body subjected to global change

Hermann Drewes and József Ádám

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The paper describes the history of the International Association of Geodesy from its forerunner established in 1862 to the Section of Geodesy of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics in 1922 and its development to the present. It focusses on five major periods: (1) between the World Wars; (2) re-establishment after World War II; (3) inception of the space age; (4) geodynamic research and scientific services; and (5) the Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS).