Jürgen Müller | 2020-12-15

Kick-off Meeting of IAG Project – Novel Sensors and Quantum Technology for Geodesy (QuGe)

On December 3, 2020, the IAG Project – Novel Sensors and Quantum Technology for Geodesy (QuGe) held its kick-off meeting virtually.

After recalling the various goals of the QuGe project (see also https://quge.iag-aig.org), the early initiatives have been presented. 

They are related to contributing to the IAG Scientific Assembly, scheduled to happen in the Summer of 2021, in Beijing. There, QuGe will host its own symposium and will participate in other four joint symposia. QuGe is also organizing sessions at the COSPAR 2021 and at the EGU 2021. The former will happen in a hybrid format whereas the latter will be totally virtual. 

To support the QuGe goals, QuGe members contribute to various research projects on using novel technology for geodetic applications. 

Status reports of the 3 QuGe WGs were given:

  • WG Q.1: Quantum gravimetry in space and on ground
  • WG Q.2: Laser interferometry for gravity field missions
  • WG Q.3: Relativistic geodesy with clocks

In 2020, the members of the 3 WGs have been consolidated and first joint activities were started. The work plans for the next year were presented. Workshops of the individual WGs are now organized to intensify the collaboration.

Also, possible further collaborations in QuGe, among the WGs and with external partners, such as research institutions, metrology institutes and industry, were discussed.

Jürgen Müller, QuGe president

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