The Geodetic Observatory Wettzell—A fundamental reference point
Urs Hugentobler, Alexander Neidhardt, Pierre Lauber, Martin Ettl, K. Ulrich Schreiber, Reiner Dassing, Thomas Klügel, Stefan Riepl, Günther Herold, Gerhard Kronschnabl, Christian Plötz, Uwe Hessels, 2011. "The Geodetic Observatory Wettzell—A fundamental reference point", Geological Field Trips in Central Western Europe, Sara Carena, Anke M. Friedrich, Bernd Lammerer
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This field trip provides the opportunity to visit a prominent fundamental observatory where a variety of space geodetic instruments are routinely operated for precise location of a stable reference point in space, serving the geodetic community and society. The co-location of three large radio telescopes and two laser ranging facilities at the same observatory is exceptional; the large “G” ring laser is a unique instrument. Staff members are available to explain technical and operational details and to answer questions. Last but not least, the observatory is located in the picturesque landscape of the Bavarian Forest.
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The field trips described in this volume were organized in conjunction with the “Fragile Earth” international conference of 4-7 September 2011, in Munich, Germany. The conference was jointly organized by the Geological Society of America and the German Geological Societies (Geologische Vereinigung and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften), and it was hosted by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Munich. This series of field trips examines the records and recording tools of geological processes, from plate motions, to deep crustal structure and deformation, to near-surface processes and interactions between the Earth's surface and climate. Three chapters focus on observatories and communicating geosciences to the public through geoparks, while four other papers loosely define a north-south geological cross section through the eastern Alps of Germany and Austria and its foreland basin.