EPOS-OP partners (GNSS component)
About the partners (EPOS-ERIC)
UBI/C4G – Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI) is a Portuguese university, located at Covilhã. The mission of UBI is to “promote high-level qualification, production, transmission, critique and dissemination of knowledge, culture, science and technology, through study, teaching and research”. The Collaboratory for Geosciences (C4G) is a distributed research infrastructure (RI) that promotes the networking of researchers and the sharing of equipment, data, collections and tools in Solid Earth Sciences (SES).
ROB – The Royal Observatory of Belgium is a federal research institute concentrating on the Earth (space geodesy, seismology, gravity, Earth rotation), the Sun (coronal holes, solar activity, sun spots, space weather), and the stars. In its department “Reference Systems and Planetology”, the GNSS research group is active in the maintenance of a national GNSS network, GNSS data analysis and interpretation for monitoring ground deformations and contributing to the elaboration to international reference frames, and the study of the Earth’s atmosphere (ionosphere and troposphere).
CNRS – The National Center for Scientific Research (or CNRS) is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education and Research. Founded in 1939 by governmental decree, the CNRS aims to evaluate and carry out all research capable of advancing knowledge and bringing social, cultural, and economic benefits for society.
INGV – The Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia was born in September 1999 through a merger of former Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica, Osservatorio Vesuviano and three other institutions: Istituto Internazionale di Vulcanologia, Istituto di Geochimica dei Fluidi and Istituto di Ricerca sul Rischio Sismico. INGV was meant to gather all scientific and technical institutions operating in Geophysics and Volcanology and to create a permanent scientific forum in the Earth Sciences.
LTK – The primary task of the Satellite Geodetic Observatory (SGO), a department of LTK, is to keep tracking up-to-date international research trends of satellite geodesy (multi-GNSS, InSAR) and carry out basic research and added-value development for the deployment of state-of-the-art technologies and services. The SGO is Hungary’s first and still only infrastructure, which was established with the dedicated task to learn space-geodetic technologies (GNSS, InSAR), run research studies and adapt satellite-based technologies to improve and modernise the Hungarian Geodetic Infrastructure.
BKG – Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie (Germany), the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG) is a technical agency under the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and a modern competence and service center. BKG provides geodetic reference systems and basic information for the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany efficiently and with a quality in line with demand. It develops the technologies necessary for this according to the most recent state of science and technology. Furthermore, BKG advises the institutions of the federal government in the fields of geodesy and geoinformation and represents the appropriate professional interests at the international level
LM | Lantmäteriet, Sweden
WUT – Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Geodesy and Cartography (Poland) is the oldest technical university in Poland which was founded in 1915. At the Department of Geodesy and Geodetic Astronomy of the Faculty of Geodesy and Cartography, the GNSS research group deals with the GNSS data analysis, realization of national and international geodeticreference frames, interpretaion of station position time series, and the study of the troposphere. WUT is one of the analysis centres of the EUREF Permanent Network (EPN) of GNSS stations. Presently, WUT is also the EPN Analysis Combination Centre and is responsible for the creation of combined position products based on solutions of the EPN analysis centres.
Overview of TCS services and parties
The table below gives the overview of the different TCS Services and the Parties committed to perform these tasks.
|PILLAR||DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES||SERVICE PROVIDER(S)|
|Governance||TCS office & outreach||UBI|
|TCS community coordination (data, product, and software provision, link with EUREF)||UBI, ROB, UGA, OCA|
|Data provision||Data Gateway||OCA|
|Data site log submission||ROB|
|Product provision||Products gateway||UBI|
|Position products||INGV, UGA|
|Velocity products||INGV, UGA, LTK|
|Strain rate products||LM|
|Software||Software||UBI, OCA, INGV, ROB|
|EUREF||EUREF perm. netw. central bureau||ROB|
|EUREF data repositories||BKG, ROB|
|EUREF reference frame products||ROB, WUT, LTK|