This book covers the entire field of satellite geodesy and is intended to serve as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a. This book covers the entire field of satellite geodesy and is intended to serve as a textbook for advanced undergraduate and Günter Seeber. Günter Seeber. Satellite Geodesy. 2nd Edition de Gruyter. The first edition of this book came out in , when it made an enormous contribution to the field.

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Satellite geodesy is a very interdisciplinary subject that can be understood only by combining basic knowledge of geodesy, astrometry, celestial mechanics, electronic engineering, optics and radio-wave propagation in the atmosphere, statistics and numerical analysis.

Satellite Geodesy

In addition a number of branches from other disciplines such as physics of the zatellite and meteorology, ocean dynamics, geodynamics both global and regionalnavigation, building engineering, environmental issues, land use, surveying and cadastre, etc. With this presupposition we draw the obvious conclusion that satellite geodesy is growing in importance for its most diverse applications, in both scientific and technical fields, and in complexity because it has to cover a wide range of phenomena, measuring techniques and analysis tools.

In other words, more and more scientists and engineers need to be acquainted with methods and results in satellite geodesy, and for this reason the availability of an advanced textbook which, starting from basics, comes to cover most of the spatial techniques is an important issue.


Even more so, being a second edition, written 10 years after the first, it is not purely an update of something cooked long ago, but it has gained a deeper historical perspective, showing how techniques have evolved in time and suggesting what the next step to be expected is. This is the case, for instance, with optical tracking which perhaps 10 to 15 years ago was considered as a historical curiosity and more recently has become increasingly relevant owing to the advances of CCD camera observations.

The book has a first part where modelling and analysis methods are presented for basic facts in satellite geodesy such as the definition of reference systems and frames, orbit mechanics, light and radio-wave propagation in the atmosphere, global representations of the gravity field.

The presentation of the material is smooth and understandable even to non-specialists approaching the field for the first time. The rest of the book is organized by measurement techniques: A very large chapter covers GPS techniques with the wide spread of services that accompany the increasingly large stock of applications. The chapter is clear and comprehensive, including a very large number of practical issues concerning the available information.

Meritorious is the attempt of unifying on a rational basis the terminology that is at present overwhelmingly redundant.

Satellite Geodesy

Chapters on the other main techniques follow, of particular importance geodssy the chapter on laser ranging, followed by VLBI, radaraltimetry and in-SAR. A chapter on the applications in geophysics and engineering closes the book.


Summarizing, the book gives a full picture of the subject and of its evolution, providing all the necessary information either directly or through the quoted bibliography, which is really monumental and up to date. This book is something that I believe should not be missing from the shelves of every scientist or engineer dealing with space-related techniques. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

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