The International GNSS Service (IGS), June 2008: Perspectives and Key Issues
John M. DowChair, IGS Governing Board
IGS Workshop 2008Handover-over of Analysis Centre (AC) responsibilities from GFZ Potsdam (Gerd Gendt) to NOAA/NGS completed January 2008This workshop is focussing on AC issuesImportant: follow-up of the documented Recommendations and Conclusions (Friday session)!
32nd IGS Governing Board MeetingTook place on Sunday 1 June 2008Brief close-out meeting on Friday afternoonSome issues discussed:ACC, reference frame, clock products, networkJournal of Geodesy special issue on IGSProposal for an Infrastructure CommitteePaper on GNSS signals and priorities for IGSPlus 4 major areas which I come to shortly
Roles of the Governing BoardThe principal roles of the Governing Board (GB) are to set policy and to exercise broad oversight of all IGS functions and components. In developing the strategy to achieve the IGS goals in this plan, the Board placed emphasis to:Balance GB meetings between strategic direction and technical issuesImprove mechanisms for taking technical and administrative actionsContinue policy of transparency and openness of GB discussions and decisions Ensure diversity of the GB with respect to geographical distribution and expertise (hydrology, meteorology, climate change, economics, public policy, legal, etc.)
IGS Governing Boardhttp://igscb.jpl.nasa.gov/organization/govboard.htmlNew members 2008: R. King, T. Springer, S. Schaer, R. Schmid IGS Executive Committee: Dow, Neilan, Rizos, Blewitt, Hugentobler
1.IGS as a multi-constellation serviceGPS, GLONASS, Galileo (Giove-A, Giove-B), Need for more multi-GNSS stationsNeed for more multi-GNSS AC solutionsIGS and IAG active associate members of the International Committee on GNSS (UN coordinated); 3rd full meeting in Pasadena, December 2008
1a. IGS Glonass Network
2. IGS Real-time Pilot ProjectCall for Participation summer 2007Approval by GB December 2007KO early 2008, ~33 participating agencies: RT stations ACs usersKey item for this Workshop
3. IGS reprocessingEarly start by CODE ACCombined effort by GFZ, TU Muenchen, TU DresdenESA has validated its reprocessing capability with 2007 dataEssential next step in IGS product spectrum
4. IGS Strategic Plan 2008-2012Special session in 2006 Darmstadt WS; Planning Committee met in Pasadena Sept. 2006; SP Retreat in San Francisco Dec 2006; Plan approved by GB August 2007Plan is available on IGS GO and IGS website https://go.jpl.nasa.gov/wiki/index.php/IGS_Strategic_Plan_2008-2012 http://igscb.jpl.nasa.gov/overview/pubs.htmlAnnual Implementation Plans
4a. IGS Mission StatementThe International GNSS Service provides the highest-quality GNSS data and products in support of the terrestrial reference frame, Earth observations and research, positioning, navigation and timing and other applications that benefit the scientific community and society
4b. IGS goals 2008-2012Serve as the premier source of the highest-quality GNSS related standards (conventions), data and products, openly available to all user communities.Attract leading-edge expertise to pursue challenging, innovative projects in a collegial, collaborative and creative culture.Incorporate and integrate new systems, technologies, applications and changing user needs into IGS products and services.Facilitate the integration of IGS into the Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS) and other more broadly based Earth observing and global navigation systems and services.Maintain an international federation with committed contributions from its members, and with effective leadership, management and governance. Promote the value and benefits of IGS to society, the broader scientific community, and in particular to policy makers and funding entities.
WelcomeA warm welcome to all: have a productive Workshop and an enjoyable week!