Harald Schuh, Director of the Department of Geodesy and Head of section Space Geodetic Techniques, was appointed Honorary President at the end of his term as President of the IAG (International Association of Geodesy) at the General Assembly held every four years. This time the General Assembly of the IAG took place in Montreal in the context of the large IUGG conference (International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics).
During his four-year term, Harald Schuh developed several new units within IAG, including a committee on Geodesy for Climate Research and a new project on Using Quantum Technology for Geodesy.
Schuh is engaged in the scientific use of modern geodetic measurement techniques such as GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) and VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry). Such techniques allow for determination of the so-called Global Reference Framework which is indispensable for monitoring plate tectonics or global sea-level rise. Furthermore, they also enable the measurement of important atmospheric parameters, such as the water vapour content above the observation stations which, in turn, are required for weather forecasting. (he)