Geodesy in the Year 2000, prepared under the auspices of the Committee on Geodesy of the National Research Council, has just been published by the National Academy Press. Focused on the needs and potential contributions of geodesy during the next decade, the publication contains an overview, recommendations, and eight research reports.
Geodesy is in the midst of a technological revolution. As space-based observational techniques have been introduced over the past two decades, geodesy has undergone profound changes. Between now and the end of this century, new technological advances will transform the field even further, making new generations of measurements possible, with increased speed and accuracy. Yet the scientific requirements for precision, the spatial and temporal density of the measurements, and the coverage of the planet present a formidable challenge to even the most advanced geodetic tools.