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The National Research Council recently issued a report, “International Global Network of Fiducial Stations: Scientific and Implementation Issues,” written by the Panel on a Global Network of Fiducial Sites.

The panel strongly endorsed the use of a global network for research on important geophysical issues-sea-level change, postglacial rebound, and the monitoring of tectonic plate motion and deformation. “These topics cannot be tackled, however, until other, more purely geodetic problems are solved,” the report noted.