Two major challenges in Earth monitoring today are the fast response to catastrophic events (e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides) and the reliable detection of very small long-term trends (e.g., sea level change, plate tectonics). Our overall research goal is therefore the
exploitation of existing and the development of new innovative space- and ground-based geodetic observation techniques and analysis methods for the long-term, continuous as well as the (near) real-time monitoring of the environment and the Earth system. The primary focus lies thereby on the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and their integration with other observation techniques and models in a trans-disciplinary context.
The six major strongly linked fields of research are at present: