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Field Trip E6 (one-day trip)
Geodetic Observatory Wettzell
|Depart/Return:||Friday 2 September; LMU Main Building, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1|
|Cost:||45 €; maximum: 45 participants|
|Not Included:||Lunch in local restaurant|
|Geodetic Observatory Wettzell|
The Geodetic Observatory Wettzell in the Bavarian Forest is jointly operated by the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie, BKG) and Technische Universität München (TUM). At the geodetic fundamental observatory the main space-geodetic techniques are co-located: The observatory operates a 20 m radio telescope for geodetic VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) measurements, a Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) telemeter, several GPS, GPS/GLONASS and Galileo permanent stations, the world largest active Laser gyroscope for measuring variations of the Earth's rotation, a superconducting gravimeter, hydrogen masers and atomic clocks as well as supporting sensors for monitoring seismic, meteorological, and hydrological conditions. Two new 13m radio telescopes as well as a second Laser telemeter are under construction. Main task of the observatory is to contribute to a global network of stable reference points, allowing to realize a long-term stable global terrestrial reference frame as metrological basis for geophysical applications and monitoring of global change as well as monitoring of the orientation of the Earth in space.
The excursion requires a 2,5 hours travel by bus (one way). After a short introduction into the mission and tasks of the observatory the participants of the trip have the opportunity to visit the instruments in groups and discuss with specialists.