The German Geodetic Research Institute (Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut, DGFI) is an autonomous and independent research institution located in Munich. It is affiliated to the German Geodetic Commission (Deutsche Geodätische Kommission, DGK) at the Bavarian Academy of Humanities and Sciences (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, BAdW) and financed by the state of Bavaria. The research covers all fields of geodesy and includes the participation in national and international scientific services and research projects as well as various functions in scientific bodies. Herewith DGFI also discharges responsibilities of the Federal Republic of Germany within the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), one of the associations of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG).
The general theme of the DGFI research programme is established for a long period (several years) in order to meet the continuous requirements of international activities and the demands of modern society. It is defined as “Geodetic research for observing and analysing the System Earth”. This theme reflects the scientific orientation of Geodesy as the discipline of measuring and mapping the changing Earth, and responds to the challenges for a better representation of global change and geodynamic phenomena and processes. It includes the study of geometric and gravimetric observation techniques, fundamentals of geodetic reference systems, and analysis methods for the improved estimation of parameters in geophysical models for the solid, fluid and gaseous components of the System Earth.