On October 28, 2010 the "Centre of Geodetic Earth System Research (CGE) " was founded by a contract between
- the Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut (DGFI),
- the Institut für Astronomische und Physikalische Geodäsie (IAPG)
- with the Forschungseinrichtung Satellitengeodäsie (FESG) of the Technische Universität München and
- the geodetic section of the Kommission für Erdmessung und Glaziologie (KEG) of the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften.
This cooperation realizes a recommendation of the Wissenschaftsrat who evaluated the DGFI in 2005 and suggested a closer alliance between DGFI and other geodetic research facilities in Munich.
As the participating institutions have similar research themes, they intend to combine their experiences and resources by this cooperation. The objective of the CGE is research on global change phenomena by measuring the variations in the solid Earth, the ocean, the ice shields and within the atmosphere as well as by analysing the physical processes that cause these variations.
The CGE compiles a common research and development plan. It is structured into five research areas: geometry, gravity field, Earth system modelling, methodology, and new technologies. The current research program of DGFI adopts this structure and has been evaluated as a first component of the CGE research plan.