Research activities at the Geodetic Institute (GIK) focus on the fields of Geodesy and Geoinformatics, and range from basic research to the development and application of new technologies. Students have the opportunity to get involved and participate in research very early on in their studies. Research at the Geodetic Institute is closely associated with the KIT Centre for "Climate and Environment" as well as the Gradute School KIT-GRACE.
The Geodetic Institute is divided into three departments that define the key research areas:
- Geoinformatics (Prof. Dr. rer. nat. M. Breunig).
- Physical Geodesy and Satellite Geodesy (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. B. Heck)
- Geodetic Measurement and Sensor Technology (Prof. Dr.-Ing. M. Hennes)
Research undertaken in the field of Physical Geodesy and Satellite Geodesy mainly concentrates on the building of models for the evaluation of satellite and terrestrial geodetic measurements as well as their application in geodynamics. Measurement technology is a major focus of Satellite Geodesy. The use of geodetic GPS is another research area as well as GPS observation methods for polar research. Physical Geodesy focuses mainly on issues of boundary values and problems in association with vertical datums.
In the research area Geodetic Measurement and Sensor Technology, measuring instruments and techniques are evaluated and developed for challenging measurement tasks for engineering and industry areas. To ensure a high standard of quality of the survey equipment, special attention is paid to the compliance with internationally recognized standards and norms. For this purpose, test methods are designed to account for the range of possible interference. Today, we are still unable to detect the effects of sensor refraction, which represents the major limiting factor to the accuracy of geodetic measurements. Therefore, the development of efficient methods to determine the effects of refraction forms another main focus of this research.
Ongoing and completed research projects at the GIK: