The IUGG Electronic Journal
Volume 5 No. 3 (March 1, 2005)
This short, informal newsletter is intended to keep IUGG Member National Committees informed about the activities of the IUGG Associations, and actions of the IUGG Secretariat. Past issues are posted on the IUGG Web site. Please forward this message to those who will benefit from the information. Your comments are welcome.
The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) has recently published the following Technical Notes. Online versions of these documents can be found at www.iers.org/iers/publications/tn/.
No. 31: C. Boucher, Z. Altamimi, P. Sillard, and M. Feissel-Vernier: The ITRF2000.
No. 32: D.D. McCarthy and G. Petit (eds.): IERS Conventions (2003).
Nominations for ICSU Officers and members of the Executive Board are now open. These include the President-Elect, Vice-President for Scientific Planning and Review, Vice-President for External Relations, Secretary General and Treasurer of ICSU and for Ordinary Members of the Executive Board. IUGG may submit one name per office, for consideration by the Nominating Committee. New officers will be elected at the 28th General Assembly in Shanghai and Suzhou, China, 17-21 October 2005. For additional information, please contact the IUGG Secretariat.
eGY (Electronic Geophysical Year)
IHY (International Heliophysical Year)
An important part of IHY activities will be preserving the history and memory of the International Geophysical Year 1957-58. IHY has set up a History Initiative with the following goals:
To this end, IHY has established the IGY "Gold" Club to identify participants from the first IGY (gold symbolizing the 50th anniversary). To join the Gold Club, three requirements must be met:
"Gold club" participants will be rewarded with a special "IGY Gold Anniversary" certificate of recognition and a special commemorative "IGY Gold" lapel pin specially designed for the 50th anniversary of IGY. Only members of the IGY Gold club will be issued this pin. To nominate a colleague or yourself, send an e-mail message to Barbara.J.Thompson@nasa.gov
Members of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) have recently achieved success. A team from the University of California, Berkeley, led by Prof. Yoram Rubin, was selected as the US National Center for Hydrological Synthesis. In Japan, Prof. Kuni Takeuchi's program "Research and Education on Integrated River Basin Management in Asian Monsoon Region," was designated as a 21st Century Center of Excellence.
The American Geophysical Union has named their 2005 Fellows. The following scientists active within IUGG were among those elected. Congratulations to all!
Georges Balmino (France), past Secretary General of IUGG
Bruce Buffett (Canada/USA), Chair of the IUGG Union Commission on Studies of Earth's Deep Interior (SEDI)
Devendra Lal (USA), past President of IUGG (1983-87)
Kathryn Whaler (Scotland, UK), member of IAGA Executive Committee
Vladimir Zharkov (Russia), member of Advisory Committee, SEDI
Prof. Serguei Balassanian, Yerevan State University, died on November 23, 2004, as a result of an automobile accident. Prof. Balassanian was President of the IUGG National Committee for the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth, and also President of the IASPEI Asian Seismological Commission. He was a renowned authority in the field of natural hazards and risks. Additional information can be found on the IASPEI web site under Recent Changes.
The XIIth General Assembly of the ICSU Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) was held in New Delhi, India, from 8-11 February 2005. Dr. N.J. Peters attended on behalf of IUGG. The officers of SCOPE were elected for the 2005-2008 term, reports were received, and a number of resolutions were passed. SCOPE organizes its work within 3 clusters: Management of Societal and Natural Resources, Ecosystems and Biodiversity, and Health and Environment. IUGG is actively involved in projects within the first two clusters. Reports from the General Assembly are available from the IUGG Secretariat.
A calendar of meetings of interest to IUGG disciplines (especially those organized or sponsored by IUGG Associations) is posted on the IUGG Web Site [ www.iugg.org ]. Specific information about these meetings, including web links, can be found there. Individual Associations also list more meetings on their web sites appropriate to their disciplines.
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