A textbook for university students and earth science professionals

Theoretical Geodesy

by  Huaan Fan


Geodesy is one of the oldest natural sciences, often associated with astronomy and geometry. As a natural science, geodesy studies the figure and gravity field of the earth as well as its dynamic changes. As an applied technology, geodesy deals with precise and advanced methods for angle  and distance emasurements, positioning, navigation and topographic mapping. One of the most important tasks of modern geodesy is to define and maintain geodetic reference systems for all geospatial information.

This textbook "Theoretical geodesy" has been prepared since 2004 for the author's students at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. The book does not deal with practical  surveying technologies such as measurements using theodolites, totalstations, levels and satellite receivers of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems). Instead, the textbook puts emphasis on various theoretical topics. These topics deal with two aspects of geodesy, studies of the figure and gravity field of the earth including its dynamic changes at one hand and the definition of geodetic reference systems, on the other hand. For more details of the textbook, readers can check the "Table of Contents".

This textbook is used for different courses in the international master programme "Geodesy and Geoinformatics" offered by the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). Price of a hardcopy for KTH students is 350 SEK, approximately 49 USD or 36 € (based on exchange rates 2010-03-19).


Senast uppdaterad 2010-03-19.