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Flyer for LLR WorkshopFirst Lunar Laser Ranging (LLR) Meeting, September 14th and 15th, 2023, Pole Astronomie Géoazur, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur (OCA), CNRS - INSU, Université Côte d'Azur (UCA), France Release Date: 05/10/2023 The first LLR meeting wishes to bring both the producers, the users and the science behind lunar laser ranging together in order to join efforts and resources, to define goals and enhance the visibility for a LLR community, and to identify synergies and to plan for the future. The goal is to encourage every group to help and form a visible global community.

Clément Courde

Julien Chabé

image of sea mounts on the ocean floor.SLR & DORIS Support the Discovery of 19,000 Undersea Volcanos Using Satellite AltimetryRelease Date: 04/21/2023

A team of scientists has published a new catalog of undersea volcanos, or seamounts, that are derived using ocean radar altimetry data from the satellites Jason-1, Envisat CryoSat-2, and Saral/AltiKa. The altimeter data for this study were obtained primarily from the geodetic missions for these satellites. In the geodetic missions, the satellites flew so that successive ground tracks were aligned close together. This facilitated the mapping of the ocean geoid.The data from these most recent satellite missions have improved the ability to find previously undetected seamounts, from how the mass of the seamounts perturbs the shape of the ocean surface.

The new map will aid studies of marine tectonics, geology, ecology and ocean mixing.

This discovery was supported by Precise Orbit Determination (POD), including Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR), and DORIS for Jason-1, Envisat, CryoSat-2, and Saral/ALtiKa whose altimeter data contributed to the results of this new study.

More information:
Overview article in Science magazine, April 19, 2023:

Scientific publication, published March 20, 2023:
Gevorgian J., Sandwell D., Yu Y., Kim S.-S. and Wessel P. (2023). "Global distribution and morphology of small seamounts". Earth and Space Science, 10, e2022EA002331.

IWLR 2022 logo22nd International Workshop on Laser Ranging (IWLR) in Guadalajara, Spain - November 7-11, 2022 - Session Videos Available for viewingRelease Date: 03/03/2023

We are pleased to announce that the recordings for the 22nd International Workshop on Laser Ranging (IWLR) held in Guadalajara, Spain, are available for viewing. This is the first time that a full ILRS workshop is made available in video. This, together with the ILRS Virtual World Tours 2020 and 2021, all the events organized by the ILRS in the last three years are publicly accessible to everyone.

The 22nd IWLR was organized by the Observatory of Yebes, the National Geographic Institute of Spain (IGN/CNIG), and the ILRS. Over 170 delegates from 20 different countries participated in the conference, which took place on 7–11 November 2022. With the theme "Reconnecting the ILRS community", this event was for the first time in a hybrid in person/online format. The conference was a great opportunity for the experts in the various SLR-related fields to meet, discuss, and exchange ideas and new developments.

The video recordings of the conference include the talks from all the 10 Main Sessions; the presentations kindly given by the invited speakers; and the meetings of the ILRS Standing Committees on Data Formats & Proceedings, Networks & Engineering, and Missions. The Opening and Closing sessions, including the SLR Pioneers Awards, are all available for viewing as well.

You can access the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/@22ndIWLR

We thank the Local Organizing Committee for making and sharing the recordings of the conference possible.

Updated list of Conferences and workshops related to earth rotation, reference frames, geophysical fluids, GNSS, SLR, VLBI, DORIS, etc. posted by the IERS

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