Geodesy: The Concepts, Second Edition focuses on the processes, approaches, and methodologies employed in geodesy, including gravity field and motions of the earth and geodetic methodology. The book first underscores the history of geodesy, mathematics and geodesy, and geodesy and other disciplines. Discussions focus on algebra, geometry, statistics, symbolic relation between geodesy and other sciences, applications of geodesy, and the historical beginnings of geodesy. The text then ponders on the structure of geodesy, as well as functions of geodesy and geodetic theory and practice. The publication examines the motions, gravity field, deformations in time, and size and shape of earth. Topics include tidal phenomena, tectonic deformations, actual shape of the earth, gravity anomaly and potential, and observed polar motion and spin velocity variations. The elements of geodetic methodology, classes of mathematical models, and formulation and solving of problems are also mentioned. The text is a dependable source of data for readers interested in the concepts involved in geodesy.

Table of Contents


Foreword to the Second Edition

Part I. Introduction

1. History of Geodesy

1.1. Historical Beginnings of Geodesy

1.2. Scientific Beginnings of Geodesy

1.3. Geodesy in the Service of Mapping

1.4. Geodesy of the Modern Era

2. Geodesy and Other Disciplines

2.1. Applications of Geodesy

2.2. Symbiotic Relation Between Geodesy and some Other Sciences

2.3. Theoretical Basis of Geodesy

3. Mathematics and Geodesy

3.1. Algebra

3.2. Analysis

3.3. Geometry

3.4. Statistics

4. Structure of Geodesy

4.1. Functions of Geodesy

4.2. Geodetic Theory

4.3. Geodetic Practice

4.4. Geodetic Profession


Part II. The Earth

5. Earth and its Motions

5.1. Earth's Annual Motion

5.2. Earth's Spin, Precession, and Nutation

5.3. Earth's Free Nutation

5.4. Observed Polar Motion and Spin Velocity Variations

6. Earth and its Gravity Field

6.1. Gravity Field

6.2. Gravity Anomaly

6.3. Gravity Potential

6.4. Geoid and Deflections of the Vertical

7. Earth and its Size and Shape

7.1. Actual Shape of the Earth

7.2. Geoid as a Figure of the Earth

7.3. Biaxial Ellipsoid as a Figure of the Earth

7.4. Other Mathematical Figures of the Earth

8. Earth and its Deformations in Time

8.1. Tidal Phenomena

8.2. Crustal Loading Deformations

8.3. Tectonic Deformations



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