Hans-Gert Kahle

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland

Hans-Gert Kahle received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics from the University of Kiel, Germany. He was a Research Associate at Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University, NY, USA. He served as a Chief Scientist during VEMA expeditions in the Indian Ocean, where he was responsible for marine seismics, magnetics, heat flow, and gravity . During NASA&#'s Lunar Project “Apollo 17”, he was engaged in the “Traverse Gravimeter Experiment”. During his stay at Lamont, he was engaged in NASA's “GEOS-C Satellite Altimeter Experiment”. In 1979, he was elected Full Professor in “Physics of the Solid Earth” at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Since 1980, he has been a Full Professor at the ETH Zurich where he is heading the Geodesy and Geodynamics Laboratory (GGL) working in the area of geodynamics, gravimetry, satellite geodesy, navigation, and fundamental geodesy including mathematical, physical, and astronomical geodesy. He served as Head of the Department of Geodetic Sciences, was Director of Studies of Geomatics Engineering and Planning, and was Deputy Chairman of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatics Engineering, ETH Zurich. Scientific achievements of the GGL include the national cm geoid and the airborne gravity map of Switzerland, high-tech developments in the fields of water vapor radiometry and solar spectrometry, as well as the determination of GPS-based strain rate fields in the Eastern Mediterranean. He was President of the Swiss Geodetic Commission of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, Vice President of the International Commission on Recent Crustal Movements, and is currently Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches Geoforschungs Zentrum (GFZ). He is a Fellow of the IAG and a Member of the AGU and DGG. He has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research, and is currently a Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Geodynamics.

Biography Updated on 17 August 2008

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