Current projects



Integration of GNSS, IMU and odometry data for automated driving

UNICARagil is a collaborative project carried out by a consortium of seven German universities and six industrial partners, with funding provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany. The project started in February 2018 and has a duration of four years.

In the scope of this project, disruptive modular structures for agile, automated vehicle concepts are researched and developed.

Further information on UNICARagil at PSGD

GNSS, Radar and InSAR Applications in Civil- and Environmental Engineering

Interdisciplinary collaboration within Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

In cooperation with the Institutes of Civil engineering the application of satellite and radar techniques for structural monitoring and deformation-monitoring is studied. Examples are the observation of oscillations of bridges or buildings by high-frequency GNSS or terrestrial radar. Terrestrial and space borne InSAR is used for the study of aerial surface deformation and persistent scatterers in the study of the Upper Rhine-Graben and in particular for the Eastern-boundary across Darmstadt

Duration: Continuously, based on student project and thesis work.

National Research Institute for Astronomy and Geophysics , Egypt

International collaboration in satellite geodesy, geokinematics

In a long-term cooperation between the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG), Helwan, Cairo, Egypt and PSG the scientific topics of geokinematical studies, crustal deformations, earthquake activities, stress-regime investigations and seismic hazard assessment are studied. Project are Funded by DAAD and BMBF and a continuous exchange of personnel is prevailing. Results were published e.g. by Saleh (2015).

Reference (Ph.D. thesis at PSG):

Saleh, Mohamed Ahmed :Recent Strain Rate and Deformation Field of Egypt by GPS and InSAR. Technische Universität, Darmstadt , Ph.D. Thesis, (2015),


International collaboration in satellite geodesy, geokinematics

The concept of WEGENER (Working Group of European Geoscientists for the Establishment of Networks for Earth-science Research) was put forward at a meeting of the Journées Luxembourgeoise de Géodynamique held in Walferdange in 1980 and the consortium was formally established during a meeting at IfAG (Institut Fuer Angewandte Geodaesie), now BKG (Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie) in Frankfurt early in 1981. It was a voluntary collaboration among a large group of European institutions and individual scientists wishing to cooperate on the application of space and terrestrial geodetic techniques to the study of geodynamics in the Alpine–Mediterranean plate boundary region in the framework of NASA's Crustal Dynamics Project (CDP). During the past few years, WEGENER has redefined its mission while retaining the original acronym now representing “World Earthquake GEodesy Network for Environmental Hazard Research”. This change is a natural reflection of the progress made in improving geodetic accuracy and the need to apply these techniques to develop a range of case studies of solid earth, atmospheric, and oceanographic phenomena. Since 2012, WEGENER has also became the Sub-commission 3.5 of IAG commission 3, namely Tectonics and Earthquake Geodesy (Özener et al., 2013), see link to latest WEGENER general assembly.


Haluk Ozener, Susanna Zerbini, Luisa Bastos, Matthias Becker, Mustapha Meghraoui, Robert Reilinger, “WEGENER: World Earthquake GEodesy Network for Environmental Hazard Research”, Journal of Geodynamics, Volume 67, July 2013, pages 2-12.

Research support to ESOC in the field of navigation service

Research area: GNSS

In the frame of a long-term collaboration (going back until the 1990's) between the European Space Operation Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt and PSG, PSG is contributing to ESOC's navigation support office by way of scientific studies and contract work mainly on GNSS related subjects. Since 2007 this support is carried out by form of PSG participation in consortia providing industrial support to ESOC in the field of navigation services.

Project duration: since 2007, ongoing

FabSpace 2.0

Research area: satellite geodesy, satellite remote sensing

Within a European initiative to bring all Geo-enthusiast together in-line with Copernicus mission and vision, FabSpace 2.0 project aims at a Geo-network for Geo-data-driven innovation by leveraging space data in European universities. As German contribution the Institute of Geodesy, sections PSG and Remote Sensing and Image Analysis, work together with the ESA Business Incubation Center Darmstadt, managed by cesah GmbH. A FabSpace Lab has been installed at TU Darmstadt providing free-access to infrastructure, academic materials, software, tools and hands-on-support among civil societies, students, researchers, corporates and entrepreneurs. For more information see FabSpace 2.0 information of the Institute for Geodesy and Website of FabSpace2.0 in Germany.

Funding period: 2016-2019

Innovative calibration methods for strapdown airborne vector gravimetry aboard HALO (ANTHALO–SG).

Research area: Strapdown airborne gravimetry

In the frame of SPP 1294: Atmospheric and Earth System Research with the “High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft” (HALO) of the German Research Foundation DFG the use of the airborne vector-gravimetry system of PSG for the special environment in HALO are studied. The PSG vector-gravimetry system is based on a high precision inertial measurement system.

Project: BE1277/13-1, Duration 36 months, start September 2016. Project information on website of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.


Research area: satellite altimetry

PSG is member of the NASA/CNEAS Ocean Surface Topography Science Team OSTST. In a cooperation with Bonn University the use of radar altimetry data from the missions Jason-2 and 3, Envisat, SARAL/AltiKa, CryoSat-2, and Sentinel-3 for establishing regional sea level budgets, while respecting global mean sea level budgets is studied. The project will improve both Conventional Altimeter (CA) and Delay Doppler Altimeter (DDA) data especially in the coastal zone of selected regions.

Information on project on NASA website