The dislocation of water masses, e.g. dropping of the groundwater level, ice melting or sea level change, can only be continuously and homogeneously observed using specially tailored satellite missions. GRACE and GRACE-FO, based on ultra-precise distance measurements between twin satellites, has revolutionized the observation of climate-related changes in the Earth system. Numerous scientific studies as well as applications and supply of prototype services in hydrology, oceanography or glaciolog.

Tags: Climate change, Environment & Nature, Food & Agriculture, Trust in science

Frank Flechtner

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Frank Flechtner studied geodesy in Bonn (1981-1987) and graduated in 1999. Between 1988 and 1992, he was a research scientist at the German Geodetic Research Institute in Munich. Since 1992, Frank is employed at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam. In 2013, he became head of the Section „Global Geomonitoring and Gravity Field“ and took over a professorship for “Physical Geodesy” at the Technical University in Berlin. Since 2009, Frank Flechtner is the Co-PI of the US-German satellite mission GRACE. Presently, he is responsible for the German contributions of the NASA-GFZ follow-on mission GRACE-FO.

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