SGT applies space geodesy, geophysical and climate modeling, and remote sensing systems to better understand the dynamics going on within the Earth’s systems – the ocean, atmosphere, cryosphere, and non-ice covered continental regions. Measuring, modeling, and more fully understanding these geodynamics, allows us to isolate many important phenomena related to the health, state, and sustainability of the Earth’s environment.
Examples of key changes with significant importance include global sea level rise, natural hazards associated with tectonic plate motions, changes in land use (e.g. deforestation, desertification), the melting of the ice sheets, and global warming. In each aforementioned investigative areas, SGT is providing world-class science support. Not only are we contributing to the science literature, but we are actively supporting the movement towards a better multi-disciplinary integration of system interdependencies.
Understanding short period sources of mass flux, defining stable reference frames, and developing an integrated and interdependent understanding of the Earth’s system in four dimensions at increasingly detailed scales are our major focus areas.