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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n geodesy the branch of geology that studies the shape of the earth and the determination of the exact position of geographical points
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n geodesy Formerly, the art of land-surveying in general, but now restricted to that branch of applied mathematics, distinctively called higher geodesy, which investigates the figures and areas of large portions of the earth's surface, the exact determinations of geographical positions and the azimuths of directions, the general figure of the earth, and the variations of the intensity of gravity in different regions, by means of direct observation and measurement. The operations of topography and hydrography are now considered as extraneous to geodesy, but leveling of the most precise kind is included, as well as the observation of the tides. Also geodetics.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Geodesy je-od′e-si a science whose object is to measure the earth and its parts on a large scale
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. géodésie—Gr. geōdaisia, the earth, daiein, to divide.


In literature:

GEODESY, the art of measuring the earth without reference to the heavenly bodies.
"Recreations in Astronomy" by Henry Warren
The history of geodesy in South Africa began with Lacaille's measurements in 1752.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
Hence geodesy may be regarded as a branch of practical astronomy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
This instrument is universally used in American geodesy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 9" by Various
It is based on data from the Institute of Geodesy at Ohio State University.
"Development of Gravity Pendulums in the 19th Century" by Victor Fritz Lenzen and Robert P. Multhauf
The mean equatorial radius of the earth, as given in Clark's Geodesy, is 3963.3 English miles.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 648, June 2, 1888." by Various
It is based on data from the Institute of Geodesy at Ohio State University.
"Smithsonian Institution - United States National Museum - Bulletin 240" by Anonymous

In news:

Recruitment of MSc in Engineering Surveying and Geodesy students and PhD studentships (very good chance to get it if you meet the requirements).
MSc and PhD in Engineering Surveying and Geodesy .
MSc and PhD in Engineering Surveying and Geodesy.
MSc and PhD in Engineering Surveying and Geodesy.

In science:

Parametrizing simple closed geodesy on Γ3 \ H . J.
Multiplicities of simple closed geodesics and hypersurfaces in Teichm\"uller space
As such, this theory is used for many practical purposes involving spacecraft navigation, geodesy, and time transfer.
Experimental Tests of General Relativity
Ritakari, J. & Mujunen, A. 2002, in International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry: General Meeting Proceedings.
A GPU based real-time software correlation system for the Murchison Widefield Array prototype
Note that problems involving spectral analysis for random fields on the sphere arise in various applied areas such as geodesy, geophysics, planetary sciences, astronomy, cosmology, medical imaging etc.
On spectral representations of tensor random fields on the sphere
Sovers, O. J., Fanselow, J. L., and Jacobs, C. S., “Astrometry and geodesy with radio interferometry: experiments, models, results”, Rev.
Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test Of Relativity
Such a construction is closely analogous to the science of geodesy — inferring the distribution of the earth’s mass by studying the orbits of satellites.
(Sort of) Testing relativity with extreme mass ratio inspirals
The improvement of the accuracy of Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) and Lunar Laser Ranging (LLR) has great impact on the geodesy, reference frames and test of relativistic gravity among other things.
Deep-space laser-ranging missions ASTROD (Astrodynamical Space Test of Relativity using Optical Devices) and ASTROD I for astrodynamics and astrometry
Two new superconducting gravimeters have been installed at the Laboratory of Geodesy and Geodynamics (LOGG) in Hsinchu Taiwan (24.8◦N, 121◦E) in March 2006.
Testing gravitational physics with superconducting gravimeters
In a few years from now, the GALILEO system will be the european contribution to GNSS and its vast uses for various applications, in particular in the scientific domain in geodesy, Earth monitoring, and time metrology.
Testing General Relativity with Atomic Clocks
The proposed MWL concept is an upgraded version of the Vessot two-way technique used for the GP-A experiment (Vessot 1980) and the PRARE geodesy instrument.
Testing General Relativity with Atomic Clocks
It is unclear whether there is any substantial connection between the behavior of geodesis in that setting and in our setting.
Scale-Invariant Random Spatial Networks
LARES can also be used to set limits on other theories of fundamental physics and for a number of measurements in space geodesy and geodynamics.
Testing General Relativity and gravitational physics using the LARES satellite
According to Einstein’s equivalence principle, particles in the absence of external nongravitational forces move on geodesies, curves which extremize ds2 .
Modern Cosmology and Structure Formation
According to Einstein’s equivalence principle, particles in the absence of external nongravitational forces move on geodesies, curves which extremize ds2 .
Formation of Structure in the Universe
We first note that the existence of a quantum limit of the form c1µγ + c2µL for (M, g ) with Anosov geodesi flow is not so implausible.
Recent developments in mathematical Quantum Chaos