German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Germany

The GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the German national research centre for Earth sciences. Research at the GFZ focuses on the geosphere within the highly complex Earth system with its further subsystems, its interacting subcycles, and its wide network of cause-and-effect chains. This is done in an interdisciplinary collaboration with the related scientific disciplines physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology, as well as with the engineering sciences disciplines of rock mechanics, engineering hydrology and seismology.

GFZ’s earliest cooperations for seismological measurements and satellite orbit tracking at Ny-Ålesund started in the nineties. Today GFZ operates a satellite receiving station at Ny-Ålesund, which receives data from research satellites in polar orbits since 2001. The satellite receiving station is located about 1 km outside the main settlement, between the airport and the Kongsfjorden. Other actual long-term GFZ-installations at Ny-Ålesund are a GNSS-station (since 2000) and a GNSS-reflectometry experiment at the Zeppelin Observatory (since 2013).

When in Ny-Ålesund, GFZ projects are hosted by AWIPEV.


NySMAC representative
Carsten Falck

Carsten Falck

Location in Ny-Ålesund

Ny-Ålesund on-site staff

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Satellite receiving station
GNSS-station network
GNSS-reflectometry experiment

Photo: Carsten Falck (GFZ)

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