State-of-the-art technologies like geodetic sensor technologies and satellite-measurement-procedures have changed the profession of geodesists. Special satellite missions monitor earth-human-interactions, which require interdisciplinary work – especially in an international frame.
A prominent research area of geodesists nowadays include planetary geodesy, which acquires and visualizes surfaces of Mars and Moon. Furthermore the definition of spatial reference systems is a classical task for this profession. In this context, the further development and usage of the european Galileo satellite system plays - beside GPS - a significant role in the future.
Another significant change in the outline of geodesists is caused by the revolutionary momentum, which the information and communication sector had on modern societies since the last years. Until the last decade of the past century, geographic data were stored and provided exclusively by cadastral offices. The steadily increase of the demands on geographic data with all their extent, i.e. spatially and thematically have to be satisfied with more and more sophisticated mechanisms. One of those mechanisms are Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to provide and combine different geographic data to a broad community.
The availability of those data is the fundament of investment- and location decisions. Geographic data are nowadays one of the most important tool for planing and therefore of highest economical relevance.
This state-of-the-art-technologies are reflected in the Geoinformation and Geodesy master program and are spread and connected across the research areas of the Institute of Geoinformation and Geodesy (IGG) of TU Berlin.