SGDE Colloquium Series Spring 2021 - Michael Dennis (March 5th)

On March 5th  Michael Dennis will be speaking at the SGDE's Colloquium series. 

Dr. Michael Dennis, National Geodetic Survey

Brave New Coordinates After 2022: A Spatial Odyssey with the National Geodetic Survey.

Sometimes important things are hidden.  Consider geodesy.  It is a scientific field known by few, and yet without it there would be no mapping, surveying, navigation, geography, GPS, or GIS.  The National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) is the geodetic foundation for all civilian positioning in the United States, and the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) defines, maintains, and provides access to the NSRS.  But the NSRS is not static.  It must evolve as positioning technology continually improves, and major changes are nearly upon us: in 2022 or shortly after, NGS will complete a modernization of the NSRS.  This presentation gives an overview of the coming changes, including replacement of the current U.S. horizontal and vertical datums with terrestrial reference frames and a gravity-based geopotential datum.  Existing State Plane Coordinates will also be superseded by the State Plane Coordinate System of 2022 (SPCS2022).  The main focus of the presentation is on two key innovations.  One is creating a system that rigorously accounts for the fact that coordinates change with time.  The other is designing SPCS2022 map projections that more accurately represent distances on the surface of the Earth.  The overarching goal is to leverage the hidden power of geodesy to build an NSRS for the future that meets the dynamic and diverse positioning needs of the U.S. geospatial community.

Colloquia in Spring 2021 will be held at 3:30pm online via Zoom.