Established in 1919. Dedicated to scientific study of Earth and applications of the knowledge gained by the such studies to the needs of the society, such as mineral resources, reduction of effects of natural hazards and environmental preservation. The objectives of IUGG are the promotion and coordination of physical, chemical and mathematical studies of the Earth and its environment in space. These studies include the shape of the Earth, its gravitational and magnetic fields, the dynamics of the Earth as a whole and of its component parts, Earth’s internal structure, composition and tectonics, the generation of magmas, volcanism and rock formation, the hydrological cycle including
snow and ice, all aspects of ocean, the atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere and solar-terrestrial relations, and analogous problems associated with the Moon and other planets. Union activities embrace studies of the Earth by artificial satellites and other techniques for deploying instruments at high altitude.
The Union comprises eight semi-autonomous Associations, each responsible for a specific range of topics or themes within the overall scope of the Union’s activities and each with a sub-structure.
Associations: IAG, IASPEI, IAVCEI, IAGA, IAMAS, IAHS, IACS and IAPSO
Dr.Franz G.Kuglitsch, IUGG Executive Secretary/ Assistant Secretary General, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Telegrafenberg A17, 14473 Potsdam, Germany, Fax: +49 331 288 1759