Geodetic Research on Deception Island and its Environment (South Shetland Islands, Bransfield Sea and Antarctic Peninsula) During Spanish Antarctic Campaigns (1987–2007)

  1. J.M. Salamanca
  2. F. García-García
  3. C. Torrecillas
  4. A. García-García
  5. A. Fernández-Ros
  6. J.A. Fernández-Prada
  7. M. Berrocoso
  8. A. Pérez-Peña
  9. J. Martín-Davila
  10. A. de Gil
  11. J. Gárate
  12. R. Páez
  13. B. Jigena
  14. Y. Jiménez-Teja
  15. M.E. Ramírez
  16. R. Soto
  17. A. Sánchez-Alzola
  1. 1 Universidad de Cádiz

    Universidad de Cádiz

    Cádiz, España


  2. 2 Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

    Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

    Madrid, España


Geodetic and Geophysical Observations in Antarctica

ISBN: 9783540748816 9783540748823

Year of publication: 2008

Pages: 97-124

Type: Book chapter

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-74882-3_6 GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor


Since 1987, Spain has been continuously developing several scientific projects, mainly based on Earth Sciences, in Geodesy, Geochemistry, Geology or Volcanology. The need of a geodetic reference frame when doing hydrographic and topographic mapping meant the organization of the earlier campaigns with the main goals of updating the existing cartography and of making new maps of the area. During this period of time, new techniques arose in Space Geodesy improving the classical methodology and making possible its applications to other different fields such as tectonic or volcanism. Spanish Antarctic Geodetic activities from the 1987–1988 to 2006–2007 campaigns are described as well as a geodetic and a levelling network are presented. The first network, RGAE, was designed and established to define a reference frame in the region formed by the South Shetlands Islands, the Bransfield Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula whereas the second one, REGID, was planned to control the volcanic activity in Deception Island. Finally, the horizontal and vertical deformation models are described too, as well as the strategy which has been followed when computing an experimental geoid.