Reiner Rummel

Carl von Linde Senior Fellow

Technische Universität München

Astronomical and Physical Geodesy

Focus Group
Satellite Geodesy

Short CV

Reiner Rummel is former head of TUM’s Institute for Astronomical and Physical Geodesy. He received his engineering diploma in 1970 from Technische Universität München. He spent four years, 1970-74, as Research Assistant at Technical University of Darmstadt. 1974 he was awarded his Ph.D. degree at Technical University of Darmstadt (dissertation on “stochastic series and functions in physical geodesy”). From 1974 to 1976 he had post-doc position at the Department of Geodetic Science at Ohio State University, Columbus. In 1976 Rummel became a Research Scientist at the German Geodetic Research Institute in Munich. In 1978 he joined the Erdmessungskommission at the Bavarian Academy of Science as Research Scientist. From 1980 to 1993 he was professor and chair of physical geodesy at Delft University of Technology. He was dean of faculty of civil and geodetic engineering at TUM. Rummel was chairman of the Netherlands Geodetic Commission, member of the European Space Science Committee and member of the Earth Science Advisory Board of ESA. He is a permanent secretary of the German Geodetic Commission, a member of the ESA Mission Advisory Group for mission GOCE, chairman of the research committee on geodesy Bavarian Academy Sciences.

Selected Awards

  • 2008, Bavarian Order of Merit
  • 2005, Honorary doctoral degree, University of Bonn
  • 2005, Honorary doctoral degree, Technical University of Graz
  • 2004, Member German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 2001, Honorary member Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 1998, Vening Meinesz Medal, European Geophysical Society
  • 1997, Member Bavarian Academy of Sciences
  • 1994, Fellow International Association of Geodesy
  • 1993, Fellow American Geophysical Union
  • 1989, Member Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences
  • 1977, Heiskanen Award, Ohio State University

Research Interests

The following topics represent the core of Rummel’s research: Physical geodesy, in particular determination of the gravitational field of the Earth by means of satellite techniques; spectral methods for the general analysis of modern techniques of satellite gravimetry, development of semi-analytical analysis methods.

Selected Publications

  • Rummel, R.; Rothacher, M.; Beutler, G.: Integrated Global Geodetic Observing System (IGGOS)—science rationale. Journal of Geodynamics 40 (4-5), 2005, 357-362.
  • Sneeuw, Nico; Flury, Jakob; Rummel, Reiner: Science Requirements on Future Missions and Simulated Mission Scenarios. Earth Moon Planet 94 (1-2), 2004, 113-142.
  • Rummel, R.: Gravity and Topography of Moon and Planets. Earth Moon Planet 94 (1-2), 2004, 103-111.
  • Gerlach, Ch.; Földvary, L.; Švehla, D.; Gruber, Th.; Wermuth, M.; Sneeuw, N.; Frommknecht, B.; Oberndorfer, H.; Peters, Th.; Rothacher, M.; Rummel, R.; Steigenberger, P.: A CHAMP-only gravity field model from kinematic orbits using the energy integral. Geophys. Res. Lett. 30 (20), 2003.
  • Earth Gravity Field from Space — From Sensors to Earth Sciences. Springer Netherlands, 2003.
  • Oberndorfer, H.; Müller, J.; Rummel, R.; Sneeuw, N.: A simulation tool for the new gravity field satellite missions. Advances in Space Research 30 (2), 2002, 227-232.
  • Rummel, R.; Balmino, G.; Johannessen, J.; Visser, P.; Woodworth, P.: Dedicated gravity field missions—principles and aims. Journal of Geodynamics 33 (1-2), 2002, 3-20.
  • Visser, P. N. A. M.; Rummel, R.; Balmino, G.; Sünkel, H.; Johannessen, J.; Aguirre, M.; Woodworth, P. L.; Le Provost, C.; Tscherning, G. C.; Sabadini, R.: The European Earth Explorer Mission GOCE: Impact for the geosciences. In: Ice Sheets, Sea Level and the Dynamic Earth. Wiley-Blackwell, 2002.
  • Oberndorfer, H.; Dorobantu, R.; Gerlach, C.; Müller, J.; Rummel, R.Sneeuw, N.; Koop, R.; Visser, P.; Hoyng, P.; Selig, A.; Smit, M.: GOCE Sensor Combination and Error Analysis. Bolletino di Geofisica teorica ed applicata 40, 2001, 303-307.
  • Towards an Integrated Global Geodetic Observing System (IGGOS). Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2000.

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • Rummel, Reiner; Horwath, Martin; Yi, Weiyong; Albertella, Alberta; Bosch, Wolfgang; Haagmans, Roger: GOCE, Satellite Gravimetry and Antarctic Mass Transports. Surv Geophys 32 (4-5), 2011, 643-657 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Rummel, Reiner; Yi, Weiyong; Stummer, Claudia: GOCE gravitational gradiometry. J Geod 85 (11), 2011, 777-790 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )