GEO Wednesday: Quest for the exact position

National preview of the international documentary film by Sverre Krüger, followed by a short panel discussion with the producer and participants from the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Mapping Authority.

Many scenarios for the future are to be found. Some come across as unrealistic. Others are already here – such as driverless cars, unmanned ships, and aircraft without pilots.

This technology is in place. Nevertheless, some of the most important advances remain to be implemented because this future scenario calls for navigation and precision with tolerances at the level of a millimetre. This demand for ultimate accuracy is also of the utmost importance in determining the progress of climate change and what countermeasures need to be deployed.

The UN General Assembly has therefore urged all the world’s nations to secure greater precision in measuring climate developments, enhancing navigation and improving rescue operations after natural disasters. Above all, they need to establish a common global system of coordinates which ensures that position can be determined exactly – regardless of where in the world it is measured from.

The documentary film “Quest for the Exact Position” reports on efforts to establish a completely precise location. Filming has taken place in the UK, South Africa, Argentina, Svalbard, the USA and Japan.

“I hope this documentary film will make clear that we are in great need for the ultimate precision in solving the challenges we are facing - whatever they deal with - climate change, natural disasters, technology, communication. Geodesy, the geodetic reference frame and a global cooperation seem to be a basic premise for achieving this," says documentary filmmaker and producer Sverre Krüger, Nova Vision AS.

For almost three decades the producer Sverre Krüger has been working with science items at NRK-TV, the national broadcaster in Norway, and a Norwegian version of this film has already been transmitted in prime time, and repeated several times.

Now this new international version of the original film is available. An exclusive preview of the film will be shared at GEO Wednesday on October 18.

The preview of the documentary film will be followed by a short panel discussion with the producer and participants from the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Mapping Authority.

Moderator: Professor Andy Kääb, Department of Geosciences.  


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Published Oct. 9, 2017 3:16 PM - Last modified Oct. 9, 2017 3:18 PM