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Jim Lovell
Type of contribution: poster

The Asia-Oceania VLBI Group for Geodesy and Astrometry

Jim Lovell, University of Tasmania Rioji Kawabata, Geospatial Information Authority of Japan Shinobu Kurihara, Geospatial Information Authority of Japan Fengchun Shu, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory Jungho Cho, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute

The Asia-Oceania VLBI Group for Geodesy and Astrometry (AOV) is a recently-formed organisation of scientists supporting geodetic and astrometric VLBI in the Asia-Oceania region and is a sub-group of the IVS. The purpose of the AOV is to foster and encourage closer collaboration in the science, technology and education aspects of VLBI in the region. There is a focus on the challenges that are particular to the region, which is highly dynamic in geophysics and climate with a large number of destructive earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons and cyclones. Many countries in Asia-Oceania will experience the effects of climate change much sooner or to a greater degree than other regions, due to more frequent extreme weather events and rising sea levels for example. In order to better understand the risks and reduce the effects of these phenomena, the AOV has an important role to play through measurement of tectonic plate motions, atmospheric variations and determination of the Geodetic Reference Frame for the region. We will present a brief history of the formation of the AOV, describe its aims, outline our initial observing program and plans for the future.