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The research activities of Professor Pail (b. 1972) focus on physical and numerical geodesy with the main emphasis on the global and regional modeling of the earth’s gravity field and gravity data from satellites. Models of the earth’s gravity field play a decisive role in the definition of elevation systems and make significant contributions to the monitoring of climate-relevant mass transport processes, such as ocean circulation, rising sea levels and the melting of ice masses, and to the geophysical modeling of the earth’s core. He is deeply involved in the design and implementation of next-generation gravity field missions.

After studying geophysics at the University of Vienna, Professor Pail received his doctorate in engineering sciences (sub auspiciis praesidentis) from TU Graz in 1999. Subsequently he was an assistant professor at TU Graz until 2009. In 2010 he was appointed to the Chair of Astronomical and Physical Geodesy at TUM. Professor Pail was President of the IAG (International Association of Geodesy) Commission 2 “Gravity Field” from 2015-19, is currently Vice-Dean of the Department of Aerospace and Geodesy, and a member of several national and international committees.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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