Prof. Dr. Zuheir Altamimi


Dr. Zuheir Altamimi is a Research Director at Institut National de l’Information Géographique et Forestière (IGN), and Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP), France.  He received his PhD in space geodesy from Paris Observatory, and Habilitation (2nd doctorate) from Paris University VI. His principal research focuses are space geodesy, theory and realization of terrestrial reference systems. Since more than three decades, he is the lead of the research activities related to the development, maintenance, improvement and realization of the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF), the indispensable reference for solid earth science applications and satellite navigation.  Altamimi has been a leader in adopting rigorous mathematical methods to combine diverse multi-center and multi-technique geodetic solutions. His papers on this topic are among the most cited articles in space geodesy, according to Google Scholar (June 2023): a total of 12402 citations, with an H-Index 49.

Dr. Zuheir Altamimi became President of the International Association of Geodesy at the IUGG General Assembly in Montreal, in 2019, after serving four years as Vice-President.


The International Terrestrial Reference Frame – More than three decades of research and development for the benefit of science and society