EUREF Permanent Network

The European Terrestrial Reference System 89 (ETRS89) is used as the standard precise GPS coordinate system throughout Europe. Supported by EuroGeographics and endorsed by the EU, this reference system forms the backbone for all geographic and geodynamic projects on the European territory both on a national as on an international level.

EUREF map The ETRS89 is maintained by the IAG sub-commission EUREF and it is accessed through the EUREF Permanent Network (EPN), a science-driven network of continuously operating GPS reference stations with precisely known coordinates in the ETRS89.

All contributions to the EPN are voluntary, with more than 100 European agencies/universities involved, and the reliability of the network is based on redundancy and extensive guidelines guaranteeing the quality of the raw GPS data to the resulting station positons. Next to its key role in the maintenance of the ETRS89, the EPN data are also used for a wide range of scientific applications such as the monitoring of ground deformations, sea level, space weather and numerical weather prediction.

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EPN Central Bureau

This web site is part of the EPN Central Bureau Information System, providing both EPN member organizations and the public with information about the EPN organization, the EPN network of stations, and EPN data & products.

Whenever your use of EPN data or products results in a publication, please include a citation (Bruyninx C. et al. (2012), Enhancement of the EUREF Permanent Network Services and Products, "Geodesy for Planet Earth", IAG Symposia Series, Vol. 136, pp. 27-35, DOI:10.1007/978-3-642-20338-1_4).

STCE The Central Bureau is supported by the Solar Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE) and managed by the Royal Observatory of Belgium.

EPN Central Bureau
Dr. Carine Bruyninx
Royal Observatory of Belgium
Avenue Circulaire, 3
B-1180 Brussels, Belgium
Phone : +32-(0)2-3730292
Fax : +32-(0)2-3749822
E-mail :    epncb@oma.be

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Last Updated/New Pages

2016-04-14 : Official ITRF2014 coordinates/velocities issued by the IERS added to the individual station coordinates web page (e.g. ACOR00ESP).
2016-02-02 : New page showing the actual tracking status.
2016-01-29 : Real-time web page updated.

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