Felix Landerer




Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

AGU Fall Meeting (FM) session organizer over 6+ years (GRACE/GRACE-FO; global and regional sea level changes; mass transport); several years of AGU FM student poster judging; frequent reviewer for Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, Nature and many other journals (2019 Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters); participated in NASA, National Science Foundation and European science organization proposal review panels; Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and National Climate Assessment co-author and U.S. government reviewer; youth soccer coaching


Council members play critical roles as communication conduits among AGU members and leaders. How will you engage with members of your section to advance AGU’s new strategic plan? How might you facilitate engagement with other sections and people outside AGU to support our mission?

AGU envisions a thriving, sustainable and equitable future, supported by the scientific discoveries of the Union members. The most recent events give us reason to pause and reconsider what and who we want to be as individuals and as a society. The COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice vividly remind us that the challenges humankind faces do not know boundaries, and as Union members we can lead by example to build a more inclusive, unbiased and resilient society.

In engaging with section members, an emphasis will be placed on increasing diversity among committees, panelists, invited speakers and section offices (the irony of writing this as a middle-aged white man is not lost on me). A significant focus of member engagement will be placed on involving the next generation of geodetic science and engineering leaders by providing a prominent platform for their work, collaborations and exchanging new and innovative ideas on how to advance science education, outreach and engagement that is beneficial to geoscience and society alike.

To facilitate engagement with other sections, I will seek to promote cross-discipline collaboration by supporting and organizing interdisciplinary events such as AGU Chapman conferences, forums and virtual events to highlight the vast value and contributions of geodetic science, discoveries and solutions to other Earth and space science disciplines.

Section affiliations:

Cryosphere; Geodesy; Global Environmental Change; Hydrology; Ocean Sciences