The Metsähovi Geodetic Fundamental Station, located near Sjökulla (Kirkkonummi) in Southern Finland, is subordinated to the Department of Geodesy and Geodynamics. Metsähovi is a key infrastructure of the FGI. Metsähovi is the basic station for the national FIN2000 reference system, and a part of the National permanent GNSS network FinnRef, created and maintained by the FGI. It is also the basic point of the national height system N2000 (also created by the FGI). The fundamental point of the Finnish gravity system is in Metsähovi. Internationally, Metsähovi is a stable part of global network of geodetic core stations within the Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS) which are used in maintaining global terrestrial and celestial reference frames, for computation of satellite orbits, and for geophysical studies (e.g. for global change studies). Operations in Metsähovi also directly support the United Nations General Assembly resolution "Global Geodetic Reference Frame for Sustainable Development".
In Metsähovi there are:
- receivers for satellite positioning (GNSS)
- Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR)
- a radio telescope for geodetic Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI)
- Other geodetic measurement systems and infrastructure
- 14th Oct. 2015: Procurement of FGI Metsähovi geodetic VLBI system was accepted at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The timeline for the project is 2016-2019
- 26th Feb. 2015. United Nations General Assembly adopted its first resolution recognizing the importance of a globally-coordinated approach to geodesy. Read the resolution here.
Coordinates of Metsähovi are:
ITRF (2892570.999,1311843.280, 5512634.011), IGS station METS
WGS84 (60.217301N, 24.394529E), the pillar of the SLR telescope
N2000 (54.4233m), the N2000 reference point
For more information about Metsähovi contact:
Prof. Markku Poutanen, Director of the Department of Geodesy and Geodynamics
Research manager Jyri Näränen, manager of the Metsähovi Geodetic Fundamental Station