Dr.-Ing. Heiner Denker

Dr.-Ing. Heiner Denker
Schneiderberg 50
30167 Hannover
Schneiderberg 50
30167 Hannover
  • Deputy Director of the Institute of Geodesy
  • Academic Director


  • Gravity Field Modelling
  • Physical Geodesy and Gravimetry
  • Mathematical Geodesy
  • Chronometric Levelling


  • Other Functions at the University

    Lecturer at Leibniz University Hannover since 1996 for the following courses (in German):

    • Physikalische Geodäsie (1997 - 2001)
    • Mathematische Geodäsie (since 1998)
    • Physikalische Geodäsie II (1996 - 2006)
      Ausgewählte Kapitel/Methoden der Physikalischen Geodäsie (2006 - 2013)
      Schwerefeldmodellierung (2013 - 2018)
      Physikalische Geodäsie und Gravimetrie II (since 2019)
    • Signalverarbeitung in der Erdmessung (since 2006)
  • Memberships, Activities and Working Groups
    • Responsible for the European Geoid calculations, chair of the subcommission 2.4a „Gravity and Geoid in Europe“, International Association of Geodesy (IAG)
    • Member of several IAG panels
    • Associate Editor „Geodetic Theory and Applications“, Marine Geodesy (since 2008)
  • Important Publications
    • Delva P., Denker H., Lion G. (2019): Chronometric geodesy: methods and applicationsMonograph in: Puetzfeld D., Lämmerzahl C. (eds), Relativistic Geodesy, Fundamental Theories of Physics, Vol 196: 25-85, Springer, Cham
      DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-11500-5_2
    • Denker H. (2013): Regional gravity field modeling: Theory and practical resultsMonograph in: Xu G. (ed.), Sciences of Geodesy – II, Chapter 5: 185-291, Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg
      DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-28000-9_5
    • Denker, H., Rapp, R. H. (1990): Geodetic and oceanographic results from the analysis of 1 year of Geosat dataJ. Geophys. Res., 95(C8): 13151–13168
      DOI: 10.1029/JC095iC08p13151
    • Denker H., Timmen L., Voigt Ch., Weyers S., Peik E., Margolis H. S., Delva P., Wolf P., Petit G. (2018): Geodetic methods to determine the relativistic redshift at the level of 10-18 in the context of international timescales – A review and practical resultsJournal of Geodesy 92: 487-516
      DOI: 10.1007/s00190-017-1075-1
    • Denker, H., Torge, W. (1998): The European Gravimetric Quasigeoid EGG97 - An IAG supported continental enterpriseIn: Forsberg, R., Feissel, M., Dietrich, R. (eds.), Geodesy on the Move – Gravity, Geoid, Geodynamics and Antarctica, IAG Scientific Assembly, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 3-9, 1997, International Association of Geodesy Symposia 119: 249-254, Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg. | File |
      DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-72245-5_36
    • Denker, H. und Wenzel, H.-G. (1987): Local Geoid determination and comparison with GPS resultsBulletin Géodésique 61, 349-366
      DOI: 10.1007/BF02520560
    • Grotti, J., Koller, S., Vogt, S., Häfner, S., Sterr, U., Lisdat, C., Denker, H., Voigt, C., Timmen, L., Rolland, A., Baynes, F.N., Margolis, H.S., Zampaolo, M., Thoumany, P., Pizzocaro, M., Rauf, B., Bregolin, F., Tampellini, A., Barbieri, P., Zucco, M., Costanzo, G.A., Clivati, C., Levi, F., Calonico, D (2018): Geodesy and metrology with a transportable optical clockNature Physics, 14, 437–441
      DOI: 10.1038/s41567-017-0042-3
    • Lisdat, C., Grosche, G., Quintin, N., Shi, C., Raupach, S.M.F., Grebing, C., Nicolodi, D., Stefani, F., Al-Masoudi, A., Dörscher, S., Häfner, S., Robyr, J.-L., Chiodo, N., Bilicki, S., Bookjans, E., Koczwara, A., Koke, S., Kuhl, A., Wiotte, F., Meynadier, F., Camisard, E., Abgrall, M., Lours, M., Legero, T., Schnatz, H., Sterr, U., Denker, H., Chardonnet, C., Le Coq, Y., Santarelli, G., Amy-Klein, A., Le Targat, R., Lodewyck, J., Lopez, O., Pottie, P.-E. (2016): A clock network for geodesy and fundamental scienceNature Communications 7, Article number: 12443
      DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12443
    • Mehlstäubler, T.E., Grosche, G., Lisdat, C., Schmidt, P.O., Denker, H. (2018): Atomic clocks for geodesyReports on Progress in Physics Vol. 81, No. 6, 064401
      DOI: 10.1088/1361-6633/aab409
    • Voigt, C., Denker, H., Timmen, L. (2016): Time-variable gravity potential components for optical clock comparisons and the definition of international time scalesMetrologia 53: 1365-1383
      DOI: 10.1088/0026-1394/53/6/1365