It is with great sadness that we recognise the passing on Friday, 31 August 2012 of Professor Dr. Volker Böder of Hafencity University Hamburg (HCU), Germany and, until his passing, vice-chair of Commission 4, and chair of Working Group 4.3 Multi-Sensor Systems for Hydrographic Applications. Ironically, Volker’s demise was due to a shipping accident that occurred on the River Rhine close to Basel (on the German-Swiss border).
Volker was a very active member of Commission 4 that was working on a publication related to the development of technical guidelines for sensor integration (best practices). Although he had a busy life outside of FIG and Commission 4, he was very supportive of the Commission’s work and objectives. I found him always pleasant, soft spoken, respectful and dependable. He shall be very much missed as a colleague and friend.