Estimating Sub-Monthly Global Mass Transport Signals Using GRACE, GPS and OBP Data Sets

M. J.F. Jansen, B. C. Gunter, R. Rietbroek, C. Dahle, J. Kusche, F. Flechtner, S. E. Brunnabend, J. Schröter

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In an effort to learn more about the sub-monthly variations in the global mass transport processes of the Earth, a study has been performed in which the feasibility of using weekly GRACE gravity solutions, in combination with GPS displacement data and ocean bottom pressure (OBP) models, is examined. A sensitivity study was conducted in which a range of solutions using different combinations of these three data sets were compared to each other, and with the time span of each combination ranging from 1 to 4 weeks. Data sets included weekly GFZ RL04 GRACE covariance matrices, as well as IGS GPS solutions and a new FESOM global OBP model, developed at AWI. The results showed that the temporal resolution of the solutions could be increased, while still maintaining reasonable levels of accuracy, if either GPS or OBP data were included in the combination. In particular, a 2-week triple combination of GRACE, GPS and OBP data was found to have approximately the same accuracy over land as a standard monthly GRACE solution, up to degree and order 30. These results provide encouraging support for future work involving real-data combinations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGravity, Geoid and Earth Observation - IAG Commission 2
Subtitle of host publicationGravity Field
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783642106330
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventIAG International Symposium on "Gravity, Geoid and Earth Observation 2008" - Chania, Crete, Germany
Duration: 23 Jun 200827 Jun 2008

Publication series

NameInternational Association of Geodesy Symposia
ISSN (Print)0939-9585


ConferenceIAG International Symposium on "Gravity, Geoid and Earth Observation 2008"
CityChania, Crete


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