Polar gravity fields from GOCE and airborne gravity

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2011

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Airborne gravity, together with high-quality surface data and ocean satellite altimetric gravity, may supplement GOCE to make consistent, accurate high resolution global gravity field models. In the polar regions, the special challenge of the GOCE polar gap make the error characteristics of combination models especially sensitive to the correct merging of satellite and surface data. We outline comparisons of GOCE to recent airborne gravity surveys in both the Arctic and the Antarctic. The comparison is done to new 8-month GOCE solutions, as well as to a collocation prediction from GOCE gradients in Antarctica. It is shown how the enhanced gravity field solutions improve the determination of ocean dynamic topography in both the Arctic and in across the Drake Passage. For the interior of Antarctica, major airborne gravity programs are currently being carried out, and there is an urgent need for coordination, release and quality control of these data for the supplement of GOCE. as well as a need for an international coordinated effort to fill-in the GOCE polar gap.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 4th International GOCE User Workshop
Number of pages6
PublisherEuropean Space Agency, ESA
Publication date2011
ISBN (print)978-92-9092-260-5
StatePublished

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Conference4th International GOCE User Workshop
Number4
CountryGermany
CityMünich
Period31/03/1101/04/11
Internet addresshttp://www.goce2011.org/
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