Joint inversion of satellite-detected tidal and magnetospheric signals constrains electrical conductivity and water content of the upper mantle and transition zone

Alexander V. Grayver, F. D. Munch, Alexey V. Kuvshinov, A. Khan, T. J. Sabaka, Lars Tøffner-Clausen

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Abstract

We present a new global electrical conductivity model of Earth's mantle. The model was derived by using a novel methodology, which is based on inverting satellite magnetic field measurements from different sources simultaneously. Specifically, we estimated responses of magnetospheric origin and ocean tidal magnetic signals from the most recent Swarm and CHAMP data. The challenging task of properly accounting for the ocean effect in the data was addressed through full three-dimensional solution of Maxwell's equations. We show that simultaneous inversion of magnetospheric and tidal magnetic signals results in a model with much improved resolution. Comparison with laboratory-based conductivity profiles shows that obtained models are compatible with a pyrolytic composition and a water content of 0.01 wt% and 0.1 wt% in the upper mantle and transition zone, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume44
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)6074-6081
Number of pages8
ISSN0094-8276
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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