Magnetometer Data from the GRACE Satellite Duo

Nils Olsen*

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This paper describes and discusses the preprocessing and calibration of the magnetic data taken by the navigational magnetometers on-board the two GRACE satellites, with focus on the almost 10 years period from January 2008 to the end of the GRACE mission in October 2017 for which 1 Hz magnetic data are available. A calibration of the magnetic data is performed by comparing the raw magnetometer sensor readings with model magnetic vector values as provided by the CHAOS-7 geomagnetic field model for the time and position of the GRACE data. The presented approach also accounts for magnetic disturbances produced by the satellite's magnetorquer and for temperature effects, which are parametrized by the Sun incident angle. The root-mean-squared error of the difference between the calibrated data and CHAOS-7 model values is about 10 nT, which makes the GRACE magnetometer data relevant for geophysical investigations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEarth, Planets and Space
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Geomagnetism
  • Magnetic satellites
  • Magnetometer calibration
  • GRACE satellites

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