Recent developments in high-resolution global altimetric gravity field modeling

Ole Baltazar Andersen, Per Knudsen, P. A .M. Berry, S. Kenyon, R. Trimmer

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    In recent years, dedicated effort has been made to improve high-resolution global marine gravity fields. One new global field is the Danish National Space Center (DNSC) 1-minute grid called DNSC08GRA, released in 2008. DNSC08GRA was derived from double-retracked satellite altimetry, mainly from the ERS-1 geodetic mission data, augmented with new retracked GEOSAT data which have significantly enhanced the range and hence the gravity field accuracy. DNSC08GRA is the first high-resolution global gravity field to cover the entire Arctic Ocean all the way to the North Pole. Comparisons with other older gravity fields show accuracy improvement of the order of 20-40% due to a combination of retracking, enhanced processing, and the use of the new EGM2008 geoid model. In coastal and polar regions, accuracy improved in many places by 40-50% (or more) compared with older global marine gravity fields.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalThe Leading Edge (Tulsa)
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)540-545
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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