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Gravity forward modeling with a tesseroid-based Rock-Water-Ice approach – Theory and applications in the context of the GOCE mission and height system unification

Grombein, Thomas



Abstract (englisch): Detailed information on the gravitational effect of the Earth's topographic and isostatic masses is needed for various applications in geodesy and geophysics and can be calculated by gravity forward modeling (GFM). Within this thesis, the tesseroid-based Rock-Water-Ice (RWI) approach is developed, which provides an important contribution to state-of-the-art GFM. The basis of this approach is a rigorous separate modeling of the Earth’s rock, water, and ice masses with variable density values and a modified Airy-Heiskanen isostatic concept. For the numerical evaluation, optimized tesseroid formulas are elaborated that significantly reduce the computational demand. Besides a discussion and evaluation of the newly developed methods, applications in the context of the GOCE satellite mission and height system unification are presented. For the use in other research, several topographic-isostatic gravity field models are generated and made publicly available in terms of spherical harmonic coefficients.


Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Geodätisches Institut (GIK)
Publikationstyp Hochschulschrift
Jahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI(KIT): 10.5445/IR/1000068529
URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-685298
KITopen ID: 1000068529
Verlag Karlsruhe
Umfang XIII, 204 S.
Abschlussart Dissertation
Fakultät Fakultät für Bauingenieur-, Geo- und Umweltwissenschaften (BGU)
Institut Geodätisches Institut (GIK)
Prüfungsdatum 20.10.2016
Referent/Betreuer Prof. B. Heck
Lizenz CC BY-SA 4.0: Creative Commons Namensnennung – Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0 International
Schlagworte Gravity forward modeling, Tesseroids, Rock-Water-Ice approach, Topographic potential, Isostatic potential, Mass reductions, GOCE, Height system unification, Geodetic Boundary Value Problem (GBVP)
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