CHAMP gravity field solutions and geophysical constraint studies

Shin Chan Han, C. K. Shum, Christopher Jekeli, Alexander Braun, Yiqun Chen, Chung Yen Kuo

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We report results on the use of CHAMP observations for Earth's mean and time-varying gravity field solutions and the associated geophysical interpretation. 1.5 years of CHAMP data from May 2001 through February 2003 are used for monthly gravity solutions as well as a mean solution based on 6 months of data, employing the energy conservation principle and an efficient conjugate gradient inversion technique. The mean CHAMP gravity field model, OSU03a, is evaluated using other gravity fields model and various data including GPS leveling and Arctic 5′×5′ gravity anomalies. It is shown that OSU03a agrees well with EIGEN2 (CHAMP) model, and both models exhibit improvement over the polar regions. The estimated 3×3 CHAMP time-varying gravity field model, with the exception of J3 and 2nd order tesseral coefficients, are compared with available solutions using satellite laser ranging (SLR) for the semi-annual and annual components. It is shown that CHAMP temporal gravity solution agrees well with the SLR solutions as well as various geophysical fluid models, including atmosphere, hydrology, and ocean. The correlation coefficients between CHAMP and SLR solutions are 0.6∼0.8, with RMS at 0.7∼0.8 mm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEarth Observation with CHAMP
Subtitle of host publicationResults from Three Years in Orbit
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783540228042
Publication statusPublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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