Crust-Gravity

Spectral analysis and interpretation of current satellite-only Earth gravity models by incorporating global terrain and crustal data

GRAVITY MODELS

The increasing number of new satellite-only and combined earth gravity models in terms of sets of potential harmonic coefficients up to a truncated maximum degree and order, that are becoming available either from the sole analysis of satellite tracking, accelerometry or gradiometry data, or from the combination of satellite data with terrestrial information and global digital elevation models for the earth’s topography/bathymetry and crustal structure, sets new challenges in the field of gravity field modeling, interpretation and analysis.

The scope of the current project was to propose some means of interpretation, modeling and analysis tools which can be applied both independently and combined for the purpose of assessing and interpreting a given gravity model. The successful realization of three toolboxes:

  1. One for the CRUST 2.0 geometrical modeling and analytical computation for the induced gravity signal
  2. One for the spectral assessment of difference models, and
  3. One for the degree-wise assessment of a gravity model to the procedure of precise orbit determination

.. was implemented in the frame of the present project providing a geometrical and physical insight in some of the current satellite-only and combined earth gravity models.

Crust-Gravity was a project between Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, European Space Agency and Aalborg University, including researcher Thomas Loudis Papanikolaou.

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AAU Space Group - Researchers

Thomas Papanikolaou

ASSISTANT Professor

Department of Planning

Phone: +45 9940 2559
Email: 
thomasp@plan.aau.dk

PROJECT NAME

Spectral analysis and interpretation of current satellite-only Earth gravity models by incorporating global terrain and crustal data

SHORT TITLE

Crust-Gravity

PROJECT STATUS

Completed

EFFECTIVE START/END DATE

9th of April 2009 - 13th of July 2011

PROJECT PARTNERS

  • Aalborg University
  • Aristotle Universtiy of Thessaloniki
  • European Space Agency