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Effect of the SRTM global DEM on the determination of a high-resolution geoid model: a case study in Iran
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport and Economics.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport and Economics, Geodesy.
2005 (English)In: Journal of Geodesy, ISSN 0949-7714, E-ISSN 1432-1394, J. Geodesy, Vol. 79, no 9, 540-551 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Any errors in digital elevation models (DEMs) will introduce errors directly in gravity anomalies and geoid models when used in interpolating Bouguer gravity anomalies. Errors are also propagated into the geoid model by the topographic and downward continuation (DWC) corrections in the application of Stokes's formula. The effects of these errors are assessed by the evaluation of the absolute accuracy of nine independent DEMs for the Iran region. It is shown that the improvement in using the high-resolution Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) data versus previously available DEMs in gridding of gravity anomalies, terrain corrections and DWC effects for the geoid model are significant. Based on the Iranian GPS/levelling network data, we estimate the absolute vertical accuracy of the SRTM in Iran to be 6.5 m, which is much better than the estimated global accuracy of the SRTM (say 16 m). Hence, this DEM has a comparable accuracy to a current photogrammetric high-resolution DEM of Iran under development. We also found very large differences between the GLOBE and SRTM models on the range of -750 to 550 m. This difference causes an error in the range of -160 to 140 mGal in interpolating surface gravity anomalies and -60 to 60 mGal in simple Bouguer anomaly correction terms. In the view of geoid heights, we found large differences between the use of GLOBE and SRTM DEMs, in the range of -1.1 to 1 m for the study area. The terrain correction of the geoid model at selected GPS/levelling points only differs by 3 cm for these two DEMs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 79, no 9, 540-551 p.
Keyword [en]
digital elevation model (DEM), geoid, Iran, Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6192DOI: 10.1007/s00190-005-0006-8ISI: 000233737600005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-30344485185OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6192DiVA: diva2:10833
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QC 20100906Available from: 2006-10-03 Created: 2006-10-03 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Precise Gravimetric Geoid Model for Iran Based on GRACE and SRTM Data and the Least-Squares Modification of Stokes’ Formula: with Some Geodynamic Interpretations
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Precise Gravimetric Geoid Model for Iran Based on GRACE and SRTM Data and the Least-Squares Modification of Stokes’ Formula: with Some Geodynamic Interpretations
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Iran is one of the most complicated areas in the world from the view of rough topography, tectonic activity, large lateral density and geoidal height variations. The computation of a regional gravimetric geoid model with high accuracy in mountainous regions, especially with sparse data, is a difficult task that needs a special attention to obtain reliable results which can meet the needs of the today geodetic community.

In this research different heterogeneous data has been used, which includes gravity anomalies, the high-resolution SRTM Digital Elevation Model (DEM), recently published GRACE Global Geopotential Models (GGMs), geological maps and GPS/levelling data. The above data has been optimally combined through the least-squares modification of Stokes formula with additive corrections. Regarding the data evaluation and refinement, the cross-validation technique has been used for detection of outliers. Also, several GGMs and DEMs are evaluated with GPS/levelling data. The impact of utilizing a high resolution SRTM DEM to improve the accuracy of the geoid model has been studied. Also, a density variation model has been established, and its effect on the accuracy of the geoid was investigated. Thereafter a new height datum for Iran was established based on the corrective surface idea. Finally, it was found that there is a significant correlation between the lateral geoid slope and the tectonic activities in Iran.

We show that our hybrid gravimetric geoid model IRG04 agrees considerably better with GPS/levelling than any of the other recent local geoid models in the area. Its RMS fit with GPS/levelling is 27 cm and 3.8 ppm in the absolute and relative senses, respectively. Moreover, the relative accuracy of the IRG04 geoid model is at least 4 times better than any of the previously published global and regional geoid models in the area. Also, the RMS fit of the combined surface model (IRG04C) versus independent precise GPS/levelling is almost 4 times better compared to the original gravimetric geoid model (IRG04). These achievements clearly show the effect of the new gravity database and the SRTM data for the regional geoid determination in Iran based on the least-squares modification of Stokes’ formula.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2006. viii, 89 p.
Series
TRITA-INFRA, ISSN 1651-0216 ; 06-003
Keyword
Gravity database, least-squares modification of Stokes, geoid determination, SRTM, GRACE, GPS/levelling, density variation model, height datum, geodynamics, Iran
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4125 (URN)978-91-85539-06-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2006-10-27, D1, Lindstedtsvägen 17, 2tr, 13:00
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Available from: 2006-10-03 Created: 2006-10-03 Last updated: 2017-02-23Bibliographically approved

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