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The topographic bias by analytical continuation in physical geodesy
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport and Economics (closed 20110301), Geodesy (closed 20110301).
2007 (English)In: Journal of Geodesy, ISSN 0949-7714, E-ISSN 1432-1394, Vol. 81, no 5, 345-350 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study emphasizes that the harmonic downward continuation of an external representation of the Earth's gravity potential to sea level through the topographic masses implies a topographic bias. It is shown that the bias is only dependent on the topographic density along the geocentric radius at the computation point. The bias corresponds to the combined topographic geoid effect, i.e., the sum of the direct and indirect topographic effects. For a laterally variable topographic density function, the combined geoid effect is proportional to terms of powers two and three of the topographic height, while all higher order terms vanish. The result is useful in geoid determination by analytical continuation, e.g., from an Earth gravity model, Stokes's formula or a combination thereof.

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2007. Vol. 81, no 5, 345-350 p.
Keyword [en]
analytical continuation, downward continuation, Stokes's formula, topographic effects, geoid determination, stokes-formula
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Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-16608DOI: 10.1007/s00190-006-0112-2ISI: 000246273400005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-34248387308OAI: diva2:334650
QC 20100525 QC 20111114Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2011-11-14Bibliographically approved

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