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On the convergence of spherical harmonic expansion of topographic and atmospheric biases in gradiometry
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport and Economics (closed 20110301), Geodesy (closed 20110301).
2009 (English)In: Slovak Academy of Sciences. Geophysical Institute. Contributions to Geophysics and Geodesy, ISSN 1335-2806, Vol. 39, no 4, 273-299 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The gravity gradiometric data are affected by the topographic and atmospheric masses. In order to fulfill Laplace-Poisson’s equation and to simplify the downward continuation process, these effects should be removed from the data. However, if the analytical downward continuation is considered, the gravity gradients can be continued downward disregarding such effects but the result will be biased. The topographic and atmospheric biases can be expressed in terms of spherical harmonics and studying these biases gives some ideas about analytical downward continuation of these quantities to sea level. In formulation of harmonic coefficients of the topographic and atmospheric biases, a truncated binomial expansion of topographic height is used. In this paper, we show that the harmonics are convergent to the third term of this binomial expansion. The harmonics of the biases on Vzz are convergent to the first term and they are convergent in Vxy for all the terms. The harmonics of the other components of the gravity gradient tensor are convergent to the second terms, while the third terms are only symptotically convergent. This means that in terrestrial and airborne gradiometry the biases should be computed just to the second order term, while in satellite gravity gradiometry, e.g. GOCE, the third term can also be considered.

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Slovakia: Versita , 2009. Vol. 39, no 4, 273-299 p.
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asymptotic convergence, atmospheric density model, binomial expansion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-48507DOI: 10.2478/v10126-009-0010-8ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77249129037OAI: diva2:457834

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