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Global Eustatic Sea-Level Variations for the Approximation of Geocenter Motion from Grace

  • Inga Bergmann-Wolf , Liangjing Zhang and Henryk Dobslaw


Global degree-1 coefficients are derived by means of the method by Swenson et al. (2008) from a model of ocean mass variability and RL05 GRACE monthly mean gravity fields. Since an ocean model consistent with the GRACE GSM fields is required to solely include eustatic sea-level variability which can be safely assumed to be globally homogeneous, it can be empirically derived from GRACE aswell, thereby allowing to approximate geocenter motion entirely out of the GRACE monthly mean gravity fields. Numerical experiments with a decade-long model time-series reveal that the methodology is generally robust both with respect to potential errors in the atmospheric part of AOD1B and assumptions on global degree-1 coefficients for the eustatic sea-level model. Good correspondence of the GRACE RL05-based geocenter estimates with independent results let us conclude that this approximate method for the geocenter motion is well suited to be used for oceanographic and hydrological applications of regional mass variability from GRACE,where otherwise an important part of the signal would be omitted.


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Published Online: 2014-4-12
Published in Print: 2014-4-1

© by Inga Bergmann-Wolf

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