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The development of physical geodesy during 1984-2014 – A personal review

Lars E. Sjöberg
Published Online: 2015-04-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jogs-2015-0003


This article is a personal review of the development of physical geodesy during 1984-2014. The period is characterized by an intensive advance in both data and theory to meet the growing technical demands in GPS/GNSS applications and scientific needs in geoscience. As a result,many parts of theworld are nowmapped with a 1cmdetailed geoid model, and the global long- to mediumwavelengths of the gravity field and geoid are homogeneously determined to 1 mGal and 1 cm by satellite-only dedicated satellite gravity missions. The future can expect to see even higher demands for accuracy and reliability to satisfy the specifications for a pure geoid model based vertical datum.

Keywords: geoid; physical geodesy; quasigeoid; topographic bias


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Received: 2014-11-05

Accepted: 2015-02-26

Published Online: 2015-04-06

Citation Information: Journal of Geodetic Science, Volume 5, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 2081-9943, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jogs-2015-0003.

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