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4th International Conference from Scientific Computing to Computational Engineering

Athens, 7-10 July, 2010


Jitka Hjkov1, Ioannis Mintourakis2, and Demitris Delikaraoglou2

Department of Mathematics, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic

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National Technical University of Athens

9 Iroon Polytechniou, 15780 Zografos, Athens, Greece
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Keywords: Earth Gravity Field Modeling, Airborne Gravity, Geoid, GPS/Leveling.

Abstract. The precise knowledge of the Earth gravity field is of fundamental importance for various Earth
Sciences disciplines such as Geodesy, Oceanography and Solid Earth Physics. Today, making use of the new
and emerging gravity field related measurement technologies requires the interplay of methods from computer
science with mathematics and engineering or natural sciences together with substantial amount of computations
using efficient numerical methods and visualization tools. Commonly, the Earths gravity field can be
represented as a signal consisting of various bands of wavelengths in the frequency domain. In this paper we
use various signal processing techniques for the manipulation of airborne gravity data in order to represent a
local model of the Earth gravity field (geoid) in Taiwan. We shall present results of various analyses based on
the solution of the Geodetic Boundary Value Problem (BVP) using one-step integration. For the reference part
of the gravity field we use different expansions of a spherical harmonics global Earth Gravitational Model
(EGM). We also investigate the efficiency of these local geoid models in comparison with in-situ observations
such as height data from GPS/Leveling.

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Hjkova, J., Mintourakis, I., and Delikaraoglou, D.

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