Original Article

Journal of Geodesy

, Volume 83, Issue 7, pp 679-687

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S2 tide aliasing in GRACE time-variable gravity solutions

  • J. L. ChenAffiliated withCenter for Space Research, University of Texas at Austin Email author 
  • , C. R. WilsonAffiliated withCenter for Space Research, University of Texas at AustinDepartment of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin
  • , Ki-Weon SeoAffiliated withKorea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), KORDI

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Errors in high-frequency ocean tide models alias to low frequencies in time-variable gravity solutions from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE). We conduct an observational study of apparent gravity changes at a period of 161 days, the alias period of errors in the S2 semidiurnal solar tide. We examine this S2 alias in the release 4 (RL04) reprocessed GRACE monthly gravity solutions for the period April 2002 to February 2008, and compare with that in release 1 (RL01) GRACE solutions. One of the major differences between RL04 and RL01 is the ocean tide model. In RL01, the alias is evident at high latitudes, near the Filchner-Ronne and Ross ice shelves in Antarctica, and regions surrounding Greenland and Hudson Bay. RL04 shows significantly lower alias amplitudes in many of these locations, reflecting improvements in the ocean tide model. However, RL04 shows continued alias contamination between the Ronne and Larson ice shelves, somewhat larger than in RL01, indicating a need for further tide model improvement in that region. For unknown reasons, the degree-2 zonal spherical harmonics (C20) of the RL04 solutions show significantly larger S2 aliasing errors than those from RL01.


GRACE Alias error 161-day Ocean tide Gravity S2