Journal of Geodesy

, Volume 79, Issue 10–11, pp 586–601 | Cite as

‘DEOS_CHAMP-01C_70’: a model of the Earth’s gravity field computed from accelerations of the CHAMP satellite

  • P. Ditmar
  • V. Kuznetsov
  • A. A. van Eck van der Sluijs
  • E. Schrama
  • R. Klees
Original Article


Performance of a recently proposed technique for gravity field modeling has been assessed with data from the CHAMP satellite. The modeling technique is a variant of the acceleration approach. It makes use of the satellite accelerations that are derived from the kinematic orbit with the 3-point numerical differentiation scheme. A 322-day data set with 30-s sampling has been used. Based on this, a new gravity field model – DEOS_CHAMP-01C_70 - is derived. The model is complete up to degree and order 70. The geoid height difference between the DEOS_CHAMP-01C_70 and EIGEN-GRACE01S models is 14 cm. This is less than for two other recently published models EIGEN-CHAMP03Sp and ITG-CHAMP01E. Furthermore, we analyze the sensitivity of the model to some empirically determined parameters (regularization parameter and the parameter that controls the frequency-dependent data weighting). We also show that inaccuracies related to non-gravitational accelerations, which are measured by the on-board accelerometer, have a minor influence on the computed gravity field model.


Earth’s gravity field Satellite accelerations Acceleration approach CHAMP DEOS_CHAMP-01C_70 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Ditmar
    • 1
  • V. Kuznetsov
    • 1
  • A. A. van Eck van der Sluijs
    • 1
  • E. Schrama
    • 1
  • R. Klees
    • 1
  1. 1.Delft Institute of Earth Observation and Space Systems (DEOS), Faculty of Aerospace EngineeringDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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