Journal of Geodesy

, Volume 81, Issue 1, pp 5–15 | Cite as

Wavelet Modeling of Regional and Temporal Variations of the Earth’s Gravitational Potential Observed by GRACE

  • M. J. Fengler
  • W. FreedenEmail author
  • A. Kohlhaas
  • V. Michel
  • T. Peters
Original Article


This work is dedicated to the wavelet modeling of regional and temporal variations of the Earth’s gravitational potential observed by the GRACE (gravity recovery and climate experiment) satellite mission. In the first part, all required mathematical tools and methods involving spherical wavelets are provided. Then, we apply our method to monthly GRACE gravity fields. A strong seasonal signal can be identified which is restricted to areas where large-scale redistributions of continental water mass are expected. This assumption is analyzed and verified by comparing the time-series of regionally obtained wavelet coefficients of the gravitational signal originating from hydrology models and the gravitational potential observed by GRACE. The results are in good agreement with previous studies and illustrate that wavelets are an appropriate tool to investigate regional effects in the Earth’s gravitational field.


Spherical wavelets GRACE (Gravity recovery and climate experiment) Gravitational field Hydrological gravity variations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Fengler
    • 1
  • W. Freeden
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Kohlhaas
    • 1
  • V. Michel
    • 1
  • T. Peters
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics, Geomathematics GroupUniversity of KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Astronomische und Physikalische Geodäsie (IAPG)Technische Universität MünchenMünchenGermany

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