Journal of Geodesy

, Volume 80, Issue 8–11, pp 625–635 | Cite as

DORIS Contribution to ITRF2005

  • Z. AltamimiEmail author
  • X. Collilieux
  • C. Boucher
Original Article


We examine the contribution of the Doppler Orbit determination and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite (DORIS) technique to the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF2005) by evaluating the quality of the submitted solutions as well as that of the frame parameters, especially the origin and the scale. Unlike the previous versions of the ITRF, ITRF2005 is constructed with input data in the form of time-series of station positions (weekly for satellite techniques and daily for VLBI) and daily Earth orientation parameters (EOPs), including full variance–covariance information. Analysis of the DORIS station positions’ time-series indicates an internal precision reaching 15 mm or better, at a weekly sampling. A cumulative solution using 12 years of weekly time-series was obtained and compared to a similar International GNSS Service (IGS) GPS solution (at 37 co-located sites) yielding a weighted root mean scatter (WRMS) of the order of 8 mm in position (at the epoch of minimum variance) and about 2.5 mm/year in velocity. The quality of this cumulative solution resulting from the combination of two individual DORIS solutions is better than any individual solution. A quality assessment of polar motion embedded in the contributed DORIS solutions is performed by comparison with the results of other space-geodetic techniques and in particular GPS. The inferred WRMS of polar motion varies significantly from one DORIS solution to another and is between 0.5 and 2 mas, depending on the strategy used and in particular estimating or not polar motion rate by the analysis centers. This particular aspect certainly needs more investigation by the DORIS Analysis Centers.


Reference frames Earth rotation DORIS International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut Géographique NationalMarne-la-ValleeFrance
  2. 2.Institut Géographique NationalMarne-la-ValleeFrance
  3. 3.Conseil Général des Ponts et Chaussées tour Pascal BLa DefenseFrance

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