Fitting gravimetric geoid models to vertical deflections
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- Featherstone, W.E. & Lichti, D.D. J Geod (2009) 83: 583. doi:10.1007/s00190-008-0263-4
Regional gravimetric geoid and quasigeoid models are now commonly fitted to GPS-levelling data, which simultaneously absorbs levelling, GPS and quasi/geoid errors due to their inseparability. We propose that independent vertical deflections are used instead, which are not affected by this inseparability problem. The formulation is set out for geoid slopes and changes in slopes. Application to 1,080 astrogeodetic deflections over Australia for the AUSGeoid98 model shows that it is feasible, but the poor quality of the historical astrogeodetic deflections led to some unrealistic values.
KeywordsGravimetric geoid errors Vertical deflections Vertical datum errors
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