Surveys in Geophysics

, Volume 35, Issue 6, pp 1243–1249 | Cite as

Mass Distribution and Mass Transport in the Earth System: Recent Scientific Progress Due to Interdisciplinary Research

  • Jürgen KuscheEmail author
  • Volker Klemann
  • Nico Sneeuw


This Special Issue on “Mass Distribution and Mass Transport in the Earth System: Recent Scientific Progress due to Interdisciplinary Research” reports a number of findings resulting from a collaborative effort run from 2006 until 2013, in the framework of the DFG Priority Program 1257 “Mass Distribution and Mass Transport in the Earth System”. Contributions have been arranged along five lines, i.e. (1) improvements in geodesy: satellite mass monitoring through gravimetry and altimetry, (2) applications in large-scale hydrology, (3) applications in solid Earth research, (4) applications in cryospheric research, (5) applications in ocean sciences.


Satellite gravity Altimetry Hydrology Solid Earth Oceanography Sea level 



We would like to thank all contributors to this Special Issue, and all reviewers who have helped to improve the presentation of the results shown here. Special thanks go to editor-in-chief Michael Rycroft for guiding us smoothly through the compilation of this issue.


  1. Becker S, Losch M, Brockmann JM, Freiwald G, Schuh W-D (2014) A tailored computation of the mean dynamic topography for a consistent integration into ocean circulation models. Surv Geophys. doi: 10.1007/s10712-013-9272-9
  2. Döll P, Fritsche M, Eicker A, Müller Schmied H (2014) Seasonal water storage variations as impacted by water abstractions: comparing the output of a global hydrological model with GRACE and GPS observations. Surv Geophys. doi: 10.1007/s10712-014-9282-2
  3. Eicker A, Schumacher M, Kusche J, Döll P, Müller Schmied H (2014) Calibration/data assimilation approach for integrating GRACE data into the WaterGAP Global Hydrology Model (WGHM) using an ensemble Kalman filter — First results. Surv Geophys. doi: 10.1007/s10712-014-9309-8
  4. Groh A, Ewert H, Fritsche M, Rülke A, Rosenau R, Scheinert M, Dietrich R (2014a) Assessing the current evolution of the Greenland Ice Sheet by means of satellite and ground-based observations. Surv Geophys. doi: 10.1007/s10712-014-9287-x
  5. Groh A, Ewert H, Rosenau R, Fagiolini E, Gruber C, Floricioiu D, Abdel Jaber W, Linow S, Flechtner F, Eineder M, Dierking WR, Dietrich R (2014b) Mass, volume and velocity of the Antarctic ice sheet: present-day changes and error effects. Surv Geophys. doi: 10.1007/s10712-014-9286-y
  6. Gutknecht BD, Götze H-J, Jahr T, Jentzsch G, Mahatsente R, Zeumann St (2014), Structure and state of stress of the Chilean subduction zone from terrestrial and satellite-derived gravity and gravity gradient data. Surv Geophys. doi: 10.1007/s10712-014-9296-9
  7. Hosse M, Pail R, Horwath M, Holzrichter N, Gutknecht BD (2014) Combined regional gravity model of the Andean convergent subduction zone and its application to crustal density modelling in active plate margins. Surv Geophys. doi: 10.1007/s10712-014-9307-x
  8. Kaban MK, Yuanda TR (2014) Density structure, isostatic balance and tectonic models of the Central Tien Shan. Surv Geophys. doi: 10.1007/s10712-014-9298-7
  9. Kaban MK, Petrunin AG, Schmeling H, Shahraki M (2014) Effect of decoupling of lithospheric plates on the observed geoid. Surv Geophys. doi: 10.1007/s10712-014-9281-3
  10. Konrad H, Thoma M, Sasgen I, Klemann V, Grosfeld K, Barbi D, Martinec Z (2014) The deformational response of a viscoelastic solid Earth model coupled to a thermomechanical ice sheet model. Surv Geophys. doi: 10.1007/s10712-013-9257-8
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  12. Rietbroek R, Fritsche M, Dahle C, Brunnabend S-E, Behnisch M, Kusche J, Flechtner F, Schröter J, Dietrich R (2014) Can GPS-derived surface loading bridge a GRACE mission gap? Surv Geophys. doi: 10.1007/s10712-013-9276-5
  13. Sneeuw N, Lorenz C, Devaraju B, Tourian MJ, Riegger J, Kunstmann H, Bárdossy A (2014) Estimating runoff using hydro-geodetic approaches. Surv Geophys. doi: 10.1007/s10712-014-9300-4
  14. Zenner L, Bergmann-Wolf I, Gruber T, Güntner A, Wattenbach M, Esselborn S, Dill R, Dobslaw H (2014) Comparison of daily GRACE gravity field and numerical water storage models for dealiasing of satellite gravimetry observations. Surv Geophys. doi: 10.1007/s10712-014-9295-x

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geodesy and GeoinformationUniversity of BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Section 1.3, Earth System ModellingGFZ German Research Centre for GeosciencesPotsdamGermany
  3. 3.Institute of GeodesyUniversity of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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