Observation of the Earth System from Space

  • J. Flury
  • R. Rummel
  • C. Reigber
  • M. Rothacher
  • G. Boedecker
  • U. Schreiber

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. CHAMP CHAllenging Minisatellite Payload

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Christoph Reigber, Hermann Lühr, Ludwig Grunwaldt, Christoph Förste, Rolf König, Heiner Massmann et al.
      Pages 3-15
    3. Rolf König, Grzegorz Michalak, Karl Hans Neumayer, Shengyuan Zhu
      Pages 17-26
    4. Norbert Jakowski, Volker Wilken, Konstantin Tsybulya, Stefan Heise
      Pages 43-53
    5. Jens Wickert, Torsten Schmidt, Georg Beyerle, Stefan Heise, Christoph Reigber
      Pages 55-67
  3. GRACE The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Bernd Ritschel, Andrea Bendig, Hartmut Palm, Ronny Kopischke, Sebastian Freiberg, Frank Flechtner et al.
      Pages 71-82
    3. Frank Flechtner, Roland Schmidt, Ulrich Meyer
      Pages 83-97
    4. Björn Frommknecht, Ulrich Fackler, Jakob Flury
      Pages 99-113
    5. Roland Schmidt, Frank Flechtner, Ulrich Meyer, Christoph Reigber, Franz Barthelmes, Christoph Förste et al.
      Pages 115-129
    6. Torsten Mayer-Gürr, Annette Eicker, Karl Heinz Ilk
      Pages 131-148
    7. Pavel Novák, Gerrit Austen, Mohammad A. Sharifi, Erik W. Grafarend
      Pages 149-164
    8. Xiaogong Hu, Chuang Shi, Frank Flechtner, Rolf König, Peter Schwintzer, Roland Schmidt et al.
      Pages 165-174
  4. GOCE The Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Martin Wermuth, Reiner Rummel, Lóránt Földváry
      Pages 193-208
    3. Christian Boxhammer, Wolf-Dieter Schuh
      Pages 209-224
    4. Annette Eicker, Torsten Mayer-Gürr, Karl Heinz Ilk
      Pages 225-237
    5. Oleg Abrikosov, Focke Jarecki, Jürgen Müller, Svetozar Petrovic, Peter Schwintzer
      Pages 255-269
    6. Focke Jarecki, Karen Insa Wolf, Heiner Denker, Jürgen Müller
      Pages 271-285
    7. Pages 286-317
  5. IERS The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 319-319
    2. Wolfgang Schwegmann, Bernd Richter
      Pages 321-332
    3. Markus Rothacher, Robert Dill, Daniela Thaller
      Pages 333-342
    4. Hermann Drewes, Detlef Angermann, Michael Gerstl, Manuela Krügel, Barbara Meisel, Wolfgang Seemüller
      Pages 343-356
    5. Axel Nothnagel, Dorothee Fischer, Christoph Steinforth, Markus Vennebusch
      Pages 357-372
    6. Detlef Angermann, Rainer Kelm, Manuela Krügel, Barbara Meisel, Horst Müller, Volker Tesmer et al.
      Pages 373-387
    7. Daniella Thaller, Robert Dill, Manuela Krügel, Peter Steigenberger, Markus Rothacher, Volker Tesmer
      Pages 389-411
    8. Rolf König, Chuang Shi, Karl Hans Neumayer, Shengyuan Zhu
      Pages 413-424
  6. GEOsensor Ring Laser for Seismology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 425-425
    2. Ulrich Schreiber, Heiner Igel, Alain Cochard, Alexander Velikoseltsev, Asher Flaws, Bernhard Schuberth et al.
      Pages 427-443
  7. Airborne Gravimetry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 445-445
    2. Christian Kreye, Günter W. Hein, Bernd Zimmermann
      Pages 447-461
    3. Gerd Boedecker, Andrea Stürze
      Pages 463-478

About this book


In the recent years, space-based observation methods have led to a subst- tially improved understanding of Earth system. Geodesy and geophysics are contributing to this development by measuring the temporal and spatial va- ations of the Earth’s shape, gravity ?eld, and magnetic ?eld, as well as at- sphere density. In the frame of the GermanR&D programmeGEOTECHNO- LOGIEN,researchprojectshavebeen launchedin2002relatedto the satellite missions CHAMP, GRACE and ESA’s planned mission GOCE, to comp- mentary terrestrial and airborne sensor systems and to consistent and stable high-precision global reference systems for satellite and other techniques. In the initial 3-year phase of the research programme (2002-2004), new gravity ?eld models have been computed from CHAMP and GRACE data which outperform previous models in accuracy by up to two orders of m- nitude for the long and medium wavelengths. A special highlight is the - termination of seasonal gravity variations caused by changes in continental water masses. For GOCE, to be launched in 2006, new gravity ?eld analysis methods are under development and integrated into the ESA processing s- tem. 200,000 GPS radio occultation pro?les, observed by CHAMP, have been processed on an operational basis. They represent new and excellent inf- mation on atmospheric refractivity, temperature and water vapor. These new developments require geodetic space techniques (such as VLBI, SLR, LLR, GPS) to be combined and synchronized as if being one global instrument.


Earth System Earth rotation Gravimetry Gravity field analysis Physical geodesy Satelite geodesy Space geodesy experiment geodesy satellite sensor

Editors and affiliations

  • J. Flury
    • 1
  • R. Rummel
    • 1
  • C. Reigber
    • 2
  • M. Rothacher
    • 2
  • G. Boedecker
    • 3
  • U. Schreiber
    • 4
  1. 1.Institut für Astonomische Physikalische GeodäsieTU MünchenMünchenGermany
  2. 2.Dept. 1, Geodäsie und Fernerkundung TelegrafenbergGeoForschungsZentrum PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  3. 3.Bayerische Kommission für die Internationale ErdmessungBayerische Akademie der WissenschaftenMünchenGermany
  4. 4.Forschungseinrichtung Satellitengeodäsie Fundamentalstation WettzellTU MünchenKötztingGermany

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