Atmospheric Loading and Mass Variation Effects on the SLR-Defined Geocenter

  • Rolf König
  • Frank Flechtner
  • Jean-Claude Raimondo
  • Margarita Vei
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 142)


The geocenter time series can conveniently be inferred by evaluating satellite orbit perturbations in a dynamical model. We base our approach on nearly 30 years of Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) observations to the LAGEOS satellites and recent model standards. We model station deformations by atmospheric pressure loading and we model orbit perturbations by mass variations in the atmosphere. Both effects on the geocenter realization are analyzed.


Atmospheric mass variations Atmospheric pressure loading Geocenter SLR 



SLR data, station coordinates and Earth orientation parameters are provided by ILRS and IERS of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rolf König
    • 1
  • Frank Flechtner
    • 1
  • Jean-Claude Raimondo
    • 1
  • Margarita Vei
    • 1
  1. 1.GFZ German Research Centre for GeosciencesWesslingGermany

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