AGrav: An International Database for Absolute Gravity Measurements

  • H. Wziontek
  • H. Wilmes
  • S. Bonvalot
Conference paper
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 136)


The steadily growing number of absolute gravimeters and absolute gravity measurements all over the world emphasizes the demand of an overview about existing locations, observations, instruments and institutions involved. As a contribution to the International Gravity Field Service (IGFS), a relational database was designed and implemented in a joint development of BKG and BGI and is in operational status now. Two objectives are aimed at: With freely available meta-data and contact details, the database should give an overview about existing stations and observations, serve as a platform for multidisciplinary cooperation and allow the coordination of forthcoming measurements. Among contributing groups or within international projects, an exchange of gravity values and processing details is possible. The database will function as a data inventory, assuring long term availability of the data. Prospectively, the database will be the foundation for a future international gravity reference system and will serve as a pool for geophysical interpretation of absolute gravity observations on a global scale.


Superconducting Gravimeter Absolute Gravity Site Code Absolute Gravimeter Observation Epoch 
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We gratefully acknowledge data contributed by: BEV, Bundesamt für Eich-und Vermessungswesen, Austria (D. Ruess); EOST, Ecole et Observatoire des Sciences de la Terre, Strasbourg, France (J. Hinderer, M. Amalvict); FTSC, University of Luxembourg (O. Francis); Geosciences Université Montpellier, France (R. Bayer, N. Lemoigne); IfE, Universität Hannover, Institut für Erdmessung, Germany (L. Timmen, O. Gitlein); IGGA WUT Politechnika Warszawska, Poland (A. Pachuta, T. Olszak); IRD, Institut de Recherche pour le Dévelopement, France (S. Bonvalot); NRCan, Natural Resources Canada (J. Liard); ON-COGE, Observatorio Nacional – Coordenacao de Geofisica, Brasilia (M. de Sousa); ROB, Royal Observatory of Belgium (M. Van Camp); swisstopo, Bundesamt für Landestopografie, Switzerland (U. Marti); VUGTK, Geodetic Observatory of Pecny, Czech Republic (V. Palinkas, J. Kostelecky).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG)Frankfurt/MainGermany
  2. 2.Bureau Gravimétrique International, Observatoire Midi-PyrénéesToulouseFrance

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