GOCE Gravity Field Modeling: Computational Aspects — Free Kite Numbering Scheme

  • Christian Boxhammer
  • Wolf-Dieter Schuh


The modelling of the Earth’s gravity field by means of a high-resolving spherical harmonic analysis is a numerically demanding task, especially when realistic (non gridded) data sets are analysed. The free kite numbering scheme, presented in the current article, allows a flexible combination of models. It is focussed, in particular, on the combination of a model containing rotation-symmetrical, high-resolving data with a second model comprising fully correlated data, which allows the determination of the lower degrees. This kite scheme may, depending on the degree of conformance with rotation symmetry, be used both with a direct solver and to improve the convergence rate of an iterative solver.

Key words

GOCE mission spherical harmonic analysis preconditioner kite numbering scheme 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Boxhammer
    • 1
  • Wolf-Dieter Schuh
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Theoretical GeodesyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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