Altimetry-Gravimetry Problem: An Example

  • R. Barzaghi
  • M. Brovelli
  • F. Sacerdote
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Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 104)


The topographic surface of the sea can be determined by subtracting the geoid from the geometric height of the stationary sea surface. This latter can be obtained from altimetry measurements; the former can be derived from marine gravity measurements, treated in the form of gravity disturbances.

When a closed sea is treated, the gravity anomalies on land must be combined to the gravity disturbances to give the so called altimetry gravimetry problem, which in spherical approximation is translated into a suitable integral equation.

A relatively small set of data of this type in the Mediterranean Sea is used as an example.

The aim is to compare this procedure with a classical collocation solution: this has been done specifically on the land area. Since the same corrections (e.g. topographic corrections) apply to both methods, the comparison has been performed only for the part of the signal which is usually estimated by collocation and in particular Bouguer anomalies on land have been utilized as input data.


Gravity Anomaly Bouguer Anomaly Geoid Height Gravity Disturbance Topographic Correction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Barzaghi
    • 1
  • M. Brovelli
    • 1
  • F. Sacerdote
    • 2
  1. 1.Politecnico di MilanoIst. di Topografia, Fotogrammetria e GeofisicaMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Dip. di MatematicaUniversità di PisaPisaItaly

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