Vertical Datum Definition for Oceanographic Studies Using the Global Positioning System

  • Chris Rizos
  • Richard Coleman
Conference paper
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 104)


Australia’s climate is particularly influenced by global ocean circulation as its coastlines border the Pacific and Indian Oceans and form a prominent northern boundary of part of the Southern Ocean. The magnitude of meridional heat flux and transport in these oceanic areas is poorly understood, and the seasonal and interannual variability is not known at all. Variations in these quantities can produce wide reaching climatological effects for Australia, and there is therefore a crucial need to improve our understanding of the ocean circulation in the neighbouring oceans.


Global Position System Tide Gauge Global Position System Receiver Geoid Height Global Position System Satellite 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chris Rizos
    • 1
  • Richard Coleman
    • 2
  1. 1.School of SurveyingUniversity of N.S.W.SydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of Civil and Mining EngineeringUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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