Global Topographically Corrected and Topo-Density Contrast Stripped Gravity Field from EGM08 and CRUST 2.0

  • R. TenzerEmail author
  • Hamayun
  • P. Vajda
Conference paper
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 136)


We compute globally the topographically corrected and topo-density contrast stripped gravity disturbances and gravity anomalies taking into account the major known density variations within the topography. The topographical and topo-density contrast stripping corrections are applied to the EGM08 gravity field quantities in two successive steps. First, the gravitational contribution of the topography of constant average density 2,670 kg/m3 is subtracted. Then the ice, sediment, and upper crust topo-density contrast stripping corrections are applied to the topographically corrected gravity field quantities in order to model the gravitational contribution due to anomalous density variations within the topography. The coefficients of the global geopotential model EGM08 complete to degree 180 of spherical harmonics are used to compute the gravity disturbances and gravity anomalies. The 5 × 5 arc-min global elevation data from the ETOPO5 are used to generate the global elevation coefficients. These coefficients are utilized to compute the topographical correction with a spectral resolution complete to degree and order 180. The 2 × 2 arc-deg global data of the ice, sediment, and upper crust from the CRUST 2.0 global crustal model are used to compute the ice, sediment, and upper crust topo-density contrast stripping corrections with a 2 × 2 arc-deg spatial resolution. All data are evaluated globally on a 1 × 1 arc-deg grid at the Earth’s surface.


Gravity Field Gravity Anomaly Gravity Disturbance Topographical Correction Geocentric Radius 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Surveying, Faculty of SciencesUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  2. 2.Delft Institute of Earth Observation and Space Systems (DEOS)Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Geophysical Institute, Slovak Academy of SciencesBratislavaSlovak Republic

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