Geocenter Variations from Analysis of SLR Data

  • M. K. ChengEmail author
  • J. C. Ries
  • B. D. Tapley
Conference paper
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 138)


The Earth’s center of mass (CM) is defined in the satellite orbit dynamics as the center of mass of the entire Earth system, including the solid earth, oceans, cryosphere and atmosphere. Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) provides accurate and unambiguous range measurements to geodetic satellites to determine variations in the vector from the origin of the ITRF to the CM. Estimates of the Global mass redistribution induced geocenter variations at seasonal scales from SLR are in good agreement with the results from the global inversion from the displacements of the dense network of GPS sites and from ocean bottom pressure model and GRACE-derived geoid changes.


Geocenter Satellite laser ranging (SLR) Center of mass 



This research was supported by NASA grants NNX08AE99E and JPL1368074.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Space ResearchUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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