Monitoring the Earth’s gravity field both over marine and continental regions has been the focus of extensive geodetic research for the past decades,
but is gaining increasing importance due to the recent gravity-field dedicated satellite missions. With the missions of CHAMP and GRACE setting the path,
the latest ESA mission of GOCE is offering new opportunities for improved insights into the Earth’s gravity field and geoid, while the synergistic use of
geodetic and oceanographic data are promising improved representations of the ocean circulation and the sea level variations mechanisms. Moreover, the
combination of GOCE-type high-quality and accuracy gravity field models with altimetric observations from ESA’s ENVISAT and ERS1/2 missions, offer new
opportunities for the determination of the marine geoid, vertical datum unification and the introduction of a global vertical datum, dynamic ocean topography
(DOT) modelling, etc.
The key points in such studies, in order to determine rigorously stationary components of the gravity field as the geoid and/or quasi and non-stationary ones as the DOT, the time-varying DOT and steric and eustatic sea level variations, are: a) The utilization of calibrated and validated input data, b) the investigation of the spectral content of the input data, and c) the development of data optimal combination methods, considering the statistical behaviour of the input observations, towards the achievement of high-quality and accuracy predictions.
The main objective of the GOCESeaComb project is related to the exploitation of data from ESA’s GOCE, ENVISAT and ERS1/2 missions towards the modelling and improved understanding of Earth Observations parameters as the geoid, sea level and DOT in the Mediterranean Sea. To reach the main goal of the project, several sub-objectives have been identified, given that the entire study can be broken-down in the following three major steps:
- Study of data prerequisites and methodologies development,
- collection, validation and processing of heterogeneous data and
- optimal combination of the afore mentioned data for gravity field multi-resolution representation, ocean circulation modelling and sea level variations determination.
GOCESeaComb is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) within its Scientific Experiment Development Program (PRODEX) following a successful application to the General Secretariat for Research & Technology (GSRT) after an invitation to the Greek scientific community in response to the 1st PRODEX Programme Call for Greece.
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22/10/2013: The GOCESeaComb team participated to the IAG2013 Scientific Assembly in Potsdam, Germany (1-6/09/2013) with an oral presentation. See the News section for an e-copy of the presentation.
19/06/2013: The GOCESeaComb team will participate to the forthcoming IAG2013 Scientific Assembly in Potsdam, Germany (1-6/09/2013). See the News section for the accepted abstract and coming presentation.
15/06/2013: The GOCESeaComb team full paper to the IAG GGHS 2012 conference have been accepted for publication to the Springer IAG Symposia Series Vol. 141 (TBD). Links will be available to the Springer site when the volume will be produced. See the News section for updates.
07-12/04/2013: Participation of the GOCESeaComb team to the EGU2013 General Assembly in Vienna. See the News section for the presentations.
22/12/2012: The GOCESeaComb Project Brochure.
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