1st Joint Commission 2 and IGFS Meeting
International Symposium on
Gravity, Geoid and Height Systems 2016

September 19-23, 2016
Thessaloniki, Greece

The new GRACE AOD1B Product Release 06: Product Details and Initial Validation

19/09/2016 | 11:00 | Session 1: Data Processing strategies and new concepts


Henryk Dobslaw, Inga Bergmann-Wolf, Lea Poropat and Frank Flechtner


The GRACE satellites orbiting the Earth at very low altitudes are affected by rapid changes in the Earth's gravity field caused by mass redistribution in atmosphere and oceans. To avoid temporal aliasing of such high-frequency variability into the final monthly-mean gravity fields, those effects are typically modelled during the numerical orbit integration by appling the 6-hourly GRACE Atmosphere and Ocean De-Aliasing Level-1B (AOD1B) a priori model.

In preparation of the next GRACE gravity field re-processing planned by the GRACE Science Data System for the second half of the year 2016, a new version of AOD1B is currently calculated. The data-set is based on 3-hourly surface pressure anomalies from ECMWF that have been mapped to a common reference orography by means of ECMWF's mean sea-level pressure diagnostic. Atmospheric tides as well as the corresponding oceanic response at the S1, S2, and L2 frequencies and its annual modulations have been fitted and removed in order to retain the non-tidal variability only. The data-set is expanded into spherical harmonics complete up to degree and order 180.

AOD1B RL06 will be available since 1976 in order to allow for the consistent reprocessing of all SLR observations to LAGEOS, and of all relevant satellite altimetry missions. The processing of the whole 40-years-long time-series is expected to be complete in July 2016, and we will present in this talk the current status of our efforts including some preliminary validation of the oceanic component against in situ ocean bottom pressure observations.

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