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

September 19-23, 2016
Thessaloniki, Greece

Deriving and evaluating the DTU15 Global high resolution marine gravity field

20/09/2016 | 14:15 | Session 2: New measurement techniques


Ole Baltazar Andersen and Per Knudsen


The new high resolution global marine free air gravity field called DTU15 is presented in this presentation. Data from the Cryosat-2 (369 days repeat mission) as well as Jason-1 end-of-life mission are the first new “geodetic mission” data sets released in nearly 2 decades since the ERS-1 and Geosat geodetic missions were conducted in the early 90’th and late 80’th.

The DTU15 global marine gravity field, is based on five years of retracked altimetry from Cryosat-2 as well as data from the three other geodetic missions (ERS-1, GEOSAT and Jason-1). However, the older geodetic missions ERS1 and GEOSAT only provide marginal additional information in very limited regions.

In the Arctic Ocean are testing an new combined empirical/physical retracking system that uses physical retracking of the LRM data using a reduced parameter system in combination with empirical retracking of the SAR and SAR-In data in particularly high latitude regions.

An advantage of the Cryosat-2 is its ability of provide new accurate sea surface height information for gravity field determination in the northernmost part of the Arctic Ocean upto 88N where no altimeters have measured before.

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