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

September 19-23, 2016
Thessaloniki, Greece

Effect of Victoria Lake on Gravity Reduction and Geoid Determination in Africa

20/09/2016 | 17:30 | Session 3: Local/regional geoid determination methods and models


Hussein Abd-Elmotaal, Atef Makhloof, Ayman Hassan and Mostafa Ashry


The determination of the gravimetric geoid is based on the magnitude of gravity observed at the topographic surface of the earth. In order to satisfy Laplace's equation, the masses between the surface of the earth and the geoid must be removed or shifted inside the geoid. Then the gravity values have to be reduced to the geoid, forming the boundary values on the boundary surface. Gravity reduction techniques usually presume that positive elevations are reserved for positive topography. In case of Victoria lake, the whole lake with its bed floor are suited above sea level, i.e., having positive elevation. This leads to an obvious error in the topographic reduction using, for example, TC program by assuming rock topography filling the lake instead of water. The aim of this paper is to determine the effect of Victoria lake on gravity reduction and geoid computation in Africa, as a prototype of the effect of great lakes on gravity reduction and geoid determination. The results are shown and widely discussed.

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