Inversion of marine gravity anomalies over southeastern China seas from multi-satellite altimeter vertical deflections

TitleInversion of marine gravity anomalies over southeastern China seas from multi-satellite altimeter vertical deflections
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsZhang S.J, Sandwell DT, Jin T.Y, Li D.W
JournalJournal of Applied Geophysics
Date Published2017/02
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0926-9851
Accession NumberWOS:000395841400013
Keywordsanomaly; CryoSat-2; ers-1; field recovery; geoid undulations; geosat; gravity; retracking; satellite altimetry; surface; Vertical deflection; wave-forms; Waveform retracldng

The accuracy and resolution of marine gravity field derived from satellite altimetry mainly depends on the range precision and dense spatial distribution. This paper aims at modeling a regional marine gravity field with improved accuracy and higher resolution (1' x V') over Southeastern China Seas using additional data from CryoSat-2 as well as new data from AltiKa. Three approaches are used to enhance the precision level of satellite-derived gravity anomalies. Firstly we evaluate a suite of published retracking algorithms and find the two-step retracker is optimal for open ocean waveforms. Secondly, we evaluate the filtering and resampling procedure used to reduce the full 20 or 40 Hz data to a lower rate having lower noise. We adopt a uniform low-pass filter for all altimeter missions and resample at 5 Hz and then perform a second editing based on sea surface slope estimates from previous models. Thirdly, we selected WHU12 model to update the corrections provided in geophysical data record. We finally calculated the 1' x 1' marine gravity field model by using EGM2008 model as reference field during the remove/restore procedure. The root mean squares of the discrepancies between the new result and DTU10, DTU13, V23.1, EGM2008 are within the range of 1.8-3.9 mGal, while the verification with respect to shipboard gravity data shows that the accuracy of the new result reached a comparable level with DTU13 and was slightly superior to V23.1, DTU10 and EGM2008 models. Moreover, the new result has a 2 mGal better accuracy over open seas than coastal areas with shallow water depth. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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