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On the comparison of tidal gravity parameters with tidal models in central Europe
Ducarme, B.; Palinkas, V.; Meurers, B.; Cui, X.; Val'ko, M. (2014). On the comparison of tidal gravity parameters with tidal models in central Europe. J. Geodyn. 80: 12-19.
In: Journal of Geodynamics. Elsevier Science: Amsterdam. ISSN 0264-3707, more
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Author keywords
    Superconducting Gravimeter (SG); Ocean Tides Loading Computations; BodyTides Models

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  • Ducarme, B., more
  • Palinkas, V.
  • Meurers, B.
  • Cui, X.
  • Val'ko, M.

    Two accurately calibrated superconducting gravimeters (SGs) provide high quality tidal gravity records in three central European stations: C025 in Vienna and at Conrad observatory (A) and OSG050 in Pecný (CZ). To correct the tidal gravity factors from ocean loading effects we compared the load vectors from different ocean tides models (OTMs) computed with different software: OLFG/OLMP by the Free Ocean Tides Loading Provider (FLP), ICET and NLOADF. Even with the recent OTMs the mass conservation is critical but the methods used to correct the mass imbalance agree within 0.1 nm/s2. Although the different software agrees, FLP probably provides more accurate computations as this software has been optimised. For our final computation we used the mean load vector computed by FLP for 8 OTMs (CSR4, NAO99, GOT00, TPX07, FES04, DTU10, EOT11a and HAMTIDE). The corrected tidal factors of the 3 stations agree better than 0.04% in amplitude and 0.02° in phase. Considering the weighted mean of the three stations we get for O1 dc = 1.1535 ± 0.0001, for K1 dc = 1.1352 ± 0.0003 and for M2 dc = 1.1621 ± 0.0003. These values confirm previous ones obtained with 16 European stations. The theoretical body tides model DDW99/NH provides the best agreement for M2 (1.1620) and MATH01/NH for O1 (1.1540) and K1 (1.1350). The largest discrepancy is for O1 (0.05%). The corrected phase ac does not differ significantly from zero except for K1 and S2. The calibrations of the two SG's are consistent within 0.025% and agree with Strasbourg results within 0.05%.

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