Combination Service for Time-variable Gravity Field Solutions (COST-G) – GRACE-FO operational combination

Ulrich Meyer, Martin Lasser, Adrian Jäggi, Frank Flechtner, Christoph Dahle, Torsten Mayer-Gürr, Andreas Kvas, Saniya Behzadpour, Jean-Michel Lemoine, Stéphane Bourgogne, Igor Koch, Andreas Groh, Christoph Förste, Annette Eicker, Benoit Meyssignac

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We present the operational GRACE-FO combined time-series of monthly gravity fields of the Combination Service for Time-variable Gravity fields (COST-G) of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG). COST-G_GRACE-FO_RL01_operational is combined at AIUB and relies on operational monthly solutions of the COST-G Analysis Centers GFZ, GRGS, IfG, LUH and AIUB and the associated Analysis Centers CSR and JPL. All COST-G Analysis Centers have passed a benchmark test to ensure consistency between the different processing approaches and all of the contributing time-series undergo a strict quality control focusing on the signal content in river basins and polar regions with pronounced changes in ice mass to uncover any regularization that may bias the combination.

The combination is performed by variance component estimation on the solution level, the relative monthly weights thus providing valuable and independent insight into the consistency and noise levels of the individual monthly contributions. The combined products then are validated internally in terms of noise, approximated by the non-secular, non-seasonal variability over the oceans. Once they have passed this quality control the combined gravity fields are assessed by an external board of experts who evaluate them in terms of orbit predictions, lake altimetry, river hydrology or oceanography.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2020
EventGRACE/GRACE-FO Science Team Meeting 2020 - Virtuell
Duration: 26 Oct 202029 Oct 2020


ConferenceGRACE/GRACE-FO Science Team Meeting 2020

Fields of Expertise

  • Sustainable Systems


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