A modified acceleration-based monthly gravity field solution from GRACE data

Q.J. Chen, Y.Z. Shen, Wu Chen, X.F. Zhang, H.Z. Hsu, X.L. Ju

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This paper describes an alternative acceleration approach for determining GRACE monthly gravity field models. The main differences compared to the traditional acceleration approach can be summarized as: (1) The position errors of GRACE orbits in the functional model are taken into account; (2) The range ambiguity is eliminated via the difference of the range measurements and (3) The mean acceleration equation is formed based on Cowell integration. Using this developed approach, a new time-series of GRACE monthly solution spanning the period January 2003 to December 2010, called Tongji_Acc RL01, has been derived. The annual signals from the Tongji_Acc RL01 time-series agree well with those from the GLDAS model. The performance of Tongji_Acc RL01 shows that this new model is comparable with the RL05 models released by CSR and JPL as well as with the RL05a model released by GFZ.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1190-1206
Number of pages17
JournalGeophysical Journal International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Satellite geodesy
  • Geopotential theory
  • Time variable gravity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics


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