Determination of ocean tide loading displacements in Hong Kong using GPS technique

Lin Guo Yuan, Xiaoli Ding, He Ping Sun, Ping Zhong, Wu Chen

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Ocean tide loading (OTL) displacements of eight principal constituents at 12 sites in Hong Kong were determined using more than eight years of continuous GPS observations. Parameters of the OTL displacements were estimated using daily GPS solutions obtained with precise point positioning (PPP) technique. The results were compared with predictions from seven latest global ocean tide models. Gravity measurements of OTL in Hong Kong were also used to validate the GPS results. The study shows that the results from both the GPS and gravity measurements agree best with the GOT4.7 and NAO99b models, when the K1and K2constituents are excluded. The agreements between the GPS and the model estimates are generally at sub-millimeter level in both the horizontal and vertical directions, except for S2, K2and K1constituents that have relatively larger errors. After removing the systematic biases between the GPS and the model estimates, the misfits of M2, S2, N2, O1, P1and Q1at all sites are within 0.5 and 1.0 mm in the horizontal and the vertical directions, respectively, whereas K1and K2show relatively larger misfits of up to 2.3 mm. Both the GPS and the gravity S2estimates have large biases with unknown reasons when compared with the modeled values, which needs to be further investigated. The study demonstrates that GPS is capable of estimating the OTL displacements with the same accuracy as the model predictions, especially for coastal areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)993-1007
Number of pages15
JournalScience China Earth Sciences
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2010


  • GPS
  • Ocean tide loading
  • Ocean tide model
  • Site displacement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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