Global maps of the CRUST 2.0 crustal components stripped gravity disturbances

Robert Tenzer, K. Hamayun, Peter Vajda

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[1] We use the CRUST 2.0 crustal model and the EGM08 geopotential model to compile global maps of the gravity disturbances corrected for the gravitational effects (attractions) of the topography and of the density contrasts of the oceans, sediments, ice, and the remaining crust down to the Moho discontinuity. Techniques for a spherical harmonic analysis of the gravity field are used to compute both the gravity disturbances and the topographic and bathymetric corrections with a spectral resolution complete to degree 180 of the spherical harmonics. The ice stripping correction is computed with a spectral resolution complete to degree 90. The sediment and consolidated crust stripping corrections are computed in spatial form by forward modeling their respective attractions. All data are evaluated on a 1 × 1 arc degree grid at the Earth's surface and provided in Data Sets S1-S5 in the auxiliary material for the scientific community for use in global geophysical studies. The complete crust-stripped gravity disturbances (globally having a range of 1050 mGal) contain the gravitational signal coming dominantly from the global mantle lithosphere (upper mantle) morphology and density composition and partially from the sublithospheric density heterogeneities. Large errors are expected because of uncertainties of the CRUST 2.0 model (i.e., deviations of the CRUST 2.0 model density from the real Earth's crustal density heterogeneities and the Moho relief uncertainties).
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science


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