A Non-tidal Atmospheric Loading Model: On Its Quality and Impacts on Orbit Determination and C20 from SLR

  • Rolf König
  • Elisa Fagiolini
  • Jean-Claude Raimondo
  • Margarita Vei
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 147)


Based on European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) ERA-Interim data we model displacements of global station coordinates due to non-tidal atmospheric loading based on Farrel’s theory. We compare these displacements to publicly available external displacements. We apply our displacements to Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) data processing over a recent 6 years period of the LAGEOS, LARES, AJISAI, STARLETTE and STELLA geodetic satellites. We assess the impact of the loading model on the orbital fits of these missions. Indeed a tiny improvement shows up. We also quantify the impact of the non-tidal loading model on the large scale figure of the Earth expressed in terms of weekly C(2,0) harmonics. It turns out that here no effect is visible.


Degree two harmonics Non-tidal atmospheric loading Precise orbit determination SLR 



SLR data and a priori station coordinates are provided by the ILRS. EOPs are provided by IERS (2015).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rolf König
    • 1
  • Elisa Fagiolini
    • 1
  • Jean-Claude Raimondo
    • 1
  • Margarita Vei
    • 1
  1. 1.GFZ German Research Centre for GeosciencesPotsdamGermany

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