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Scale variation of GPS time series

  • Markku Poutanen
  • Jorma Jokela
  • Matti Ollikainen
  • Hannu Koivula
  • Mirjam Bilker
  • Heikki Virtanen
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 128)

Abstract

We give an overview of time series analyses of permanent GPS stations using solutions of the IGS and FinnRef® networks. Lomb periodograms show in most cases a statistically significant annual period both in station coordinates and inter-station distances. In regional networks the scale of the whole network changes periodically, and in some cases there is also a secular trend. There are several possible causes of scale variations, which may not be separable in the data. These include computational artefacts, periodic systematic errors in satellite orbits, signal path delay variations, and geophysical causes like loading and postglacial rebound. We discuss possible reasons, their significance, and their consequences on high-precision GPS observations. Additional constraints, e.g. time series from the superconducting gravimeter, are also discussed.

Keywords

GPS time series periodic variations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markku Poutanen
    • 1
  • Jorma Jokela
    • 1
  • Matti Ollikainen
    • 1
  • Hannu Koivula
    • 1
  • Mirjam Bilker
    • 1
  • Heikki Virtanen
    • 1
  1. 1.Finnish Geodetic InstituteMasalaFinland

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