Fast Variance Component Estimation in GOCE Data Processing

  • J.M. BrockmannEmail author
  • W. -D. Schuh
Conference paper
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 135)


For the processing of GOCE (Gravity Field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer) data the program system pcgma (Preconditioned Conjugate Gradient Multiple Adjustment) was designed as a tailored solution strategy for the determination of the Earth’s gravity field in terms of a spherical harmonic analysis. Within GOCE-HPF (High Level Processing Facility) the pcgma algorithm works with the purpose of a tuning machine in that it is used to optimize the filter design and to determine optimal variance components with respect to the combination of satellite-to-satellite tracking (sst) data, satellite gravity gradiometry (sgg) data and additional prior information about the smoothness of the gravity field (the latter especially with regard to the polar regions). pcgma is based on an extended version of the iterative conjugate gradient (CG) algorithm, which allows for data combination in terms of observation and normal equations. A basic prerequisite for handling the nesting of the two iterative methods (variance component estimation (VCE) and parameter estimation using CG) is an efficient and fast implementation, because the VCE requires a repeated solution of the system. In this paper we will show how the nesting can be organized in an optimal way. We will concentrate on the reduction of CG iteration steps.


Conjugate Gradient Observation Group Geoid Height Conjugate Gradient Algorithm Variance Component Estimation 
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Part of this work was financially supported by the BMBF Geotechnologien program GOCE–GRAND II (Grant 03F0421B) and the GOCE High-level Processing Facility. Parts of the simulations were performed using JUMP at Jülich Supercomputing Center. The computing time was granted by the John von Neumann Institute for Computing (project 1827).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department for Theoretical GeodesyInstitute of Geodesy and Geoinformation, University of BonnBonnGermany

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