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On the Alternative Approaches to ITRF Formulation

A Theoretical Comparison
  • Athanasios Dermanis
Conference paper
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 139)

Abstract

The one-step approach for ITRF formulation is compared with the two-step technique where the ITRF parameters are first separately estimated for each space technique separately (stacking per technique) and are then combined into the final ITRF estimates (combination step). The comparison is achieved by splitting the one-step approach into two equivalent steps such that the first one is identical to the first step of the two-step approach. It is shown that the two approaches give equivalent results when the input covariance matrices in the combination step of the two-step approach are the normal equation coefficient matrices formulated in the corresponding stacking per technique first step. Furthermore it is shown that the model of the combination step can be significantly simplified by ignoring the parameters of reference system transformation from the per technique estimates to those of the final ITRF parameter estimates.

Keywords

ITRF formulation Reference systems Sequential adjustment Rank deficiency Weight matrix 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geodesy and SurveyingAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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