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Satellite Gravity Gradiometry with GOCE

  • Reinhard Rummel
  • Jürgen Müller
  • Helmut Oberndorfer
  • Nico Sneeuw
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 120)

Abstract

During the past years the European Space Agency (ESA) has worked on the definition of a comprehensive Earth observation satellite programme for the era after ENVISAT. This “ESA Living Planet” (1998) programme has recently been published. It distinguishes three types of missions: the research oriented medium scale explorer missions, the smaller opportunity missions, and the monitoring type Earth watch missions. In preparation of a pre-selection of the first explorer missions a meeting of the European Earth science community had been organized at Granada/Spain in May 1996. The Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) was one of nine candidates that were presented there. Following a recommendation of the Earth Science Advisory Committee of ESA four of the nine were selected for a phase-A study. They were: the gravity field and steady-state ocean circulation mission, an atmospheric dynamics mission, an Earth radiation experiment, and a land surface processes and interaction mission.

Keywords

Global Position System Gravity Anomaly European Space Agency Spherical Harmonic Degree Gravitational Gradient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reinhard Rummel
    • 1
  • Jürgen Müller
    • 1
  • Helmut Oberndorfer
    • 1
  • Nico Sneeuw
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Astronomische und Physikalische GeodäsieTechnische Universität MünchenMünchenGermany

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