Two Branches of the Newton Potential and Geoid

  • Petr Holota
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 113)


The present remarkable knowledge of the external gravity field and figure of the Earth is a result of an extensive synthesis of classical and modern geodetic methods. A great progress has been achieved in the theory and practice of the determination of the physical surface of the Earth and its external gravity field from surface measurements only, without needing information on the mass density distribution in the Earth’s interior. This classical direction is essentially associated with advances of a consistent abstraction in the interpretation of the subject of geodetic science. In the domain of modern methods space geodesy is extensively used and yields variety of geometrical and physical quantities related to the gravitational field and figure of the Earth. The accumulated wealth and importance of geodetic results can hardly be separated from reflections which prompt that geodesy experiences not only its internal development, but that parallely it is a powerful method of discovering new pieces of knowledge in which way it also extends its field of interest, see (Anderson and Cazenave, 1986), (Moritz, 1990) or (Kakkuri, 1993).


Cauchy Problem Harmonic Function Cauchy Data Newton Potential Physical Geodesy 
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  • Petr Holota
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  1. 1.Research Institute of Geodesy, Topography and CartographyPraha-východCzech Republic

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