GOCO06s – A satellite-only global gravity field model
Abstract. GOCO06s is the latest satellite-only global gravity field model computed by the GOCO (Gravity Observation Combination) project. It is based on over a billion observations acquired over 15 years from 19 satellites with different complementary observation principles. This combination of different measurement techniques is key in providing consistent high-accuracy and best possible spatial resolution of the Earth's gravity field. The motivation for the new release was in the availability
... in the availability of reprocessed observation data for GRACE and GOCE, updated background models, and substantial improvements in the processing chains of the individual contributions. Due to the long observation period, the model consists not only of a static gravity field, but comprises additionally modeled temporal variations. These are represented by time variable spherical harmonic coefficients, using a deterministic model for a regularized trend and annual oscillation. The main focus within the GOCO combination process is on the proper handling of the stochastic behavior of the input data. Appropriate noise modelling for the used observations result in realistic accuracy information for the derived gravity field solution. This accuracy information, represented by the full variance-covariance matrix, is extremely useful for further combination with, for example, terrestrial gravity data and is published together with the solution. The primary model data (Kvas et al., 2019b) consisting of potential coefficients representing Earth's static gravity field, together with secular and annual variations are available on International Centre for Global Earth Models (http://icgem.gfz-potsdam.de/, last accessed 2020-06-11). This data set is identified with the DOI https://doi.org/10.5880/ICGEM.2019.002. Supplementary material consisting of the full variance-covariance matrix of the static potential coefficients and estimated co-seismic mass changes are available on https://ifg.tugraz.at/GOCO (last accessed 2020-06-11).