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See detailEvaluation of ERA-Interim for tropospheric delay and water vapour estimation in different climate zones using ground-based GNSS observations
Ahmed, Furqan; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL et al

Poster (2017, April 27)

Tropospheric delay and integrated water vapour (IWV) derived from climate reanalysis models, such as that of the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) namely the ECMWF ReAnalysis ... [more ▼]

Tropospheric delay and integrated water vapour (IWV) derived from climate reanalysis models, such as that of the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) namely the ECMWF ReAnalysis-Interim (ERA-Interim), are widely used in many geodetic and atmospheric applications. Therefore, it is of interest to assess the quality of these reanalysis products using available observations. Observations from Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are, as of now, available for a period of over 2 decades and their global availability make it possible to validate the zenith total delay (ZTD) and IWV obtained from climate reanalysis models in different geographical and climatic regions. In this study, a 5-year long homogeneously reprocessed GNSS data set based on double differenced positioning strategy and containing over 400 globally distributed ground-based GNSS stations has been used as a reference to validate the ZTD estimates obtained from the ERA-Interim climate reanalysis model in 25 different climate zones. It has been studied how the difference between the ERA-Interim ZTD and the GNSS-derived ZTD varies with respect to the different climate zones as well as the topographic variations in a particular climate zone. Periodicity in the ZTD residuals in different climate zones has been analyzed. Furthermore, the variation of the ZTD differences with respect to latitude has been presented. Finally, for one GNSS station in each of the 25 climate zones, IWV derived from ERA-Interim has been compared to the IWV derived using GNSS observations. [less ▲]

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See detailA New Global Vertical Land Movement Data Set from the TIGA Combined
Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL

Poster (2017, April 23)

Globally averaged sea level has been estimated from the network of tide gauges installed around the world since the 19th century. These mean sea level (MSL) records provide sea level relative to a nearby ... [more ▼]

Globally averaged sea level has been estimated from the network of tide gauges installed around the world since the 19th century. These mean sea level (MSL) records provide sea level relative to a nearby tide gauge benchmark (TGBM), which allows for the continuation of the instrumental record in time. Any changes in the benchmark levels, induced by vertical land movements (VLM) affect the MSL records and hence sea level estimates. Over the last two decades sea level has also been observed using satellite altimeters. While the satellite observations are globally more homogeneous providing a picture of sea level not confined to coastlines, they require the VLM-corrected MSL records for the bias calibration of instrumental drifts. Without this calibration altimeter instruments from different missions cannot be combined. GPS has made it possible to obtain highly accurate estimates of VLM in a geocentric reference frame for stations at or close to tide gauges. Under the umbrella of the International GNSS Service (IGS), the Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group (WG) has been established to apply the expertise of the GNSS community to solving issues related to the accuracy and reliability of the vertical component to provide estimates of VLM in a well-defined global reference frame. To achieve this objective, five TIGA Analysis Centers (TACs) contributed re-processed global GPS network solutions to TIGA, employing the latest bias models and processing strategies in accordance with the second re-processing campaign (repro2) of the IGS. These solutions include those of the British Isles continuous GNSS Facility – University of Luxembourg consortium (BLT), the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) Potsdam, the German Geodetic Research Institute (DGF) at the Technical University of Munich, Geoscience Australia (AUT) and the University of La Rochelle (ULR). In this study we present to the sea level community an evaluation of the VLM estimates from the first combined solution from the IGS TIGA WG. The TAC solutions include more than 700 stations and span the common period 1995-2014. The combined solution was computed by the TIGA Combination Centre (TCC) at the University of Luxembourg, which used the Combination and Analysis of Terrestrial Reference Frame (CATREF) software package for this purpose. This first solution forms Release 1.0 and further releases will be made available after further reprocessing campaigns. We evaluate the combined solution internally using the TAC solutions and externally using solutions from the IGS and the ITRF2008. The derived VLM estimates have undergone an initial evaluation and should be considered as the primary TIGA product for the sea level community to correct MSL records for land level changes [less ▲]

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See detailNoise characteristics in Zenith Total Delay from homogeneously reprocessed GPS time series
Klos, Anna; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL et al

Scientific Conference (2017, February 22)

Zenith Total Delay (ZTD) time series, derived from the re-processing of Global Positioning System (GPS) data, provide valuable information for the evaluation of global atmospheric reanalysis products such ... [more ▼]

Zenith Total Delay (ZTD) time series, derived from the re-processing of Global Positioning System (GPS) data, provide valuable information for the evaluation of global atmospheric reanalysis products such as ERA-Interim. Identifying the correct noise characteristics in the ZTD time series is an important step to assess the ’true’ magnitude of ZTD trend uncertainties. The ZTD residual time series for 1995-2015 are generated from our homogeneously re-processed and homogenized GPS time series from over 700 globally distributed stations classified into five major climate zones. The annual peak of ZTD data ranges between 10 and 150 mm with the smallest values for the polar and Alpine zone. The amplitudes of daily curve fall between 0 and 12 mm with the greatest variations for the dry zone. The autoregressive process of fourth order plus white noise model were found to be optimal for ZTD series. The tropical zone has the largest amplitude of autoregressive noise (9.59 mm) and the greatest amplitudes of white noise (13.00 mm). All climate zones have similar median coefficients of AR(1) (0.80±0.05) with a minimum for polar and Alpine, which has the highest coefficients of AR(2) (0.27±0.01) and AR(3) (0.11±0.01) and clearly different from the other zones considered. We show that 53 of 120 examined trends became insignificant, when the optimum noise model was employed, compared to 11 insignificant trends for pure white noise. The uncertainty of the ZTD trends may be underestimated by a factor of 3 to 12 compared to the white noise only assumption. [less ▲]

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See detailError analysis of Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Analysis Center stacked solutions
Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL et al

Poster (2016, December 12)

In 2013 the International GNSS Service (IGS) Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group (WG) started their reprocessing campaign, which proposes to re-analyze all relevant Global Positioning ... [more ▼]

In 2013 the International GNSS Service (IGS) Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group (WG) started their reprocessing campaign, which proposes to re-analyze all relevant Global Positioning System (GPS) observations from 1995 to the end of 2013. This re-processed dataset will provide high quality estimates of land motions, enabling regional and global high-precision geophysical/geodetic studies. Several of the individual TIGA Analysis Centers (TACs) have completed processing the full history of GPS observations recorded by the IGS global network, as well as, many other GPS stations at or close to tide gauges, which are available from the TIGA data center at the University of La Rochelle (www.sonel.org). The TAC solutions contain a total of over 700 stations. This study focuses on the evaluations of any systematic error present in the three TIGA analysis center (TAC) SINEX solutions: the British Isles continuous GNSS Facility – University of Luxembourg consortium (BLT), the GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) Potsdam, and of the University of La Rochelle (ULR). We have analyzed the residual position time series of the individual TAC a combination of automatic and manual discontinuity identification, applying a post-seismic deformation model adopted from ITRF2014 for those stations that are affected by earthquakes, followed by the stacking of the daily solution of the individual TAC into a long term linear frame. We have carried out the error analysis using the Combination and Analysis of Terrestrial Reference Frame (CATREF) software package. The TIGA Combination Centre (TCC) at the University of Luxembourg (UL) is responsible for providing a combined solution with a global set of vertical land movement estimates. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the Impact of Multi-GNSS Solutions on Satellite Products and Positioning
Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL et al

Poster (2016, December 12)

In Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) coordinate time series unrecognised errors and un-modelled (periodic) effects may bias non-linear motions induced by geophysical signals. Those spurious ... [more ▼]

In Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) coordinate time series unrecognised errors and un-modelled (periodic) effects may bias non-linear motions induced by geophysical signals. Those spurious signals can be caused either due to un-modelled long periodic signals or propagation of sub-daily signals into the time series. Understanding and mitigating these errors is vital to reduce biases and on revealing subtle geophysical signals. Mostly, the spurious signals are caused by unmodelled errors which occur due to the draconitic years, satellite ground repeats and absorption into resonant GNSS orbits. Accordingly, different features can be observed in GNSS-derived products from different single-GNSS or combined-GNSS solutions. To assess the nature of periodic signals on station coordinate time series Precise Point Positioning (PPP) solutions are generated using the Bernese GNSS Software V5.2. The solutions consider only GPS, only GLONASS or combined GPS+GLONASS (GNSS) observations. We assess the periodic signals of station coordinates computed using the combined International GNSS Service (IGS) and four of its Analysis Centers (ACs) products. [less ▲]

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See detailGNSS related periodic signals in coordinate time-series from Precise Point Positioning
Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL et al

in Geophysical Journal International (2016)

In Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) coordinate time series unrecognised errors and un-modelled (periodic) effects may bias non-linear motions induced by geophysical signals. Hence, understanding ... [more ▼]

In Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) coordinate time series unrecognised errors and un-modelled (periodic) effects may bias non-linear motions induced by geophysical signals. Hence, understanding and mitigating these errors is vital to reducing biases and on revealing subtle geophysical signals. To assess the nature of periodic signals in coordinate time series Precise Point Positioning (PPP) solutions for the period 2008 to 2015 are generated. The solu- tions consider Global Positioning System (GPS), GLObalnaya NAvigatsionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema (GLONASS) or combined GPS+GLONASS (GNSS) observations. We assess the pe- riodic signals of station coordinates computed using the combined International GNSS Service (IGS) and four of its Analysis Centers (ACs) products. Furthermore, we make use of different filtering methods to investigate the sources of the periodic signals. A faint fortnightly signal in our PPP solution based on Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) products and the existence of an 8-day period for those ACs generating combined GPS+GLONASS products are the main features in the GPS-only solutions. The existence of the 8-day period in the GPS-only solution indicates that GPS orbits computed in a combined GNSS solution contain GLONASS-specific signals. The GLONASS-only solution shows highly elevated powers at the 3rd draconitic harmonic ( ~ 120-day period), at the 8-day period and its harmonics (4 days, 2.67 days) besides the well-known annual, semi-annual and other draconitic harmonics. We show that the GLONASS constellation gaps before December 2011 contribute to the power at some of the frequencies. However, the well known fortnightly signal in GPS-only solutions is not discernible in the GLONASS-only solution. The combined GNSS solution contains periodic signals from both systems, with most of the powers being reduced when compared to the single-GNSS solutions. A 52% reduction for the horizontal components and a 36% reduction for the vertical compo- nent are achieved for the fortnightly signal from the GNSS solution compared to the GPS-only solution. Comparing the results of the employed filtering methods reveals that the source of most of the powers of draconitic and fortnightly signals are satellite-induced with a non-zero contribution of site-specific errors. [less ▲]

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See detailA New Vertical Land Movements Data Set from a Reprocessing of GNSS at Tide Gauge Stations
Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Klos, Anna; Hansen, Dionne et al

Scientific Conference (2016, July 30)

The main objective of the International GNSS Service (IGS) Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group is to provide accurate coordinates and changes in them in the form of long-term trends for ... [more ▼]

The main objective of the International GNSS Service (IGS) Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group is to provide accurate coordinates and changes in them in the form of long-term trends for globally distributed Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) stations at or close to tide gauges (TGs). Mean sea level (MSL) records derived from TG observations measure sea level relative to benchmarks on the land and structures supporting the TGs. Therefore, any changes in land levels affect the MSL records and the computed estimates of sea level change, ie. the MSL trends. In order to compute regionally or globally averaged MSL required for climate studies, these MSL trends have to be corrected for the vertical land movements (VLMs) derived from the GNSS observations. In this study, we have estimated a new set of VLMs at or close to TGs from the recent reprocessing campaign “repro2” undertaken by British Isles continuous GNSS Facility and University of Luxembourg TIGA Analysis Center (BLT). The position time series of more than 700 stations distributed around the world have been reprocessed for the period 1994 to 2015 using the latest bias models and processing strategies following the conventions of the International Earth Rotation and Reference Frame Service (IERS). It is well known that position time series are affected by discontinuities, which stem from different sources such as earthquakes, hardware changes and other artificial offsets that do not reflect real geophysical events. Since uncorrected discontinuities adversely affect the trend estimates, we have, after applying all known offset epochs, inspected the time series of all stations manually and added any further offset epochs required during the analysis. We have included a total of 2500+ discontinuities of which two-thirds are from hardware changes, 4% from earthquakes and 9% from unknown sources. We fit a deterministic model (sum of linear trend and seasonal terms) to the position time series using the Hector software package. As expected the annual terms show the highest power with amplitudes of a few millimeters. The stochastic model for estimating trend and associated uncertainties follows a power-law noise process as has previously been described as optimal for GNSS-derived position time series. The new set of VLM estimates from our repro2 solution is evaluated through comparison with a published GNSS solution, the recent ICE-6G model of glacial isostatic adjustment and by application to the latest release of MSL trends from the Permanent Service For Mean Sea Level. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-GNSS Benefits to Real-Time and Long-Term Monitoring Applications
Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Ding, Wenwu; Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL et al

Scientific Conference (2016, July 30)

The processing of observations from multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSSs) has been shown to benefit high-precision applications on time scales from real-time (RT) to long-term monitoring ... [more ▼]

The processing of observations from multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSSs) has been shown to benefit high-precision applications on time scales from real-time (RT) to long-term monitoring. While the improvements for RT applications have been widely documented and stem largely from the availability of additional observations, often with better satellite geometry, especially in obstructed environments, the improvements to long-term monitoring applications are less well understood. In this evaluation two distinct examples from recent studies carried out at the University of Luxembourg will be presented. Firstly, we will discuss RT estimates of Zenith Tropospheric Delay (ZTD) obtained using integer ambiguity fixed Precise Point Positioning (PPP) solutions based on GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BDS observations. This study revealed that the largest improvement in the ZTD estimates stemmed from the additional GNSS observations to those of GPS. The fixing of integer ambiguities (GPS only) had less of an effect. Secondly, we will discuss long-term PPP solutions using GPS and GLONASS observations in combination with various satellite orbit and clock products from the International GNSS Service and its analysis centres. Here of particular interest are the constellation specific draconitic signals and the impact of signal obstructions on the long-term position time series. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the Properties of Zenith Total Delay Time Series from Reprocessed GPS Solutions
Klos, Anna; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL et al

Poster (2016, July 29)

Global Positioning System observations from stations in regional and global networks have proven to sense the conditions of the atmosphere, especially the water vapour content of the troposphere. Zenith ... [more ▼]

Global Positioning System observations from stations in regional and global networks have proven to sense the conditions of the atmosphere, especially the water vapour content of the troposphere. Zenith Total Delay (ZTD) derived during the processing of GPS data is a measure of the total atmospheric delay along the signal path between satellite and receiver antennas and arises mostly from the hydrostatic and wet parts of the atmosphere. Having taken surface pressure and temperature into account, ZTD can be converted into an estimate of the Integrated Water Vapour (IWV) content of the atmosphere, which when derived from homogenously reprocessed GPS observations, is emerging as an important parameter in the monitoring of climate change. Especially, the long-term trend and variations in IWV together with their associated uncertainties are of high interest as atmospheric water vapour is the dominant greenhouse gas. To date the trend estimates and their uncertainties are widely determined with assumption that the stochastic properties of the time series follow a random, ie. white noise, process. However, if ZTD and IWV are directly linked to climate processes, one would expect that the underlying noise process has similar character to that found in other climate parameters, which have been modelled by means of an autoregressive process. If this proves to be true, the trend estimates and their uncertainties in ZTD and IWV may have been underestimated up to this day of an order of magnitude. In this research, we examine the properties of both deterministic and stochastic parameters of the ZTDs that were estimated by the consortium of the British Isles continuous GNSS Facility (BIGF) and the University of Luxembourg TIGA Analysis Centres (BLT) for GPS data collected by a global tracking network of more than 700 stations (repro2 solution). The analysis has been started with the homogenisation of the ZTD time series, which is an important task to provide homogeneity over the long-term. Here we used all previously reported discontinuities for a single station along with those added after manually inspecting the time series. This procedure did lead to a total number of 2505 discontinuities for this data set. Next, all significant oscillations were identified with spectral analysis and thereafter modelled with a Least-Squares Method. The residuals were subjected to noise analysis with different stochastic models. The results showed that an autoregressive model of fourth order combined with a white noise process is the optimal model for the ZTD time series. Finally, we provide an optimum evaluation of the ZTD trends and their uncertainties for selected climate zones, which were established according to the Köppen-Geiger climate classification. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of Limited Satellite Visibility on Estimates of Vertical Land Movements
Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL et al

in International Association of Geodesy Symposia (2016)

The number of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) satellites and their geometry directly affect the quality of positioning and derived satellite products. Accordingly, the International GNSS Service ... [more ▼]

The number of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) satellites and their geometry directly affect the quality of positioning and derived satellite products. Accordingly, the International GNSS Service (IGS) recommends GNSS antennas to be installed away from natural and man-made surfaces and structures, which may affect the incoming signals through severe multipath or obstructions. Following these recommendations, continuous GNSS (cGNSS) stations are generally located in low multipath environments with minimal signal obstructions. However, some applications require GNSS antennas to be installed at specific locations in order to measure local processes. In support of sea level studies, cGNSS stations are established at or close to tide gauges in order to accurately monitor the local vertical land movements experienced by the sea level sensors. However, the environment at the tide gauge might not be optimal for GNSS observations due to the aforementioned station-specific effects, which may degrade the quality of coordinate solutions. This study investigates the impact of severe signal obstructions on long-term position time series for some selected stations. A masking profile from an actually obstructed site is extracted, simulated and applied to unobstructed IGS sites. To investigate these effects, we imple- mented a new feature called azimuth-dependent elevation masking in the Bernese GNSS Software version 5.2. We present our preliminary results on the use of this new feature to study the impact of different obstruction scenarios on long-term GNSS position time series and vertical land movement estimates. The results show that a certain obstruction, with the effect being highly dependent on its severity and azimuthal direction, affects all coordinate components with the effect being more significant for the Up component. Moreover, it causes changes in the rate estimates and increases the rate uncertainty with the effect being site-specific. [less ▲]

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See detailAccessing of Post-SPeoiswmeirc-LDaewfoPrrmoapteiortnies in Land Movements
Klos, Anna UL; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Bos, Machiel et al

Presentation (2016, June)

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See detailStatus of TIGA activities at the British Isles continuous GNSS Facility and the University of Luxembourg
Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Bingley, Richard et al

in International Association of Geodesy Symposia (2016), 143

In 2013 the InternationalGNSS Service (IGS) Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group started their reprocessing campaign which proposes to reanalyse all relevant GPS observations from 1995 to ... [more ▼]

In 2013 the InternationalGNSS Service (IGS) Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group started their reprocessing campaign which proposes to reanalyse all relevant GPS observations from 1995 to the end of 2012 in order to provide high quality estimates of vertical land motion for monitoring of sea level changes. The TIGA Working Group will also produce a combined solution from the individual TIGA Analysis Centres (TAC) contributions. The consortium of British Isles continuous GNSS Facility (BIGF) and the University of Luxembourg TAC (BLT) will contribute weekly minimally constrained SINEX solutions from its reprocessing using the Bernese GNSS Software (BSW) version 5.2 and the University of Luxembourg will also act as a TIGA Combination Centre (TCC). The BLT will generate two solutions, one based on BSW5.2 using a network double difference (DD) strategy and a second one based on BSW5.2 using a Precise Point Positioning (PPP) strategy. In the DD strategy we have included all IGb08 core stations in order to achieve a consistent reference frame implementation. As an initial test for the TIGA combination, all TACs agreed to provide weekly SINEX solutions for a four-week period in December 2011. Taking these individual TAC solutions the TCC has computed a first combination using two independent combination software packages: CATREF and GLOBK. In this study we will present preliminary results from the BLT reprocessing and from the combination tests [less ▲]

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See detailCombination of Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Analysis Center from repro2 solutions
Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL

Poster (2016, April 19)

Recently the International GNSS Service (IGS) Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group (WG) has completed their repro2 solutions by re-analyzing the full history of all relevant Global ... [more ▼]

Recently the International GNSS Service (IGS) Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group (WG) has completed their repro2 solutions by re-analyzing the full history of all relevant Global Positioning System (GPS) observations from 1995 to 2015. This re-processed data set will provide high-quality estimates of vertical land movements for more than 700 stations, enabling regional and global high-precision geophysical/geodetic studies. All the TIGA Analysis Centres (TACs) have processed the observations recorded by GPS stations at or close to tide gauges, which are available from the TIGA Data Center at the University of La Rochelle (www.sonel.org) besides those of the global IGS core network used for its reference frame implementations. Following the recent improvements in processing models, strategies (http://acc.igs.org/reprocess2.html), this is the first complete reprocessing attempt by the TIGA WG to provide homogeneous position time series relevant to sea level changes. In this study we report on a first multi-year daily combined solution from the TIGA Combination Centre (TCC) at the University of Luxembourg (UL) with respect to the latest International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF2014). Using GLOBK combination software package, we have computed a first daily combined solution from TAC solutions already available to the TIGA WG. These combinations allow an evaluation any effects of the individual TAC parameters and their influences on the combined solution with respect to the latest ITRF2014. Some results of the UL TIGA multi-year combinations in terms of geocentric sea level changes will be presented and discussedd [less ▲]

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See detailThe Combined Effect of Periodic Signals and Noise on the Dilution of Precision of GNSS Station Velocity Uncertainties
Klos, Anna; Olivares Pulido, German UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL et al

Poster (2016, April 05)

Station velocity uncertainties determined from a series of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) position estimates depend on both the deterministic and stochastic models applied to the time series ... [more ▼]

Station velocity uncertainties determined from a series of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) position estimates depend on both the deterministic and stochastic models applied to the time series. While the deterministic model generally includes parameters for a linear and several periodic terms, the stochastic model is a representation of the noise character of the time series in form of a power-law process. For both of these models the optimal model may vary from one time series to another while the models also depend, to some degree, on each other. In the past various power-law processes have been shown to fit the time series and the sources for the apparent temporally-correlated noise were attributed to, for example, mismodelling of satellites orbits, antenna phase centre variations, troposphere, Earth Orientation Parameters, mass loading effects and monument instabilities. [less ▲]

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See detailA First Evaluation of the new GNSS Station Installations at the Tide Gauges of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz in the Republic of Namibia
Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Combrinck, Ludwig; Botha, Roelf et al

Poster (2016, February 11)

During September 2015 the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory in collaboration with the University of Luxembourg installed two state-of-the-art continuous GNSS stations adjacent to the tide gauges ... [more ▼]

During September 2015 the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory in collaboration with the University of Luxembourg installed two state-of-the-art continuous GNSS stations adjacent to the tide gauges of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz in the Republic of Namibia. These installations are the culmination of a four-year effort to get the stations established and the help of the Namibian Port Authority in this endeavour is much appreciated. The tide gauge at Walvis Bay (Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS) number 314) has a record in the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) Revised Local Reference (RLR) database (number 914) dating back to 1958 (data completeness 54%). The tide gauge at Lüderitz is not a GLOSS station but also has a PSMSL RLR record (number 911) since 1958 (data completeness 67%). Both tide gauges currently use a radar measurement unit and are operated by the Hydrographic Office of the South African Navy. They are the only sea level observations along a more than 3000 km stretch of the West African coast from Pointe Noire in the Republic of the Congo to Port Nolloth in the Republic South Africa, hence they form an important data source for sea level studies. The two continuous GNSS stations record observations from all visible GNSS satellites (GPS, GLONASS, BDS and Galileo) with a 1 second recording interval. The current installations support hourly data downloads, which are sufficient for most activities within the IGS, while the data have great potential to contribute not only to the TIGA working group but also to MGEX. In this study we present the first evaluation of the quality of the GNSS observations from the two new continuous GNSS stations for the first three months of operation. In the future we plan to make the data available to the scientific community. [less ▲]

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See detailTotal Impact of Periodic Terms and Coloured Noise on Velocity Estimates
Klos, Anna; Olivares, German; Teferle, Felix Norman UL et al

Poster (2016, February 05)

The uncertainties of velocity estimates for position time series of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) stations are mainly affected by a misfit of the deterministic model applied to this data ... [more ▼]

The uncertainties of velocity estimates for position time series of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) stations are mainly affected by a misfit of the deterministic model applied to this data. Insufficiently modelled seasonal signals will propagate into the stochastic model and falsify the results of the noise analysis besides the velocity estimates and their uncertainties. In this presentation we derived the General Dilution of Precision (GDP) of velocity uncertainties. We define this dilution as the ratio between the uncertainties of velocities determined when different deterministic and stochastic models are applied. In this way we discuss, referring to previously published results, how insufficiently modelled seasonal signals influence station velocity uncertainties with white and coloured noise. Using simulated and real data from selected (115) IGS (International GNSS Service) stations we show that the noise character affects GNSS data more than seasonals for time series longer than 9 years. [less ▲]

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See detailQuality assessment of Mulit-Year BLT Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) repro2 Solution
Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL

Poster (2016, February)

Recently the International GNSS Service (IGS) Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group (WG) has completed their repro2 solutions by re-analyzeing the full history of all relevant Global ... [more ▼]

Recently the International GNSS Service (IGS) Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group (WG) has completed their repro2 solutions by re-analyzeing the full history of all relevant Global Positioning System (GPS) observations from 1995 to 2015. This re-processed data set will provide high-quality estimates of vertical land movements for more than 500 stations, enabling regional and global high-precision geophysical/geodetic studies. All the TIGA Analysis Centres (TACs) have mainly processed the GPS observations recorded by GPS stations at or close to tide gauges, which are available from the TIGA data centre at the University of La Rochelle (www.sonel.org). Following the recent improvements in processing models, strategies (http://acc.igs.org/reprocess2.html), this is the first complete re-processing attempt by the TIGA WG to provide homogeneous position time series relevant to sea level changes. In this study we report on a first multi-year daily combined solution from the TIGA Combination Centre (TCC) at the University of Luxembourg (UL) with respect to the latest International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF2014). Using two independent combination software packages, CATREF and GLOBK, we have computed a first daily combined solution from TAC solutions already available for TIGA WG. These combinations allow an evaluation of any effects from the combination software and of the individual TAC parameters and their influences on the combined solution with respect to the latest ITRF2014. Some results of the UL TIGA multi-year combinations in terms of geocentric sea level changes will be presented and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailThe King Edward Point Geodetic Observatory, South Georgia, South Atlantic Ocean: A First Evaluation and Potential Contributions to Geosciences
Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Ahmed, Furqan UL et al

in Willis, Pascal; Rizos, Chris (Eds.) IAG 150 Years Proceedings of the 2013 IAG Scientific Assembly, Postdam, Germany, 1–6 September, 2013 (2016)

During February 2013 the King Edward Point (KEP) Geodetic Observatory was established in South Georgia, South Atlantic Ocean, through a University of Luxembourg funded research project and in ... [more ▼]

During February 2013 the King Edward Point (KEP) Geodetic Observatory was established in South Georgia, South Atlantic Ocean, through a University of Luxembourg funded research project and in collaboration with the United Kingdom National Oceanography Centre, British Antarctic Survey, and Unavco, Inc. Due to its remote location in the South Atlantic Ocean, as well as being one of few subaerial exposures of the Scotia tectonic plate, South Georgia Island has been a key location for a number of global monitoring networks, e.g. seismic, geomagnetic and oceanic. However, no permanent geodetic monitoring station has been established previously, despite the lack of observations from this region. In this study we will present an evaluation of the GNSS and meteorological observations from the KEP Geodetic Observatory for the period from 14 February to 31 December 2013. We calculate multipath and positioning statistics and compare these to those from IGS stations using equipment of the same type. The on-site meteorological data are compared to those from the nearby KEP meteorological station and the NCEP/NCAR reanalysis model, and the impact of these data sets on integrated water vapour estimates is evaluated. We discuss the installation in terms of its potential contributions to sea level observations using tide gauges and satellite altimetry, studies of tectonics, glacio-isostatic adjustment and atmospheric processes. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of BLT Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) repro2 Solutions
Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL

Poster (2015, December 17)

In 2013 the International GNSS Service (IGS) Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group (WG) started their reprocessing campaign, which proposes to re-analyze all relevant Global Positioning ... [more ▼]

In 2013 the International GNSS Service (IGS) Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group (WG) started their reprocessing campaign, which proposes to re-analyze all relevant Global Positioning System (GPS) observations from 1994 to 2013. This re-processed dataset will provide high quality estimates of land motions, enabling regional and global high-precision geophysical/geodetic studies. Several of the individual TIGA Analysis Centres (TACs) have completed processing the full history of GPS observations recorded by the IGS global network, as well as, many other GPS stations at or close to tide gauges, which are available from the TIGA data centre at the University of La Rochelle (www.sonel.org). Following the recent improvements in processing models and strategies, this is the first complete reprocessing attempt by the BLT TIGA Analysis centre to provide homogeneous position time series. We report the quality of the multi-year daily solutions from the consortium of the British Isles continuous GNSS Facility (BIGF) and the University of Luxembourg TIGA Analysis Centres (BLT) based on the Bernese GNSS Software Version 5.2 using a double difference (DD) network processing strategy. [less ▲]

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See detailSignal Obstructions at GNSS Stations: Benefits From Multi-GNSS Observations
Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL et al

Poster (2015, October 27)

The current accuracy of IGS products, few centimeter level, requires amongst other things that the location for GNSS antennas are nearly optimal for GNSS observations. This includes a low multipath ... [more ▼]

The current accuracy of IGS products, few centimeter level, requires amongst other things that the location for GNSS antennas are nearly optimal for GNSS observations. This includes a low multipath environment and little to no signal obstructions. However, this is not guaranteed for every station especially in urban areas and mountainous regions. As some applications such as GNSS for sea level studies or to monitor landslides require GNSS antennas to be installed at a specific site, it is clear that the environment might not be favourable for GNSS observations. In this study, we investigate the effect of signal obstructions on station positions, specifically the height component, based on simulated obstruction scenarios using a modified Bernese GNSS Software version 5.2 (BSW52). The behaviours of different obstruction scenarios and the impact of multi-GNSS (GPS+GLONASS for now) observations for both clear and obstructed stations are discussed. [less ▲]

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