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See detailAn Evaluaton of Real-Time Troposphere Products Based on mult-GNSS Precise Point Posi)oning
Ding, Wenwu; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Kazmierski, Kamil et al

Scientific Conference (2017, February 21)

When employing observations from multiple Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) the performance of real-time (RT) GNSS meteorology can be improved. In this paper, we describe an operational RT system ... [more ▼]

When employing observations from multiple Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) the performance of real-time (RT) GNSS meteorology can be improved. In this paper, we describe an operational RT system for extracting zenith tropospheric delay (ZTD) using a modified version of the PPP-wizard. Multi-GNSS, including GPS, GLONASS and Galileo, observation streams are processed using a RT PPP strategy based on RT satellite orbit/clock products from CNES. A continuous experiment for 30 days is conducted, in which the RT observation streams of 20 globally distributed stations are processed. The initialization time and accuracy of the RT troposphere products using single/multi-system observations are evaluated. The effect of RT PPP ambiguity resolution is also evaluated. The results reveal that the RT troposphere products based on single system observations can fulfill the requirements of meteorological application, in which the GPS-only solution is better than the GLONASS-only solution in both initialization and accuracy. The performance can also be improved by applying RT PPP ambiguity resolution and utilizing multi-GNSS observations. Specifically, we notice that the ambiguity resolution is more effective in improving the accuracy, whereas the initialization process can be better accelerated by multi-GNSS observations. Combining all systems, RT troposphere products with an average accuracy of about 8 mm in ZTD can be achieved after an initialization process of approximately 9 minutes, which supports the application of multi-GNSS observations and ambiguity resolution for RT meteorological applications. [less ▲]

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See detailAn evaluation of real-time troposphere estimation based on GNSS Precise Point Positioning
Ding, Wenwu; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Kazmierski, Kamil et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (2017), 122(5), 2779--2790

It is anticipated that the performance of real-time (RT) GNSS meteorology can be further improved by incorporating observations from multiple Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), including GPS ... [more ▼]

It is anticipated that the performance of real-time (RT) GNSS meteorology can be further improved by incorporating observations from multiple Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou. In this paper, an operational RT system for extracting zenith troposphere delay (ZTD) using a modified version of the Precise Point Positioning With Integer and Zero-difference Ambiguity Resolution Demonstrator (PPP-WIZARD) was established. GNSS, including GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo, observation streams were processed using RT Precise Point Positioning (PPP) strategy based on RT satellite orbit/clock products from the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales. An experiment covering 30 days was conducted, in which the observation streams of 20 globally distributed stations were processed. The initialization time and accuracy of the RT troposphere results using single-system and multisystem observations were evaluated. The effect of PPP ambiguity resolution was also evaluated. Results reveal that RT troposphere estimates based on single-system observations can both be applied in weather nowcasting, in which the GPS-only solution is better than the GLONASS-only solution. The performance can also be improved by PPP ambiguity resolution and utilizing GNSS observations. Specifically, we notice that ambiguity resolution is more effective in improving the accuracy of ZTD, whereas the initialization process can be better accelerated by GNSS observations. Combining all techniques, the RT troposphere results with an average accuracy of about 8 mm in ZTD can be achieved after an initialization process of approximately 8.5 min, which demonstrates superior results for applying GNSS observations and ambiguity resolution for RT meteorological applications. [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 detailThe Status of GNSS Data Processing Systems to Estimate Integrated Water Vapour for Use in Numerical Weather Prediction Models
Ahmed, Furqan UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Bingley, Richard 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)

Modern Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models make use of the GNSS-derived Zenith Total Delay (ZTD) or Integrated Water Vapour (IWV) estimates to enhance the quality of their forecasts. Usually, the ... [more ▼]

Modern Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models make use of the GNSS-derived Zenith Total Delay (ZTD) or Integrated Water Vapour (IWV) estimates to enhance the quality of their forecasts. Usually, the ZTD is assimilated into the NWP models on 3-hourly to 6-hourly intervals but with the advancement of NWP models towards higher update rates e.g. 1-hourly cycling in the Rapid update Cycle (RUC) NWP, it has become of high interest to estimate ZTD on sub-hourly intervals. In turn, this imposes requirements related to the timeliness and accuracy of the ZTD estimates and has lead to a development of various strategies to process GNSS observations to obtain ZTD with different latencies and accuracies. Using present GNSS products and tools, ZTD can be estimated in realtime (RT), near real-time (NRT) and post-processing (PP) modes. The aim of this study is to provide an overview and accuracy assessment of various RT, NRT, and PP IWV estimation systems and comparing their achieved accuracy with the user requirements for GNSS meteorology. The NRT systems are based on Bernese GPS Software 5.0 and use a double-differencing strategy whereas the PP system is based on the Bernese GNSS Software 5.2 using the precise point positioning (PPP) strategy. The RT systems are based on the BKG Ntrip Client 2.7 and the PPP-Wizard both using PPP. The PPP-Wizard allows integer ambiguity resolution at a single station and therefore the effect of fixing integer ambiguities on ZTD estimates will also be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative Analysis of Real-Time Precise Point Positioning Zenith Total Delay Estimates
Ahmed, Furqan UL; Vaclavovic, Pavel; Teferle, Felix Norman UL et al

in GPS Solutions (2014)

The continuous evolution of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) meteorology has led to an increased use of associated observations for operational modern low-latency numerical weather prediction ... [more ▼]

The continuous evolution of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) meteorology has led to an increased use of associated observations for operational modern low-latency numerical weather prediction (NWP) models, which assimilate GNSS-derived zenith total delay (ZTD) estimates. The development of NWP models with faster assimilation cycles, e.g., 1-h assimilation cycle in the rapid update cycle NWP model, has increased the interest of the meteorological community toward sub-hour ZTD estimates. The suitability of real-time ZTD estimates obtained from three different precise point positioning software packages has been assessed by comparing them with the state-of-the-art IGS final troposphere product as well as collocated radiosonde (RS) observations. The ZTD estimates obtained by BNC2.7 show a mean bias of 0.21 cm, and those obtained by the G-Nut/Tefnut software library show a mean bias of 1.09 cm to the IGS final troposphere product. In comparison with the RS-based ZTD, the BNC2.7 solutions show mean biases between 1 and 2 cm, whereas the G-Nut/Tefnut solutions show mean biases between 2 and 3 cm with the RS-based ZTD, and the ambiguity float and ambiguity fixed solutions obtained by PPPWizard have mean biases between 6 and 7 cm with the references. The large biases in the time series from PPP-Wizard are due to the fact that this software has been developed for kinematic applications and hence does not apply receiver antenna eccentricity and phase center offset (PCO) corrections on the observations. Application of the eccentricity and PCO corrections to the a priori coordinates has resulted in a 66 % reduction of bias in the PPP-Wizard solutions. The biases are found to be stable over the whole period of the comparison, which are criteria (rather than the magnitude of the bias) for the suitability of ZTD estimates for use in NWP nowcasting. A millimeter-level impact on the ZTD estimates has also been observed in relation to ambiguity resolution. As a result of a comparison with the established user requirements for NWP nowcasting, it was found that both the GNut/Tefnut solutions and one of the BNC2.7 solutions meet the threshold requirements, whereas one of the BNC2.7 solution and both the PPPWizard solutions currently exceed this threshold. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative Analysis of Real-Time Precise Point Positioning Zenith Total Delay Estimates
Ahmed, Furqan UL; Vaclavovic, Pavel; Teferle, Felix Norman UL et al

Poster (2013, December 13)

The use of observations from Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) in operational meteorology is increasing worldwide due to the continuous evolution of GNSS. The assimilation of near real-time (NRT ... [more ▼]

The use of observations from Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) in operational meteorology is increasing worldwide due to the continuous evolution of GNSS. The assimilation of near real-time (NRT) GNSS-derived zenith total delay (ZTD) estimates into local, regional and global scale numerical weather prediction (NWP) models is now in operation at a number of meteorological institutions. The development of NWP models with high update cycles for nowcasting and monitoring of extreme weather events in recent years, requires the estimation of ZTD with minimal latencies, i.e. from 5 to 10 minutes, while maintaining an adequate level of accuracy for these. The availability of real-time (RT) observations and products from the IGS RT service and associated analysis centers make it possible to compute precise point positioning (PPP) solutions in RT, which provide ZTD along with position estimates. This study presents a comparison of the RT ZTD estimates from three different PPP software packages (G-Nut/Tefnut, BNC2.7 and PPP-Wizard) to the state-of-the-art IGS Final Troposphere Product employing PPP in the Bernese GPS Software. Overall, the ZTD time series obtained by the software packages agree fairly well with the estimates following the variations of the other solutions, but showing various biases with the reference. After correction of these the RMS differences are at the order of 0.01 m. The application of PPP ambiguity resolution in one solution or the use of different RT product streams shows little impact on the ZTD estimates. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing the Status of GNSS Data Processing Systems to Estimate Integrated Water Vapour for Use in Numerical Weather Prediction models
Ahmed, Furqan UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Bingley, Richard et al

Poster (2013, September)

Modern Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models make use of the GNSS derived Zenith Total Delay (ZTD) or Integrated Water Vapour (IWV) estimates to enhance the quality of their forecasts. Usually, the ... [more ▼]

Modern Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models make use of the GNSS derived Zenith Total Delay (ZTD) or Integrated Water Vapour (IWV) estimates to enhance the quality of their forecasts. Usually, the ZTD is assimilated into the NWP models on hourly intervals but with the advancement of NWP models towards higher update rates, it has become necessary to estimate the ZTD on sub-hourly intervals. In turn, this imposes requirements related to the timeliness and accuracy of the ZTD estimates and has lead to a development of various strategies to process GNSS observations to obtain ZTD with different latencies and accuracies. Using present GNSS products and tools, ZTD can be estimated in real-time (RT), near real-time (NRT) and post-processing (PP) modes. The aim of this study is to provide an overview and accuracy assessment of various RT, NRT, and PP IWV estimation systems and comparing their achieved accuracy with the user requirements for GNSS meteorology. The NRT and PP systems are based on the Bernese GNSS Software v5.2 using a double-difference network and Precise Point Positioning (PPP) strategy, and the RT systems are based on BKG Ntrip Client 2.7 and PPP-Wizard both using PPP. One of the RT systems allows integer ambiguity resolution with PPP and therefore the effect of fixing integer ambiguities on ZTD estimates will also be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Evaluation of the Accuracy of Real-Time Zenith Total Delay Estimates
Ahmed, Furqan UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Bingley, Richard et al

Scientific Conference (2013, April 12)

The continuous evolution of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) meteorology has lead to an increased use of associated observations for operational meteorology worldwide. In order to enhance short ... [more ▼]

The continuous evolution of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) meteorology has lead to an increased use of associated observations for operational meteorology worldwide. In order to enhance short-term weather forecasts meteorological institutions use modern low-latency Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models which assimilate GNSS-derived Zenith Total Delay (ZTD) estimates. For such NWP models a number of GNSS processing strategies allow the provision of these ZTDs with the required accuracy (up to a few millimetres) and latency (hourly). However, meteorological now-casting applications, e.g. for storm tracking, require higher update rates for the ZTDs of 10 or even 5 min, which can be achieved, but only at a loss in accuracy. Using the IGS Real-Time Service orbit and clock products together with an appropriate GNSS software, it is possible to estimate the ZTDs in real-time. Available software packages either use GNSS processing strategies based on differenced or un-differenced observations, such as Precise Point Positioning (PPP). While PPP has clear advantages for efficiently processing data streams from large GNSS networks this strategy is more affected by inaccuracies in the real-time products than when using differenced observations. On the other hand, recent advances in PPP integer ambiguity resolution nowadays provide this strategy with the benefits of ambiguity-fixed solutions. In this study, we present an evaluation of the accuracy of real-time ZTD estimates obtained from several GNSS processing systems through comparison to those obtained from a near real-time and a post-processing system. [less ▲]

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