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See detailThe Deformation Area Difference (DAD) method for condition assessment of reinforced structures
Erdenebat, Dolgion UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL; Scherbaum, Frank et al

in Engineering Structures (2018), 155

The investigation and condition assessment of bridges have a very high priority in the construction industry today. Particularly, due to the fact that many bridge structures are getting old and partly ... [more ▼]

The investigation and condition assessment of bridges have a very high priority in the construction industry today. Particularly, due to the fact that many bridge structures are getting old and partly reach the end of their useful life, the control and condition assessment of bridge structures have become very important and essential. The present research work introduces an efficient new method for condition assessment called the Deformation Area Difference (DAD) Method. This new method represents an attractive alternative to visual inspection and long-term monitoring. In this paper, the new method with its theoretical background is presented and explained by means of a laboratory experiment and some additional theoretical calculation examples. The experimental investigations have been realised on a reinforced concrete beam, which has been gradually loaded until failure. For each load step, the stiffness reduction and the apparent cracking have been monitored. High-precision measurements such as close-range photogrammetry, digital levelling and displacement sensors have been used for the determination of the deflection curve. The DAD method has been applied to identify the area of the crack pattern of the laboratory experiment. Furthermore, the method is discussed with regard to the load level and the precision of the deformation measurements. On the basis of the laboratory experiment, the applicability of the DAD method for damage detection could be proven. Furthermore, the sensitivity of the method with regard to the damage degree, the static system, the damage position and the impact of temperature variation were analysed. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of a regional real-time precise positioning system based on GPS/BeiDou observations in Australia
Ding, Wenwu UL; Tan, Bingfeng; Chen, Yongchang et al

in Advances in Space Research (2018)

The performance of real-time (RT) precise positioning can be improved by utilizing observations from multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) instead of one particular system. Since the end of ... [more ▼]

The performance of real-time (RT) precise positioning can be improved by utilizing observations from multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) instead of one particular system. Since the end of 2012, BeiDou, independently established by China, began to provide operational services for users in the Asia-Pacific regions. In this study, an regional RT precise positioning system in Australia is developed to evaluate the performance of GPS/BeiDou observations in providing high precision positioning services for users. Fixing three hourly updated satellite orbits, RT correction messages are generated and broadcasted by processing RT observation/navigation data streams from AUSCORS at the server side. At the user side, RT PPP is realized by processing RT data streams and the RT correction messages received. RT clock offsets, for which the accuracy reached 0.07 and 0.25 ns for GPS and BeiDou, respectively, can be determined. Based on these corrections, an accuracy of 12.2, 30.0 and 45.6 cm in the North, East and Up directions was achieved for the BeiDou-only solution after 30 minutes while the GPS-only solution reached 5.1, 15.3 and 15.5 cm for the same components at the same time. A further improvement of 43.7, 36.9 and 45.0 percent in the three directions, respectively, was achieved for the combined GPS/BeiDou solution. After the initialization process, the North, East and Up positioning accuracies were 5.2, 8.1 and 17.8 cm, respectively, for the BeiDou-only solution, while 1.5, 3.0, and 4.7 cm for the GPS-only solution. However, we only noticed a 20.9% improvement in the East direction was obtained for the GPS/BeiDou solution, while no improvements in the other directions were detected. It is expected that such improvements may become bigger with the increasing accuracy of the BeiDou-only solution. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst Vertical Land Movement Estimates on South Georgia Island: An Impact Study on Sea Level Change from Tide Gauge and Altimetry Measurements
Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL et al

Poster (2017, December 11)

South Georgia Island in the Southern Atlantic Ocean has been a key location for the seismic, geomagnetic and oceanic global monitoring networks. However, no permanent geodetic monitoring station had been ... [more ▼]

South Georgia Island in the Southern Atlantic Ocean has been a key location for the seismic, geomagnetic and oceanic global monitoring networks. However, no permanent geodetic monitoring station had been established there despite the lack of observations from this region within, for example, the International GNSS Service (IGS) network of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) stations. Then, in 2013 the King Edward Point (KEP) Geodetic Observatory was established with a focus on sea level studies and in support of general geoscience applications. Currently, this observatory located roughly half-way along the main island and along its northern coastline, consists of two GNSS stations (KEPA and KRSA) with local benchmark networks, allowing the height determinations from the GNSS antennas to be transferred to the KEP tide gauge (GLOSS ID 187) and forming a height reference within the International Terrestrial Reference Frame. In late 2014, three additional GNSS stations (SG01, SG02 and SG03) were established, all on small islands at the perimeter of the main island. Together the stations provide the best possible opportunity to study various geophysical processes in the region. With the GNSS-derived position time series partly reaching over 4.5 years in length, it has become possible to provide first estimates of vertical land movements for the island and KEP with its surrounding area. Together with four precise levelling campaigns of the benchmark network in 2013, 2014 and two in 2017, it has also been possible to investigate the very local character of the vertical motions, ie. the stability of the jetty upon which the tide gauge is mounted. Our measurements show that while South Georgia Island and the area around KEP are rising, the jetty and tide gauge are subsiding. In this study, we will present the preliminary results from the GNSS and levelling measurements and will discuss their impact on the sea level record from the KEP tide gauge which is ideally situated in a mid-ocean location for satellite altimetry calibration over the Southern Atlantic and Southern Oceans. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the combined effect of periodic signals and colored noise on velocity uncertainties
Klos, Anna; Olivares Pulido, German UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL et al

in GPS Solutions (2017)

The velocity estimates and their uncertainties derived from position time series of Global Navigation Satellite System stations are affected by seasonal signals and their harmonics, and the statistical ... [more ▼]

The velocity estimates and their uncertainties derived from position time series of Global Navigation Satellite System stations are affected by seasonal signals and their harmonics, and the statistical properties, i.e., the stochastic noise, contained in the series. If the deterministic model in the form of linear trend and periodic terms is not accurate enough to describe the time series, it will alter the stochastic model, and the resulting effect on the velocity uncertainties can be perceived as a result of a misfit of the deterministic model. The effects of insufficiently modeled seasonal signals will propagate into the stochastic model and falsify the results of the noise analysis, in addition to velocity estimates and their uncertainties. We provide the general dilution of precision (GDP) of velocity uncertainties as the ratio of uncertainties of velocities determined from to two different deterministic models while accounting for stochastic noise at the same time. In this newly defined GDP, the first deterministic model includes a linear trend, while the second one includes a linear trend and seasonal signals. These two are tested with the assumption of white noise only as well as the combinations of power-law and white noise in the data. The more seasonal terms are added to the series, the more biased the velocity uncertainties become. With increasing time span of observations, the assumption of seasonal signals becomes less important, and the power-law character of the residuals starts to play a crucial role in the determined velocity uncertainties. With reference frame and sea level applications in mind, we argue that 7 and 9 years of continuous observations is the threshold for white and flicker noise, respectively, while 17 years are required for random-walk to decrease GDP below 5% and to omit periodic oscillations in the GNSS-derived time series taking only the noise model into consideration. [less ▲]

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See detailLaboratory experiment for damage assessment using the DAD-method
Erdenebat, Dolgion UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL

in Conference proceedings SMAR 2017 (2017, September)

In the following, a new analytical method, the Deformation Area Difference (DAD) method for damage assessment of bridge structures is applied using experimental test results of a statically loaded beam ... [more ▼]

In the following, a new analytical method, the Deformation Area Difference (DAD) method for damage assessment of bridge structures is applied using experimental test results of a statically loaded beam. An essential prerequisite for the application of this method is a high precise measurement of the deflection line. In this paper, the results from a laboratory experiment using modern measurement techniques such as photogrammetry and displacement sensors are discussed. A reinforced concrete beam is stepwise loaded until reaching the ultimate limit state. The DAD-method is applied to the resulting data from the measurements and the outcome is discussed for further optimisation of the method. In principle, the measured deflection line of the beam contains already essential information on discontinuities which occur due to cracking. These entries are processed and visualised using the DAD-method. This study shows that a high accuracy of the measurement techniques in combination with the DAD-method can become an effective tool for damage detection. [less ▲]

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See detailA Global Vertical Land Movement Data Set from a Combination of Global Navigation Satellite System Solutions
Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL et al

Poster (2017, July 13)

Coastal sea-level measurements by tide gauges provide the longest instrumental records of sea-levels with some stretching from the 19th century to present. The derived mean sea-level (MSL) records provide ... [more ▼]

Coastal sea-level measurements by tide gauges provide the longest instrumental records of sea-levels with some stretching from the 19th century to present. The derived mean sea-level (MSL) records provide sea-level relative to a nearby tide gauge benchmark (TGBM), which allows for the continuation of this record in time after, for example, equipment modifications. Any changes in the benchmark levels induced by vertical land movements (VLM) affect the MSL records and hence the computed sea-levels. In the past, MSL records affected by VLM were often excluded from further analyses or the VLM were modelled using numerical models of the glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) process. Over the last two decades Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), in particular Global Positioning System (GPS), measurements at or close to tide gauges and the development of the associated processing strategies, have made it possible to obtain estimates of VLM in a geocentric reference system, such as the International Terrestrial Reference Frame release 2008 (ITRF2008) that approach the required accuracy for sea-level studies. Furthermore, the GPS-derived VLM estimates have been shown to improve estimates of sea-level change compared to those using the aforementioned GIA models as these models cannot predict local subsidence or uplift. The International GNSS Service (IGS) Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group has recently re-processed the global GNSS data set from its archive (1000+ stations for 1995-2014) to provide VLM estimates tuned for the sea-level community. To achieve this, five TIGA Analysis Centers (TAC) contributed their reprocessed global GPS network solutions to the WG, all employing the latest bias models and processing strategies in accordance with the second re-processing compaign (repro2) of the IGS. These individual solutions were then combined by the TIGA Combination Center (TCC) to produce, for the first time, a TIGA combined solution (Release 0.99). This combined solution allows an evaluation of each individual TAC solution while also providing a means to gauge the quality and reliability of the combined solution, which is generally regarded as superior to the individual TAC solutions. Using time series analysis methods, estimates of VLM can then be derived from the daily position estimates, which are sub-sequentially employed to investigate coastal sea-levels. In this study, we show results from the evaluation of the relevant solutions, provide an evaluation of the TIGA VLM estimates and give examples of their impact on sea-level estimates for selected tide gauges from around the world. The TAC and TIGA combined solutions, as well as the derived VLM data sets are available from the IGS TIGA WG and will be accessible through SONEL (www.sonel.org) in the near future. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the Scientific Applications of IGS Products: An Assessment of the Reprocessed TIGA Solutions and Combined Products
Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL et al

Scientific Conference (2017, July 03)

Global sea levels have risen since the early 19th century and this rise is likely to accelerate through the 21st century and beyond. Much of the past information on sea level rise stems from the ... [more ▼]

Global sea levels have risen since the early 19th century and this rise is likely to accelerate through the 21st century and beyond. Much of the past information on sea level rise stems from the instrumental records of tide gauges, which measure changes in sea level relative to a tide gauge benchmark (TGBM) situated on land. In order to assess regional or global sea level changes the vertical land movements (VLM) at the tide gauge and its TGBM need to be monitored. GNSS, in particular GPS, has been recognized as one space-geodetic technique to provide highly accurate estimates of VLM in a geocentric reference frame for tide gauges and their TGBMs. As it turned out, this scientific application of GNSS poses the most stringent requirements on the consistency and homogeneity on the data, processing strategies, satellite products, bias models and reference frames used in the analysis of GNSS measurements. Under the umbrella of the International GNSS Service (IGS), the Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group (WG) has the objective to provide highly-accurate positions and VLM estimates for a global network of tide gauges contributing to the Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS) and the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL). As such TIGA forms an important contribution of the IGS to the goals of the Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS), the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). To achieve the TIGA-WG objectives, 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 IGS re-processing campaign (repro2). These individual TAC solutions were then used to compute the combined products by the TIGA Combination Centre (TCC) at the University of Luxembourg using an in-house modified version of the CATREF software package. In this study, we present and internally evaluate the individual TAC and TIGA combined products. We investigate station positions, scale and origin biases, including their frequency content. We also externally evaluate the combined products, particularly the VLM estimates, using solutions from the ITRF2008, ITRF2014 and the glacial isostatic adjustment model ICE-6G (VM5a). Finally, we draw some conclusions on the recent advances and remaining limitations of the various IGS products required for the challenging application to sea level studies. [less ▲]

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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 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 detailOptimum stochastic modeling for GNSS tropospheric delay estimation in real-time
Hadas, Tomasz; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Kazmierski, Kamil et al

in GPS Solutions (2016)

In GNSS data processing, the station height, receiver clock and tropospheric delay (ZTD) are highly correlated to each other. Although the zenith hydrostatic delay of the troposphere can be provided with ... [more ▼]

In GNSS data processing, the station height, receiver clock and tropospheric delay (ZTD) are highly correlated to each other. Although the zenith hydrostatic delay of the troposphere can be provided with sufficient accuracy, zenith wet delay (ZWD) has to be estimated, which is usually done in a random walk process. Since ZWD temporal variation depends on the water vapor content in the atmosphere, it seems to be reasonable that ZWD constraints in GNSS processing should be geographically and/or time dependent. We propose to take benefit from numerical weather prediction models to define optimum random walk process noise. In the first approach, we used archived VMF1-G data to calculate a grid of yearly and monthly means of the difference of ZWD between two consecutive epochs divided by the root square of the time lapsed, which can be considered as a random walk process noise. Alternatively, we used the Global Forecast System model from National Centres for Environmental Prediction to calculate random walk process noise dynamically in real-time. We performed two representative experimental campaigns with 20 globally distributed International GNSS Service (IGS) stations and compared real-time ZTD estimates with the official ZTD product from the IGS. With both our approaches, we obtained an improvement of up to 10% in accuracy of the ZTD estimates compared to any uniformly fixed random walk process noise applied for all stations. [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 detailNumerical investigation of bridges with the aim of condition assessment in applying the Deformation Area Difference method (DAD-method) and selecting appropriate measurement techniques
Erdenebat, Dolgion UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL

in 5th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE 2016), Delft (2016, October)

Condition assessment of existing road bridges gains ever increasing importance today as bridges are getting older and the inflow of heavy traffic is constantly increasing. The further development of ... [more ▼]

Condition assessment of existing road bridges gains ever increasing importance today as bridges are getting older and the inflow of heavy traffic is constantly increasing. The further development of recognized techniques and the development of new methods for early and accurate detection of damage to the structure are made possible by means of innovative technological progress. In this contribution, the principles of Defor-mation Area Difference Method (DAD-Method) for condition assessment of bridges are presented. This method is based on the further processing of measured and computed deformation values. The application of the DAD-Method requires a precise recording of the deflection of a load-deflection test. On the basis of theoretical cal-culations, this method has allowed to identify as well as to localise damage to a structure. The DAD-Method is independent of a reference measurement and insensitive to global influences such as temperature fluctuations. For precise detection of deformations, the most modern measuring instruments and methods like photogram-metry, total stations, displacement sensors, strain gauges and levelling are compared to each other. In collabo-ration with the appropriate measurement technology, the localisation of damage in bridges becomes possible. [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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