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See detailA GPS Network Densification in Saudi Arabia in Support of Geophysical Investigations in the Region
Almuslmani, Bandar; Al-Motari, Eid; Bingley, Richard M. et al

Poster (2006)

Current investigations of the motions of the Arabian and its neighboring plates are primarily based on GPS measurements obtained in the surrounding areas of the Arabian plate, with few stations actually ... [more ▼]

Current investigations of the motions of the Arabian and its neighboring plates are primarily based on GPS measurements obtained in the surrounding areas of the Arabian plate, with few stations actually located on the Arabian plate itself in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In order to advance the knowledge of the dynamics of the Arabian plate and its intra-plate deformations, the General Directorate of Military Survey (GDMS), through a collaboration with the Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy (IESSG), densified the GPS network in Saudi Arabia, covering nearly two thirds of the tectonic plate. Since July 2002, a network of 32 GPS stations has been established at locations of the Saudi Arabia geodetic network. At all of these GPS stations a concrete pillar has been used as the monument and the locations have been selected in order to give the broadest distribution of observing sites. During 2005, 27 additional GPS stations in the Hejaz and Asser Mountains in the south-western part of Saudi Arabia, have been established, with the GDMS GPS network now comprising a total of 59 stations. In this presentation we will introduce the new GPS network in Saudi Arabia established by GDMS and will present the initial results from campaigns in March 2003 and March 2005. We show preliminary estimates of absolute and relative Arabian plate motions inferred from the GPS network and a detailed comparison of the results based on the Bernese GPS software versions 4.2 and 5.0. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasuring Changes in Ground Level at Tide Gauges using Continuous GPS and Absolute Gravimetry to Improve Estimates of Changes in Sea Level Around Britain
Bingley, Richard M; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Dodson, Alan H et al

in Proceedings of the 41st Defra Flodd and Coastal Management Conference 2006 (2006)

Researchers studying climate change have used historical tide gauge measurements from all over the world to investigate the changes in sea level that have occurred over the last century or so. However ... [more ▼]

Researchers studying climate change have used historical tide gauge measurements from all over the world to investigate the changes in sea level that have occurred over the last century or so. However, such estimates are a combination of any true sea level variations and any changes in ground level at the specific tide gauge. For a tide gauge record to be used to determine the climate related changes in sea level it is necessary to correct for any changes in ground level. The development in geodetic techniques for monitoring changes in ground level at British tide gauges has been on-going at the IESSG and POL since 1990, based on research funded by both Defra and the Environment Agency. Since 1996, this research has focused on the establishment of continuous GPS (CGPS) stations and the use of absolute gravity (AG), as independent geodetic techniques for measuring changes in ground level. This paper details the results of Defra/EA R&D project FD2319, which is part of the Risk Evaluation and Understanding of Uncertainty Theme. The paper shows how CGPS and AG have been used on a national scale to monitor changes in ground level at tide gauges and obtain estimates of changes in sea level, decoupled from changes in ground level. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Effect of Processing Technique and Reference Frame Definition on Noise in CGPS Position Time Series
Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Williams, Simon; Kierulf, Halfdan et al

Poster (2005)

In this presentation we investigate the effects of GPS processing techniques and strategies, and the related reference frame realization, on the stochastic properties of continuous GPS (CGPS) position ... [more ▼]

In this presentation we investigate the effects of GPS processing techniques and strategies, and the related reference frame realization, on the stochastic properties of continuous GPS (CGPS) position time series. It was of particular interest to establish whether and how different GPS processing techniques and strategies, e.g. double differencing (DD) and precise point positioning (PPP), and the use of different orbit and clock products, and/or the definition of the reference frame (partly dependent on the applied strategy) affect the colored noise content of time series. We used CGPS position time series from 15 different solutions obtained from seven different analysis centers as part of the European Sea Level Service - Research Infrastructure project (ESEAS-RI) using the GIPSY OASIS II, GAMIT and Bernese GPS softwares. All time series analyzed have at least three years of data for the period between 2000 and 2005. Furthermore, a selected set of position time series was also analyzed using Empirical Orthogonal Function (EOF) analysis. The noise content of the first 15 modes, representing the solution-specific common mode time series for each of the selected solutions were then also investigated for colored noise. Using Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE) a white, a white plus flicker, a white plus power- law and a white plus first-order Gauss-Markov (FOGM) noise model were fitted to the position and EOF time series data. For both the position and EOF time series the parameter model included a constant, a rate and harmonic terms with annual, semi-annual, 4- monthly, 3-monthly, 2.4-monthly and 13.66 day periods. Position jumps were modeled at logged epochs or at visible discontinuities in the time series. The MLE showed that in most cases the best fitting noise model is a combination of white plus power-law noise with average spectral indices in the range between -0.5 and -1.4. This model is closely followed by the combination of white plus flicker and white plus FOGM noise. The noise properties of the EOF time series follow predominantly a white plus power-law character, with the first few modes indicating a white plus flicker noise behavior. In general, DD solutions contain less noise than PPP solutions and that regional reference frame definitions further reduce the amount of noise in the time series. [less ▲]

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