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See detailConsolidating Observation of Land and Sea Level Changes around South Georgia Island
Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Hibbert, Angela et al

Poster (2019, December 13)

With its mid-ocean location in the Southern Atlantic Ocean South Georgia Island is in a key position for the oceanic and geodetic global monitoring networks. Since 2013 the tide gauge at King Edward Point ... [more ▼]

With its mid-ocean location in the Southern Atlantic Ocean South Georgia Island is in a key position for the oceanic and geodetic global monitoring networks. Since 2013 the tide gauge at King Edward Point (KEP) with GLOSS ID 187 has been monitored using a GNSS station nearby on Brown Mountain. By accurately geo-referencing the tide gauge and monitoring any vertical land movements, a continuous record of its datum within the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) can be established, which in turn makes the recorded and averaged sea levels useful for long-term studies and satellite altimetry calibrations. In 2014 another GNSS station was installed at KEP after local subsidence was sus-pected and later on three additional GNSS stations came to service at the periphery of the main island, making it possible to monitor uplift/subsidence wider afield. Further-more, together with four precise levelling campaigns of the KEP benchmark network in 2013, 2014 and two in 2017, it has also been possible to investigate the very local character of the vertical motions near KEP, i.e. the stability of the jetty upon which the tide gauge is mounted. In this study, we will present the results from the GNSS and precise levelling meas-urements, and will discuss their impact on the sea level record from the KEP tide gauge and nearby satellite altimetry sea surface heights. This study comes at a timely manner as during the Austral Summer 2019/2020 the jetty will be stabilized and en-larged, and consequently the current tide gauge will be replaced by a new one. Our measurements show that uplift is observed all over South Georgia Island while the ar-ea at KEP and particularly the jetty with tide gauge are subsiding relative to the rest of the island. In contrast, results for the tide gauge record show a lower magnitude of ob-served sea level rise than expected from nearby satellite altimetry. We will revisit all geodetic and oceanic observations in an attempt to improve the agreement between these measurements to summarize the status before the work at the jetty begins. [less ▲]

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See detailPresent-Day Land and Sea Level Changes around South Georgia Island: Results from Precise Levelling, GNSS, Tide Gauge and Satellite Altimetry Measurements
Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Dalziel, I W D; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, July 25)

South Georgia Island, the main land outcrop on the South Georgia microcontinent (SGM), is located approximately 1,400 km east of the Falkland Islands and approximately 1,400 km northeast of the ... [more ▼]

South Georgia Island, the main land outcrop on the South Georgia microcontinent (SGM), is located approximately 1,400 km east of the Falkland Islands and approximately 1,400 km northeast of the northernmost tip of the Antarctic peninsular. The SGM is believed to lie south of the North Scotia Ridge (NSR), which forms the boundary to the South America Plate, while to the south it is bordered by the Scotia Plate (SP). In its sub-Antarctic location, the island is largely covered by mountain glaciers which have been reported to be retreating due to climatic change. Furthermore, during past glaciation periods the island and its shelf area, stretching much of the SGM, have been ice covered as was revealed by scarring of the sub-oceanic topography. Together with ongoing tectonics along the NSR and recent seismicity at the SP boundary, these processes have the ability to produce significant uplift on local to regional scales. With its mid-ocean location in the Southern Atlantic Ocean South Georgia Island is in a key position for the oceanic and geodetic global monitoring networks. As these net-works suffer from a Hemisphere imbalance with the number of stations in the Northern Hemisphere outnumbering those in the Southern Hemisphere, operating these stations to the highest standards is of key scientific value. It is of particular interest to monitor the tide gauge (GLOSS ID 187) at King Edward Point (KEP) for vertical land movements to establish a continuous record of its datum within the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL), which in turn makes it useful for long-term sea level studies and satellite altimetry calibrations. With the establishment of five GNSS stations on the islands by teams from Luxembourg, the UK and the USA during 2013 to 2015, and the scientific analysis of these data within a global network of stations, it has now become possible to study present-day vertical land movements and their impacts. Furthermore, together with four precise levelling campaigns of the KEP benchmark network in 2013, 2014 and two in 2017, it has also been possible to investigate the very local character of the vertical motions near KEP, i.e. the stability of the jetty upon which the tide gauge is mounted. In this study, we will present the still preliminary results from the GNSS and levelling measurements and will discuss their impact on the sea level record from the KEP tide gauge. Our measurements show that while South Georgia Island and the area around KEP are rising, the jetty and tide gauge are subsiding, leading to a lower magnitude of the observed sea level change than expected from satellite altimetry. In order to improve the agreement between these measurements both local and regional vertical land movements need to be monitored. [less ▲]

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See detailRecent Activities on Tristan da Cunha Island: Geodetic Installations, Local Tie Measurements and their Analysis
Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Backes, Dietmar UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, July 11)

During 2017 a team from the University of Luxembourg and the National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool, established a permanent Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) station and two new tide gauges on ... [more ▼]

During 2017 a team from the University of Luxembourg and the National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool, established a permanent Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) station and two new tide gauges on Tristan da Cunha Island in the South Atlantic Ocean. These installations were funded through various projects at both collaborating institutions under the umbrella of the International GNSS Service (IGS) Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) Working Group and the Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS) focus area on Sea Level Change, Variability and Forecasting. While this was the first scientific installation of a GNSS station on the main island within the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, IGS station GOUG, located on Gough Island which lies 412 km to the south, has been in operation since 1998. Unfortunately GOUG was decommissioned in 2018. Sea level observations on Tristan da Cunha have a longer history than GNSS with various tide gauges having been in operation since 1984. Tristan da Cunha also hosts a Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite (DORIS) station which was established in 2012 after a previous installation was upgraded and moved to the current site. The antenna TCTA is located on the concrete monument of the previous DORIS antenna. Furthermore, in order for future International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF) computations to fully benefit from the proximity of the sensors, the geodetic ties between the respective antennas (and reference markers in case of the tide gauges) need to be determined at the millimeter level using various terrestrial surveying methods and a local benchmark network. This contribution provides details of the activities on Tristan da Cunha including the installations, the established benchmark network, the terrestrial surveys of the geodetic ties and the analysis of these measurements in order to geometrically link the GNSS and DORIS antennas to each other as well as to the tide gauges. [less ▲]

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See detailImproved Monitoringand Tracking Hurricanes using GPS Atmospheric WaterVapour
Ejigu, Yohannes Getachew; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; klose, Anna et al

Poster (2019, April 09)

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See detailImpact of GPS Antenna Phase Center Models on Zenith Wet Delay and Tropospheric Gradients
Ejigu, Yohannes Getachew; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL et al

in GPS Solutions (2018), 23(5),

We demonstrate the potential for the Global Positioning System (GPS) to provide highly accurate tropospheric products for use in meteorological applications. Tropospheric products, in particular the wet ... [more ▼]

We demonstrate the potential for the Global Positioning System (GPS) to provide highly accurate tropospheric products for use in meteorological applications. Tropospheric products, in particular the wet delays, are treated as an unknown parameter in GPS processing and are estimated with other parameters such as station coordinates. In this study, we investigate the effects of Phase Center Correction (PCC) models on tropospheric zenith wet delay (ZWD), integrated water vapor (IWV) and gradient products. Two solutions were generated using the GAMIT software over the EUREF Permanent GNSS Network (EPN). The first (reference) solution was derived by applying the International GNSS Service (IGS) type-mean PCC model, while for the second solution PCC models from individual calibrations were used. The solutions were generated identically, except for the PCC model differences. The two solutions were compared, with the assumption that common signals are differenced out. The comparison of the two solutions clearly shows a bias in all tropospheric products, which can be attributed to PCC model deficiencies. Overall, mean biases of ±1.8, ±0.3, ±0.14 and ±0.19 mm are evident in ZWD, IWV, North-South and East-West gradients, respectively. Moreover, the differences between the two solutions show seasonal variations. For all antenna types, the ZWD and IWV differences are dominated by white plus power-law noise, with latter characterizing the low-frequency spectrum. On the other hand, the horizontal gradients exhibit a white plus first order autoregressive noise characteristic with less than 1% white noise. The individual PCC model provides a better fit to an external independent model in terms of gradient estimate and also provides up to 3 % more carrier phase ambiguity resolution. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of unmodelled tidal displacements in GPS and GLONASS coordinate time series
Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL et al

in Geophysical Journal International (2018), 214(3), 2195-2206

This study demonstrates the different effects of unmodelled (sub-)daily tidal displacement in Global Positioning System (GPS) and GLObalnaya NAvigatsionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema (GLONASS) coordinate time ... [more ▼]

This study demonstrates the different effects of unmodelled (sub-)daily tidal displacement in Global Positioning System (GPS) and GLObalnaya NAvigatsionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema (GLONASS) coordinate time-series. The results show that more than two propagated periodic signals appear in GPS and GLONASS Precise Point Positioning (PPP) coordinate time-series in the presence of an unmodelled M2 /O1 tidal displacements as a result of a non-overlapping 24-hr data sampling. To summarize the propagated periodic signals at the fortnightly period, an unmodelled M2 tidal displacement propagates predominately into two long-period signals at 13.6x (x is a positive integer) and 14.76 d for GPS, while only one significant propagated periodic signal at 14.76 d is discernible for GLONASS. Similarly, significant propagated periodic signals at 13.6x and 14.19 d for GPS and only at 14.19 d for GLONASS are evident as a result of an unmodelled O1 tidal displacement. However, an unmodelled M f (long- period) signal results in a strong power of similar magnitude at 13.6x d (∼13.66 d) for both GPS and GLONASS solutions. The appearance of different periodic signals as a result of the same unmodelled tidal displacement is attributed to the different ground repeat periods of the constellations. The latter is likely to explain the reason why the 13.6x-d fortnightly signal is present only in GPS solutions. Comparing the powers of the M2 propagated periodic signals at 13.6x and 14.76 d on average from 32 globally distributed stations, the amplitude of the former is larger than for the latter by an order of magnitude. The results of this study demonstrate that the 13.6x-d periodic signal in GPS/GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) derived products is a joint contribution of the propagation of unmodelled (sub-)daily tidal displacements and errors at longer periods with the former appearing to contribute more. Significant reduction of the propagated periodic signals is achieved from combined-system solutions where including Galileo (the European GNSS) to the combined solution already shows benefits by reducing the effect even before the system has reached its full constellation. Combined GNSS solutions will benefit the applications of GNSS time-series for retrieving tidal harmonic signals such as Mf as they reduce constellation specific propagation effects. [less ▲]

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See detailVertical Land Movements and Sea Level Changes around South Georgia Island
Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL et al

Poster (2018, April 09)

South Georgia Island in the Southern Atlantic Ocean is a key location for the seismic, geomagnetic and oceanic global monitoring networks. In its sub-Antarctic location, the island is largely covered by ... [more ▼]

South Georgia Island in the Southern Atlantic Ocean is a key location for the seismic, geomagnetic and oceanic global monitoring networks. In its sub-Antarctic location, the island is largely covered by mountain glaciers which have been reported to be retreating due to climatic change. Furthermore, during past glaciation periods the island and its shelf area have been ice covered as was revealed by scarring of the sub-oceanic topography. Together with ongoing tectonics along the North Scotia Ridge, these processes have the ability to produce significant uplift on local to regional scales, affecting the measurements of the tide gauge (GLOSS ID 187) at King Edward Point (KEP). Furthermore, with its mid-ocean location, the tide gauge is of particular interest to satellite altimetry calibrations over the Southern Atlantic and Southern Oceans. With the establishment of five GNSS stations on the islands during 2013 to 2015 and the scientific analysis of these data within the global network of stations of the International GNSS Service Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) working group, it has now become possible to study present-day vertical land movements of the region and their impacts on, for example, regional sea level. Furthermore, together with four precise levelling campaigns of the KEP benchmark network in 2013, 2014 and two in 2017, it has also been possible to investigate the very local character of the vertical motions near KEP, ie. the stability of the jetty upon which the tide gauge is mounted. In this study, we will present the still preliminary results from the GNSS and levelling measurements and will discuss their impact on the sea level record from the KEP tide gauge. Our measurements show that while South Georgia Island and the area around KEP are rising, the jetty and tide gauge are subsiding, leading to a disagreement in the observed sea level change from the tide gauge and satellite altimetry. In order to improve the agreement between these sea level measurements both local and regional vertical land movements need to be monitored. [less ▲]

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See detailStatistical significance of trends in Zenith Wet Delay from re-processed GPS solutions
Klos, Anna; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL et al

in GPS Solutions (2018)

Long series of Zenith Wet Delay (ZWD) obtained as part of a homogeneous re-processing of Global Positioning System solutions constitute a reliable set of data to be assimilated into climate models. The ... [more ▼]

Long series of Zenith Wet Delay (ZWD) obtained as part of a homogeneous re-processing of Global Positioning System solutions constitute a reliable set of data to be assimilated into climate models. The correct stochastic properties, i.e. the noise model of these data, have to be identified to assess the real value of ZWD trend uncertainties since assuming an inappropriate noise model may lead to over- or underestimated error bounds leading to statistically insignificant trends. We present the ZWD time series for 1995–2017 for 120 selected globally distributed stations. The deterministic model in the form of a trend and significant seasonal signals were removed prior to the noise analysis. We examined different stochastic models and compared them to widely assumed white noise (WN). A combination of the autoregressive process of first-order plus WN (AR(1) + WN) was proven to be the preferred stochastic representation of the ZWD time series over the generally assumed white-noise-only approach. We found that for 103 out of 120 considered stations, the AR(1) process contributed to the AR(1) + WN model in more than 50% with noise amplitudes between 9 and 68 mm. As soon as the AR(1) + WN model was employed, 43 trend estimates became statistically insignificant, compared to 5 insignificant trend estimates for a white-noise-only model. We also found that the ZWD trend uncertainty may be underestimated by 5–14 times with median value of 8 using the white-noise-only assumption. Therefore, we recommend that AR(1) + WN model is employed before tropospheric trends are to be determined with the greatest reliability. [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 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 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 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 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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