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postglacial rebound from vlbi geodesy: on establishing vertical referenceDifficulty in establishing a reference frame fixed to the earth's interior complicates the measurement of the vertical (radial) motions of the surface. I propose that a useful reference frame for vertical motions is that found by minimizing differences between vertical motions observed with VLBI [Ma and Ryan] and predictions from postglacial rebound predictions [Peltier]. The optimal translation of the geocenter is 1.7mm/year toward 36degN, 111degE when determined from the motions of 10 VLBI sites. This translation gives a better fit of observations to predictions than does the VLBI reference frame used by Ma and Ryan, but the improvement is statistically insignificant. The root mean square of differences decreases 20% to 0.73 mm/yr and the correlation coefficient increases from 0.76 to 0.87. Postglacial rebound is evident in the uplift of points in Sweden and Ontario that were beneath the ancient ice sheets of Fennoscandia and Canada, and in the subsidence of points in the northeastern U.S., Germany, and Alaska that were around the periphery of the ancient ice sheets.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Argus, Donald F.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1996
Publication Information
Publication: Geophysical Research Letters
Volume: 23
Issue: 9
ISSN: 0094-8534
Subject Category
Earth Resources and Remote Sensing
Report/Patent Number
Paper 96GL00735
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 465-14-01-40
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