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Software Analysis of New Space Gravity Data for Geophysics and Climate ResearchBoth the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) and Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellites are returning rich data for the study of the solid earth, the oceans, and the climate. Current software analysis tools do not provide researchers with the ease and flexibility required to make full use of this data. We evaluate the capabilities and shortcomings of existing software tools including Mathematica, the GOCE User Toolbox, the ICGEM's (International Center for Global Earth Models) web server, and Tesseroids. Using existing tools as necessary, we design and implement software with the capability to produce gridded data and publication quality renderings from raw gravity data. The straight forward software interface marks an improvement over previously existing tools and makes new space gravity data more useful to researchers. Using the software we calculate Bouguer anomalies of the gravity tensor's vertical component in the Gulf of Mexico, Antarctica, and the 2010 Maule earthquake region. These maps identify promising areas of future research.
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Deese, Rupert
(Harvey Mudd Coll. Claremont, CA, United States)
Ivins, Erik R.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Fielding, Eric J.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
April 15, 2015
Publication Date
August 1, 2012
Subject Category
Computer Programming And Software
Meteorology And Climatology
Distribution Limits
Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE)
gravity mission data
gravity gradiometry
crustal structure

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