Towards a New Geoid Model of Tanzania Using Precise Gravity Data

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The new geoid model of Tanzania is a major breakthrough in the determination of vertical heights for the past 60 years. A new geoid model has been computed using precise gravity data supplemented with marine gravity data from Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite and new high-resolution satellite gravity data from Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE). A digital terrain model was also used based on 15” Shuttle and Rader Terrain Model (SRTM) data. The use of gravity data makes an orthometric height easily computed using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). The GNSS is
being used in many African countries including Tanzania and soon it will replace conventional leveling technique and avoid frequent maintenance of benchmarks. This paper presents preliminary result of a new geoid model which shows that by using precious gravity data and Remove-Compute-Restore technique, an accuracy of 10 cm can be reached.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-276
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Environmental Science and Engineering A
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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