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Treatise on Geophysics

Geodesy, which is the science of measuring the size and shape of the Earth, explores the theory, instrumentation and results from modern geodetic systems. The beginning sections of the volume cover the theory of the Earth's gravity field, the instrumentation for measuring the field, and its temporal variations. The measurements and results obtained from variations in the rotation of the Earth are covered in the sections on short and long period rotation  hanges. Space based geodetic methods, including the global positioning system (GPS) and Interferometric synthetic aperture radar (SAR), are also examined in detail.

Paperback, 464 pages

Published: August 2009

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-53460-6


  • Overview
    Thomas Herring
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

    Potential Theory and Static Gravity Field
    of the Earth
    Christopher Jekeli
    Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

    Gravimetric Methods
    Absolute Gravimeter: Instruments, Concepts and Implementation
    Tim Niebauer
    Migro-g Solutions, Inc., Erie, Colorado, USA

    Superconducting Gravimetry
    Jacques Hinderer
    Institut de Physique du Globe Strasbourg, France
    David J. Crossley
    St. Louis University, Missouri, USA
    Richard Warburton
    G.W.R. Instruments, Inc., San Diego, California, USA

    Spacecraft Altimeter Measurements
    Don Chambers
    University of Texas at Austin, USA

    Time Variable Gravity
    Earth Tides
    Duncan Agnew
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA

    Glacial Isostatic Adjustment
    J.X. Mitrovica and K. Latchev
    University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    M.E. Tamisiea
    Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

    Time-Variable Gravity from Satellites
    John Wahr
    University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

    Earth Rotation Variations
    Long Period Variations
    Richard Gross
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

    Nearly Diurnal Variations
    Veronique Dehant
    Observatoire Royal de Belgique, Belgium
    Piravonu Mathews
    Nungambakkam, India

    GPS and Space Based Geodetic Methods
    Geoffrey Blewitt
    University of Nevada, Reno, USA

    Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar Geodesy
    Mark Simons and Paul A. Rosen
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA


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