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Contributions of Space Geodesy to Geodynamics: Earth Dynamics

Contributions of Space Geodesy to Geodynamics: Earth Dynamics

David E. Smith (Editor), Donald L. Turcotte (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-66972-3 March 2013 American Geophysical Union 219 Pages


Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geodynamics Series, Volume 24.

There are times in the history of a science when the evolving technology has been combined with a singleness of purpose to make possible the next great step. For space geodesy the decade of the 1980s was one of those times. Initiated in the early 1980s, the NASA Crustal Dynamics Project (CDP), a global venture of unprecedented proportions, exploited new technologies to confirm and refine tectonic theories and to advance geodynamics.

The highlights of the efforts of scientists and engineers from some 30 countries are contained in the 54 papers collected in three volumes which are dedicated to the memory of Edward A. (Ted) Flinn, the former Chief Scientist of the NASA Geodynamics Program.

D. L. Turcotte and D. E. Smith xi

Variations in the Orientation of the Earth
T.M. Eubanks 1

Atmospheric Excitation of the Earth's Rotation: Progress and Prospects via Space Geodesy
J. O. Dickey 55

The Use of Crustal Dynamics Project Data to Predict the Orientation of the Earth
D. D. McCarthy 71

Contributions of Water Mass Redistribution to Polar Motion Excitation
C.R. Wilson 77

Lunar Laser Ranging: Geophysical Results and Reference Frames
X X Newhall, and J. O. Dickey, J. G. Williams  83

Development of a Conventional Terrestrial Reference Frame
C. Boucher and Z. Altamimi 89

Earth Orientation and Related Reference Frames
M. Feissel, D. Bourquard, P. Chariot, E. Eisop, N. Essaifi, J.-F. Lestfade, E. F. Arias, C. Boucher, and Z. Altamimi 99

The Consistency of the Scale of the Terrestrial Reference Frames Estimated From SLR and VLBI
W. E. Himwich, M. M. Watkins, C. Ma, D. S. MacMillan, T. A. Clark, R. J. Eanes, J. W. Ryan, B. E. Schutz, and B. D. Tapley 113

Reference Frames From CDP VLBI Data
C. Ma, J. W. Ryan, D. Gordon, D. S. Caprette, and W. E. Himwich 121

LageosL aser RangingC ontributionst o Geodynamics,G eodesy,and Orbital Dynamics
B.D. Tapley, B. E. Schutz, R. J. Eanes, J. C. Ries, and M. M. Watkins 147

Geodynamic Results From Starlette Orbit Analysis
C. K. Shum, and B. D. Tapley B. E. Schutz, M. K. Cheng, R. J. Eanes  175

Improvements in the Accuracy of Goddard Earth Models (GEM)
F.J. Lerch, R. S. Nerem, B. H. Putney, S. M. Klosko, G. B. Patel, R. G. Williamson, H. B. Iz, J. C. Chan, and E. C. Pavlis 191

Gravity Model Solution Based Upon SLR Data Using Eigenvalue Analysis: Alternative Methodology
F. J. Lerch, H. B. Iz, and J. C. Chan   213