Vol 17, No 9

Combination of terrestrial reference frames based on space geodetic techniques in SHAO: methodology and main issues

Bing He, Xiao Wang, Xiao-Gong Hu, Qun Zhao


Abstract Based on years of input from the four geodetic techniques (SLR, GPS, VLBI and DORIS), the strategies of the combination were studied in SHAO to generate a new global terrestrial reference frame as the material realization of the ITRS defined in IERS Conventions. The main input includes the time series of weekly solutions (or fortnightly for SLR 1983–1993) of observational data for satellite techniques and session-wise normal equations for VLBI. The set of estimated unknowns includes 3-dimensional Cartesian coordinates at the reference epoch 2005.0 of the stations distributed globally and their rates as well as the time series of consistent Earth Orientation Parameters (EOPs) at the same epochs as the input. Besides the final solution, namely SOL-2, generated by using all the inputs before 2015.0 obtained from short-term observation processing, another reference solution, namely SOL-1, was also computed by using the input before 2009.0 based on the same combination of procedures for the purpose of comparison with ITRF2008 and DTRF2008 and for evaluating the effect of the latest six more years of data on the combined results. The estimated accuracy of the x-component and y-component of the SOL-1 TRF-origin was better than 0.1 mm at epoch 2005.0 and better than 0.3 mm yr−1 in time evolution, either compared with ITRF2008 or DTRF2008. However, the z-component of the translation parameters from SOL-1 to ITRF2008 and DTRF2008 were 3.4 mm and –1.0 mm, respectively. It seems that the z-component of the SOL-1 TRF-origin was much closer to the one in DTRF2008 than the one in ITRF2008. The translation parameters from SOL-2 to ITRF2014 were 2.2, −1.8 and 0.9 mm in the x-, y- and z-components respectively with rates smaller than 0.4 mm yr−1. Similarly, the scale factor transformed from SOL-1 to DTRF2008 was much smaller than that to ITRF2008. The scale parameter from SOL-2 to ITRF2014 was –0.31 ppb with a rate lower than 0.01 ppb yr−1. The external precision (WRMS) compared with IERS EOP 08 C04 of the combined EOP series was smaller than 0.06 mas for the polar motions, smaller than 0.01 ms for the UT1-UTC and smaller than 0.02 ms for the LODs. The precision of the EOPs in SOL-2 was slightly higher than that of SOL-1.


Keywords astrometry — reference systems — techniques: interferometers — methods: data analysis

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