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Leuliette et al. 2002

Leuliette, E.W., R.S. Nerem, and G.L. Russell, 2002: Detecting time variations in gravity associated with climate change. J. Geophys. Res., 107, no. B6, 2112, doi:10.1029/2001JB000404.

General circulation models offer a way to estimate the impact of mass redistribution on the Earth's time-varying gravity field. In this way, the prospects for detecting climate signals in the gravity field by dedicated satellite gravity mission, such as Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), can be assessed. Using monthly averaged fluid mass diagnositcs from a couple atmosphere-ocean model developed at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), we have estimated geoid variations from the fundamental model mass components. From these estimates the seasonal geoid variations from sea level, snow, soil moisture, water vapor, and atmospheric mass can be compared to the esimated errors for GRACE. All of these seasonal mass flows from the GISS model are well above the preliminary GRACE measurement errors. In addition, mass flowd with significant secular trends attributable to the model's simulated increase of greenhouse gases would, in principle, be detectable by GRACE. However, the interannual variability of mass flows may require longer time series of gravity data, pattern analysis, or modeling imporvements in order to detect trends.

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  author={Leuliette, E. W. and Nerem, R. S. and Russell, G. L.},
  title={Detecting time variations in gravity associated with climate change},
  journal={J. Geophys. Res.},

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ID  - le04000r
AU  - Leuliette, E. W.
AU  - Nerem, R. S.
AU  - Russell, G. L.
PY  - 2002
TI  - Detecting time variations in gravity associated with climate change
JA  - J. Geophys. Res.
VL  - 107
IS  - B6
SP  - 2112
DO  - 10.1029/2001JB000404
ER  -

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