The exceptional new geoid was obtained with data gathered by ESA’s GOCE satellite which has been in orbit for two years measuring Earth’s gravity with astounding precision. It was unveiled to a group of scientists and media at the Fourth International GOCE User Workshop hosted at the Technische Universität München.
“GOCE geoid provides a dynamic topography and circulation patterns of the oceans with unprecedented quality and resolution”, said Prof. Reiner Rummel, former Head of the Institute for Astronomical and Physical Geodesy at this university.
|GOCE in orbit|
|Schematic representation of the different fields covered by GOCE|
* A hypothetical solid figure whose surface corresponds to mean sea level and its imagined extension under (or over) land areas.
With information from ESA: http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM1AK6UPLG_index_0.html