Accession Number N20120010508
Title Geopotential Field Anomaly Continuation with Multi-Altitude Observations.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 39p
Personal Author E. Rangelova H. R. Kim J. W. Kim P. Taylor R. Von Frese
Abstract Conventional gravity and magnetic anomaly continuation invokes the standard Poisson boundary condition of a zero anomaly at an infinite vertical distance from the observation surface. This simple continuation is limited, however, where multiple altitude slices of the anomaly field have been observed. Increasingly, areas are becoming available constrained by multiple boundary conditions from surface, airborne, and satellite surveys. This paper describes the implementation of continuation with multi-altitude boundary conditions in Cartesian and spherical coordinates and investigates the advantages and limitations of these applications. Continuations by EPS (Equivalent Point Source) inversion and the FT (Fourier Transform), as well as by SCHA (Spherical Cap Harmonic Analysis) are considered. These methods were selected because they are especially well suited for analyzing multi-altitude data over finite patches of the earth such as covered by the ADMAP database. In general, continuations constrained by multi-altitude data surfaces are invariably superior to those constrained by a single altitude data surface due to anomaly measurement errors and the non-uniqueness of continuation.
Keywords Anomalies
Boundary conditions
Cartesian coordinates
Fourier transformation
Harmonic analysis
Magnetic anomalies
Point sources
Spherical caps
Spherical coordinates

Source Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NTIS Subject Category 48G - Hydrology & Limnology
Corporate Author Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.
Document Type Journal article
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1226
Contract Number N/A

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