Andreas Kvas

Andreas Kvas
Graz University of Technology | TU Graz · Institute of Geodesy

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Introduction
Currently working at the Institute of Geodesy, Graz University of Technology - Main research area: static and time-variable gravity field recovery - Current project: 'G3P'

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Publications (36)
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The application of terrestrial water storage (TWS) data observed with GRACE and GRACE‐FO often requires realistic uncertainties. For gridded TWS data, this requires the knowledge of the covariances, which can be derived from the formal, i.e., formally estimated in the parameter estimation, variance‐covariance matrix provided together with the Stoke...
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Earth’s gravitational field provides invaluable insights into the changing nature of our planet. It reflects mass change caused by geophysical processes like continental hydrology, changes in the cryosphere or mass flux in the ocean. Satellite missions such as the NASA/DLR operated Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), and its successor...
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The Gravity Recovery Object Oriented Programming System (GROOPS) is a software toolkit written in C++ that enables the user to perform core geodetic tasks. Key features of the software include gravity field recovery from satellite and terrestrial data, the determination of satellite orbits from global navigation satellite system (GNSS) measurements...
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Global navigation satellite system (GNSS) constellations such as GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou and the Japanese regional system QZSS apply various satellite attitude modes during eclipse season, which is the period when the Sun is close to the orbital plane of the satellite. Due to different satellite manufacturers and technological advances ov...
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GOCO06s is the latest satellite-only global gravity field model computed by the GOCO (Gravity Observation Combination) project. It is based on over a billion observations acquired over 15 years from 19 satellites with different complementary observation principles. This combination of different measurement techniques is key in providing consistentl...
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In the framework of the COmbination Service for Time-variable Gravity fields (COST-G) gravity field solutions from different analysis centres are combined to provide a consolidated solution of improved quality and robustness to the user. As in many other satellite-related sciences, the correct application of background models plays a crucial role i...
Conference Paper
Groundwater is one of the most important freshwater resources for mankind and for ecosystems. Assessing groundwater resources and developing sustainable water management plans based on this resource is a major field of activity for science, water authorities and consultancies worldwide. Due to its fundamental role in the Earth’s water and energy cy...
Preprint
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GOCO06s is the latest satellite-only global gravity field model computed by the GOCO ("Gravity Observation Combination") project. It is based on over a billion observations acquired over 15 years from 19 satellites with different complementary observation principles. This combination of different measurement techniques is key in providing consisten...
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The International Combination Service for Time-variable Gravity Fields (COST-G) is a new Product Center of IAG’s International Gravity Field Service (IGFS). COST-G provides consolidated monthly global gravity fields in terms of spherical harmonic coefficients and thereof derived grids of surface mass changes by combining existing solutions or norma...
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The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) plays a key role in our global climate system and is the main mechanism of northward heat transport for a warm climate in Northern Europe. Despite its crucial role, the AMOC is only scarcely observed, as observations covering all of the Atlantic Ocean for extended time are difficult to obtain....
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Changes in terrestrial water storage as observed by the satellite gravity mission GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) represent a new and completely independent way to constrain the net flux imbalance in atmospheric reanalyses. In this study daily GRACE gravity field changes are used for the first time to investigate high-frequency hydr...
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Earth's time variable gravity field provides invaluable insights into the changing nature of our planet. As it is a proxy to mass variations on Earth's surface, it reflects geophysical processes like continental hydrology, changes in the cryosphere or mass flux in the ocean. Dedicated satellite missions such as the NASA/DLR operated Gravity Recover...
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In this article, we present a computationally efficient method to incorporate background model uncertainties into the gravity field recovery process. While the geophysical models typically used during the processing of GRACE data, such as the atmosphere and ocean dealiasing product, have been greatly improved over the last years, they are still a l...
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Temporal aliasing errors induced by high-frequency tidal and non-tidal mass variability in the Earth system are among the three most important error sources that limit the accuracy of present-day surface mass estimates from satellite gravimetry. By means of end-to-end simulations, we demonstrate that the Kalman Smoother approach developed by Kurten...
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Earth observation satellites yield a wealth of data for scientific, operational and commercial exploitation. However, the redistribution of mass in the system Earth is not yet part of the standard inventory of Earth Observation (EO) data products to date. It is derived from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission and its Follow-...
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ITSG‐Grace2018 is a new series of GRACE‐only gravity field solutions based on reprocessed GRACE observation data (L1B RL03) and the latest atmosphere and ocean dealiasing product (AOD1B RL06). It includes unconstrained monthly and constrained daily solutions, as well as a high‐resolution static gravity field. Compared to the previous ITSG release,...
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A large number of time-series of monthly gravity fields derived from GRACE data provide users with a wealth of information on mass transport processes in the system Earth. The users are, however, left alone with the decision which time-series to analyze. Following the example of other well-known combination services provided by the geodetic communi...
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Earth observation satellites yield a wealth of data for scientific, operational and commercial exploitation. However, the redistribution of mass in the system Earth is not yet part of the standard inventory of Earth Observation (EO) data products to date. It is derived from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission and its Follow-...
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The main objective of the GOCO (“Gravity Observation Combination“) project is to compute high-accuracy and high-resolution static global gravity field models based on data of the dedicated satellite gravity missions CHAMP, GRACE, and GOCE, SLR data, and kinematic orbits from different Low Earth Orbiters. In this contribution we present the latest r...
Poster
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Compared to the ITSG-Grace2016 release, multiple improvements within the processing chain have been implemented: updated background models, co-estimation of tides and stochastic modeling of satellite orientation measurements. The ITSG-Grace2018 release is based on Level-1B Release 03 data and the AOD1B Release 06 dealiasing product. It includes unc...
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Two daily gravity field solutions based on observations from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite mission are evaluated against daily river runoff data for major flood events in the Ganges–Brahmaputra Delta (GBD) in 2004 and 2007. The trends over periods of a few days of the daily GRACE data reflect temporal variations in d...
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Two daily gravity field solutions based on observations from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite mission are evaluated against daily river runoff data for major flood events in the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta (GBD) in 2004 and 2007. The trends over periods of a few days of the daily GRACE data reflect temporal variations in d...
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The Gravity Field And Climate Experiment (GRACE) has granted invaluable insight into the redistribution of surface mass, by providing monthly snapshots of the Earth’s gravity field. Highly dynamic events like floods, which can build up and drain on time scales from hours to weeks, are however difficult to resolve with this comparatively coarse samp...
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Compared to the predecessor ITSG-Grace2014, multiple improvements within the processing chain have been implemented: updated background models, instrument data screening, improved accelerometer calibration, improved numerical orbit integration, and covariance function estimation. The ITSG-Grace2016 gravity field model consists of two parts: (1) Unc...
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Within the EGSIEM (European Gravity Service for Improved Emergency Management) project, a demonstrator for a near real-time (NRT) gravity field service which provides daily GRACE gravity field solutions will be established. Compared to the official GRACE gravity products, these NRT solutions will increase the temporal resolution from one month to o...
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The ITSG-Grace2014 GRACE-only gravity field model consists of a high resolution unconstrained static model (up to degree 200) with trend and annual signal, monthly unconstrained solutions with different spatial resolutions as well as daily snapshots derived by using a Kalman smoother. Apart from the estimated spherical harmonic coefficients, full v...

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The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is a key element of heat transport in the Earth’s climate system. In this project, we propose to enhance the methodology to derive AMOC changes from satellite gravimetry and provide a time series of mass transport in the Atlantic Ocean, based on the full data record of the satellite missions GRACE and GRACE-FO.
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https://www.g3p.eu/ G3P aims at providing monthly groundwater storage variations from 2002 until present by a cross-cutting combination of GRACE and GRACE-FO satellite gravity data with water storage data that are based on the existing portfolio of the Copernicus (European Union’s Earth Observation Programme) services. Specific objectives: 1) Capitalize from GRACE and GRACE-FO satellite gravimetry to monitor subsurface mass variations and thus groundwater storage change for large areas 2) Incorporate and advance a wealth of products on storage compartments of the water cycle that are part of the Copernicus portfolio 3) Disseminate unprecedented information on changing groundwater storage to the global and European user communities, including a European use case as a demonstrator for industry potential in the water sector.
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The project MAGIC focuses on the handling and processing of the new GRACE-FO data to allow for a continuation and improvement of the time-variable gravity field record.