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Ørsted and Magsat scalar anomaly fields

Earth, Planets and Space201452:BF03352354

Received: 12 April 2000

Accepted: 9 August 2000

Published: 24 June 2014


The scalar anomaly field determined from available Ørsted data is compared with the upward continued scalar anomaly field derived from Magsat data. Two techniques were used to remove the core field from the Ørsted satellite data. In the first method, monthly spherical harmonic core field models of degree and order 13 derived from scalar and vector data were subtracted, and in the second method, along-track high-pass filtering of scalar data only was used. In both methods, the binned residuals were interpolated to a sphere, and subsequently filtered. Monthly degree and order 13 spherical harmonic core field models were removed from Magsat vector data. The binned Magsat vector residuals were interpolated to a sphere, filtered, and upward continued by high degree spherical harmonic analysis. The corresponding Magsat scalar anomaly field at Ørsted altitude was then determined. For latitudes below 50 degrees, removal of the core field by signal processing techniques from presently available Ørsted data led to a scalar anomaly field in better agreement with that determined from Magsat data, than removal by spherical harmonic analysis.


Vector DataSatellite TrackSpherical Harmonic AnalysisScalar AnomalySurface Spherical Harmonic