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GRACE-FO Level-2 Monthly Geopotential Spherical Harmonics CSR Release 06.2 (RL06.2)

Metadata Updated: December 6, 2023

FOR EXPERT USE ONLY. This dataset contains estimates of the total month-by-month geopotential of the Earth, derived from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission measurements, produced by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). The data are provided as spherical harmonic coefficients, averaged over approximately a month. These coefficients are derived from the intersatellite range changes between the twin spacecraft of the GRACE-FO mission. This GRACE-FO RL06.2 data is an updated version of the initial GRACE-FO RL06 and RL06.1 Level-2 data products. RL06.2 differs from RL06.1 only in the handling of GPS data set during Level-2 processing. GPS handling for RL06.2 was re-assessed due to steady degradation in low degrees during late 2022 and 2023 in RL06.1. Alterations in the processing of the GPS data were made to increase the volume of data available after editing. Additionally relative weighting between KBR and GPS was updated after June 2020 to use optimal weighting instead of capped weights for GPS used for RL06.1 solutions. The resulting RL06.2 time series shows improvement in the low degree coefficients after 2022. All GRACE-FO RL06.2 Level-2 products are fully compatible with the GRACE RL06 Level-2 fields. Refer to the mission page for more information.

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Created Date September 14, 2023
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023

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Harvested from NASA Data.json

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date September 14, 2023
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023
Identifier C2753948997-POCLOUD
Data First Published 2023-08-28
Language en-US
Data Last Modified 2023-08-28
Category GRACE-FO, geospatial
Public Access Level public
Bureau Code 026:00
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Citation GRACE-FO. 2023-09-07. GRACE-FO Level-2 Monthly Geopotential Spherical Harmonics CSR. Version 6.2. GRACEFO_L2_CSR_MONTHLY_0062. JPL. Archived by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Government, JPL. GRACE-FO, JPL, 2022-05-10, GRACE-FO Level-2 Monthly Geopotential Spherical Harmonics CSR Release 6.2 (RL06.2).
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Release Place JPL
Series Name GRACE-FO Level-2 Monthly Geopotential Spherical Harmonics CSR
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Temporal 2018-05-22T00:00:00Z/2023-09-11T00:00:00Z

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