EGU General Assembly 2020
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A new Moho depth model for Fennoscandia and surroundings

Majid Abrehdary and Lars Sjöberg
Majid Abrehdary and Lars Sjöberg
  • University West, engineering, Trollhattan, Sweden (

Seismic data are the preliminary information for investigating Earth’s interior structure. Since large parts of the world are not yet sufficiently covered by such data, products from Earth satellite gravity and altimetry missions can be used as complimentary for this purpose. This is particularly the case in most of the ocean areas, where seismic data are sparse. One important information of Earth’s interior is the crustal/Moho depth, which is widely mapped from seismic surveys. In this study, we aim at presenting a new Moho depth model from satellite altimetry derived gravity and seismic data in Fennoscandia and its surroundings using the Vening Meinesz-Moritz (VMM) model based on isostatic theory. To that end, the refined Bouguer gravity disturbance (reduced for gravity of topography, density heterogeneities related to bathymetry, ice, sediments, and other crustal components by applying so-called stripping gravity corrections) is corrected for so-called non-isostatic effects (NIEs) of nuisance gravity signals from mass anomalies below the crust due to crustal thickening/thinning, thermal expansion of the mantle, Delayed Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (DGIA) and plate flexure. As Fennoscandia is a key area for GIA research, we particularly investigate the DGIA effect on the gravity disturbance and Moho depth determination from gravity in this area. To do so, the DGIA effect is removed and restored from the NIEs prior to the application of the VMM formula. The numerical results show that the RMS difference of the Moho depth from the (mostly) seismic CRUST1.0 model is 3.6/4.3 km when the above strategy for removing the DGIA effect is/is not applied, respectively. Also, the mean value differences are 0.9 and 1.5 km, respectively. Hence, our study shows that our method of correcting for the DGIA effect on gravity disturbance is significant, resulting in individual changes in Moho depth up to several kilometres.

How to cite: Abrehdary, M. and Sjöberg, L.: A new Moho depth model for Fennoscandia and surroundings, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-4142,, 2020


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