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Combined IVS contribution to the ITRF2020

Hendrik Hellmers1, Sabine Bachmann1, Daniela Thaller1, Mathis Bloßfeld2, and Manuela Seitz2
Hendrik Hellmers et al.
  • 1Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy, Geodesy, Germany (
  • 2Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut, DGFI-TUM, München, Germany

The ITRF2020 will be the next official solution of the International Terrestrial Reference Frame and the successor of the currently used frame, i.e., ITRF2014. Based on an inter-technique combination of all four space geodetic techniques VLBI, GNSS, SLR and DORIS, contributions from different international institutions lead to the global ITRF2020 solution. In this context, the IVS Combination Centre operated by the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG, Germany) in close cooperation with the Deutsches Geodätisches Forschungsinstitut (DGFI-TUM, Germany) generates the final contribution of the International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry (IVS). Thereby, an intra-technique combination utilizing the individual contributions of multiple Analysis Centres (AC) is applied.

For the contribution to the upcoming ITRF2020 solution, sessions containing 24h VLBI observations from 1979 until the end of 2020 are processed by 10 to 12 ACs and submitted to the IVS Combination Centre. The required SINEX format includes datum-free normal equations containing station coordinates and source positions as well as full sets of Earth Orientation Parameters (EOP). For ensuring a consistently combined solution, time series of EOPs, source positions and station coordinates as well as a VLBI-only Terrestrial Reference Frame (VTRF) and a Celestial Reference Frame (CRF) were generated and further investigated.

One possibility to assess the quality of the IVS contribution to the ITRF2020 solution is to carry out internal as well as external comparisons of the estimated EOP. Thereby, estimates of the individual ACs as well as external time series (e.g. IERS C04, Bulletin A, JPL-Comb2018) serve as a reference. The evaluation of the contributions by the ACs, the combination procedure and the results of the combined solution for station coordinates, source positions and EOPs will be presented.

How to cite: Hellmers, H., Bachmann, S., Thaller, D., Bloßfeld, M., and Seitz, M.: Combined IVS contribution to the ITRF2020, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-10678,, 2021.

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