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Ocean tidal loading models assessment using 28 months of gravimetric tidal records in Dublin, Ireland

Przemysław Dykowski1, Kamila Karkowska1, Marcin Sękowski1, and Paul Kane2
Przemysław Dykowski et al.
  • 1Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, Geodesy and Geodynamics, Warsaw, Poland (
  • 2Ordnance Survey Ireland, Dublin, Republic of Ireland (

In June of 2018 a project for the establishment of a modern permanent Absolute Gravity Network  on the island of Ireland was initiated by the National Mapping Agency of Ireland, Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) with the cooperation of  Institute of Geodesy and Cartography (IGiK), and Land and Property Services (LPS) in Northern Ireland. The project assumes conducting absolute gravity surveys of the network using  the A10 absolute gravimeter on approximately 60 stations homogenously distributed on the island of Ireland.

Data processing includes time variable corrections for body tides, barometric pressure, polar motion as well as ocean tidal loading. For Ireland the ocean tidal loading effect can reach peaks of between 400 nm/s2 on the west coast and 200 nm/s2 on the east coast. This effect is significant and up to now the authors are unaware of previous historical data or  tidal gravity records being performed in Ireland. Hence it was considered as a valid component of the overall Absolute Gravity Project to evaluate the current situation with ocean tidal loading effect in Ireland using gravimetric tidal records in order to validate available ocean tidal loading models.

In order to assure the most optimal use of ocean tidal model as well as minimize the errors of including ocean tidal correction in absolute gravity processing the LaCoste&Romberg model G spring gravimeter was installed at OSi headquarters in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland. Over a continuous period of 28 months gravity record with more than 99% data completeness at near 2Hz sampling rate was conducted.

The project data was acquired through using a self-programmed Raspberry Pi computer allowing for automatic download and remote access to the data.

A set of CSR, DTU, EOT, FES, GOT, TPXO (ocean tide loading provider – Chalmers, ocean tidal loading models were used in a joint analysis with the collected tidal record. Analysis included performing tidal adjustment of the gravity data in the ETERNA 3.40 (ET34-X-V73) as well as comparison of IAG (International Association of Geodesy) recommended model combinations with the collected data.

Recommendations by the project team as to which of the ocean tidal models is most suitable to be used in Ireland for the purpose of absolute gravity measurements were made.

How to cite: Dykowski, P., Karkowska, K., Sękowski, M., and Kane, P.: Ocean tidal loading models assessment using 28 months of gravimetric tidal records in Dublin, Ireland, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-2422,, 2021.


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