EGU24-16905, updated on 11 Mar 2024
EGU General Assembly 2024
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Verifying the impact of additional breaks in station coordinates on VLBI scale drift

Lisa Kern, Hana Krasna, Johannes Böhm, and Axel Nothnagel
Lisa Kern et al.
  • TU Wien, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Wien, Austria (

With the establishment of the International Terrestrial Reference Frame 2020 (ITRF2020), investigations revealed an unexpected positive VLBI scale drift after about 2014.0. Given the crucial role of Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) in determining the ITRF scale, this peculiar behavior raises concerns. Within the VLBI community, several studies have been conducted to decipher the cause behind this pattern. A recent study by the Onsala Space Observatory (OSO) explored the introduction of additional discontinuities in the station positions of NYALES20 and/or in the positions of MATERA, WETTZELL, and ONSALA60 due to repairs or replacements. They found that the introduction significantly mitigated the scale drift with respect to ITRF2020.

Utilizing our newest state-of-the-art combination software, VieCompy, developed at the Vienna Center for VLBI, we independently assess the impact of these additional breaks on session-wise estimated scale through a combination of VLBI sessions at the normal equation level.

How to cite: Kern, L., Krasna, H., Böhm, J., and Nothnagel, A.: Verifying the impact of additional breaks in station coordinates on VLBI scale drift, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-16905,, 2024.