Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Abstract (EDOC: 16922)
We applied SEIK-Filtering to ocean angular momentum which we derived from observed Earth rotation anomalies. The assimilation is done with an ensemble based on a global ocean circulation model. The world oceans play a major part in the excitation of the Earth’s rotation anomalies. Especially, for polar motion atmospheric and oceanic contributions are equally strong. Oceanic contributions to length of day changes are smaller but still not negligible. We succeeded in the reproduction of the observation based oceanic angular momentum and report on the methods sensitivity with respect to error budgets and ensemble initialization strategies. Sufficient and insufficient mechanisms of oceanic angular momentum generation are discussed.
(2011): Assimilation of Earth rotation observations with a global ocean model. General Assembly European Geosciences Union (Vienna, Austria 2011).