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Multi-technique monitoring of ocean tide loading in northern France

P. Exertier
Laurent Morel


We have organised afield study of ocean tide loading in the northwestern part of France, where tidal amplitudes are known to be among the highest in the world. GPS and gravimetric techniques have already proved their capability to measure such weak and high-frequency signals. In this study, these classical observations are complemented with less usual techniques, such as tiltmeter and Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) measurements. We present here the preliminary results for a common period of observations spanning from 12-19 May 2004. Additional measurements from the French Transportable Laser Ranging Station (FTLRS) were available during September and October 2004. Observation residuals are computed as the difference between the observed and the predicted time signals. We obtain small RMS residuals for GPS measurements (2.5/3.1/4.5 mm for the eastward, northward and upward components), for absolute and relative gravimetry (9 nm/s2 and 13 nm/s2) and for tiltmeters (0.05 μrad for EW component). We also fit the amplitude of the main M2 tidal constituent to FTLRS observations and we find a value of 3.731 cm, which is comparable to the theoretical value.

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insu-00352759 , version 1 (13-01-2009)



M. Llubes, Nicolas Florsch, J.-P. Boy, M. Amalvict, Pascal Bonnefond, et al.. Multi-technique monitoring of ocean tide loading in northern France. Comptes Rendus Géoscience, 2008, 340 (6), pp.379- 389. ⟨10.1016/j.crte.2008.03.005⟩. ⟨insu-00352759⟩
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