Create a global map of the geoid.


call MakeGeoidGrid (geoid, cilm, lmax, r0, gm, potref, omega, r, gridtype, order, nlat, nlong, interval, lmax_calc, a, f, exitstatus)


geoid : output, real*8, dimension(nlat, nlong)
A global grid of the height to the potential potref above a sphere of radius r (or above a flattened ellipsoid if both a and f are specified). The number of latitude and longitude points depends upon gridtype: (1) lmax+1 by 2lmax+1, (2) 2lmax+2 by 2lmax+2, (3) 2lmax+2 by 4lmax+4, or (4) 180/interval+1 by 360/interval+1.
cilm : input, real*8, dimension (2, lmax+1, lmax+1)
The real spherical harmonic coefficients (geodesy normalized) of the gravitational potential referenced to a spherical interface of radius r0pot.
lmax : input, integer
The maximum spherical harmonic degree of the gravitational-potential coefficients. For gridtypes 1, 2 and 3, this determines the number of latitudinal and longitudinal samples.
r0 : input, real*8
The reference radius of the spherical harmonic coefficients.
gm : input, real*8
The product of the gravitational constant and mass of the planet.
potref : input, real*8
The value of the potential on the chosen geoid, in SI units.
omega : input, real*8
The angular rotation rate of the planet.
r : input, real*8
The radius of the reference sphere that the Taylor expansion of the potential is performed on. If a and f are not specified, the geoid height will be referenced to this spherical interface.
gridtype : input, integer
The output grid is (1) a Gauss-Legendre quadrature grid whose grid nodes are determined by lmax, (2) an equally sampled n by n grid used with the Driscoll and Healy (1994) sampling theorem, (3) ar a similar n by 2n grid that is oversampled in longitude, or (4) a 2D Cartesian grid with latitudinal and longitudinal spacing given by interval.
order : input, integer
The order of the Taylor series expansion of the potential about the reference radius r. This can be either 1, 2, or 3.
nlat : output, integer
The number of latitudinal samples.
nlong : output, integer
The number of longitudinal samples.
interval: optional, input, real*8
The latitudinal and longitudinal spacing of the output grid when gridtype is 4.
lmax_calc : optional, input, integer
The maximum degree used in evaluating the spherical harmonic coefficients. This must be less than or equal to lmax.
a : optional, input, real*8, default = r0
The semi-major axis of the flattened ellipsoid that the output grid geoid is referenced to. The optional parameter f must also be specified.
f : optional, input, real*8, default = 0
The flattening (R_equator-R_pole)/R_equator of the reference ellipsoid. The optional parameter a (i.e., R_equator) must be specified.
exitstatus : output, optional, integer
If present, instead of executing a STOP when an error is encountered, the variable exitstatus will be returned describing the error. 0 = No errors; 1 = Improper dimensions of input array; 2 = Improper bounds for input variable; 3 = Error allocating memory; 4 = File IO error.


MakeGeoidGrid will create a global map of the geoid, accurate to either first, second, or third order, using the method described in Wieczorek (2007; equation 19-20). The algorithm expands the potential in a Taylor series on a spherical interface of radius r, and computes the height above this interface to the potential potref exactly from the linear, quadratic, or cubic equation at each grid point. If the optional parameters a and f are specified, the geoid height will be referenced to a flattened ellipsoid with semi-major axis a and flattening f. The pseudo-rotational potential is explicitly accounted for by specifying the angular rotation rate omega of the planet.

It should be noted that this geoid calculation is only strictly exact when the radius r lies above the maximum radius of the planet. Furthermore, the geoid is only strictly valid when it lies above the surface of the planet (it is necessary to know the density structure of the planet when calculating the potential below the surface).

The geoid can be computed on one of four different grids: (1) a Gauss-Legendre quadrature grid (see MakeGridGLQ), (2) A n by n equally sampled grid (see MakeGridDH), (3) an n by 2n equally spaced grid (see MakeGridDH), or (4) A 2D Cartesian grid (see MakeGrid2D). This routine uses geodesy 4-pi normalized spherical harmonics that exclude the Condon-Shortley phase. This can not be modified.


Driscoll, J.R. and D.M. Healy, Computing Fourier transforms and convolutions on the 2-sphere, Adv. Appl. Math., 15, 202-250, 1994.

Wieczorek, M. A. Gravity and topography of the terrestrial planets, Treatise on Geophysics, 10, 165-206, 2007.

See also

makegrid2d, makegridglq, makegriddh, makegravgriddh, makegravgradgriddh

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