Abstract

The systematic biases and errors associated with gravity data in Ireland and Northern Ireland and the conversion of gravity to a consistent and unified system are analyzed. The gravity data in Ireland and Northern Ireland are given in different coordinate systems (Irish Grid and Irish Transverse Mercator), different gravity base stations (Dunsink and Cambridge), and different vertical datums (Malin Head and Belfast tide gauge). The conversion of the gravity data to a consistent system, which refers to unified coordinates, base station, and vertical datum, is essential in geophysics and geodesy, especially in geoid determination. A new standardized and unified data format is computed and proposed for the supply of gravity data for Ireland and Northern Ireland to minimize the potential of misinterpreting the data. As part of this study, simple Bouguer and free-air gravity anomaly maps are produced for Ireland and Northern Ireland to give an example of how to integrate the data.

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