Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
Data description paper
15 May 2019
Data description paper |  | 15 May 2019

ICGEM – 15 years of successful collection and distribution of global gravitational models, associated services, and future plans

E. Sinem Ince, Franz Barthelmes, Sven Reißland, Kirsten Elger, Christoph Förste, Frank Flechtner, and Harald Schuh

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Cited articles

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ICGEM is a non-profit scientific service that contributes to any research area in which the use of gravity information is essential. ICGEM offers the largest collection of global gravity field models, interactive calculation and visualisation services and delivers high-quality datasets to researchers and students in geodesy, geophysics, glaciology, hydrology, oceanography, and climatology and most importantly general public. Static, temporal, and topographic gravity field models are available.
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