A collocation framework to retrieve tropospheric delays from a combination of GNSS and InSAR

Endrit Shehaj, Karina Wilgan, Othmar Frey, Alain Geiger

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Abstract: High spatio-temporal variability of atmospheric water vapor affects microwave signals of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR). A better knowledge of the distribution of water vapor improves both GNSS- and InSAR-derived data products. In this work, we present a collocation framework to combine and retrieve zenith and (relative) slant tropospheric delays. GNSS and InSAR meteorological products are combined aiming at a better retrieval of the atmospheric water vapor. We investigate the combination approach with synthetic and real data acquired in the Alpine region of Switzerland. Based on a closed-loop validation with simulated delays, a few mm accuracy is achieved for the GNSS-InSAR combination in terms of retrieved ZTDs. Furthermore, when real delays are collocated, the combination results are more congruent with InSAR computed products. This research is a contribution to improve the spatio-temporal mapping of tropospheric delays by combining GNSS-derived and InSAR-derived delays.
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Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 67, Number 4
Pages: 823 - 842
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