Reformulation of the Vening-Meinesz Moritz Inverse Problem of Isostasy for Isostatic Gravity Disturbances ()

Robert Tenzer, Mohammad Bagherbandi

Division of Geodesy and Geoinformatics, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.

National School of Surveying, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

**DOI: **10.4236/ijg.2012.325094
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Division of Geodesy and Geoinformatics, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.

National School of Surveying, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

The isostatic gravity anomalies have been traditionally used to solve the inverse problems of isostasy. Since gravity measurements are nowadays carried out together with GPS positioning, the utilization of gravity disturbances in various regional gravimetric applications becomes possible. In global studies, the gravity disturbances can be computed using global geopotential models which are currently available to a relatively high accuracy and resolution. In this study we facilitate the definition of the isostatic gravity disturbances in the Vening-Meinesz Moritz inverse problem of isostasy for finding the Moho depths. We further utilize uniform mathematical formalism in the gravimetric forward modelling based on methods for a spherical harmonic analysis and synthesis of gravity field. We then apply both mathematical procedures to determine globally the Moho depths using the isostatic gravity disturbances. The results of gravimetric inversion are finally compared with the global crustal seismic model CRUST2.0; the RMS fit of the gravimetric Moho model with CRUST2.0 is 5.3 km. This is considerably better than the RMS fit of 7.0 km obtained after using the isostatic gravity anomalies.

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R. Tenzer and M. Bagherbandi, "Reformulation of the Vening-Meinesz Moritz Inverse Problem of Isostasy for Isostatic Gravity Disturbances," *International Journal of Geosciences*, Vol. 3 No. 5A, 2012, pp. 918-929. doi: 10.4236/ijg.2012.325094.

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