Satellite Laser Ranging in 5x5 Spherical Harmonics


<p>This is a variant of the weekly, 5x5 SLR product created at the University of Texas’s Center for Space Research (CSR) which is released alongside the GRACE series:</p> <p>ftp://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/allData/tellus/preview/L2/deg_5/CSR.Weekly.5x5.Gravity_Harmonics.txt. </p> <p>The version here is averaged monthly, rather than weekly, to make it more directly comparable to the monthly GRACE data.  It contains an estimate of C<sub>61</sub>/S<sub>61</sub> (but no other degree-6 harmonics) to avoid skewing the C<sub>­21</sub> harmonic due to a lack of sufficient degrees of freedom during the creation of the SLR gravity product (Cheng and Ries, 2017).  From January - November 1993, only four satellites were used in its creation (Starlette, Ajisai, and Lageos 1 and 2).  After that point, Stella was added as well.  Data exists through mid-2017.<br> <br> The layout of the files contains a header section followed by one line containing the date for the following lines, and then 22 lines of spherical harmonic data.  The time lines are formatted as:  IARC, MAXDEG, NP, IYEAR, IM, XMJD:<br>        IARC: the arc number (ie: month number) <br>        MAXDEG: spherical harmonic maximum degree/order of the field   <br>        NP:  number of coefficient pairs (Cnm & Snm)<br>        IYEAR:  year<br>        IM:  month<br>        XMJD: epoch of the arc at the first day in modified Julian date</p> <p>The data lines are formatted as:  N, M, Cnm, Snm, Cnm-sigma, Snm-sigma:<br>       N:  spherical harmonic degree <br>       M:  spherical harmonic order<br>       Cnm:  C coefficient <br>       Snm:  S coefficient<br>       Cnm-sig:  The formal errors of the C coefficient<br>       Snm-sig:  The formal errors of the S coefficient<br>  </p

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