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Application of the relocation-error distribution on geomagnetic databases. Analyses on the «Historical Italian Geomagnetic Data Catalogue»

By A. Incoronato and L. Casas

Abstract

The reliability of the Historical Italian Geomagnetic Data Catalogue, comprising 536 directions and 393 intensities,
 has been assessed by comparing the historical geomagnetic measurements with the GUFM1 model predictions.
 Such measurements were assessed at three selected relocation centres. For all the data contained in the
 Catalogue it has been calculated the discrepancy between the relocated data and the GUFM1-model prediction
 at the relocation centres. There is a correlation between relocation distance and the mean discrepancy. The upper
 limit of discrepancy assumable as relocation error has been selected using error distributions previously calculated
 using geomagnetic field models. Angular and intensity threshold lines have been slightly shifted upwards
 to account for the estimated error of GUFM1 model itself at the considered region, mainly due to the crustal
 field. The Italian database proved to contain reliable data, as only a very low percentage of data (namely 14 directions
 and 20 intensities) can be considered anomalous. Possible explanations for such questionable data are
 suggested. All the remaining data of this catalogue could thus be added to the databases used to produce regional
 or global geomagnetic models

Topics: geomagnetism, magnetic dating, relocation, Meteorology. Climatology, QC851-999, Geophysics. Cosmic physics, QC801-809
Publisher: Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV)
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.4401/ag-3019
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:4c96c63aedc149fbbb0c144057391385
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