Articles | Volume 13, issue 5
Method article
04 May 2022
Method article |  | 04 May 2022

Benchmark forward gravity schemes: the gravity field of a realistic lithosphere model WINTERC-G

Barend Cornelis Root, Josef Sebera, Wolfgang Szwillus, Cedric Thieulot, Zdeněk Martinec, and Javier Fullea

Data sets

WINTERC-G: a global upper mantle thermochemical model from coupled geophysical–petrological inversion of seismic waveforms, heat flow, surface elevation and gravity satellite data Fullea, Javier; Lebedev, Sergei; Martinec, Zdenek; Celli, Nicolas;

Gravity forward modelling benchmark dataset Bart Root

Model code and software

Global Spherical Harmonic package (GSH) Bart Root

Tesseroids Leonardo Uieda

Short summary
Several alternative gravity modelling techniques and associated numerical codes with their own advantages and limitations are available for the solid Earth community. With upcoming state-of-the-art lithosphere density models and accurate global gravity field data sets, it is vital to understand the differences of the various approaches. In this paper, we discuss the four widely used techniques: spherical harmonics, tesseroid integration, triangle integration, and hexahedral integration.