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ITRF2020 Plate Motion Model


A tectonic Plate Motion Model (PMM) is essential for geodetic applications, while contributing to the understanding of geodynamic processes affecting the Earth's surface. We introduce a PMM derived from the horizontal velocities of 518 sites extracted from the ITRF2020 solution. These sites were chosen away from plate boundaries, Glacial Isostatic Adjustment regions, and other deforming zones. Unlike the ITRF2014‐PMM, which showed no significant Origin Rate Bias (ORB), velocities used to determine the ITRF2020‐PMM exhibit a statistically significant ORB (0.74 ± 0.09 mm/yr along the Z‐component). Users are advised to add the estimated ORB to the horizontal velocities predicted by the ITRF2020‐PMM rotation poles for full consistency with the ITRF2020. However, the predicted vertical velocities resulting from the addition of the ORB should be discarded. The overall precision with which the ITRF2020 velocity field is represented by the rigid ITRF2020‐PMM is at the level of 0.25 mm/yr WRMS.
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hal-04371259 , version 1 (04-01-2024)




Zuheir Altamimi, L. Métivier, Paul Rebischung, Xavier Collilieux, Kristel Chanard, et al.. ITRF2020 Plate Motion Model. Geophysical Research Letters, 2023, 50 (24), ⟨10.1029/2023GL106373⟩. ⟨hal-04371259⟩
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