Data Overview & Downloads

In this folder, all public data products generated in framework of 3D Earth are published. Free free to use this data, however remember to acknowledge the author. If you are unsure how to do that, please contact the author stated in the dataset description.

The Data Sets accompanying the following publication can be downloaded here. Note that the Topo-Iso-corrected Curvature products have been revised in January 2019.

Ebbing, J., Haas, P., Ferraccioli, F., Pappa, F., Szwillus, W., and Bouman, J. (2018). Earth tectonics as seen by GOCE - Enhanced satellite gravity gradient imaging. Scientific Reports. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-34733-9.

See also the corresponding press release from Kiel University (or its German version), the press release from ESA, or the press release from the British Antarctic Survey


Kriging Inpolated Crustal Thickness and Uncertainty Grids

This Moho was generated in framework of the 3D Earth project and will be used in forward and inverse modelling. The depth map is public available in this folder.

Click here to get access to the public 3DEarth folder. (password on request)

Below, you can find the description of the Moho.

Kriging Moho

Wolfgang Szwillus, Kiel University
Column 1: Longitude
Column 2: Latitude
Column 3: Depth to Moho (km)
Column 4: Estimated Uncertainty of Moho depth (km)
I classified the points from the GSC database as either oceanic or continental according to
the ocean floor age grid by Müller et al. (2008). Kriging was carried out for each category
completely independently.

Müller, R.D., M. Sdrolias, C. Gaina, and W.R. Roest 2008. Age, spreading rates and spreading
symmetry of the world's ocean crust, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 9, Q04006,


Combined shear wave velocity model SL2013sv/SMEAN2

In order to combine global upper and lower mantle velocity models, two tomographic velocity models are each cut and interconnected at a discontinuity (e.g. 410- or 660 km discontinuity). SMEAN is a composite shear wave velocity model by Becker and Boschi (2002). Included in its development are the 3D tomographic models s20rts (Ritsema et al., 1999), SB4L18 (Masters et al., 1999) and Grand (Grand et al., 1997).  It is a regularly gridded model with 0.5°x0.5°x25 km grid cell spacing from 25 km depth to the core-mantle boundary.  The input models are retrieved from body-wave tomography (all), surface-wave tomography (all) and normal modes inversion (s20rts and SB4L18). The models are combined by calculating the weighted average velocities in depth intervals, thus smoothing small wavelength heterogeneities.

Since 2016 an updated version of SMEAN is available, SMEAN2. It is determined using the same procedure as for SMEAN but includes newer models: S40RTS (Ritsema et al. 2011), GyPSUM-S (Simmons et al. 2010) and SAVANI (Auer et al., 2014).

The perturbation extensions and amplitudes are expected to decrease with depth. Since the long wavelength anomalies in the SMEAN/SMEAN2 model smooth the velocity perturbation amplitudes, the upper mantle must be approached by an extra model.  For the shallow mantle up to 410 km, the SL2013sv model (Schaeffer and Lebedev, 2013) is considered. The vertical shear wave velocities are derived from automated multimode inversion of surface and S-wave forms and has the same horizontal resolution as the SMEAN models ranging from 20 km to 660 km depth. The depth intervals are irregular between 16 and 100 km.


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Combined seismological model. The upper 410 km base on SL20132sv, the lower part of SMEAN2.

Combined seismological model. The upper 410 km base on SL20132sv, the lower part of SMEAN2.