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[1] We have computed estimates of the rate of vertical crustal motion from differences of sea level measurements made by the TOPEX/POSEIDON radar altimeter and a globally distributed network of 114 tide gauges. A rigorous error analysis was performed which suggests the accuracy of the estimated vertical rates is approximately 1–2 mm/year for roughly half of the tide gauges, which is sufficiently accurate to detect a variety of geophysical phenomena. While only a cursory analysis of the estimated crustal motion rates was performed, we observed many interesting phenomena including significant uplift at volcanic islands in the Pacific and uplift of 7–9 mm/year along the southwest coast of Alaska. The results reported here will be useful in a variety of geophysical studies, as well as for validation of similar estimates of vertical crustal motion provided by precise geodetic techniques such as SLR, DORIS, GPS, and VLBI.

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Geophysical Research Letters, v. 29, issue 19, art. 1934

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