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5. NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (NGS) to replace GEOID12B with GEOID18

from Galen Scott, NOAA/National Geodetic Survey, Geosciences Research Division

From Jan. 24: In early 2019, NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (NGS) will replace GEOID12B with GEOID18, a new hybrid geoid model to deliver improved GPS-derived NAVD 88-equivalent orthometric heights. This new model will serve as the official means for obtaining NAVD 88-equivalent heights via GPS. It will be the last hybrid geoid model that NGS will create before NAVD 88 is replaced by NAPGD2022.

NGS will use available GPS on bench mark data to create the new model. Recent analysis of existing GPS on bench mark data and a prototype of the new hybrid geoid model created using that data has highlighted areas where additional data is needed to either confirm or update the local relationships between the ellipsoid, orthometric, and geoid heights.

Included herewith is a prioritized list of bench marks for which additional GPS data is needed to improve the hybrid model. Data submitted on these marks will also support the development of the transformation tools that will be developed as part of the transition to the new datums.

Data to support the hybrid geoid model will be accepted through August 31, 2018. NGS will continue to accept data to support the transformation tools through 2020. New prioritized lists of marks to support the transformation tools will be made available over the next few years as analysis of data requirements progresses. more

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