Geomathematically Oriented Potential Theory

Willi Freeden, Christian Gerhards

October 30, 2012 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Reference - 468 Pages - 57 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439895429 - CAT# K14227
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Pure and Applied Mathematics


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  • Presents parallel discussions of three-dimensional Euclidean space and spherical potential theory
  • Describes extensive applications to geoscientific problems, including modeling from satellite data
  • Provides a balanced combination of rigorous mathematics with the geosciences
  • Includes new space-localizing methods for the multiscale analysis of the gravitational and geomagnetic field


As the Earth`s surface deviates from its spherical shape by less than 0.4 percent of its radius and today’s satellite missions collect their gravitational and magnetic data on nearly spherical orbits, sphere-oriented mathematical methods and tools play important roles in studying the Earth’s gravitational and magnetic field.

Geomathematically Oriented Potential Theory presents the principles of space and surface potential theory involving Euclidean and spherical concepts. The authors offer new insight on how to mathematically handle gravitation and geomagnetism for the relevant observables and how to solve the resulting potential problems in a systematic, mathematically rigorous framework.

The book begins with notational material and the necessary mathematical background. The authors then build the foundation of potential theory in three-dimensional Euclidean space and its application to gravitation and geomagnetism. They also discuss surface potential theory on the unit sphere along with corresponding applications.

Focusing on the state of the art, this book breaks new geomathematical grounds in gravitation and geomagnetism. It explores modern sphere-oriented potential theoretic methods as well as classical space potential theory.