Start with this ...
"Geophysical Applications of Very-Long-Base-Line Interferometry"
by Douglas S. Robertson
Reviews of Modern Physics, Vol 63 #4, October 1991, Pp 899-918.
The NASA Crustal Dynamics Program has been using portable VLBI receivers
in the field since 1980, so this review paper has plenty of data to review.
As this is a review paper, there are plenty of references to the original
Here are some other papers/journals worth looking at ...
"Utilization of Mobile VLBI for Geodetic Measurements"
by J.M. Davidson & D.W. Trask
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol GE-23, #4,
July 1985; Pp 426-437. Some early results presented here.
"The First Geodetic VLBI Experiment with the Bologna Radio Telescope"
by Tomasi P. Mantovani et al.
Nuovo Cimento, series C, Vol 11, #2, 1988, Pp 205-208
"Geodetic VLBI Data-Analysis using VLBI3 Software"
by Verrone G. Picca et al.
Nuovo Cimento, series C, Vol 13, #5, 1990, Pp 817-822
Astrophysics and Space Science, Vol 177 #1-2, 1991
Special Issue: "The George Teleki Memorial Colloquium on
Fundamentals of Astrometry", 8-11 Sep, 1987, Beograd.
"Realization of a Celestial System Based on VLBI Geodynamics
Programs" by E.F. Arias et al., Pp 187-192
"Geodynamic Implications of Astrometry"
by E. Groten & H. Lenhardt, Pp 409-426
Not just VLBI. GPS was very useful during General Schwarzkopf's
recent middle east military training seminar. It is also useful
"Few Millimeter Precision for Base-Lines in the California
Permanent GPS Geodetic Array"
by U.J. Lindqwister et al.
Geophysics Research Letters, Vol 18 #6, June 1991, Pp 1135-1138.
"Measurements of Strain at Plate Boundaries using Space-Based
Geodetic Techniques" by S. Robado & C.G.A. Harrison.
Geophysics Research Letters, Vol 20 #17, 3-Sep-1993, Pp 1811-1814.
The latter paper uses both VLBI and GPS. Clearly, if GPS isn't already
measuring the break-neck speed of continental drift, it soon will.
More recently ...
"Tectonic Plate Motion and Deformation Inferred from Very Long
Base-Line Interferometry" by K. Sato
Tectonophysics, Vol 220, #1-4, 1993, Pp 69-87.
Unfortunately, I could not find Tectonophysics in our library, to review
the paper myself.
Astrometric techniques have been used to diagnose the peculiar nature of
the Earth ever since the late 19th century, when astronomers first
discovered the Chandler Wobble, as an unexplained systematic variation
in observatory latitude, derived from precision astrometry and
meridian transit timing. Now precision VLBI, and GPS data, can be used
to measure the Earth's variable rotation and polar wander, both with
high accuracy, as well as the direct observation of continental drift.
These observations, in turn, strongly constrain detailed models of the
Earth's internal physics, including the nature of the core-mantle
Certainly the use of astronomy to study the structure of the core-
mantle boundary, must be an excellent example of the unexpected use
of a scientific tool, to study something it was never intended to
Timothy J. Thompson, Earth and Space Sciences Division, JPL.
Assistant Administrator, Division Science Computing Network.
Secretary, Los Angeles Astronomical Society.
Member, BOD, Mount Wilson Observatory Association.
SCREAMnet: YO!! TIM!!
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