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 Xu Shaoquan
 ESTABLISHMENT OF SURVEYING SYSTEM OF THE GREAT WALL STATION
 Chinese Journal of Polar Science, 1990, 1(1): 4957

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The Chinese Great Wall Station is situated in the eastern part of the Fildes Peninsula. King George Island, south Shetland islands. The distance between the station and China is about seventeen thousand kilometres. We could not tie in the station with China to form a unified geodetic coordinate system by traditional and ordinary geodetic methods. So it is necessary to set up a local geodetic coordinate system.
1 Setting up the Origin and Determing the Geodetic DatumThe datum point is set up on the West Mountain in the western area of the station. And a concrete observation pillar is established on it. In the spring of 1985, we used a MX1502 Doppler receiver to perform Doppler observation and got the date of 210 successful satellite passes during five observation periods. The date were processed with J.Kouba SemiShortArc Program to determine the position of the datum point. The geocentric rectangular coordinates of the datum point are as follows (E Dongchen et al. 1985):
X=1536 848.80 m±1.63 m
Y=2554 169.62 m±0.86 m
Z=5619 835.53 m±0.53 m
Because there are errors in ephemeris, in time signal, in polar motion, in coordinate system and in each physical parameter, the geocentric coordinates calculated from broadcast ephemeris differ from the ones calculated from precise ephemeris. The relationship between these coordinates is (Leroy, 1982.):
(1) 
Where the subscript BE indicates that the results are calculated from broadcast ephemeris, and the subscript PE indicate that the results are calculated from precise ephemeris.
The relationship between the coordinates calculated from precise ephemeris and the real geocentric coordinates is given by:
(2) 
Thus the absolute errors in the datum point of the Great Wall Station are:
dX=10.525 m
dY=4.941 m
dZ=+2.248 m
According to the relationship between rectangular space coordinate and geodetic coordinate (Xu Shaoquan, 1986), the geodetic coordinates of the datum point could be given as follows:
B=62°12' 59"782 S
L=58°57' 52"546 W
H=44.081 m
Thus the absolute errors in the datum point of the Great Wall Station are:
dB=+4."4773
dL=+3."0989
dH=2.514 m
The direction of the geodetic coordinate system of the Great Wall Station is determined by observing the sun using a Wild T_{2} theodolite (m_{α}=±2").
After corrected, the geodetic azimuth from the datum point to the astronomical azimuth point is:
A=139°03' 54"5
2 The Rectangular Plane Coordinate of the Great Wall StationThe GaussKrüger coordinate is used as the rectangular plane coordinate of the Great Wall Station. Based on the geodetic coordinate of the origin of the Chinese Great Wall Station, the GaussKriiger coordinate of the origin and the initial grid azimuth have been calculated by using Gauss projection formula (Geodesy Section, WTUSM 1986.):
X=98918.210 m (additive constant 7000 km)
Y=201841.083 m (additive constant 200 km)
T=139°05'47"5 (to the astronomical azimuth point)
3 The Horizontal Control Network in the Great Wall Station AreaThe horizontal control network in the Great Wall Station is shown in Fig. 1. Because of bad weather condition, the range observation was performed instead of angular observation. The distances were measured with EDMIDI20. The coordinates of the points of the horizontal network were calculated by using rank defect free network adjustment.
The adjusted coordinates of the points of the horizontal control network and their standard errors are listed in Table 1. And the error ellipse of each point is shown in Fig. 2. Thus it can be seen that the horizontal control network is very accuracy. All control points are satisfactory for surveying 1/1000 topographic map.
2 The Establishment of the Great Wall Station's Elevation System 1 Setting up the Origin of Heights and Determining its HeightThe origin of the height of the Chinese Great Wall Station S_{2} is set up on a bedrock near the Great Wall Bay Dock (See Fig. 3). An extra origin of height is set up on a huge stone in the beach. The copper marks are set up on S_{2} and S_{1}. From December 1984 to January 1985, the manual tidegauge was performed, and from December 1985 to April 1986, automatic tidegauge was performed in Great Wall Bay. Thus we have got the heights of the origins (S_{2}, S_{1}) by performing precise level tiein. They are: S_{2}=6.741 m S_{1}=2.673 m
2 The Normal Height SystemBesides S_{2} and S_{1}, the other three level points (S_{5}, S_{3} and S_{4}) are set up on the bedrock in the north part, south part and central part of the station area respectively. There are copper marks on all level points. The firstorder precise level was performed between these points (see Fig. 3). After the observations were adjusted, and the corrections for the slope of level surface were added, the normal height of each leveling point was obtained (Xu Shaoquan, Wang Shengding, 1988)
S_{1}=2.673 m S_{2}=6.741 m S_{3}=10.223 m S_{4}=15.325 m S_{5}=13.432 m
3 The Elevation Control NetworkIn Great Wall Station area, the elevation control points coincide with horizontal control points (see Fig. 1). The heights of these points were obtained by triangulated height method. The distances were observed by EDMIDI 20, and the elevations were observed by theodolite Wild T_{2}. The following fomula was used to calculate height differences:
(3) 
where D: the slope distance with meteorological corrections;
(4) 
(5) 
where
When the height of EDMI does not equal the height of the theodilite, the following formula is used to get the distance D:
(6) 
where d=(v_{2}v_{2}')(i_{1}i_{1}'); v_{2}: the height of the signal; v_{2}’: the height of the optical reflector; i_{1}: the height of the theodolite; i_{1}': the height of the EDMI; D': observed slope distance.
The successive approximation method was used in adjustment of elevation control network. The table 2 lists the adjusted normal heights of the points and their accuracy. The deflection of the vertical correction is neglected in calculation, thus the heights in table 2 are approximate normal heights.
3 The Establishment of Great Wall Station Gravity Reference System 1 The Gravity Base Point of Great Wall StationThe gravity base point of Chinese Great Wall Station is set up in front of office building. During 1985, 11 to 1986, 4, two LacosteRomberg mode G gravimeter were used to make joint measurements between Great Wall Station and two International Gravity Standard Network Points (ISGN_{71}) in Santiago and Punta Arenas respectively in Chile. The computed gravity value is: 982208.682 mgal±0.04 mgal.
2 The Gravity Network in Great Wall Station AreaThe gravity network points in Great Wall Station area coincide with its horizontal control network points. The gravity of the points was measured with two LacosteRomberg mode G gravimeter G584, G589 and by using loop observation method with base point as reference. In order to improve the accuracy, electronic reading was used, and G584 was directed to north, G589 to east respectively permanently.
Tide factor 1.16 and zero phase delay of theory tide (IAG, 1980) were assumed to compute the correction for each observation. The Zeropoint correction for each loop is computed with the function of time. The observation equation for adjustment is the RMS of unit weight
(7) 
is±0.05 mgal after adjustment. The gravity values of all points are listed in Table 3.
3 The Computation of Geoid Undulation and Vertical DeflectionThe geoid undulation and vertical deflection in Great Wall Station area were determined with gravimetry method. The formula computing geoid undulation is (Guan Zeling, Ning Jingsheng, 1981):
(8) 
where
The vertical deflection is computed with the following equation:
(9) 
where
Ψ_{0}=7, N_{max}=50 were used while computing (transformed into WGS72 system). Global 1° × 1° mean anomaly is used to make up the insufficient of practical measurements. The results are listed in Table 3. The geoid undulation figure (Fig. 4) is drawn using N in Table 3.
Then freeair gravity anomaly is computed using the following equation:
(10) 
where
The value of (g_{0}r_{0})_{air} for each point is listed in Table 3. Figure 5 showes the freeair gravity anomaly in Great Wall Station area.
SummaryChina has just begun to make the Antarctic surveying and mapping, so no examples can be followed. In this paper, the method of establishing surveying and mapping reference system in Chinese Great Wall Station is introduced systematically, the theory is precise and the accuracy of the reference is high. This is a successful experiment. The survey strategy is integral and appropriate for our Country in the special conditions of Antarctic. It also can be adopted and used for reference while establishing station in east Antarctic. The surveying and mapping in Antarctic will develop and improve further in the future with the Chinese Antarctic expedition in progress. The participants in the establishment of Surveying and Mapping reference system in Chinese Antarctic Great Wall Station are senior engineer E Dongcheng, Senior engineer Liu Yongnuo, Engineer Guo Xiaogang, Lecturer Wang Shengding and the author.
Acknowledgments Engineer Lü Chancao is acknowledged my debt for accomplishing the gravity adjustment and Lecturer Li Yiecai for accomplishing the computation of geoid undulation and vertical deflection.