DGFI as one of the ITRS Combination Centres of International Earth Rotation and Reference System Service (IERS) has completed the computation of the International Terrestrial Reference Frame 2008 (DTRF2008). DTRF2008 is an independent solution, based on the same input data as ITRF2008, which is computed by the IERS Combination Centre at IGN, Paris, and provided by the IERS Product Centre at IGN in May 2010. The difference between both solutions is the combination strategy: while a combination of solutions is performed at IGN, DGFI computation is based on the combination of normal equations.
The DTRF2008 is a global terrestrial reference frame containing the station coordinates of 559 GPS, 106 VLBI, 122 SLR and 132 DORIS stations. The reference epoch for station positions is 2005-01-01, 0:00 UTC. Earth orientation parameters (EOP), i.e., coordinates of the terrestrial and the celestial pole, UT1-UTC and length of day (LOD), are simultaneously solved with the station coordinates. The time series of EOP covers the period from 1983 until the end of 2008. The solution is available in different file formats at ftp.dgfi.badw.de/pub/DTRF2008. A short description of the solution is given in the local SINEX file.