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This survey paper deals with multiresolution analysis from geodetically relevant data and its numerical realization for functions harmonic outside a (Bjerhammar) sphere inside the Earth. Harmonic wavelets are introduced within a suit- able framework of a Sobolev-like Hilbert space. Scaling functions and wavelets are defined by means of convolutions. A pyramid scheme provides efficient implementation und economical computation. Essential tools are the multiplicative Schwarz alternating algorithm (providing domain decomposition procedures) and fast multipole techniques (accelerating iterative solvers of linear systems).

A geoscientifically relevant wavelet approach is established for the classical (inner) displacement problem corresponding to a regular surface (such as sphere, ellipsoid, actual earth's surface). Basic tools are the limit and jump relations of (linear) elastostatics. Scaling functions and wavelets are formulated within the framework of the vectorial Cauchy-Navier equation. Based on appropriate numerical integration rules a pyramid scheme is developed providing fast wavelet transform (FWT). Finally multiscale deformation analysis is investigated numerically for the case of a spherical boundary.

By means of the limit and jump relations of classical potential theory the framework of a wavelet approach on a regular surface is established. The properties of a multiresolution analysis are verified, and a tree algorithm for fast computation is developed based on numerical integration. As applications of the wavelet approach some numerical examples are presented, including the zoom-in property as well as the detection of high frequency perturbations. At the end we discuss a fast multiscale representation of the solution of (exterior) Dirichlet's or Neumann's boundary-value problem corresponding to regular surfaces.