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Combined assimilation of GPS based TEC data from CHAMP and SAC-C for ionosphere/plasmasphere imaging

Heise, S. and Jakowski, N. and Reigber, Ch. (2004) Combined assimilation of GPS based TEC data from CHAMP and SAC-C for ionosphere/plasmasphere imaging. In: Proceedings. 1st EGU General Assembly, Nice, France, April 25-30, 2004, France.

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Abstract

Ground based GPS measurements are well proved in terms of monitoring the vertical Total Electron Content (TEC) of the ionosphere. The GPS receivers installed on board of LEO (Low Earth Orbiting) satellites such as CHAMP and SAC-C provide a rather new data source for ionospheric remote sensing on global scale. Both satellites CHAMP and SAC-C track permanently several GPS satellites using zenith looking antennas dedicated for precise orbit determination. These 0.1 Hz sampled dual frequency navigation measurements provide valuable information on the ionization state of the upper ionosphere and plasmasphere up to GPS altitude on global scale. After preprocessing and calibration, link related TEC measurements are derived from the GPS navigation observations. The three dimensional electron density distribution is reconstructed by assimilating these TEC measurements into the Parameterized Ionospheric Model (PIM) which includes also the Gallagher model of the plasmasphere. Due to the orbit properties of CHAMP and SAC-C there are time intervals of about 2 weeks when both satellites circle the earth at nearly the same orbit plane but at different altitudes.We focus on these constellations which are of special interest for the combined assimilation of TEC measurements from both satellites. In this talk reconstruction results are presented for selected assimilation examples by means of two dimensional slices along the respective CHAMP/SAC-C orbit plane. The assimilation technique will be described briefly. We present validation results using electron density measurements from the Langmuir Probe on board CHAMP and compare reconstructions based on TEC data from only one and from both satellites. Potentials for space weather monitoring will be addressed.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2004, monograph_id=1607-7962/gra/EGU04-A-02626,
Title:Combined assimilation of GPS based TEC data from CHAMP and SAC-C for ionosphere/plasmasphere imaging
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Heise, S.GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam
Jakowski, N.UNSPECIFIED
Reigber, Ch.GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam
Date:2004
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:TEC Data, GPS, CHAMP, Ionosphere, Plasmasphere
Event Title:1st EGU General Assembly, Nice, France, April 25-30, 2004
Event Location:France
Event Type:international Conference
Organizer:European Geosciences Union
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignement
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):W -- no assignement (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Communication and Navigation
Deposited By: elib DLR-Beauftragter
Deposited On:16 Sep 2005
Last Modified:06 Jan 2010 21:34

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