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A Space Weather Index for the Radiation Field at Aviation Altitudes

Meier, Matthias M. and Matthiä, Daniel (2016) A Space Weather Index for the Radiation Field at Aviation Altitudes. Frühjahrstagung der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft, Fachverband Extraterrestrische Physik, 14. - 17. März 2016, Münster, Germany.

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Abstract

The additional dose contribution to the radiation exposure at aviation altitudes during Solar Particle Events (SPEs) has been a matter of concern for many years. After the Halloween storms in 2003 several airlines began to implement mitigation measures such as rerouting and lowering flight altitudes in response to alerts on the NOAA S‐scale regarding solar radiation storms. These alerts are based on the integral proton flux above 10 MeV measured aboard the corresponding GOES‐satellite which is operated outside the Earth’s atmosphere in a geosynchronous orbit. This integral proton flux has, however, been proved to be an insufficient parameter to apply to the radiation field at aviation altitudes without an accompanying analysis of the shape of the energy spectrum. Consequently, false alarms and corresponding disproportionate reactions ensued. Since mitigating measures can be quite cost‐intensive, there has been a demand for appropriate space weather information among responsible airline managers for about a decade. Against this background, we propose the introduction of a new Space Weather index D, based on dose rates at aviation altitudes produced by solar protons during solar radiation storms, as the relevant parameter for the assessment of corresponding radiation exposure (J. Space Weather Space Clim. 4 A13 (2014), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/swsc/2014010).

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/109918/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:A Space Weather Index for the Radiation Field at Aviation Altitudes
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Meier, Matthias M.german aerospace center, institute of aerospace medicine, linder höhe, 51147 köln, germany; matthias.meier (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Matthiä, Danielgerman aerospace center, institute of aerospace medicine, linder höhe, 51147 köln, germanyhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1507-0143
Date:2016
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Space Weather, radiation exposure at aviation altitudes
Event Title:Frühjahrstagung der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft, Fachverband Extraterrestrische Physik
Event Location:Münster, Germany
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:14. - 17. März 2016
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Strahlenbiologie
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Radiation Biology
Deposited By: Kopp, Kerstin
Deposited On:21 Dec 2016 15:59
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:07

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