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Reconstruction of F2 layer peak electron density based on operational vertical Total Electron Content maps

Gerzen, Tatjana and Jakowski, Norbert and Wilken, Volker and Hoque, Mainul (2012) Reconstruction of F2 layer peak electron density based on operational vertical Total Electron Content maps. Annales Geophysicae. Copernicus Publications. ISSN 0992-7689

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Abstract

Electron density is the major determining parameter of the ionosphere. Especially the maximum electron density of the F2 layer in the ionosphere, NmF2, is of particular interest with regard to the HF radio communication applications as well as for characterizing the ionosphere. In this paper we present a new method to generate global maps of NmF2. The main principle behind this approach is to use the information about the current state of the ionosphere included in global TEC maps as well as the relationship between total electron content, equivalent slab thickness and F2 layer peak density. Modeling of slab thickness is an interim step in our reconstruction approach. Thus, results showing the diurnal and seasonal variations and effects of solar activity on the modeled slab thickness values are given. In addition a comparison of the reconstructed NmF2 maps with measurements from several ionosonde stations as well as with the global NmF2 model NPDM is presented. Since 2011 the described method has been used at DLR Neustrelitz to generate NmF2 maps as operational service. This maps are freely available via the Space Weather Application Center Ionosphere SWACI (http://swaciweb.dlr.de).

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/82055/
Document Type:Article
Title:Reconstruction of F2 layer peak electron density based on operational vertical Total Electron Content maps
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Gerzen, Tatjanatatjana.gerzen (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Jakowski, Norbertnorbert.jakowski (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wilken, Volkervolker.wilken (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hoque, Mainulmainul.hoque (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:2012
Journal or Publication Title:Annales Geophysicae
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:Copernicus Publications
ISSN:0992-7689
Status:Published
Keywords:Electron Density, Reconstruction, Ionosphere, TEC, Peak electron density
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Communication and Navigation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R KN - Kommunikation und Navigation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Ionosphäre
Location: Neustrelitz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Communication and Navigation > Navigation
Deposited By: Gerzen, Tatjana
Deposited On:22 Apr 2013 08:37
Last Modified:08 Mar 2018 18:47

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