Accession Number : ADA463159
Title : International Heliophysical Year SCINDA Workshop/Abstract
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL AND TECHNICAL SATE UNIV GREENSBORO DEPT OF PHYSICS
Personal Author(s) : Kebede, Abebe ; Nair, Jyoti
Report Date : 01 Oct 2006
Pagination or Media Count : 35
Abstract : The first Heliophysical Year International SCINDA Workshop was held at Sal, Cape Verde, during the period of July 10-14, 2006. This 5-day workshop was organized by Air Force Research Laboratory, NC A&T State University, the and Instituto Nacional De Metereologica E Geofisica Republico De Cabo Verde (INMG). Representatives from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Cape-Verde, Cote D Ivoire, Malaysia and Congo Brazzaville participated in the workshop. The overall goals of the workshop were to establish space science expertise and to install Scintillation Network Decision Aid (SCINDA) across Africa following the geomagnetic equator. SCINDA is a real-time, data driven communication outage forecast and alert system developed for the United States Air Force Space Command by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Ionospheric Hazards Specification and Forecast Team, Hanscom AFB. Its purpose is to aid in the specification and prediction of satellite communication degradation due to ionospheric scintillation in the equatorial region. Ionospheric disturbances can cause rapid phase and amplitude fluctuations of satellite signals observed at or near the earth's surface; these fluctuations are known as scintillation. The workshop has provided instructions on the deployment, operation and interpretation of data from SCINDA sensors. These instructions were accompanied by talks by the participating scientists, and meal time discussions on how to advance space science research and education in Africa in the future. At the end of the workshop, the participants learned to setup a GPS TEC/scintillation system on-line at their home institution. This report supplies a summary of the contributed talks.
Descriptors : *IONOSPHERIC SCINTILLATION , *WORKSHOPS , GEOMAGNETISM , FORECASTING , RESEARCH FACILITIES , SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH , SOLAR OBSERVATORIES , COMMUNICATION SATELLITES , COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS , METEOROLOGICAL PHENOMENA
Subject Categories : Astrophysics
Command, Control and Communications Systems
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE