Equator and High-Latitude Ionosphere-to-Magnetosphere Research
Scientific rept. no. 1, 25 Aug 2006-25 Aug 2007
MASSACHUSETTS UNIV LOWELL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH
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This research contributes in critical areas toward the goals of 1 ionospheric effects on DoD systems research and 2 ionospheric research technology. Based on the proposal submitted to the Air Force, this years efforts, as described in this report, involve support to the ionospheric specification objectives of the Air Force Research Laboratory AFRL. The University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Atmospheric Research UMLCAR has taken an approach that addresses the specification of ionospheric parameters on a global scale a goal that is particularly facilitated using the digisonde system pioneered by UMLCAR. Global ionospheric modeling is a major part of space weather forecasting and global communications progress, and our support for these goals is presented here. Use of the ubiquitous digisonde offers the best tool for real time ionospheric assimilative modeling as well as support to other systems that require verification and validation. A significant part of our research effort was providing the necessary validation of other methods of ionospheric specification by using the digisonde measurements as the truth against which the performance of other systems was compared. These include cooperation with groups making ionospheric radio occultation and tomography, and UV measurements Sections 2, 4, and 10. The Center is also evaluating the digisonde drift measurements against incoherent scatter radar plasma drift measurements Section 6. The second major research concentration in this report involves the development of techniques that expand global ionospheric specification Sections 3, 5, and 8. These cover the areas of digisonde profile uncertainty, improved ionogram virtual height measurements, and using digisondes to carry out routine measurements of the absorption of HF radio waves with the aim of predicting system outages with improved sensitivity.
- Atmospheric Physics