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|Authors: ||Pietrella, M.*|
|Title: ||Instantaneous space-weighted ionospheric regional model for instantaneous mapping of the critical frequency of the F2 layer in the European region|
|Title of journal: ||Radio Science|
|Series/Report no.: ||/40(2005)|
|Issue Date: ||2-Feb-2005|
|Keywords: ||ionosphere, now casting models|
|Abstract: ||An instantaneous space-weighted ionospheric regional model (ISWIRM) for the
regional now-casting of the critical frequency of the F2 layer (foF2) has been developed.
The geographical area of applicability of the model is ranged between 35°N–70°N and
5°W–40°E. Inside this region the hourly values of foF2 are obtained, correcting the
monthly medians values of foF2 predicted by the space-weighted ionospheric local model
(SWILM) on the basis of hourly observations of foF2 coming from four reference stations
(Rome, Chilton, Lycksele, and Loparskaya (or Sodankyla)). The performance of the
model, evaluated at four testing stations (Tortosa, Juliusruh, Uppsala, and Kiruna) during
some periods characterized by strong solar and geomagnetic activity, can be considered
satisfactory, given that the hourly values of the residuals are almost always below 1 MHz.
A comparison between ISWIRM’s performance using manually validated and
autoscaled data of foF2 and SWILM’s performance was made for two disturbed periods.
One example of instantaneous ionospheric mapping of foF2 relative to the selected
disturbed periods is also shown.|
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