Berlin 2005 – wissenschaftliches Programm
EP 18.1: Poster
Freitag, 4. März 2005, 09:00–19:00, Poster TU BH
Ionospheric imaging based on the assimilation of GPS observations — •Claudia Stolle1, Schlüter Stefan2, Heise Stefan1, Jacobi Christoph3, Jakowski Norbert2, and Lühr Hermann1 — 1GFZ Potsdam, Telegrafenberg, 14473 Potsdam — 2Institut für Kommunikation und Navigation, DLR Neustrelitz, Kalkhorstweg 53, 17235 Neustrelitz — 3Institut für Meteorologie, Universität Leipzig, Stefanstr. 3, 04103 Leipzig
The imaging of electron density fields using ionospheric observations of the Global Positioning System (GPS) has become a rapidly developing and powerful ionospheric remote sensing method. These imaging techniques are based on the assimilation of line-of-sight measurements of Total Electron Content (TEC) along the signal paths of GPS radio waves into climatological background models of the ionospheric electron density distribution. Here, we apply a three-dimensional imaging tool, which assimilates calibrated GPS TEC observations into a combined International Reference Ionosphere/Global Core Plasma model. The GPS database consists of data from ground-based receivers and of ionospheric radio occultations realised onboard the CHAMP satellite. We will present the outcomes of validating the assimilation with independent data, and discuss assimilation results from a case study.