J. Space Weather Space Clim.
Volume 8, 2018
Space weather effects on GNSS and their mitigation
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Published online||27 March 2018|
An ionospheric index suitable for estimating the degree of ionospheric perturbations
Institute of Communications and Navigation, German Aerospace Center,
* Corresponding author: Volker.Wilken@dlr.de
Accepted: 5 February 2018
Space weather can strongly affect trans-ionospheric radio signals depending on the used frequency. In order to assess the strength of a space weather event from its origin at the sun towards its impact on the ionosphere a number of physical quantities need to be derived from scientific measurements. These are for example the Wolf number sunspot index, the solar flux density F10.7, measurements of the interplanetary magnetic field, the proton density, the solar wind speed, the dynamical pressure, the geomagnetic indices Auroral Electrojet, Kp, Ap and Dst as well as the Total Electron Content (TEC), the Rate of TEC, the scintillation indices S4 and σ(ϕ) and the Along-Arc TEC Rate index index. All these quantities provide in combination with an additional classification an orientation in a physical complex environment. Hence, they are used for brief communication of a simplified but appropriate space situation awareness. However, space weather driven ionospheric phenomena can affect many customers in the communication and navigation domain, which are still served inadequately by the existing indices. We present a new robust index, that is able to properly characterize temporal and spatial ionospheric variations of small to medium scales. The proposed ionospheric disturbance index can overcome several drawbacks of other ionospheric measures and might be suitable as potential driver for an ionospheric space weather scale.
Key words: Ionosphere / ionospheric disturbance index / geomagnetic storm event
© V. Wilken et al., Published by EDP Sciences 2018
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