J. Space Weather Space Clim.
Volume 9, 2019
|Number of page(s)||12|
|Published online||30 September 2019|
Role of the external drivers in the occurrence of low-latitude ionospheric scintillation revealed by multi-scale analysis
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rome 00143, Italy
2 National Institute for Nuclear Physics, University of Tor Vergata, Rome 00133, Italy
3 National Research Council, Institute for Complex Systems ISC-CNR, 50019, Italy
4 Department of Information Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics, University of L’Aquila, 67100 L'Aquila, Italy
5 SpacEarth Technology, Rome 00143, Italy
6 Consorzio Area di Ricerca in Astrogeofisica, 67010 L’Aquila, Italy
7 Laboratorio de Ionósfera, Departemento de Física, FACET, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, 4000 Tucumán, Argentina
8 CIASUR, Facultad Regional Tucumán, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, 4000 Tucumán, Argentina
9 Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científícas y Técnicas, C1033AAJ Buenos Aires, Argentina
10 Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica, 00185 Rome, Italy
11 Gran Sasso Science Institute, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 26 August 2019
We analyze the amplitude scintillation on L-band signals over San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina), focusing on the multi-scale variability and speculating on the possible relationship between forcing factors from the geospace and the ionospheric response. The site is nominally located below the expected position of the southern crest of the Equatorial Ionospheric Anomaly (EIA). For this scope, we concentrate on the period 1–31 March 2011, during which one minor and one moderate storm characterize the first half of the month, while generally quiet conditions of the geospace stand for the second half.
By leveraging on the Adaptive Local Iterative Filtering (ALIF) signal decomposition technique, we investigate the multi-scale properties of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) amplitude scintillation and helio-geophysical parameters, looking for possible cause-effect mechanisms relating the former to the latter. Namely, we identify resonant modes in the Akasofu (ε) parameter as likely related to the frequency components in the time evolution found for the amplitude scintillation index, hence modulating the scintillation itself.
Key words: aeronomy / ionosphere (equatorial) / space weather / irregularities / positioning system
© L. Spogli et al., Published by EDP Sciences 2015
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