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EUV-TEC proxy to describe ionospheric variability using satellite-borne solar EUV measurements: First results

 
: Unglaub, C.; Jacobi, C.; Schmidtke, G.; Nikutowski, B.; Brunner, R.

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Advances in Space Research 47 (2011), No.9, pp.1578-1584
ISSN: 0273-1177
English
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IPM ()
solar EUV; thermosphere; ionosphere

Abstract
Primary photoionisation of major ionospheric constituents is calculated from satellite-borne solar EUV measurements. Number densities of the background atmosphere are taken from the NRLMSISE-00 climatology. From the calculated ionisation rates, a proxy termed EUV-TEC, which is based on the global total ionisation is calculated, and describes the ionospheric response to solar EUV and its variability. The proxy is compared against the global mean ionospheric total electron content (TEC) derived from GPS data. Results show that the EUV-TEC proxy provides a better overall representation of global TEC than conventional solar indices like F10.7 do. The EUV-TEC proxy may be used for scientific research, and to describe the ionospheric effects on radio communication and navigation systems.

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