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Ionospheric correction using NTCM driven by GPS Klobuchar coefficients for GNSS applications

Abstract

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) require mitigation of ionospheric propagation errors because the ionospheric range errors might be larger than tens of meters at the zenith direction. Taking advantage of the frequency-dispersive property of ionospheric refractivity, the ionospheric range errors can be mitigated in dual-frequency applications to a great extent by a linear combination of carrier phases or pseudoranges. However, single-frequency GNSS operations require additional ionospheric information to apply signal delay or range error corrections. To aid single-frequency operations, the global positioning system (GPS) broadcasts 8 coefficients as part of the navigation message to drive the ionospheric correction algorithm (ICA) also known as Klobuchar model. We presented here an ionospheric correction algorithm called Neustrelitz TEC model (NTCM) which can be used as complementary to the GPS ICA. Our investigation shows that the NTCM can be driven by Klobuchar model parameters to achieve a significantly better performance than obtained by the mother ICA algorithm. Our research, using post-processed reference total electron content (TEC) data from more than one solar cycle, shows that on average the RMS modeled TEC errors are up to 40% less for the proposed NTCM model compared to the Klobuchar model during high solar activity period, and about 10% less during low solar activity period. Such an approach does not require major technology changes for GPS users rather requires only introducing the NTCM approach a complement to the existing ICA algorithm while maintaining the simplicity of ionospheric range error mitigation with an improved model performance.

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Acknowledgements

We would like to give thanks to sponsors and operators of NASA’s Earth Science Data Systems and the CDDIS for archiving and distributing the IGS data. We would like to give thanks to NOAA’s NGDC for disseminating historical solar and magnetic data via SPIDR. Also thanks to NOAA’s NGS for making daily GPS ICA coefficients available.

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Hoque, M.M., Jakowski, N. & Berdermann, J. Ionospheric correction using NTCM driven by GPS Klobuchar coefficients for GNSS applications. GPS Solut 21, 1563–1572 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10291-017-0632-7

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Keywords

  • GNSS
  • Single-frequency ionospheric correction
  • Klobuchar model
  • NTCM driven by Klobuchar model