Space Science Reviews

, Volume 212, Issue 1–2, pp 731–742 | Cite as

SAMI3_ICON: Model of the Ionosphere/Plasmasphere System

  • J. D. HubaEmail author
  • A. Maute
  • G. Crowley
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission


The NRL ionosphere/plasmasphere model SAMI3 has been modified to support the NASA ICON mission. Specifically, SAMI3_ICON has been modified to import the thermospheric composition, temperature, and winds from TIEGCM-ICON and the high-latitude potential from AMIE data. The codes will be run on a daily basis during the ICON mission to provide ionosphere and thermosphere properties to the science community. SAMI3_ICON will provide ionospheric and plasmaspheric parameters such as the electron and ion densities, temperatures, and velocities, as well as the total electron content (TEC), peak ionospheric electron density (NmF2) and height of the \(F\) layer at NmF2 (hmF2).


Ionospheric modeling NASA ICON mission 



This research was supported by the NASA ICON mission and NRL Base Funds (JDH). A.M. is supported by ICON NASA grant NNX14AP03G. The GPS TEC data was obtained from Madrigal Database at Haystack Observatory (


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Naval Research LaboratoryWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.High Altitude ObservatoryBoulderUSA
  3. 3.ASTRA, Inc.BoulderUSA

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