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Acta Geophysica

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 432–452 | Cite as

Verification of the TSMP-assisted digisonde topside profiling technique

  • Anna Belehaki
  • Ivan Kutiev
  • Bodo Reinisch
  • Norbert Jakowski
  • Pencho Marinov
  • Ivan Galkin
  • Chris Mayer
  • Ioanna Tsagouri
  • Themistocles Herekakis
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the performance of the TSMP-assisted Digisonde (TaD) topside profiling technique. We present systematic comparisons between electron density profiles and TEC parameters extracted from TaD model with (a) CHAMP-derived TEC parameters, (b) CHAMP reconstructed profiles, (c) ground based GPSderived TEC parameters, and (d) profiles reconstructed from RPI/IMAGE plasmagrams. In all cases, TaD follows the general trend of plasmaspheric observations derived from the above datasets. Especially during storm cases, TaD shows remarkable agreement with the variations of the ground based GPS-derived TEC parameters. Overall, the comparison results shows that TaD method can be adopted by EURIPOS to provide the electron density distribution up to plasmaspheric heights in real-time.

Key words

ionosphere plasmasphere electron density reconstruction ionospheric scale height total electron content 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Belehaki
    • 1
  • Ivan Kutiev
    • 2
  • Bodo Reinisch
    • 3
  • Norbert Jakowski
    • 4
  • Pencho Marinov
    • 5
  • Ivan Galkin
    • 3
  • Chris Mayer
    • 4
  • Ioanna Tsagouri
    • 1
  • Themistocles Herekakis
    • 1
  1. 1.National Observatory of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Geophysical InstituteBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria
  3. 3.Center for Atmospheric ResearchUniversity of Massachusetts LowellLowellUSA
  4. 4.German Aerospace CenterInstitute of Communication and NavigationWesslingGermany
  5. 5.Institute for Parallel ProcessingBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria

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