Validation of GPS Ionospheric Radio Occultation results onboard CHAMP by Vertical Sounding Observations in Europe
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Ionospheric radio occultation (IRO) measurements have a big potential for monitoring the ionospheric behavior on global scale for now- and forecasting the ionospheric impact on radio systems. In this article we validate the retrieved vertical electron density profiles (EDPs) derived from IRO measurements onboard CHAMP by using vertical sounding measurements at five European vertical sounding stations — Athens, Dourbes, Juliusruh, Rome and Tortosa. Since first IRO measurement onboard CHAMP in April 2001, more than 70000 electron density profiles have been retrieved by a model assisted technique so far. The comparison of IRO retrieved EDPs with ionosonde profiles obtained from the above mentioned stations will be discussed.
Key wordsIonosphere radio occultation ionosonde electron density validation
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