Validation of electron density profiles derived from oblique ionograms over the United Kingdom

Heaton, J. A. T. and Cannon, Paul and Rogers, Neil and Mitchell, Cathryn N. and Kersley, L. (2001) Validation of electron density profiles derived from oblique ionograms over the United Kingdom. Radio Science, 36 (5). pp. 1149-1156. ISSN 0048-6604

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Inversion algorithms are available to derive the vertical electron density profile at the midpoint of an oblique sounder path. The techniques open up the possibility of monitoring the ionosphere at otherwise inaccessible locations, such as over sea or inhospitable terrain. A new method of monitoring the ionosphere based on radio tomography can be used to create two-dimensional images of electron density. The results in this paper compare midpoint profiles derived from oblique ionograms with corresponding profiles obtained from tomographic images of electron density and from a vertical ionospheric sounder. The comparisons illustrate the oblique sounder inversion technique and its inherent limitations. The results provide useful information on the complementary nature of the separate ionospheric measurement techniques and have implications for the use of these measurements as inputs to real-time ionospheric models.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Radio Science
Additional Information: Copyright 2001 by the American Geophysical Union
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1900/1902
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 69572
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 06 Jun 2014 08:20
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2020 02:41

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