The ionosphere, which is characterized by the presence of free electrons, impacts the functionality of communication and navigation systems relying on radio wave propagation in the upper atmosphere. The impact is strongest during ionospheric storms, when the electron density changes dramatically. Ionospheric storms are often accompanied by the presence of large scale travelling ionospheric disturbances (LSTIDs), which are the ionospheric signature of surges in the upper atmosphere. Usually, they are excited in the Auroral region and travel equatorward. In some occasions, poleward LSTIDs have been reported. Their occurrence differs dependent on solar wind- and thermosphere conditions. However, not every ionospheric storm is accompanied by LSTIDs. The physical conditions under which LSTIDs are exited and their impact on ionospheric storms shall be investigated.
Thus, the PhD shall consider the following research tasks:
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