Grant for the young academics group „Prediction of Ionospheric Perturbations“
A new scientific young academics group, working on the topic of the prediction of perturbations in the ionosphere due to space weather events, has been granted by the DLR executive board. The young academics group, that started to operate in 2015, came into existence on the initiative and expertise of Claudia Borries, who will lead the group.
Disruption of satellite missions and modern communication, navigation and remote sensing systems can be the consequence of perturbations in the Ionosphere. Strongest perturbations are caused by space weather events, e.g. Coronal Mass Ejections. Due to the complexity of the impacts of space weather events on the Ionosphere and the unpredictability of solar processes, the task to develop a sophisticated prediction of ionospheric perturbations is an extremely high challenge.
This task is now approached by the young academics group “Prediction of ionospheric perturbations”. Empirical analyses and knowledge derived from physical modelling will be combined in an enhanced perturbation model for the Total Electron Content (TEC). The possibility of such a combination of analyses and modelling is new, because the necessary data base volume and precision of the physical models has been reached only recently.
Foundations for the success of this project are the long scientific expertise and the long grown and up-to-date data base at DLR. Moreover, a unique opportunity for the establishment of a professional prediction of ionospheric perturbations currently arises by the close cooperation with the world wide leading Space Weather and Prediction Center (SWPC).