CEDAR email: COSPAR PSW.3 session on “Ionospheric Indices and Scales for Applications”

Astrid Maute maute at ucar.edu
Wed Feb 2 10:07:00 MST 2022

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention to the COSPAR PSW.3 session on
“Ionospheric Indices and Scales for Applications” and encourage you to
submit an abstract by Friday, 11 February 2022.  The 44th COSPAR SCIENTIFIC
ASSEMBLY takes place in Athens, Greece, from 16 – 24 July 2022 (
https://www.cospar-assembly.org). Please consider that submissions are
limited to not more than one solicited abstract and two contributed
abstracts on which the submitter is the lead author.

Session description:

The PSW.3 session will continue the discussion of ionospheric indices and
scales and their use in ground- and space-based radio systems applications
for telecommunication and navigation. Current ionospheric indices are
mostly associated with or based on solar or geomagnetic conditions, rather
than their capability to detect, monitor, or predict ionospheric
perturbations or impacts. The connections between the current indices and
ionospheric impacts are at best qualitative, with no systematic or
quantitative connection to concrete applications. In the proposed session,
specific use cases shall be addressed to estimate scales for describing the
degree of ionospheric perturbations. In order to estimate the suitability
of indices and scales, specification of user needs is requested from
customers, and intensification of the dialog and collaboration of
researchers with customers is encouraged. Best practice experience obtained
in weather/ionospheric weather services should be presented. Because
ionospheric indices and their scaling are of interest for studying other
space weather phenomena, the session is open for related studies in all
fields of space weather.

Following the two half-day formal sessions we plan to organize a short side
meeting after the session to discuss future steps on the way to develop an
Ionospheric Scale, targeting ionospheric space weather impact on
trans-ionospheric radio wave propagation, similar to widely-used NOAA space
weather scales  R, S, and G.


Session Conveners: Norbert Jakowski and Tim Fuller-Rowell

Norbert.Jakowski at dlr.de

Tim.Fuller-Rowell at noaa.gov
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