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Volume 30, issue 10
Ann. Geophys., 30, 1423-1433, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-30-1423-2012
© Author(s) 2012. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Ann. Geophys., 30, 1423-1433, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-30-1423-2012
© Author(s) 2012. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Regular paper 01 Oct 2012

Regular paper | 01 Oct 2012

Variations of the ionospheric TEC using simultaneous measurements from the China Crustal Movement Observation Network

Y. W. Wu1,2, R. Y. Liu2, B. C. Zhang2, Z. S. Wu1, J. S. Ping3, J. M. Liu2, and Z. J. Hu2 Y. W. Wu et al.
  • 1School of Science, Xidian University, Xi'an, China
  • 2SOA Key Laboratory for Polar Science, Polar Research Institute of China, Shanghai, China
  • 3Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China

Abstract. Variations of the ionospheric Total Electron Content (TEC) over China are investigated using the TEC data obtained from China Crustal Movement Observation Network in the year 2004. The results show a single-peak occurred in post-noon for the diurnal variation and two peaks exit around two equinox points, respectively, for the seasonal variation. Overall, the values of TEC increased from the north to the south of China. There were small but clear longitudinal differences in both sides of the longitudes with zero magnetic declination. The intensity of the day-to-day variation of TEC was not a monotonic change along the latitudes. It was usually weaker in the middle of China than that in the north or south. Comparing with the maximum F-layer electron density (NmF2) derived from the ionosonde stations in China, it is found that the day-to-day variation of TEC was less significant than that of NmF2, and that the northern crest of the equatorial anomaly identified from the NmF2 data can reach Guangzhou-region. While, the TEC crest was hardly observed in the same location. This is probably caused by the tilt of topside ionosphere near the northern anomaly crest region at lower latitudes.

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