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Annales Geophysicae An open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Ann. Geophys., 35, 377-391, 2017
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13 Mar 2017
MONITOR Ionospheric Network: two case studies on scintillation and electron content variability
Yannick Béniguel1, Iurii Cherniak2, Alberto Garcia-Rigo3, Pierrick Hamel1, Manuel Hernández-Pajares3, Roland Kameni4, Anton Kashcheyev5, Andrzej Krankowski2, Michel Monnerat8, Bruno Nava5, Herbert Ngaya4, Raül Orus-Perez6, Hughes Secrétan7, Damien Sérant8, Stefan Schlüter9, and Volker Wilken10 1Informatique, Electromagnétisme, Electronique, Analyse numérique (IEEA), Courbevoie, 92400, France
2University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland
3UPC-IonSat, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, 08034, Spain
4Agence pour la sécurité de la navigation aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar (ASECNA), Dakar, Senegal
5International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, 34014, Italy
6European Space Agency/European Space Research and Technology Center (ESA/ESTEC), Noordwijk, 2201 AZ, the Netherlands
7Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), Toulouse, 31401, France
8Thales Alenia Space France, Toulouse, 31037, France
9European Space Agency/EGNOS Project Office (ESA/EPO), Toulouse, 31401, France
10Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Neustrelitz, 17235, Germany
Abstract. The ESA MONITOR network is composed of high-frequency-sampling global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) receivers deployed mainly at low and high latitudes to study ionosphere variability and jointly with global GNSS data and ionospheric processing software in support of the GNSS and its satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS) like the European EGNOS. In a recent phase of the project, the network was merged with the CNES/ASECNA network and new receivers were added to complement the latter in the western African sector. This paper summarizes MONITOR, presenting two case studies on scintillations (using almost 2 years of data measurements). The first case occurred during the major St. Patrick's Day geomagnetic storm in 2015. The second case study was performed in the last phase of the project, which was supported by ESA EGNOS Project Office, when we paid special attention to extreme events that might degrade the system performance of the European EGNOS.

Citation: Béniguel, Y., Cherniak, I., Garcia-Rigo, A., Hamel, P., Hernández-Pajares, M., Kameni, R., Kashcheyev, A., Krankowski, A., Monnerat, M., Nava, B., Ngaya, H., Orus-Perez, R., Secrétan, H., Sérant, D., Schlüter, S., and Wilken, V.: MONITOR Ionospheric Network: two case studies on scintillation and electron content variability, Ann. Geophys., 35, 377-391,, 2017.
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The work presented in this paper was done in the frame of an ESA activity. The aim of this project was to study ionosphere disturbances liable to impact navigation systems. This project has been running over several years, allowing enough data acquisition to gain sufficient knowledge of ionosphere variability. It was launched to support the European Satellite-Based Augmented System (EGNOS), also considering a possible extension of the system over Africa.
The work presented in this paper was done in the frame of an ESA activity. The aim of this...