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Volume 36, issue 1 | Copyright
Ann. Geophys., 36, 81-89, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-36-81-2018
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Regular paper 22 Jan 2018

Regular paper | 22 Jan 2018

Study of ionospheric disturbances over the China mid- and low-latitude region with GPS observations

Yafei Ning1 and Jun Tang1,2 Yafei Ning and Jun Tang
  • 1State Key Laboratory of Geodesy and Earth's Dynamics, Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, 430077, China
  • 2School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, East China Jiaotong University, Nanchang, 330013, China

Abstract. Ionospheric disturbances constitute the main restriction factor for precise positioning techniques based on global positioning system (GPS) measurements. Simultaneously, GPS observations are widely used to determine ionospheric disturbances with total electron content (TEC). In this paper, we present an analysis of ionospheric disturbances over China mid- and low-latitude area before and during the magnetic storm on 17 March 2015. The work analyses the variation of magnetic indices, the amplitude of ionospheric irregularities observed with four arrays of GPS stations and the influence of geomagnetic storm on GPS positioning. The results show that significant ionospheric TEC disturbances occurred between 10:30 and 12:00UT during the main phase of the large storm, and the static position reliability for this period are little affected by these disturbances. It is observed that the positive and negative disturbances propagate southward along the meridian from mid-latitude to low-latitude regions. The propagation velocity is from about 200 to 700ms−1 and the amplitude of ionospheric disturbances is from about 0.2 to 0.9TECUmin−1. Moreover, the position dilution of precession (PDOP) with static precise point positioning (PPP) on storm and quiet days is 1.8 and 0.9cm, respectively. This study is based on the analysis of ionospheric variability with differential rate of vertical TEC (DROVT) and impact of ionospheric storm on positioning with technique of GPS PPP.

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We present an analysis of ionospheric disturbances over China mid- and low-latitude area before and during the magnetic storm on 17 March 2015. The results show that The propagation velocity is from about 200 to 700 m s−1 and the amplitude of ionospheric disturbances is from about 0.2 to 0.9 TECU min−1. Moreover, the reliability of PPP solutions for static stations during the analysed period of the March 2015 storm has been found to be affected insignificantly.
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