Ionospheric Weather Forecasting on the Horizon
Article first published online: 27 AUG 2005
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Volume 3, Issue 8, August 2005
How to Cite
Thompson, D. C., Sojka, J. J., Zhu, L., Scherliess, L. and Schunk, R. (2005), Ionospheric Weather Forecasting on the Horizon. Space Weather, 3: n/a. doi: 10.1029/2004SW000138
- Issue published online: 27 AUG 2005
- Article first published online: 27 AUG 2005
In an effort to mitigate the adverse effects of the ionosphere on military and civilian operations, specification and forecast models are being developed that employ state-of-the-art data assimilation techniques. Utah State University has recently developed two data assimilation models for the ionosphere as part of the USU Global Assimilation of Ionospheric Measurements (USU GAIM) program. One of these models is currently being implemented at the Air Force Weather Agency for operational use. The USU-GAIM models are also being used for scientific studies, and this should lead to a dramatic advance in our understanding of ionospheric physics similar to what occurred in meteorology and oceanography after the introduction of data assimilation models in those fields.