Real-time ionosphere data


  • Anonymous


Ionospheric electric fields estimated from observations with the STARE (Scandinavian Twin Auroral Radar Experiment) system have been available in real time since August 1983. Such field information is very valuable: To carry out well-defined experiments in the earth's ionosphere/magnetosphere system, it is desirable to have access in real time to data which define the state of this system. On the principle that no geophysical event is unique, conditions in the ionosphere/magnetosphere are recurrent, and thus the state wanted by an experimenter will reoccur eventually; to determine when, experimenters have usually relied on observations that yield information on currents (magnetometers) and charged particle precipitation (riometer, visual auroral data).