Reference : Ionosphere Modelling Based on the NeQuick Model and GNSS Data Ingestion
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Ionosphere Modelling Based on the NeQuick Model and GNSS Data Ingestion
Bidaine, Benoît mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège / FNRS > Département de Géographie - Department of Geography > Unité de Géomatique - Geomatics Unit > > >]
Warnant, René mailto [Institut Royal Météorologique - IRM - Royal Meteorological Institute - RMI > > > >]
Second International Colloquium - Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of the Galileo Programme
Second International Colloquium - Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of the Galileo Programme
du 14 octobre 2007 au 16 octobre 2009
Agence Spatiale Européenne - European Space Agency - ESA
Université de Padova - University of Padova
Committee on Space Research - COSPAR
[en] ionosphere ; mitigation ; single frequency ; Total Electron Content (TEC) ; NeQuick ; ingestion
[fr] Géodésie et GNSS
[en] As for other GNSS, the ionospheric effect remains one of the main factors limiting Galileo accuracy. For single frequency users, this contribution to the error budget will be mitigated by a global algorithm based on the NeQuick model. This quick-run empirical model provides flexible solutions for combining ionospheric information obtained from various systems, from GNSS to ionosondes and topside sounders thanks to which NeQuick has been designed. Hence it constitutes an interesting simulation tool not only serving Galileo needs for mitigation of the ionospheric effect but also widening the use of new data available thanks to the future European system.
NeQuick provides the electron density as a function of location, time and solar activity. Thanks to numerical integration, the total content in free electrons of the ionosphere (Total Electron Content, TEC) can be deduced as well as the ionospheric propagation delay depending linearly on TEC on satellite-to-receiver path. The model is particularly suited to be used within an optimization procedure called ingestion. In this framework, an “effective ionization level” Az plays the role of the solar activity input in order to fit a specific dataset. For Galileo single frequency operation, daily Az values will be computed from slant TEC measurements performed within the ground segment.
In this study, we perform slant TEC ingestion for a dozen of locations around the world where both an ionosonde and a GPS receiver are installed. These collocated instruments allow us to compare measured and modelled vertical TEC in different ways showing for example global statistics or dependence towards latitude. We analyze such results for the year 2002 (high solar activity level) giving an interesting insight in the situation we could observe when Galileo reach its Full Operation Capability, during the next solar maximum.
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