Ionospheric Scintillation Monitoring Over Cyprus

General Project Objectives

The basic objective of the project is the development of a novel service that will facilitate the automated, continuous and systematic monitoring of ionospheric scintillations on GNSS signals in Cyprus. This scintillation monitoring service will provide an indication of the state of the ionosphere above Cyprus that will enable potential users to assess the probability of degradation of their own service due to severe scintillation events. This service augments the existing digital ionosonde and TEC monitor in order to develop a digital data collection on the state of the upper atmosphere in the Cyprus region, based on real-time ionospheric data provided by the instruments.

The scientific aim of the project is to explore the climatology of scintillations over Cyprus and its dependence on solar and geomagnetic activity,season and time of day in order to identify the ionospheric conditions that lead to the onset of plasma instabilities. An examination of these dependencies may form the basis for the forecast of the timing and the severity of ionospheric scintillations.  Considering the increasing demand for upper-atmosphere nowcast and forecast services by various commercial users, the need to develop a service for real-time ionospheric monitoring is vital, especially considering the on-going trend for provision of similar services in other parts of the globe. In the frames of this service an effort will be undertaken to assess the impact of ionospheric scintillation on the CYPOS (Cyprus Positionong System) and on the synchronization of satellite broadband internet to mobile users.