Large magnetic storm-induced nighttime ionospheric flows at midlatitudes and their impacts on GPS-based navigation systems

Su Basu, S. Basu, J. J. Makela, E. MacKenzie, P. Doherty, J. W. Wright, F. Rich, M. J. Keskinen, R. E. Sheehan, A. J. Coster

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Abstract

Analysis of GPS phase fluctuations in conjunction with regional total electron content (TEC) maps, in situ measurements of subauroral polarization streams (SAPS) and auroral convection from several Defense Meteorological Satellite Program spacecraft, and dynasonde measurements at the Bear Lake Observatory obtained during the intense magnetic storm of 7-8 November 2004 have indicated the serious impact of large ionospheric/velocities on GPS-based navigation systems within the midlatitude region in the North American sector. The major difference between this superstorm and the others observed during the earlier October-November 2003 events is the absence of appreciable storm-enhanced density gradients, with the midlatitude region being enveloped by either the auroral oval or the ionospheric trough within which the SAPS were confined during the local dusk to nighttime hours. This shows that it is possible to disable GPS-based navigation systems for many hours even in the absence of appreciable TEC gradients, provided an intense flow channel is present in the ionosphere during nighttime hours. The competing effects of irregularity amplitude ΔN/N, the background F region density, and the magnitude of SAPS or auroral convection are discussed in establishing the extent ofthe region of impact on such systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA00A06
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
Volume113
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

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    Basu, S., Basu, S., Makela, J. J., MacKenzie, E., Doherty, P., Wright, J. W., Rich, F., Keskinen, M. J., Sheehan, R. E., & Coster, A. J. (2008). Large magnetic storm-induced nighttime ionospheric flows at midlatitudes and their impacts on GPS-based navigation systems. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 113(3), [A00A06]. https://doi.org/10.1029/2008JA013076