The workshop duration :  2 – 13 November, 2015.

     First week (2-6 November) : Training sessions

     Second week (9-13 Nov) : IRI Workshop and student presentation



The topic of the workshop is the modelling of the Earth’s ionosphere at equatorial latitudes using ground and space data and the IRI model as resources. Satellite data used for this purpose include CHAMP, GRACE, ROCSAT, TIMED, COSMIC, C/NOFS, and GPS and these will be addressed at the workshop.  



Recent installation of various ionospheric sounding equipment such as ionosonde stations, incoherent scatter radar as well as the GNSS stations are helping to establish a  tremendous amount of important ionospheric data and have intensified the collaboration within the Southeast Asian region. In addition, the availability of satellite data for the equatorial region from CHAMP, GRACE, ROCSAT, TIMED, COSMIC, C/NOFS is an important asset for combined ground and space data studies.



The objective is to teach attendees  the basics of ionospheric monitoring and modelling and familiarize the students with the most important online data bases of ionospheric ground and space data and web interfaces to ionospheric models. The second week will be in parallel to a regular International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) Workshop and provide the attendees with an opportunity to learn the latest developments in IRI modeling and regarding the development of a Real-Time IRI model. The students will work on a project during the first week and present their results at the end of the second week to the full IRI Workshop audience.

The course includes lectures covering issues related to the equipment and data analysis used to monitor the ionosphere from the ground and from space and the representation of ionospheric parameters in models like the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) A special focus will be on improvements of the IRI model at low latitudes with  locally acquired ionospheric data with special emphasis on the representation of occurrence statistics of disturbances such as plasma bubble, spread-F, and scintillations.  An important goal is also a more accurate description of the electron density variations in the equatorial ionization anomaly (EIA).

Formal lectures will be supplemented by tutorials in order to provide hands on experience concerning data access, state-of-the-art ionospheric data analysis tools and ionospheric modelling techniques.

The students will work in groups on specific projects and report their results on the last day of the IRI Workshop.


Expected Benefits:

This COSPAR workshop and associated training sessions will have a significant capacity-building impact in the area of ionospheric modelling and utilization of satellite data resources for the Southeast Asian region. It will stimulate the combination of ground and space observations for studies of the ionosphere at equatorial latitudes and raise the awareness for the importance of a better understanding and modeling of the ionosphere for many technological applications in daily life. This workshop will help with the training and education of future space scientists in the South-East Asian region and will help to initiate collaborations with scientists from other countries in the framework of the COSPAR-sponsored IRI project.

Different online data bases for ionospheric data from ground and space observations will be discussed and utilized for exercises during the workshop. The students will also learn about model websites that allow the online use of data-based and physics-based ionosphere models. These resources will be combined with local data from ionosondes and GNSS. The data will be analyzed to obtain the relevant parameters such foF2, hmF2, NmF2, TEC, Spread F, for instance.



This COSPAR training and capacity building course is open to young researchers, i.e., last year undergraduate, M.Sc., and Ph.D. students, and young professionals (below age 35) who are studying or working in a variety of Geophysics and Engineering disciplines and are interested in expanding and improving their knowledge and skills. Participation is limited to a maximum of 25 students, particularly from Southeast Asian and South Asian region. There is no fee for the course but selected applicants are expected to cover their own travel costs. Local expenses (accommodations, meals, pick up from/to the airport) will be covered by the host.

This educational component of the Symposium takes place within the framework of the COSPAR Capacity Building Program relevant to Scientific Commission C on Space Studies of the Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmosphere