International Reference Ionosphere 2019 Workshop

Hosted by Frederick University in Nicosia, Cyprus

  • International Reference Ionosphere 2019 Workshop

    International Reference Ionosphere 2019 Workshop

    International Reference Ionosphere – Improving real-time ionospheric modelling in the European and African Sector

    A COSPAR Capacity - Building Workshop

    2-13 September 2019
    (Training session: 2-6 Sep. 2019, IRI Workshop: 9-13 Sep. 2019)

Venue: Frederick University, Nicosia, Cyprus


Please consider that Cyprus has only 2 official airports, Larnaca and Paphos International airport. You are kindly advised to travel to one of those two airports.

DEADLINE for FINANCIAL APPLICATIONS for students and young researchers: 15 April 2019 (now closed)
DEADLINE for ABSTRACT submission for IRI Workshop: 15 May 2019 (extended to 31 May 2019)
Date for announcement of acceptance : 26 June 2019

The Capacity-Building Workshop (2-13 September 2019)

The objective of this two-week COSPAR training and capacity building workshop is to teach attendees the basics of ionospheric monitoring and modelling and familiarize the students and young researchers with the most important online data bases of ionospheric ground and space data and web interfaces to ionospheric models. The second week will be a regular International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) Workshop and provide the CBW attendees with an opportunity to learn the latest developments in IRI modelling and regarding the development of a Real-Time IRI model.
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).

Funding will be provided for travel, housing, and meals for 30-35 selected students and young researchers.

The IRI 2019 Workshop (9-13 September 2019)

Real-time modeling of the ionosphere has made great strides in recent years because of the high priority given to this science task by the user community. A Real-Time IRI is in development but has so far mostly used the input from the ground-based ionosonde network. Assimilation of measurements from COSMIC and other GNSS satellites can help to increase the global reliability of the Real-Time IRI because of the good global coverage and huge data volume provided by the currently active satellite missions and because future missions are coming up like GOLD, ICON, and COSMIC II.

The proposed workshop will introduce the CBW students and young researchers to these satellite data sources and modeling techniques and provide tutorials on how to access and use the data for ionospheric modeling. With the knowledge gained during this workshop the students and young researchers will be able to access space and ground data and run models online providing them with a unique opportunity to contribute significantly to improvements of ionospheric predictions.

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