Developing an ionospheric map for South Africa

Okoh, Daniel Izuikendinachi (2009) Developing an ionospheric map for South Africa. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




This thesis describes the development of an ionospheric map for the South African region using the current available resources. The International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) model, the South African Bottomside Ionospheric Model (SABIM), and measurements from ionosondes in the South African Ionosonde Network, were incorporated into the map. An accurate ionospheric map depicting the foF2 and hmF2 parameters as well as electron density profiles at any location within South Africa is a useful tool for, amongst others, High Frequency (HF) communicators and space weather centers. A major product of the work is software, written in MATLAB, which produces spatial and temporal representations of the South African ionosphere. The map was validated and demonstrated for practical application, since a significant aim of the project was to make the map as applicable as possible. It is hoped that the map will find immense application in HF radio communication industries, research industries, aviation industries, and other industries that make use of Earth-Space systems. A potential user of the map is GrinTek Ewation (GEW) who is currently evaluating it for their purposes

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ionosphere - South Africa, Shortwave radio, Ionospheric electron density - South Africa
Subjects:Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Physics & Electronics
Supervisors:McKinnell, Lee-Anne
ID Code:1888
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:08 Feb 2011 09:32
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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