Radio signals, transmitted by modern communication and navigation systems may be heavily disturbed by space weather hazards. Thus, severe temporal and spatial changes of the electron density in the ionosphere and plasmasphere may significantly degrade the signal quality of various radio systems which even may lead to a complete loss of the signal. By providing specific space weather information, in particular now- and forecast of the ionospheric state, the accuracy and reliability of impacted communication and navigation systems shall be improved.
The Space Weather Application Center - Ionosphere (SWACI) is a joint project of the DLR Institute of Communications and Navigation (IKN) and the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD). The research project is focused on establishing a space weather center being focused on ionospheric issues. The project is supported by the German state government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
The future Ionospheric Monitoring and Prediction Center (IMPC) Neustrelitz shall serve users in the European region by providing warnings, nowcast and forecast information as well as historical data of the ionospheric state and related space weather issues. The data collected in near real-time include ionospheric observations and related solar-terrestrial data.
Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam ( AIP ), Potsdam, Germany
AXIO-NET GmbH ( AXIO-NET ), Hannover, Germany
Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie ( BKG ), Frankfurt, Germany
Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität ( EMAU ), Greifswald, Germany
ESA ( SWENET )
Finnish Meteorological Institute ( FMI ), Helsinki, Finland
Forschungsgesellschaft für Angewandte Naturwissenschaften e.V. ( FKIE ), Wachtberg, Germany
GeoForschungsZentrum ( GFZ ), Potsdam, Germany
Hochschule Neubrandenburg - University of Applied Sciences ( HSNB ), Neubrandenburg, Germany
Institut für Astrophysik, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen ( Georg-August-Universität ), Göttingen, Germany
Institut für Atmosphärenphysik ( IAP ), Kühlungsborn, Germany
Institut für Meteorologie, Universität Leipzig ( Uni-Leipzig ), Leipzig, Germany
NOAA Space weather Prediction Center ( SWPC ), Boulder, USA
Zentralstelle SAPOS ( SAPOS )