Effects of ionospheric horizontal gradients on differential GPS

Czasopismo : Acta Geophysica
Tytuł artykułu : Effects of ionospheric horizontal gradients on differential GPS

Autorzy :
Błęcki, J.
Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland, jblecki@cbk.waw.pl,
Chukwuma, V.U.
Department of Physics, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria, victorchukwuma@yahoo.com,
Krankowski, A.
Institute of Geodesy, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland, kand@uwm.edu.pl,
Abdullah, M.
Department of Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia, mardina@eng.ukm.my,
Abstrakty : This paper outlines the effect of horizontal ionospheric gradients on transionospheric path propagation such as for the case of GPS signals. The total electron content (TEC) is a function of time of day, and is much influenced by solar activity and also the receiving station location. To make the model applicable for long baselines, for which the ionosphere is not generally well correlated between receiving stations, the ionospheric gradients should be taken into account. In this work the signal path is determined using a modified ray-tracing technique together with a homing-in method. Results show that horizontal gradients can have a significant effect on GPS positioning for both single station positioning and differential GPS. For differential GPS, the ionospheric delay can, however, be either increased or decreased compared with the case of no gradient, depending on the gradient direction.

Słowa kluczowe : ionosphere, ionospheric gradients, GPS, ray-tracing, TEC,
Wydawnictwo : Instytut Geofizyki PAN
Rocznik : 2007
Numer : Vol. 55, no. 4
Strony : 509 – 523
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DOI :
Cytuj : Błęcki, J. ,Chukwuma, V.U. ,Krankowski, A. ,Abdullah, M. , Effects of ionospheric horizontal gradients on differential GPS. Acta Geophysica Vol. 55, no. 4/2007
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