Articles | Volume 8, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 2789–2800, 2015

Special issue: Observing Atmosphere and Climate with Occultation Techniques...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 2789–2800, 2015

Research article 16 Jul 2015

Research article | 16 Jul 2015

Use of radio occultation to probe the high-latitude ionosphere

A. J. Mannucci et al.

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We have explored the use of COSMIC radio occultation data to provide valuable scientific information on how energetic particles arriving from the Earth’s magnetosphere affect the ionosphere. These precipitating particles significantly alter the Earth’s ionospheric electron density in the E region at altitudes near 120km. This affects the ionospheric conductivity and hence the global electrodynamics and structure of the upper atmosphere during geomagnetic storms caused by the solar wind.