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GNSS Research and Application for Polar Environment (GRAPE)

Background

The GRAPE Expert Group focuses on efforts to build and coordinate a robust network of collaborations in order to answer a variety of space weather related needs through ad hoc data sharing and model development.

GRAPE is based on the use of the classical GPS POLENET array and the growing coverage of modern GNSS systems, on the availability of advanced modelling and on the opportunity offered by the advancing solar cycle.

Objectives

The main objectives are:

  • Create and maintain distributed networks of specialized GPS/GNSS Ionospheric Scintillation and TEC Monitors particularly at high latitudes;
  • Identify and quantify mechanisms that cause scintillation and control interhemispheric differences, asymmetries and commonalities in scintillation occurrence and intensity as a result of the geospace environment conditions;
  • Develop ionospheric scintillation climatology, tracking and mitigation models to improve prediction capabilities of space weather;
  • Retrieve tropospheric PWV for input to weather forecast models and to develop regional PWV climatology for atmospheric sensing in remote areas.