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See detailMitigation of ionospheric effects on GNSS
Warnant, René ULg; Foelsche, Ulrich; Aquino, Marcio et al

in Annals of Geophysics (2009), 52(3-4), 373-390

The effects of the ionosphere remain one of the main factors which limit the precision and the reliability of many GNSS applications. It is therefore indispensable on the one hand to improve existing ... [more ▼]

The effects of the ionosphere remain one of the main factors which limit the precision and the reliability of many GNSS applications. It is therefore indispensable on the one hand to improve existing mitigation techniques and on the other hand to assess their remaining weaknesses. Mitigation techniques depend on the type of application considered. Therefore, specific mitigation techniques have to be developed. The paper summarizes work performed on this topic in the frame of WP 3.2 “Mitigation techniques” of COST296. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of products for GNSS users at the Belgian Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence
Warnant, René ULg; Lejeune, Sandrine; Stankov, Stanimir et al

Conference (2008, December)

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See detailTowards an Improved Single-Frequency Ionospheric Correction: Focus on Mid-Latitudes
Bidaine, Benoît ULg; Warnant, René ULg

in 4th ESA Workshop on Satellite Navigation User Equipment Technologies NAVITEC (2008, December)

The modelling of the Total Electron Content (TEC) plays an important role in global satellite navigation systems (GNSS) accuracy, especially for single frequency receivers, the most common ones ... [more ▼]

The modelling of the Total Electron Content (TEC) plays an important role in global satellite navigation systems (GNSS) accuracy, especially for single frequency receivers, the most common ones constituting the mass market. For the latter and in the framework of Galileo, the NeQuick model has been chosen for correcting the ionospheric error contribution. It has been designed to calculate the electron density at a given point of the ionosphere according to the time conditions and the solar activity. This electron density can be integrated along the path from the receiver to the considered satellite to provide the TEC. For Galileo, a parameter Az (“effective ionisation level”) will be provided to the model as solar activity information and will be daily updated by the ground stations. In order to reach the ionosphere error correction level objective (70% or 20 TECu whichever is larger), the model itself as well as its use for Galileo are investigated. Different situations have to be considered: different latitude regions (space conditions), different hours, seasons and years (time conditions) and specific phenomena appearance (magnetic storms, Travelling Ionospheric Disturbances – TIDs). In addition the results can be compared to different data sets among which GPS slant or vertical TEC (sTEC or vTEC) measurements, Global Ionospheric Maps, ionosonde profiles, topside soundings but also other ionosphere models results such as IRI. In our comparison process, we take benefit of various ionosphere data from several European stations (Chilton in UK, Dourbes in Belgium, El Arenosillo and Roquetes in Spain, Pruhonice in Czech Republic) where ionosonde and GPS TEC data are available for different solar activity levels. These data allow us to study NeQuick representation of the ionosphere at mid-latitudes. We investigate the difference between GPS-derived vTEC and corresponding values from NeQuick for the latest years (between solar maximum in 2000 and minimum in 2007) in order to observe the temporal dependencies towards Universal Time, season and solar activity. On the one hand, we use ionosonde data to constrain the model so that we can concentrate on its formulation of the profile only. We especially highlight the improvements from the latest (second) version of NeQuick and show the critical importance of the topside formulation. On the other hand, we analyse the model residual errors for the same situations computing vTEC through the Galileo algorithm. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling the Ionosphere over Europe: Investigation of NeQuick Formulation
Bidaine, Benoît ULg; Warnant, René ULg

Poster (2008, November 18)

The modelling of the Total Electron Content (TEC) plays an important role in global satellite navigation systems (GNSS) accuracy, especially for single-frequency receivers, the most common ones ... [more ▼]

The modelling of the Total Electron Content (TEC) plays an important role in global satellite navigation systems (GNSS) accuracy, especially for single-frequency receivers, the most common ones constituting the mass market. For the latter and in the framework of Galileo, the NeQuick model has been chosen for correcting the ionospheric error contribution. It has been designed to calculate the electron density at a given point of the ionosphere according to the time conditions and the solar activity. This electron density can be integrated along the path from the receiver to the considered satellite to provide the TEC. For Galileo, a parameter Az (“effective ionisation level”) will be provided to the model as solar activity information and will be daily updated by the ground stations. Since NeQuick was chosen for Galileo purpose, a new version of the model has been released. It involves simplifications in the representation of the bottomside as well as a unique formula for a key parameter of the topside formulation previously defined through two equations, each one used for six months of the year. Hence we decided to investigate consecutive improvements and remaining weaknesses of this new formulation. To this extent, we take benefit of various ionosphere data from several European stations (Chilton in UK, Dourbes in Belgium, El Arenosillo and Roquetes in Spain, Pruhonice in Czech Republic) where ionosonde and GPS TEC data are available for different solar activity levels. These data allow us to study NeQuick representation of the ionosphere at mid-latitudes. We investigate the difference between GPS-derived vTEC and corresponding values from NeQuick for the latest years (between solar maximum in 2000 and minimum in 2007) in order to observe the temporal dependencies towards Universal Time, season and solar activity. We use ionosonde data to constrain the model so that we can concentrate on its formulation of the profile only. We especially highlight the improvements from the second version of NeQuick and show the critical importance of the topside formulation. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling the Ionosphere over Europe: Investigation of NeQuick Formulation
Bidaine, Benoît ULg; Warnant, René ULg

Conference (2008, November 18)

The modelling of the Total Electron Content (TEC) plays an important role in global satellite navigation systems (GNSS) accuracy, especially for single-frequency receivers, the most common ones ... [more ▼]

The modelling of the Total Electron Content (TEC) plays an important role in global satellite navigation systems (GNSS) accuracy, especially for single-frequency receivers, the most common ones constituting the mass market. For the latter and in the framework of Galileo, the NeQuick model has been chosen for correcting the ionospheric error contribution. It has been designed to calculate the electron density at a given point of the ionosphere according to the time conditions and the solar activity. This electron density can be integrated along the path from the receiver to the considered satellite to provide the TEC. For Galileo, a parameter Az (“effective ionisation level”) will be provided to the model as solar activity information and will be daily updated by the ground stations. Since NeQuick was chosen for Galileo purpose, a new version of the model has been released. It involves simplifications in the representation of the bottomside as well as a unique formula for a key parameter of the topside formulation previously defined through two equations, each one used for six months of the year. Hence we decided to investigate consecutive improvements and remaining weaknesses of this new formulation. To this extent, we take benefit of various ionosphere data from several European stations (Chilton in UK, Dourbes in Belgium, El Arenosillo and Roquetes in Spain, Pruhonice in Czech Republic) where ionosonde and GPS TEC data are available for different solar activity levels. These data allow us to study NeQuick representation of the ionosphere at mid-latitudes. We investigate the difference between GPS-derived vTEC and corresponding values from NeQuick for the latest years (between solar maximum in 2000 and minimum in 2007) in order to observe the temporal dependencies towards Universal Time, season and solar activity. We use ionosonde data to constrain the model so that we can concentrate on its formulation of the profile only. We especially highlight the improvements from the second version of NeQuick and show the critical importance of the topside formulation. [less ▲]

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See detailCombining Ionosonde and GPS TEC Data to Assess NeQuick Formulation
Bidaine, Benoît ULg

Report (2008)

The main topic which was investigated during the mission is related to the validation of the NeQuick model using different data sets. The discussions were based on former work dealing with the comparison ... [more ▼]

The main topic which was investigated during the mission is related to the validation of the NeQuick model using different data sets. The discussions were based on former work dealing with the comparison of the first version of the model recommended by the ITU-R and its second version recently published. In addition the NeQuick formulation and its physical behaviour were discussed considering the bottomside and topside representations and the interaction between both. This will constitute the basis for future investigation of ingestion techniques using NeQuick as well as the ionospheric correction algorithm for Galileo single frequency users. [less ▲]

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See detailIonosphere Modelling for GALILEO Single Frequency Users
Bidaine, Benoît ULg; Warnant, René ULg

Poster (2007, October 17)

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See detailAssessment of the NeQuick Model at Mid-latitudes using GPS TEC and Ionosonde Data
Bidaine, Benoît ULg; Warnant, René ULg

in First Colloquium Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of the Galileo Programme (2007, October)

The ionosphere plays a crucial role in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) accuracy. In extreme cases, this electrically charged part of the atmosphere can lead to errors in positioning exceeding ... [more ▼]

The ionosphere plays a crucial role in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) accuracy. In extreme cases, this electrically charged part of the atmosphere can lead to errors in positioning exceeding 100 $m$. At first approximation, ionospheric effects depend mainly on the total content in free electrons of the ionosphere ("total electron content", TEC). The modelling of the latter parameter reveals thus itself critical in particular for single frequency receivers, the most common ones constituting the mass market. In the framework of GALILEO, the NeQuick model has been chosen to this extent and will be integrated into a global algorithm providing the users with daily updated information. In order to reach the specified correction level, the model itself and its latest evolutions as well as its use for GALILEO are investigated. As a first step in a thorough analysis, we take benefit of ionosonde and GPS TEC data from the Dourbes Geophysical Observatory (Belgium) to study the mid-latitudes. Constraining the model with ionosonde measurements, we first investigate the difference between GPS-derived vertical TEC (vTEC) for Dourbes station and corresponding values from NeQuick for the latest years for solar maximum in 2002 and minimum in 2006. With this approach, we reach residual errors of about 20% RMS for 2002 and 30% for 2006. Through a focusing process, we identify then gradually best and worst months and days for which we observe the evolution between two versions of NeQuick. We highlight among others improvements from the latest modification in the topside formulation which appears clearly in the electron density profiles examined at the end of the assessment. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling the Mid-latitude Ionosphere: Assessment of the NeQuick Model using GPS TEC and Ionosonde Data
Bidaine, Benoît ULg

Master of advanced studies dissertation (2007)

The ionosphere plays a crucial role in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) accuracy. In extreme cases, this electrically charged part of the atmosphere can lead to errors in positioning exceeding ... [more ▼]

The ionosphere plays a crucial role in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) accuracy. In extreme cases, this electrically charged part of the atmosphere can lead to errors in positioning exceeding 100 m. At first approximation, ionospheric effects depend mainly on the total content in free electrons of the ionosphere ("total electron content", TEC) defined as the integral of the electron density on the path between the satellite and the receiver. The modelling of the latter parameter reveals thus itself critical in particular for single frequency receivers, the most common ones constituting the mass market. In the framework of GALILEO, the European system in development, the NeQuick model has been chosen to this extent. Computing monthly median electron densities as a basis, it will be integrated into a global algorithm providing the users with daily updated information and allowing them to calculate TEC and thus to mitigate the ionospheric effects. In order to reach the specified correction level, the model itself and its latest evolutions as well as its use for GALILEO are investigated. Different situations have to be considered e.g. different latitude regions and the results can be compared to various data sets. As a first step in a thorough analysis, we take benefit of ionosonde and GPS TEC data from the Dourbes Geophysical Observatory (Belgium) to study the mid-latitudes. Constraining the model with ionosonde measurements, we first investigate the difference between GPS-derived vertical TEC (vTEC) for Dourbes station and corresponding values from NeQuick for the latest years (for solar maximum in 2002 and minimum in 2006). With this approach, we reach residual errors of about 20% RMS for 2002 and 30% for 2006 keeping in mind that TEC values are far lower in this low solar activity year. Through a focusing process, we identify then gradually best and worst months and days for which we observe the evolution between two versions of NeQuick. We highlight among others improvements from the latest modification in the topside formulation which appears clearly in the electron density profiles examined at the end of the assessment. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of the NeQuick Model at Mid-latitudes using GPS TEC and Ionosonde Data
Bidaine, Benoît ULg; Warnant, René ULg

Conference (2007, July 11)

The ionosphere plays a crucial role in GNSS accuracy. In extreme cases, this electrically charged part of the atmosphere can lead to errors in positioning exceeding 100m. At first approximation, the ... [more ▼]

The ionosphere plays a crucial role in GNSS accuracy. In extreme cases, this electrically charged part of the atmosphere can lead to errors in positioning exceeding 100m. At first approximation, the ionospheric effect depends on the frequency of the incident signal and on the total content in free electrons of the ionosphere (“total electron content”, TEC) which is the integral of the electron density on the path between the satellite and the receiver. The modelling of this parameter reveals then itself to be critical in particular for single-frequency receivers, the most common ones constituting the mass market, but also for multiple-frequency devices which will comprise a fallback mode in single frequency within the framework of critical applications such as civil aviation where the level of precision must be guaranteed in all circumstances. The NeQuick model, which has been chosen for correcting the ionospheric error contribution in GALILEO single frequency users, calculates the electron density at a given point of the ionosphere according to the time conditions and the solar activity. This electron density can be integrated along the path from the receiver to the considered satellite to provide the TEC. The NeQuick model depends on a parameter Az (“effective ionization level”) which will be daily updated by the GALILEO ground stations to give the solar activity information to the model. In order to reach the ionosphere error correction level objective (70% or 20 TECu whichever is larger), the model itself as well as its use for GALILEO are investigated. Different situations have to be considered: different latitude regions (space conditions), different hours, seasons and years (time conditions) and specific phenomena appearance (magnetic storms, Travelling Ionospheric Disturbances – TIDs). In addition the results can be compared to different data sets among which GPS slant or vertical TEC measurements, Global Ionospheric Maps, ionosonde profiles, topside soundings but also other ionosphere models results such as IRI. As a first step in a thorough comparison process, we take benefit of various ionosphere data from the Dourbes Observatory (Belgium) where ionosonde and GPS TEC data are available on a period of more than one solar cycle, to study the mid-latitudes. We first investigate the difference between GPS-derived vTEC for Dourbes station and vTEC values from NeQuick for the latest years (between solar maximum in 2000 and minimum in 2006) in order to observe the temporal dependencies towards Universal Time, season and solar activity. The paper analyses the different situations when NeQuick fails to represent TEC in an adequate way to provide an efficient correction for navigation. Ionosonde measurements will help in the interpretation of these situations. [less ▲]

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See detailNeQuick: In-Depth Analysis and New Developments
Bidaine, Benoît ULg; Prieto-Cerdeira, Roberto; Orus, Raul

in 3rd ESA Workshop on Satellite Navigation User Equipment Technologies NAVITEC '2006 (2006, December)

An empirical model called NeQuick has been selected for the modelling and correction of the ionospheric delay contribution in GALILEO single frequency receivers. The current baseline version of NeQuick ... [more ▼]

An empirical model called NeQuick has been selected for the modelling and correction of the ionospheric delay contribution in GALILEO single frequency receivers. The current baseline version of NeQuick for GALILEO is the one available in the International Telecommunication Union – Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) since 2001. From that time, several improvements have been proposed leading to the need of a better understanding and comparison of these different versions and an analysis of the weaknesses. Better results have been obtained by means of simpler ionosonde and profile parameters calculations, different topside formulation and new data files. The interest of a newer version of NeQuick including the above-mentioned modifications is highlighted as its error behaviour towards latitude shows a better agreement with reality. Those modifications should be coupled to a less simplistic topside formulation involving several layers with appropriate transitions such as the proposal introduced in this paper. The need of a different treatment regarding the daily effective use of the model for GALILEO single frequency algorithm compared to a physical use (that uses monthly median underlying data) is addressed. For the analysis and comparison of the different variants of the model, a software tool with a Graphical User Interface was developed. Preliminary comparisons for the physical use between different versions and also between modelled and measured data are presented. Such comparisons should be extended in the future for the effective use of the model. Finally, the structure and analysis of the mentioned issues and the results of the different comparisons are shown. Also solutions or potential paths to investigate solutions are proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailIonosphere Crossing of GALILEO Signals
Bidaine, Benoît ULg

Master's dissertation (2006)

The ionosphere plays a crucial role in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) accuracy. This electrically charged part of the atmosphere can lead to errors in positioning up to several tens of meters ... [more ▼]

The ionosphere plays a crucial role in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) accuracy. This electrically charged part of the atmosphere can lead to errors in positioning up to several tens of meters for single frequency receivers. Therefore its modelling constitutes an important field of study. An empirical model called NeQuick has been chosen to evaluate the ionospheric contribution in GALILEO single frequency users correction. It generates electron densities for given space, time and solar activity conditions from a minimum set of anchor points characteristics. Its use with integration methods allows to calculate total electron contents (TEC) which are directly related to the ionospheric delay. The current GALILEO baseline version of NeQuick is the one published by the Radiocommunication Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R) in 2000. From that time, several improvements have been proposed and some problems have been discovered leading to the need of a better understanding and comparison of these different versions and an analysis of the weaknesses. For example research about new topside formulations is currently performed - a new simple proposal has been tested - and the consequences of the daily effective use of NeQuick, which is designed to work with monthly median situations, have to be better known. A software tool with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) has then been developed for the analysis and a comparison between different versions and also between modelled and measured data has been performed. Structuring and analysis of the above-mentioned issues and results of the comparison are detailed in the present document. Solutions or possible paths to investigate solutions are also proposed. [less ▲]

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