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See detailPositioning in multi-GNSS mode
Deprez, Cécile ULiege; Warnant, René ULiege

Conference (2017, March 16)

Satellite positioning is facing new challenges with the appearance of mass-market receivers and smartphones. Mainly, the reliability of the car navigation systems, the accuracy of positioning in ... [more ▼]

Satellite positioning is facing new challenges with the appearance of mass-market receivers and smartphones. Mainly, the reliability of the car navigation systems, the accuracy of positioning in smartphone—based applications and the availability of positions in urban canyon or deep forests suffer from the hardware limitations of these low-cost receivers. Would the multi-GNSS positioning be the solution to handle those challenges? Indeed, the number of satellites available has dramatically increased, given the expansion of two new global satellite constellations (Galileo (EU) and BeiDou (C)), and might meet these positioning challenges, at least to some extent. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-GNSS relative positioning with Galileo, BeiDou and GPS
Deprez, Cécile ULiege; Warnant, René ULiege

in Proceedings of NAVITEC 2016 (2016, December 16)

For several years, the number of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) has been increasing, opening new perspectives in the field of precise positioning. Particularly, the European system, Galileo ... [more ▼]

For several years, the number of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) has been increasing, opening new perspectives in the field of precise positioning. Particularly, the European system, Galileo, is experiencing a prompt expansion with the launch, in 2015 and 2016, of 8 satellites belonging to the new Full Operational Capability (FOC) generation. Broadcasting new signals, with new modulations, the first studies addressing this system reveal promising level of precisions on both code and carrier phase observables. Yet, Galileo is far from being the only GNSS undergoing a noteworthy revolution. Alternatively, the Chinese program BeiDou, still in a developing phase, as well as the American GPS, currently undergoing a modernization of its signals, also knew major progress these last two years. Indeed, 7 new satellites have reached the initial BeiDou constellation, bringing to 20 the number of active satellites. Among them, 5 spacecraft inaugurated the Phase III generation, broadcasting the new B1, B2 and B3 signals. Regarding GPS, the block IIF, made of L5 signal broadcasting satellites, kept expanding but at a less steep rate than BeiDou or Galileo. In this study, we first estimated the individual precisions of each signals broadcast by the aforementioned GNSS. For this purpose, we created two short baselines of approximatively 5 meters between similar type receivers. We combined their measurements to form double differences, leaving in the position equations only multipath and receiver noise. The great expectations regarding Galileo’s quality turned into affirmations as long as we studied this system. As a matter of a fact, the code pseudoranges values of the 4 signals of Galileo we have considered (E1, E5a, E5b, E5a+b) presented outstanding precisions (from 5 to 17 centimetres on code pseudoranges with an elevation mask of 10 degrees) when compared to GPS (from 12 to 20 centimetres on codes pseudoranges) and BeiDou (from 26 to 40 centimetres for codes and for phases) in identical conditions. Even though the precision of Galileo observables is noticeable, the influence of the poor geometry of the satellite constellation degrades in a significant way the resulting precision of the position estimated, no matter the recent increase in the number of satellites. Indeed, in this incomplete constellation, the addition of new satellites results in longer visibility period but not in larger number of satellites observed at a single epoch. Combining Galileo with GPS or BeiDou is a way to solve this issue, as the three systems have been designed to be compatible. Therefore, multi-GNSS relative positioning based on overlapping frequencies should entail better accuracy and reliability in position estimations. However, the differences between satellite systems induce inter-system biases (ISBs) inside the multi-GNSS equations of observation. The overlapping frequencies of these GNSS are the L1 and L5 frequencies of GPS with the E1 and E5a signals of Galileo, respectively. As far as BeiDou is concerned, the B2 signal of emitted by the Phase II BeiDou satellites corresponds to the E5b frequency of Galileo. Regarding the new Phase III satellites, the B2 frequencies will correspond to the Galileo E5a+b signal and B1 of BeiDou will be compatible with E1 of Galileo and GPS. The combined use of these overlapping frequencies in zero baseline double differences (ZB DD) based on a unique pivot satellite is employed to resolve ISBs. This model removes all the satellite- and receiver-dependent error sources by differentiating and the zero baseline configuration allows atmospheric and multipath effects elimination. We conducted this study on the L1/E1, L5/E5a, B1(phase II)/E5b overlapping frequencies. Our receivers were not able to receive the phase III signals of BeiDou satellites. An analysis of the long-term stability of ISBs (GPS- Galileo and Galileo - BeiDou) was conducted on various pairs of receivers over large time spans. The possible influence of temperature variations inside the receivers over ISB values was also investigated. Our study is based on the 6 multi-GNSS receivers (2 Septentrio PolaRx4, 1 Septentrio PolaRxS, 1 Septentrio PolaRx5 and 2 Trimble NetR9) installed on the roof of our building in Liege. The estimated ISBs are then used as corrections in the multi- GNSS observation model and the resulting accuracy of multi-GNSS positioning is compared to GPS, Galileo and BeiDou standalone solutions. [less ▲]

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See detailGNSS: Principle, limitations and perspectives
Warnant, René ULiege

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See detailGNSS: Principle, applications and opportunities
Warnant, René ULiege

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See detailThe added value of new GNSS for ionosphere monitoring
Warnant, René ULiege; Deprez, Cécile ULiege

in Proceedings of Navitec 2016 (2016, December)

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See detailRelative positioning with Galileo E5 AltBOC code measurements
Deprez, Cécile ULiege; Warnant, René ULiege

Conference (2016, October 11)

For over a decade, Europe has started to develop its own Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Initiated in 1999, the Galileo project finally materialized a few years ago, recently experiencing a ... [more ▼]

For over a decade, Europe has started to develop its own Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Initiated in 1999, the Galileo project finally materialized a few years ago, recently experiencing a prompt expansion with the launch, in 2015 and 2016, of 8 satellites belonging to the Full Operational Capability (FOC) generation. Broadcasting new signals, with new modulations, the first studies addressing this system reveal promising level of precisions on both code and carrier phase observables. Still in test phase but already available for measurements, this recent system can be used to estimate positions. Among the new signals developed by the Galileo program, the Galileo E5 AltBOC, also known as Galileo E5a+b or Galileo E5, reveals great characteristics. Thanks to its particular AltBOC modulation, it allows more precise code and phase observations besides being less affected by multipath. These innovative performances should lead to more precise position estimations than with any other signal presently in use. In this master thesis, we compared the positions estimated with GPS and Galileo on their different frequencies (L1, L2, L5 for GPS and E1, E5a, E5b and E5 AltBOC for Galileo). We combined the observations made by the receivers belonging to the University of Liège (2 Trimble NetR9 receivers, 1 Septentrio PolaRxS receiver and one Septentrio PolaRx4 receiver) in double differences (DD) combinations using various configurations (zero baseline (ZB), short baseline (SB) and medium baseline (MB)). It turns out that Galileo E5 AltBOC outperforms all other signal in terms of observation precision (estimated in a DD SB configuration in order to remove atmospheric and clock error sources affecting the signal). Regarding the precision obtained on the computed positions, we could reach a few decimetres with Galileo E5 code pseudoranges on baselines up to 25 kilometres. [less ▲]

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See detailGPS, Galileo and BeiDou inter-system biases estimation in relative positioning with code and phase pseudoranges
Deprez, Cécile ULiege; Warnant, René ULiege

Conference (2016, September 07)

The recent increase in the number of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) opens new perspectives in the field of high precision positioning. Particularly, the Chinese BeiDou satellite system and the ... [more ▼]

The recent increase in the number of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) opens new perspectives in the field of high precision positioning. Particularly, the Chinese BeiDou satellite system and the European Galileo program have experienced major progress in 2015 and 2016 with the launch of 7 and 8 satellites respectively. Associated with the ongoing GPS modernization, many more frequencies and satellites are now available. Therefore, multi-GNSS relative positioning based on overlapping frequencies should entail better accuracy and reliability in position estimations. However, the differences between satellite systems induce inter-system biases (ISBs) inside the multi-GNSS equations of observation. The combined use of L1 and L5 from GPS with E1 and E5a from Galileo, B2 from BeiDou and E5b from Galileo in zero baseline double differences (ZB DD) based on a unique pivot satellite is employed to resolve ISBs. This model removes all the satellite- and receiver-dependent error sources by differentiating and the zero baseline configuration allows atmospheric and multipath effects elimination. An analysis of the long-term stability of ISBs (GPS- Galileo and Galileo - BeiDou) is conducted onvariouspairsof receiversover large timespans. Thepossibleinfluenceof temperature variations inside the receivers over ISB values is also investigated. Our study is based on the 6 multi-GNSS receivers (2 Septentrio PolaRx4, 1 Septentrio PolaRxS, 1 Septentrio PolaRx5 and 2 Trimble NetR9) installed on the roof of our building in Liege. The estimated ISBs are then used as corrections in the multi-GNSS observation model and the resulting accuracy of multi-GNSS positioning is compared to GPS, Galileo and BeiDou standalone solutions. [less ▲]

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See detailGalileo Cycle-Slip Detection. How Four Frequencies Help When the Ionosphere Is Disturbed.
Van de Vyvere, Laura; Warnant, René ULiege

in GPS World (2016), 27(9), 50-56

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See detailThe added value of new GNSS to monitor the ionosphere
Warnant, René ULiege; Deprez, Cécile ULiege; Van de Vyvere, Laura

Conference (2016, September)

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See detailMonitoring the ionosphere using new GNSS
Warnant, René ULiege; Deprez, Cécile ULiege; Wautelet, Gilles ULiege et al

Conference (2016, June 27)

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See detailInter-system biases estimation in multi-GNSS relative positioning with GPS and Galileo
Deprez, Cécile ULiege; Warnant, René ULiege

Conference (2016, April 18)

The recent increase in the number of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) opens new perspectives in the field of high precision positioning. Particularly, the European Galileo program has ... [more ▼]

The recent increase in the number of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) opens new perspectives in the field of high precision positioning. Particularly, the European Galileo program has experienced major progress in 2015 with the launch of 6 satellites belonging to the new Full Operational Capability (FOC) generation. Associated with the ongoing GPS modernization, many more frequencies and satellites are now available. Therefore, multi-GNSS relative positioning based on GPS and Galileo overlapping frequencies should entail better accuracy and reliability in position estimations. However, the differences between satellite systems induce inter-system biases (ISBs) inside the multi-GNSS equations of observation. Once these biases estimated and removed from the model, a solution involving a unique pivot satellite for the two considered constellations can be obtained. Such an approach implies that the addition of even one single Galileo satellite to the GPS-only model will strengthen it. The combined use of L1 and L5 from GPS with E1 and E5a from Galileo in zero baseline double differences (ZB DD) based on a unique pivot satellite is employed to resolve ISBs. This model removes all the satelliteand receiver-dependant error sources by differentiating and the zero baseline configuration allows atmospheric and multipath effects elimination. An analysis of the long-term stability of ISBs is conducted on various pairs of receivers over large time spans. The possible influence of temperature variations inside the receivers over ISB values is also investigated. Our study is based on the 5 multi-GNSS receivers (2 Septentrio PolaRx4, 1 Septentrio PolaRxS and 2 Trimble NetR9) installed on the roof of our building in Liege. The estimated ISBs are then used as corrections in the multi-GNSS observation model and the resulting accuracy of multi-GNSS positioning is compared to GPS and Galileo standalone solutions. [less ▲]

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See detailOrigin of high-frequency TEC disturbances observed by GPS over the European mid-latitude region
Wautelet, Gilles ULiege; Warnant, René ULiege

in Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics (2015)

High-frequency variability of the ionospheric Total Electron Content (TEC) can strongly affect precise positioning with GNSS. The occurrence rate as well as the amplitude of such disturbances has been ... [more ▼]

High-frequency variability of the ionospheric Total Electron Content (TEC) can strongly affect precise positioning with GNSS. The occurrence rate as well as the amplitude of such disturbances has been extensively studied over the last decade. Mainly, one can distinguish disturbances due to space-weather events and the others, qualified as “quiet-time” as they are observed during quiet geomagnetic conditions. The latter, which represent more than 75% of the total number of disturbances over mid-latitudes, are then divided into two categories: the Winter Daytime (WD) and the Summer Nighttime (SN). The first category, representing the bulk of quiet-time disturbances, corresponds to classical Medium-Scale Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances (MSTIDs), that are the result of the interaction of gravity waves and the ionospheric plasma. On the other hand, SN disturbances are generally understood as non-classical MSTIDs of electrical origin. The paper investigates the origin of these two types of disturbance based on GPS measurements, ionospheric soundings and wind speed data at a tropospheric level. If one cannot exclude the solar terminator as a potential source of gravity waves responsible for WD events, it is thought that the major contribution comes from the lower atmosphere. More precisely, tropospheric jetstream is considered as the favorite candidate for daytime MSTIDs. Turning to SN disturbances, our analysis reveals that they are related to spread-F phenomenon, linked to the appearance of sporadic E-layers. The related instabilities are responsible for field-aligned irregularities in the F-region, which are thought to be responsible for noise-like fluctuations of the GPS TEC observed during SN events. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatial Analysis of GNSS Measurements from an Equatorial Ionospheric Scintillation Monitoring Receiver (ISMR) Network
Lonchay, Matthieu ULiege; Wautelet, Gilles ULiege; Cornet, Yves ULiege et al

Conference (2014, November 19)

The ionosphere has always been a major limitation for GNSS positioning applications. Free electrons in the ionosphere perturb the propagation of GNSS radio signals involving both refraction and ... [more ▼]

The ionosphere has always been a major limitation for GNSS positioning applications. Free electrons in the ionosphere perturb the propagation of GNSS radio signals involving both refraction and diffraction effects. In particular, small-scale ionospheric irregularities generated by different physical processes may cause scattering effects on GNSS signals, producing rapid fluctuations of the signal phase and amplitude as a result. Such scintillations of GNSS signals are responsible for critical consequences regarding applications, such as precise positioning, due to many resulting effects: cycle slips, signal power fading, receiver loss of lock and poor resulting satellite geometry. Ionospheric Scintillation Monitoring Receivers collect high-rate GNSS data. Specific scintillation parameters, such as the well-known S4 and Phi60 indices, are built on high-rate measurements performed on GNSS signals and provide additional information to characterize the intensity of such an event occurring at a specific geographic location at a given time. Spatial Statistics belong to the field of Spatial Analysis, Geography and GIS (Geographic Information System). This discipline allows to perform analyses of data which are localised in space. Ionospheric Scintillation observations achieved by ISMR stations can be characterized by a set of attributes (S4, Phi60, Rate of TEC, etc.) including also the geographic location of their respective Ionospheric Pierce Point (IPP). By combining the simultaneous Multi-GNSS ISMR measurements from a network of ISMR stations, we can obtain a spatially denser data set, able to support spatial statistics tests. The idea of our research is to provide a spatio-temporal analysis of ionospheric scintillation events over Equatorial regions by applying spatial statistics on ISMR Multi-GNSS measurements. In particular, by using spatial statistics, we aim to resolve specific issues regarding ionospheric scintillation data from an ISMR network established in Brazil. The research consists in spatially describing the data set, detecting and measuring potential spatial autocorrelation, determining the scale of the spatial dependency and finally producing an interpolated scintillation sky map at a given time. In terms of applicability of the methodology, our research project consists in exploiting the spatio-temporal analysis performed on ionospheric scintillation data in order to improve the performances and the reliability of Absolute GNSS Positioning algorithms under moderate ionospheric scintillation conditions. By assessing correlations existing between specific ISMR data and classic GNSS observations, the method could be extended to a more general usage which would be independent of ISMR measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailGNSS observational bias in the frame of ionospheric studies
Wautelet, Gilles ULiege; Warnant, René ULiege

Poster (2014, November 17)

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See detailTropospheric jet stream as a source of traveling ionospheric disturbances observed by GPS
Wautelet, Gilles ULiege; Warnant, René ULiege

Poster (2014, May 02)

The integrity and the reliability of real-time precise positioning applications with Global Positioning System (GPS) are affected by the ionospheric variability with time and space. As a consequence ... [more ▼]

The integrity and the reliability of real-time precise positioning applications with Global Positioning System (GPS) are affected by the ionospheric variability with time and space. As a consequence, scientific community aims at describing, explaining and forecasting the occurrence and the amplitude of ionospheric irregularities observed by GPS. The use of the geometric-free combination of GPS dual frequency signals allows to retrieve the Total Electron Content (TEC) along the satellite-to-receiver path, which is the basic trans-ionospheric observable. Based on L1/L2 GPS phase measurements collected at a given station, the TEC high-frequency variability is isolated. A climatological study performed over 10 years in Western Europe shows that TEC irregularities are mostly observed daytime during quiet geomagnetic background in autumn and winter and correspond to classical Medium-Scale Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances (MSTIDs). The latter are generally understood as the ionospheric signature of Atmospheric Gravity Waves (AGWs), either generated in situ (solar terminator) or in the lower atmosphere and propagating upward. Because of its associated strong wind shears, the tropospheric jetstream, occurring mainly during autumn and winter months, constitutes an ideal candidate for AGW generation. This paper analyzes the spatial correlation between the presence of both MSTIDs and strong jetstream over Western Europe. This correlation is positive when the ionospheric pierce point of the satellite is located above regions of interest where wind shears are very large. In practice, we have selected regions for which wind speed is larger than 50 m/s. In addition, the propagation of AGWs up to the ionospheric layer is taken into account by assuming horizontal and vertical velocities of 200 and 50 m/s respectively. It comes that the region of interest of the correlation study is computed using an isotropic slant propagation of the AGW, which is supposed to be generated at a tropospheric level.Based on 30s GPS data collected over several stations in Belgium and on European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) wind velocity maps, the correlation study covers a period ranging from January 2002 to December 2011. Preliminary results based on a limited number of cases show that large amplitude MSTIDs are generally observed during periods of strong wind speeds at an altitude corresponding to a pressure level of 250hPa (about 10 km). [less ▲]

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See detailSpatio-Temporal Analysis of Equatorial Ionospheric Scintillations in the Frame of Absolute GNSS Positioning Algorithms
Lonchay, Matthieu ULiege; Cornet, Yves ULiege; Aquino, Marcio et al

Conference (2014, April 30)

The ionosphere has always been a major limitation for GNSS positioning applications. Free electrons in the ionosphere perturb the propagation of GNSS radio signals involving both refraction and ... [more ▼]

The ionosphere has always been a major limitation for GNSS positioning applications. Free electrons in the ionosphere perturb the propagation of GNSS radio signals involving both refraction and diffraction effects. The ionospheric refraction mainly results in a modification of the propagation speed of the GNSS electromagnetic signals, inducing an error (propagation delay or phase advance depending on the observable) in GNSS measurements. In the frame of absolute positioning techniques, single-frequency algorithms usually exploit an ionospheric model to mitigate the ionospheric error while dual-frequency algorithms, such as the well-known Precise Point Positioning (PPP), take the benefit of the availability of two frequencies and the fact that the ionosphere is a dispersive medium to construct an ionosphere-free mathematical model. But these two strategies are not able to counteract the effect of the ionospheric diffraction which is due to small-scale irregularities in the free electron density. By scattering GNSS signals, these irregularities generate rapid fluctuations (scintillations) in the amplitude and phase of GNSS signals with critical consequences for GNSS applications: cycle slips, signal power fading, receiver loss of lock and poor resulting satellite geometry. The goal of our research is to develop a strategy to mitigate the effect of ionospheric scintillations on absolute GNSS positioning techniques, in particular the SPP (Standard Point Positioning) and the PPP (Precise Point Positioning). The strategy is based on the adjustment of the stochastic model. In order to construct the stochastic model (diagonal and non-diagonal elements) and study the correlation between observables, we adopted a “spatial” and an “empirical” approach. The spatial approach consists in a study of the spatial autocorrelation existing in scintillations effects on GNSS signals. The spatial autocorrelation is detected by using specific spatial analysis techniques applied on data from a network of ISMR (Ionospheric Scintillation Monitoring Receiver) stations located at equatorial and polar latitudes, where scintillations effects are most severe. The knowledge of how scintillation effects are spatially correlated is helpful for determining a coherent stochastic model. The empirical approach does not take into account the phenomenon spatiality and the locations of the measurements but only the observation data. Its objective is to determine the statistical correlation which exists between GNSS measurements during a scintillation event by using a moving filter applied on GNSS observation and scintillation data. The spatial approach exploits data and data locations while the empirical approach is based only the data itself. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatio-Temporal Analysis of Equatorial Ionospheric Scintillations in the Frame of Absolute GNSS Positioning Algorithms
Lonchay, Matthieu ULiege; Cornet, Yves ULiege; Aquino, Marcio et al

Poster (2014, April 23)

The ionosphere has always been a major limitation for GNSS positioning applications. Free electrons in the ionosphere perturb the propagation of GNSS radio signals involving both refraction and ... [more ▼]

The ionosphere has always been a major limitation for GNSS positioning applications. Free electrons in the ionosphere perturb the propagation of GNSS radio signals involving both refraction and diffraction effects. The ionospheric refraction mainly results in a modification of the propagation speed of the GNSS electromagnetic signals, inducing an error (propagation delay or phase advance depending on the observable) in GNSS measurements. In the frame of absolute positioning techniques, single-frequency algorithms usually exploit an ionospheric model to mitigate the ionospheric error while dual-frequency algorithms, such as the well-known Precise Point Positioning (PPP), take the benefit of the availability of two frequencies and the fact that the ionosphere is a dispersive medium to construct an ionosphere-free mathematical model. But these two strategies are not able to counteract the effect of the ionospheric diffraction which is due to small-scale irregularities in the free electron density. By scattering GNSS signals, these irregularities generate rapid fluctuations (scintillations) in the amplitude and phase of GNSS signals with critical consequences for GNSS applications: cycle slips, signal power fading, receiver loss of lock and poor resulting satellite geometry. The goal of our research is to develop a strategy to mitigate the effect of ionospheric scintillations on absolute GNSS positioning techniques, in particular the SPP (Standard Point Positioning) and the PPP (Precise Point Positioning). The strategy is based on the adjustment of the stochastic model. In order to construct the stochastic model (diagonal and non-diagonal elements) and study the correlation between observables, we adopted a “spatial” and an “empirical” approach. The spatial approach consists in a study of the spatial autocorrelation existing in scintillations effects on GNSS signals. The spatial autocorrelation is detected by using specific spatial analysis techniques applied on data from a network of ISMR (Ionospheric Scintillation Monitoring Receiver) stations located at equatorial and polar latitudes, where scintillations effects are most severe. The knowledge of how scintillation effects are spatially correlated is helpful for determining a coherent stochastic model. The empirical approach does not take into account the phenomenon spatiality and the locations of the measurements but only the observation data. Its objective is to determine the statistical correlation which exists between GNSS measurements during a scintillation event by using a moving filter applied on GNSS observation and scintillation data. The spatial approach exploits data and data locations while the empirical approach is based only the data itself. [less ▲]

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See detailClimatological study of ionospheric irregularities over the European mid-latitude sector with GPS
Wautelet, Gilles ULiege; Warnant, René ULiege

in Journal of Geodesy (2014), 88(3), 223-240

High-frequency variability of the ionosphere, or irregularities, constitutes the main threat for real-time precise positioning techniques based on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) measurements ... [more ▼]

High-frequency variability of the ionosphere, or irregularities, constitutes the main threat for real-time precise positioning techniques based on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) measurements. Indeed, during periods of enhanced ionospheric variability, GNSS users in the field – who cannot verify the integrity of their measurements – will experience positioning errors that can reach several decimeters, while the nominal accuracy of the technique is cm-level. In the frame of this paper, a climatological analysis of irregularities over the European mid-latitude region is presented. Based on a ten year GPS dataset over Belgium, the work analyzes the occurrence rate (as a function of the solar cycle, season and local time) as well as the amplitude of ionospheric irregularities observed at a single GPS station. The study covers irregularities either due to space weather events (solar origin) or of terrestrial origin. If space weather irregularities are responsible for the largest effects in terms of ionospheric error, their occurrence rate highly depends on solar activity. Indeed, the occurrence rate of ionospheric irregularities is about 9% during solar maximum, whereas it drops to about 0% during medium or low solar activity periods. Medium-Scale Ionospheric Disturbances (MSTIDs) occurring during daytime in autumn/winter are the most recurrent pattern of the time series, with yearly proportions slightly varying with the solar cycle and an amplitude of about 10% of the TEC background. Another recurrent irregularity type, though less frequent than MSTIDs, is the noise-like variability in TEC observed during summer nighttime, under quiet geomagnetic conditions. These summer nighttime irregularities exhibit amplitudes ranging between 8 and 15% of the TEC background. [less ▲]

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See detailGNSS meteorology and impact on NRT position
Brenot, Hugues; Wautelet, Gilles ULiege; Warnant, René ULiege et al

in ENC-GNSS 2014 (2014)

The analysis of GNSS signal and the use a dense network of ground-based stations allow to measure tropospheric parameters that can be used for near real-time (NRT) meteorological applications (e.g ... [more ▼]

The analysis of GNSS signal and the use a dense network of ground-based stations allow to measure tropospheric parameters that can be used for near real-time (NRT) meteorological applications (e.g. monitoring of the delay of the neutral atmosphere and the detection of blobs of water vapour). On the other hand, the meteorological activity can impact GNSS positioning solutions. For this reason, NRT indicators of the tropospheric activity related to the disturbance of GNSS signal are required. Using a dense network of GNSS stations, this study presents a new NRT indicator based on the double differences of the ionosphere-free combination. To validate this indicator, the impact of severe weather conditions on RTK positioning solutions is shown. [less ▲]

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