This data set, provided by the Communications Research Centre (CRC) in Ottawa, Canada, consists of electron density profiles derived from Alouette 2 Sweep-Frequency Sounder for the ionosphere above the F2 maximum (topside ionosphere). The data set was originally provided on an EBCDIC magnetic tape written on an IBM 360 computer. The electron density profiles were computed from digital values of frequency and virtual height, scaled from ionograms. The data are ordered chronologically and include about 11,000 profiles. Telemetry stations are not identified, but satellite location, Greenwich mean time of observation, solar zenith angle at the satellite, dip latitude at the satellite, total electron content down to the lowest height of topside signal reflection (normally near 300 km), and other relevant information is noted with each profile. The format gives sequences of numbers for each point scaled from the ionogram. These sequences include electron density at the successive points, and the coefficients a2, b3, b4, b5, etc. from which geometric heights can be calculated, using formulas 40 and 41 in J. E. Jackson, "The reduction of topside ionograms to electron-density profiles," Proceedings of the IEEE., p. 960, June 1969. These formulas can also be used to calculate interpolated density-height values. A CRC interpolation program available at NSSDC can be used with this data set. The ionograms were selected for their scientific interest and comprise only a very small portion of reductions possible from the available ionograms. Data obtained prior to March 9, 1970, are also available on microfiche from NSSDC.

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- ResourceName
- Alouette 2 Topside Electron Density Profiles Manually Scaled at CRC

- ReleaseDate
- 2020-07-07 21:14:17Z

- Description
This data set, provided by the Communications Research Centre (CRC) in Ottawa, Canada, consists of electron density profiles derived from Alouette 2 Sweep-Frequency Sounder for the ionosphere above the F2 maximum (topside ionosphere). The data set was originally provided on an EBCDIC magnetic tape written on an IBM 360 computer. The electron density profiles were computed from digital values of frequency and virtual height, scaled from ionograms. The data are ordered chronologically and include about 11,000 profiles. Telemetry stations are not identified, but satellite location, Greenwich mean time of observation, solar zenith angle at the satellite, dip latitude at the satellite, total electron content down to the lowest height of topside signal reflection (normally near 300 km), and other relevant information is noted with each profile. The format gives sequences of numbers for each point scaled from the ionogram. These sequences include electron density at the successive points, and the coefficients a2, b3, b4, b5, etc. from which geometric heights can be calculated, using formulas 40 and 41 in J. E. Jackson, "The reduction of topside ionograms to electron-density profiles," Proceedings of the IEEE., p. 960, June 1969. These formulas can also be used to calculate interpolated density-height values. A CRC interpolation program available at NSSDC can be used with this data set. The ionograms were selected for their scientific interest and comprise only a very small portion of reductions possible from the available ionograms. Data obtained prior to March 9, 1970, are also available on microfiche from NSSDC.

- Contacts
Role Person 1. GeneralContact spase://SMWG/Person/Dieter.K.Bilitza - PriorIDs
- spase://VSPO/NumericalData/P_ALOUETTE2_HDR_NEPROF
- spase://VSPO/NumericalData/Alouette2/SFS/PT32S

- AccessInformation
- RepositoryID
- spase://SMWG/Repository/NASA/GSFC/SPDF/CDAWeb

- Availability
- Online

- AccessRights
- Open

- AccessURL
- Name
- FTPS from SPDF (not with most browsers)

- AccessURL
- Name
- HTTPS from SPDF

- Description
In CDF via HTTP from CDAWeb

- AccessURL
- Name
- CDAWeb

- ProductKey
- ALOUETTE2_NEPROF_TOPS

- Description
ALOUETTE2_NEPROF_TOPS

- Format
- CDF

- ProviderProcessingLevel
- CALIBRATED

- MeasurementType
- ThermalPlasma

- TemporalDescription
- TimeSpan
- StartDate
- 1965-12-15 09:40:15

- StopDate
- 1972-07-10 22:37:22

- Cadence
- PT32S

- ObservedRegion
- Earth.NearSurface.Ionosphere