Ionosphere Monitoring and Prediction Center

Current Projects

This is the list and short description of current projects with IMPC involvement.

Expert Service Centre Ionospheric Weather - Definition and Development

Within the Space Situation Awareness (SSA) programme, ESA is currently developing a Space Weather (SWE) Network consisting of five Expert Service Centres (ESC), the SSA SWE Coordination Centre (SSCC) and the SWE Data Centre. The Expert Service Centre Ionospheric Weather (I-ESC) will be coordinated by DLR.

Swarm Utilisation Analysis (SUA)

SUA is an activity in period 2 of the ESA SSA Programme (P2-SWE-XVI). It investigates the applicability of products derived from the ESA Swarm mission for the ESA Space Weather Network. In its role as I-ESC coordinator, the IMPC-Team is involved as consultant in this project.


The main goal of MONitoring of the Ionosphere by innovative Techniques, coordinated Observations and Resources (MONITOR) is to design, develop, deploy and operate a system for collection, processing and archiving of ionospheric observation data. 


The project "Multi-Scale Ionosphere Model from Combination of Modern Satellite observation Techniques" (MuSIK) is a first step in developing a mathematical-physical model of the ionospheric electron density distribution. Thus, the long-term development of a data driven physical ionospheric model will be prepared.


The objective of the SOlar Flares detected by Ionospheric Effects (SOFIE) project is to detect solar flare events(sfe) by continuously measuring the intensity of VLF radio signals and observing ionospheric propagation effects on radio waves. Apart from possible signal interferences, the recorded signal strength maps directly the temporal variation of solar flares, with a remarkable precision. So, by simple measurements of the signal strength at the carrier frequency, it is possible to detect and monitor solar flares, which are often a precursor of space weather storms. SOFIE as an educational project does not only address interesting scientific problems, but also has great potential to teach the basics of scientific work to pupils.