Antarctic Science

Physical Sciences

Automatic scaling of polar ionograms

Carlo Scottoa1a2 and Michael Pezzopanea1 c1

a1 Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Via di Vigna Murata 605, 00143 Rome, Italy

a2 Doctoral School in Polar Sciences, University of Siena, Via del Laterino 8, 53100 Siena, Italy

Abstract

The Istituto Nazionale di Geosifica e Vulcanologia (INGV) software for automatic scaling of ionograms (Autoscala) was improved by introducing a system to identify D region absorption events, spread-F condition (frequency spreading in the F region), and Z-ray propagation. The algorithm was applied to a series of ionograms recorded by the AIS-INGV (Advanced Ionospheric Sounder-INGV) ionosonde installed at the Mario Zucchelli Station (74.7°S, 164.1°E), Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica. Critical cases are shown to illustrate the behaviour of the software.

(Received April 06 2011)

(Accepted July 02 2011)

(Online publication September 23 2011)

Correspondence:

c1 corresponding author: michael.pezzopane@ingv.it

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