Accession Number : ADA141533

Title :   Overview of Ultraviolet Remote Sensing of the Ionosphere.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Meier,R R

PDF Url : ADA141533

Report Date : 12 Apr 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : Operational requirements in many area of the Department of Defense identify the need for ionospheric monitoring and forecasting. Properties of the ionosphere can be sensed remotely on a global scale, by observing naturally occurring ultraviolet emissions generated by photochemical and ionization processes. Especially in the F region. An overview of the field is presented in this report and the various issues are discussed in the context of recent observations of ionospherically related UV emissions. Day, night, and auroral phenomena are considered separately, due to fundamental differences in the physical and chemical processes involved. It is concluded that the concept of global ionospheric remote sensing shows substantial promise. The most pressing need is to expand the data base to cover the full range of geographic, local time, and solar and geomagnetic conditions.

Descriptors :   *Ultraviolet radiation, *Remote systems, F region, Aurorae, Ionosphere, Ionization, Photochemical reactions, Electron density

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Ultraviolet Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE