SCAR’s GRAPE Expert Group (GNSS Research and Application for Polar Environment) announces the 2018 school “Polar Upper Atmosphere: from Science to Operational Issues”, to be held at the International School of Space Science in L’Aquila, Italy on 17-21 September 2018.
The school is mainly aimed at graduate and post-graduate students with an enthusiastic interest in this topic. The goal of the school is to foster excitement and encourage involvement of the next generation of space researchers in studies of the geospace environment of Polar Regions. The importance of these regions is rapidly growing due to modern society’s dependence on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) services and products, strongly affected by ionospheric variability at high latitudes. Topics will focus on the infrastructures for multi-instrument monitoring, data management from sub auroral to polar latitudes, the need for specialized models of the upper atmosphere, and the development of mitigation algorithms to improve GNSS services and products.