ESC Ionospheric Weather - definition and development activities

The overall objective of the work is to ensure operational and development activities within the Ionospheric Weather Expert Service Centre (I-ESC) of ESA's Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Space Weather (SWE) network.

Developed  ESC domains are supported by the SWE Data Centre, which provides reliable access to a range of key space weather datasets, provision for data archiving and hosting of some applications. The services are further provided via the SWE web portal.

The main interface with the Space Weather Coordination Centre (SSCC) is represented by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), being the Coordinating Expert Group of I-ESC. Within this project GFZ is responsible for the following activities:

  • Service provision for the following Swarm Utilisation Analysis (SUA) products: I.128 ROT, I.129 TEC, I.130 Ne, and I.131 IBI
    • SUA KPI and SLA reporting
    • SUA second level support
    • Implementation of new SSO interface
  • Contributions to ionospheric disturbance indices development
    • Support SUA Ionospheric Bubble Index product (I.131 IBI)
    • Participation in discussion meetings and execution of tasks established in the test plan
    • Provision of  test results related documentation
  • Rate Of change of TEC Index (ROTI) cross-validation campaign
    • Preparation of a cross-validation test plan for all ROTI products in I-ESC
    • Execution of ROTI validation
    • Participation in inter-ESC validation workshop

Time Frame

2017 - 2019


The European Space Agency (ESA) through the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC)

Principal Investigators

  • Dr. Claudia Borries (DLR) - Primary Coordinator
  • Dr. Guram Kervalishvili (GFZ)


  • Jan Rauberg (GFZ)
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Stolle (GFZ)

Project Website


  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Germany
  • Centrum Badań Kosmicznych PAN (SRC), Poland
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain
  • Ilmatieteen laitos (FMI), Finnland
  • Ústav fyziky atmosféry (IAP), Czech Republic
  • Kartverket (NMA), Norway
  • Universitetet i Oslo (UiO), Norway
  • Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), France
  • Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Italy


Guram Kervalishvili
Dr. Guram Kervalishvili
+49 331 288-1882
Dipl.-Inf. Jan Rauberg
Albert-Einstein-Straße 42-46
Building A 42, Room 216
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1238
Claudia Stolle
Section Head
Prof. Dr. Claudia Stolle
Albert-Einstein-Straße 42-46
Building A 42, Room 227
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1230