GSSC Now Webinar: Processing GNSS data from affordable receivers for ionospheric monitoring


The ESA’s GNSS Science Support Centre (GSSC) is excited to invite all enthusiasts and professionals to join their upcoming webinar, titled “GSSC Now Webinar: Processing GNSS data from affordable receivers for ionospheric monitoring“.

ESA’s AMIC initiative, led by Rokubun in collaboration with ICTP, addresses a critical challenge in GNSS-based monitoring of Earth’s Ionosphere and troposphere: the lack of coverage in remote regions like deserts, oceans, and inaccessible areas. Establishing receivers in these locations poses logistical and financial complexities due to potential equipment loss or damage, along with costly maintenance efforts. For a minimum of six months, AMIC project aims to ensuring continuous data collection while building new GNSS capabilities across Africa, South America, and India.

AMIC cost-effective solution provides high-quality data suitable for atmospheric monitoring applications. Central to the project is Rokubun’s MEDEA GNSS receiver, designed to deliver exceptional performance at an affordable cost. With an initial deployment of 20 receivers that introduces the concept of Affordable Continuous Operating Reference Networks (ACORN), the project streams data to ESA’s Navigation Digital Platform, GSSC Now, adhering to a commitment of long term availability and open access.

Webinar Details at a Glance

  • Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2024
  • Start: 14:00 PM CEST (1 hour duration max)
  • Registration: Secure your spot by registering here. Please note that spaces are limited, so don’t delay!
  • Location: Online

What to Expect at the Webinar

The webinar will be have a strong hands-on focus, demonstrating how to utilize AMIC’s data to obtain relevant parameters for ionospheric monitoring. The webinar will make use of Jupyter notebooks and data publicly accessible from ESA’s GSSC Now platform.

Who is the event for?

This event caters to both novice and seasoned researchers specializing in GNSS applied to ionospheric monitoring. While participants with a basic command of Python language and a foundational understanding of GNSS observable modelling are ideally suited, all levels of expertise are welcome.


14:00 – 14:05 Presentation of the AMIC project
14:05 – 14:10 Introduction of Rokubun MEDEA GNSS computer
14:10 – 14:15 Presentation of the AMIC data and how to access it from the ESA GSSC
14:15 – 14:45 Hands on activity on GNSS data processing to ionospheric monitoring
14:45 – 15:00 Questions and Answers

All details on the event are also available on the website of our colleagues from the science department!

Looking forward to seeing you there! 


The GSSC Team