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Introduction

The importance of the ionospheric space weather effects is due to the fact that the ionospheric impact can degrade the performance of a variety of communication and navigation radio systems. Thus, e.g. accuracy, reliability and availability of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), such as GPS or the future civilian European system GALILEO, may degrade. On the other hand we can state that well established ground and innovative space based GNSS measurements offer a unique chance for permanently monitoring the electron density structure of the global ionosphere-plasmasphere system. SWACI focuses on the use of such new techniques for getting reliable information on the ionospheric ionization state.
NIC is planned to be integrated in the Space Weather European Network (SWENET) for data exchanging and cooperation. Space weather (mainly ionospheric) data are collected, checked for quality, calibrated, adjusted, analyzed, fed into models for generating higher data levels and finally distributed in near real time and/or archived. Historical data may be accessed and/or visualized by a professional Data and Information Management System (DIMS).


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