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ORigin determination and improved detectAbility of Celestial-to-Local phEnomena by the VLF technique

Project description

Revealing the dynamics of Earth’s lower ionosphere

The lower ionosphere is an ionised region in Earth’s upper atmosphere that extends from 60 to 90 km. Unexpected strong phenomena in this region can dramatically influence the performance and reliability of navigation and communication systems, but their impact is hard to accurately quantify. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the ORACLE project will utilise very low frequency (VLF) radio waves as they propagate between Earth’s surface and the ionosphere with low attenuation. Researchers will investigate whether ozone variability affects daily VLF signal variability, probe the yet unknown generation mechanism of VLF emissions with banded structures and improve the detection of galactic gamma-ray bursts in the region.


Net EU contribution
€ 212 933,76
Claverton Down
BA2 7AY Bath
United Kingdom

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South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00