GNSS-Based Statistical Analysis of Ionospheric Anomalies during Typhoon Landings in Taiwan/Japan

Hai Peng, Yibin Yao, Jian Kong, Chen Zhou, Chungyen Kuo

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Using the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) differenced total electron content (dTEC) series, the traveling ionosphere disturbances (TIDs) of 22 typhoons registered in Taiwan/Japan between 2013 and 2016 were studied. The horizontal speed of the first TID during a typhoon landing can be estimated by a two-station method with the ionosphere anomaly indicator in total electron count units (TECUs) (|dTEC| ≥ 0.15 TECU). The horizontal speed of the TIDs was from 155 to 210 m/s and with an average speed of 168.70 m/s. The estimated TID speeds of Typhoons Soudelor (205.93 m/s) and Megi (158.47 m/s) are not consistent with each other, even though they had very similar trajectories when cross through Taiwan Island. Moreover, the propagation velocity of the typhoon ionospheric anomaly showed a significant positive correlation ( $r = 0.78$ , $\alpha = 0.05$ ) with the change rate of the typhoon central air pressure and a negative correlation ( $r = -0.52$ , $\alpha = 0.05$ ) with the central pressure before landing. Gravity waves were generated by land friction, terrain blocking, and strong wind shear transport energy into the atmosphere from the near surface to the mesosphere and thermosphere, which is the main cause of ionosphere disturbances during typhoon landing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9174867
Pages (from-to)5272-5279
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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