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Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Name Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
URL https://www.dlr.de/so/en/ and https://impc.dlr.de
Established 2019
ISES Member Since April 2023 (CEC)
Organization German Aerospace Center (DLR) -> Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SO) -> Department Space Weather Impact (WWE) -> Ionosphere Monitoring and Prediction Center (IMPC)
Staff 52 employees
Person in charge Jens Berdermann (Jens.Berdermann@dlr.de) (Acting Director), Martin Kriegel (Martin.Kriegel@dlr.de) (IMPC)
Location Neustrelitz, Germany
Address Kalkhorstweg 53, 17235 Neustrelitz, Germany
Contact Martin Kriegel (Martin.Kriegel@dlr.de), IMPC User Help Desk (impc-uhd@dlr.de)
Additional Info The DLR “Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics” (DLR-SO) is located in Neustrelitz, Germany and was founded in 2019 based on the long-standing expertise of ionospheric research at the DLR “Institute of Communications and Navigation”. DLR-SO is engaged in both basic and applied research on space weather. One mission is to protect national and international infrastructures against Space Weather effects and to support affected industries through timely, accurate and reliable observations and forecasts.
DLR-SO provides a wide range of Space Weather related data products and services which cover multiple Space Weather related domains and use cases.  
To accomplish this DLR-SO has strong expertise in the development, continuous operations and maintenance of observational infrastructure and data processing systems in strong cooperation with DLR’s Earth Observation Center (EOC) and other international agencies, institutions and consortiums (e.g. ESA, NASA, JAXA, SANSA, INPE, PECASUS) like:
- Member of the Real Time Solar Wind (RTSW) observing network, which is engaged in data transfer and analysis of NASA's Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) and Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellites;
- Global network of high rate (50-100Hz) GNSS receivers to observe and study small to large scale ionospheric irregularities (e.g. amplitude and phase scintillations, characteristics of equatorial plasma bubbles (EPBs)), its impact on applications like GNSS or SAR and to perform combined experiments facilitating EISCAT;
-Global Ionospheric Flare Detection System (GIFDS) to measure sudden ionospheric disturbances (SIDs) in the D-layer Ionosphere caused by solar X-ray flares in near real time based on VLF measurements;
- Solar Radio Burst detection system based on eCallisto (covering L-Band 1-1.6 GHz and 30-1 GHz planned);
- Real Time high rate (1 Hz) GNSS data processing system to derive key observation like the Total Electron Content (TEC) and it supplements products e.g. TEC gradients and rates, disturbance indices (DIX-SG, GIX).