IONOSPHERIC MODEL DEVELOPED WITH INPE’S PARTICIPATION MAKES FORECASTS OF THE SOLAR ECLIPSE EFFECTS THAT WILL OCCUR ON DECEMBER 14, 2020 IN SOUTH AMERICA
The article “Prediction of the Ionospheric Response to the 14 December 2020 Total Solar Eclipse Using SUPIM-INPE”, by Miguel Martínez‐Ledesma, Manuel Bravo, Benjamin Urra, Jonas Souza e Alberto Foppiano, was accepted for publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics. The impact of obscuration caused by the eclipse will produce a decrease in TEC (Total Electron Content) of up to 22%. Decreases of up to 1.5 TECu (1 TECu = 10^16 electrons/m2) will also be observed in the conjugated sector, with respect to the magnetic equator, in South America. Two videos show the results of decreases in TEC, one represented by the gradient of the blue color and the other with white iso-lines superimposed on the background ionosphere, can be seen below.
It is relevant to mention that Dr. Bravo, one of the authors, is a former doctoral student of the Postgraduate Program in Space Geophysics at INPE and his supervisors were Dr. Inez Staciarini Batista and Dr. Jonas Rodrigues de Souza, researchers of INPE. This research article can be accessed at https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JA028625