ISMB, INGV and PoliTO kicked-off the DemoGRAPE project

ISMB participates in the innovative DemoGRAPE project, funded by the Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (MIUR) under the National Program for Antarctic Research (PNRA), which is coordinated by the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) and involves the Politecnico di Torino (POLITO).

The core of the activity is the realization of DemoGRAPE, a demonstrator which aims to provide on selected case studies an empirical assessment of both the delay and the corruption induced by the ionosphere on satellite signals in the polar regions. The scope is to develop a prototype of service – based on Cloud environment – addressed to the scientific and technological communities that relies on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) for their investigations and applications.

Commonly, to assess the ionospheric impact on GNSS-based technological systems, these communities make use of standard models, which demonstrate to fail at high latitudes. On the other hand, GNSS signals are widely used in different disciplines: DemoGRAPE will demonstrate the usefulness of the proposed system to several scopes, from the applications to positioning, to space weather applications, to solid Earth and polar cap dynamics investigation, to the monitoring of cryosphere evolution, etc.

The Advanced Computing and Electromagnetics Research Area will create the cloud platform to share the computational resources and datasets, to transfer data and submit the jobs towards several different organizations located in different areas of the world.

The initiative was born into GNSS Research and Application for Polar Environment (GRAPE), an Expert Group endorsed by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). It involves several international partners, such as the University of Bath-UoB (UK), the University of New Brunswick-UNB (Canada), the National Institute for Space Research-INPE (Brazil), the South African National Space Agency-SANSA (South Africa), the Space Research Center-SRC (Poland), and the University of Nottingham-UoN (UK).

The international context and the innovative aspects studied constitute an important legacy that will make the PNRA a pioneer in the frame of potential services to assist the GNSS operations at the poles.