Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
Brief communication
11 Apr 2011
Brief communication |  | 11 Apr 2011

Brief communication "Monitoring ionospheric variations before earthquakes using the vertical and oblique sounding network over China"

T. Xu, J. Wu, Z. Zhao, Y. Liu, S. He, J. Li, Z. Wu, and Y. Hu

Abstract. The problem of earthquake prediction has stimulated the research for correlation between seismic activity and ionospheric anomaly. Many observations have shown the existence of anomaly of critical frequency of ionospheric F-region, foF2, before earthquake onset. Ionospheric sounding has been conducted routinely for more than 60 years in China by the China Research Institute of Radiowave Propagation (CRIRP), and deveoloped a very powerful ability to observe the ionosphere. In this paper, we briefly describe the anomalous variation of the foF2 before Ms8.0 Wenchuan earthquake (occurred on 12 May 2008 at 14:28 LT; 31.00° N, 103.40° E), which is a sign of the great interest arising in the seismo-ionospheric investigation of Chinese researchers. Furthermore, we introduce the routine work on seismo-ionospheric anomaly by the ground based high-resolution ionospheric observation (GBHIO) network comprising 5 vertical and 20 oblique sounding stations.