Articles | Volume 7, issue 1
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 7, 1–22, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-7-1-2016

Special issue: The history of ionospheric radars

Special issue: History of geophysical institutes and observatories

Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 7, 1–22, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-7-1-2016

Review article 05 Feb 2016

Review article | 05 Feb 2016

History of the Juliusruh ionospheric observatory on Rügen

J. Weiß J. Weiß
  • Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics e.V., University Rostock, Field Station Juliusruh, 18556 Altenkirchen, Germany

Abstract. The history of the Juliusruh ionospheric observatory on Rügen is closely connected to the history of ground-based ionospheric sounding. After a short introduction to the ionospheric research and the sounding technique, the founding of the Juliusruh station in 1954 and its development until today are described. The different methods of ground-based sounding – as far as they apply to Juliusruh – are briefly discussed. The condition of life and work in a small team on the island of Rügen, remote from the respective parent institute, is also the subject of this article, whose author headed Juliusruh Station from 1965 to 2004.