WW2 Allied Bombing Altered Ionosphere

Professor Chris Scott a researcher from the University of Reading, is demostrating the impact on the Ionosphere of the Allied bombing raids over Europe during WW2

Researchers studied daily records kept at the Radio Research Centre in Slough, UK. They looked at how the concentration of electrons changed in the upper atmosphere around the time of 152 Allied air raids in Europe.

The data showed the concentration of electrons fell significantly when a bomb was detonated, which in turn heated the upper atmosphere. This caused a small but significant depletion in the ionosphere above Slough, even though the bombs were deployed hundreds of miles away.

Each raid released the energy of at least 300 lightning strikes.
— Professor Chris Scott

In his paper, the contribution of ground-based disturbances to ionospheric variability is investigated by considering the response of the ionospheric F2 layer over Slough, UK, to 152 major bombing raids over Europe during World War II.

Download (PDF) - https://www.ann-geophys.net/36/1243/2018/angeo-36-1243-2018.pdf

Media Story - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45655149

On Thursday28th February 2019 Chris Scott will be talking about his research to the Reading And District Amateur Radio Club - http://blog.radarc.org/calendar/events/