Plasmasphere Ionosphere Thermosphere Integrated Research Environment and Access services: a Network of Research Facilities

PITHIA is a project funded by the European Commission aiming at building a European distributed network that integrates observing facilities, data processing tools, and prediction models dedicated to the ionosphere, thermosphere, and plasmasphere research.


Project information

Project duration


Funded by

Horizon 2020

Project coordinator

University of Oulu

Project description

PITHIA-NRF establishes a unique European Infrastructure, that provides open access to data, models and experimental facilities, and to e-science tools, that will enable research advances and innovation. The project has the ambition to become a European hub that will act as facilitator for

  • coordinated observations from ground and space,
  • provision of data, processing tools and modelling advances, and
  • software and data-products standardization.

The PITHIA-NRF integration scheme brings together on a European scale the research facilities, databases and models and renders them easily accessible to all European researchers ensuring their optimal use and cooperative development.

As one of the partners in the PITHIA project, Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (SGO), founded in 1913, provides long-term continuous measurements of space and geo-environment and related geohazards.

In the PITHIA-NRF project, SGO is responsible for providing data, data product, and data-based services such as:

  • Pc5 pulsations and pulastion power to the e-science center.

  • Auroral substorm, occurence rate and intensity.

  • Access to SGO node data; Pulsation magnetometer data, Riometer data, and KAIRA (Kilpisjärvi Atmospheric Imaging Receiver Array)

Other SGO’s task in the PITHIA project is as below

  • Optimization of observing strategies including organization of workshop on optimization of observing strategies

  • Exchange information and expertise with companies

  • Organization of General Assembly Innovation days, WOOS, and training for students

  • Community building including Socioeconomic impact study by students

  • Communication activities including Open Days and other public events

  • Exploitation activities

  • Deploying interoperability components


Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory

Node coordinator
Marzieh Khansari
Email: marzieh.khansari@oulu.fi
Phone: +358 29 448 0828

Node leader
Eija Tanskanen
Email: eija.tanskanen@oulu.fi
Phone: +358 29 448 0813