Professor Matthew Angling MA, PhD, FInstP, CEng, CPhys

Professor Matthew Angling, Poynting Research Institute, University of Birmingham

Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
DSTL/RAEng Chair in Space Environment and Radio Engineering

Contact details

Gisbert Kapp Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Matthew Angling is a DSTL/RAEng Chair and heads the Space Environment and Radio Engineering (SERENE) group.

Professor Angling has over 20 years experience of radio propagation and space weather research. His activities have included research on the impact of the environment on radio systems, ionospheric measurements, and the development of propagation products based on assimilative models of the ionosphere. He has extensive experience of using GPS systems for ionospheric studies and has also investigated their use for the detection of anomalous tropospheric propagation. Dr. Angling has led programmes to capture user requirements for operational, real-time space weather products and to subsequently develop web based tools using service orientated architectures. Currently, he is working on a CubeSat programme that aims to characterise the wideband trans-ionospheric radio channel.


  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • Chartered Physicist
  • Chartered Engineer
  • PhD in high frequency radio propagation, University of Leicester
  • MA in Physics, St. John’s College, Oxford


After graduating from Oxford University, Professor Angling joined the Communications Department at DRA Malvern. In 2001 he gained his PhD from the University of Leicester for research conducted in the field of shortwave channel evaluation whilst at DERA Malvern. He has extensive knowledge of shortwave sounding techniques and has worked with both chirp and pulse compression systems. He has provided support to a variety of projects, including a number of NATO groups. Professor Angling has been the technical leader of the QinetiQ DAMSON and EU 5th Framework programmes and has been instrumental in the development of analysis techniques for HF sounder data.

More recently Professor Angling has been the principle investigator for a research programmes examining the use of radio occultation techniques for both ionospheric and tropospheric radio frequency applications and for programmes developing ionospheric data assimilation systems. Professor Angling has published widely in journals and conference proceedings and is the chair of the Space Weather Working Team working group on the effects of the ionospheric on radio systems.



Radio wave propagation, space weather, impact of the ionosphere on radio systems.


Professor Angling’s research is predominantly concerned with the understanding and possible mitigation of the effects of the ionosphere on radio systems. Within this context a range of activities have been undertaken:

  • Development of ionospheric data assimilation systems. Such systems apply meteorological techniques to ionospheric measurements to produce an accurate specification of the ionospheric electron density. The Electron Density Assimilative Model (EDAM) is currently able to assimilate ground and space based GPS total electron content measurements, in situ electron density, and vertical ionosonde data. Much of this work is conducted within a US-UK collaboration and is being applied to communications, navigation and radar systems.
  • Development of CubeSat systems for measuring the ionosphere. CubeSats can potentially provide a cost effective means of monitoring and investigating the ionosphere. However, a firms constraints are imposed by the CubeSat standard and novel methods are needed to undertake the required measurements.
  • Development of techniques and waveforms for HF communications and broadcasting. For example, real time adaptation of DRM digital broadcasts can be used to overcome ionospheric propagation impacts on the system. Research on such techniques has been undertaken as part of an EU Framework programme.
  • Service orientated architectures for ionospheric propagation tools. Web based tools and service orientated architectures have been used to expose HF propagation services based on real time ionospheric models and ray tracing methods.

Other activities

Chair of the Space Weather Working Team working group on the effects of the ionospheric on radio systems.


  • McNamara, L. F., M. J. Angling, S. Elvidge, S. V. Fridman, M. A. Hausman, L. J. Nickisch, and L.-A. McKinnell (2013), Assimilation procedures for updating ionospheric profiles below the F2 peak, Radio Sci., 48, 143–157, doi:10.1002/rds.20020.
  • Angling, M. J., and N. K. Jackson-Booth (2011), A short note on the assimilation of collocated and concurrent GPS and ionosonde data into the Electron Density Assimilative Model, Radio Sci., 46, RS0D13, doi:10.1029/2010RS004566.
  • Feltens, J., M. Angling, N. Jackson-Booth, N. Jakowski, M. Hoque, M. Hernández-Pajares, A. Aragón-Àngel, R. Orús, and R. Zandbergen (2011), Comparative testing of four ionospheric models driven with GPS measurements, Radio Sci., 46, RS0D12, doi:10.1029/2010RS004584.
  • Angling, M. J., J. Shaw, A. K. Shukla, and P. S. Cannon (2009), Development of an HF frequency selection tool based on the EDAM near real time ionosphere, Rad. Sci, 44, RS0A13.
  • Buresova, D., B. Nava, I. Galkin, M. J. Angling, S. M. Stankov, and P. Coisson (2009), Data ingestion and assimilation in ionospheric models, Ann. Geophys., 52(3-4), 235-253.
  • Pietrella, M., et al. (2009), Oblique-incidence ionospheric soundings over Central Europe and their application for testing now casting and long term prediction models, Adv. Space. Res., 43(11), 1611-1620.
  • Angling, M. J. (2008b), First assimilations of COSMIC radio occultation data into the Electron Density Assimilative Model (EDAM), Annales Geophysicae, 26(2), 353-359.
  • Zolesi, B., et al. (2008), A new campaign for oblique-incidence ionospheric sounding over Europe and its data application, JASTP, 70(6), 854-865.
  • Angling, M. J., and B. Khattatov (2006), Comparative study of two assimilative models of the ionosphere, Radio Sci., 41(RS5S20).
  • Angling, M. J., and P. S. Cannon (2004), Assimilation of radio occultation measurements into background ionospheric models, Radio Sci., 39(RS1S08).
  • Jakowski, N., R. Leitinger, and M. J. Angling (2004), Radio occultation techniques for probing the ionosphere, Ann. Geophys., 47(2-3 SUPPL.), 1049-1066.
  • Cannon, P. S., M. J. Angling, and B. Lundborg (2002a), Characterisation and Modelling of the HF Communications Channel, in Review Of Radio Science 1999-2002, edited by W. R. Stone, pp. 597-623, IEEE-Wiley.
  • Cliverd, M. A., C. J. Rodger, N. R. thomson, J. Lichtenberger, P. Steinbach, P. S. Cannon, and M. J. Angling (2001), Total solar eclipse effects on VLF signals: Observations and modeling, Radio Sci., 36(4), 773.
  • Willink, T. J., N. C. Davies, M. J. Angling, V. Jodalen, and B. Lundborg (1999), Robust HF Data Communications at High Latitudes, IEE Proceedings, Microwave, Antennas and Propagation, 146(4), 263-269.
  • Angling, M. J., P. S. Cannon, N. C. Davies, T. J. Willink, V. Jodalen, and B. Lundborg (1998), Measurements of Doppler and multipath spread on oblique high latitude HF paths and their use in characterising data modem performance., Radio Sci., 33(1), 97-107.