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Sample records for latitude ionospheric effects

  1. Low-latitude ionospheric effects on SBAS

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    Arenas, J.; Sardón, E.; Sainz, A.; Ochoa, B.; Magdaleno, S.

    2016-06-01

    Satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS) provide augmentation to Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) users in three areas: (1) broadcasting accurate corrections to GNSS satellite ephemeris, (2) providing a real-time empirical ionospheric model in the service area, and (3) providing integrity information in the form of estimates of the confidence of the ephemeris corrections and ionospheric delays. Ionospheric effects on SBAS are twofold: (a) the input data used by the SBAS will be affected by ionospheric effects, and (b) the more perturbed the ionosphere is, the more difficult it will be to provide accurate and reliable ionospheric information to the users. The ionosphere at low latitudes presents larger variability and more intense phenomena than at midlatitudes. Therefore, SBAS providing service to low-latitude regions will be more affected than those at other latitudes. From the different low-latitude ionospheric effects, this paper will focus on those having the largest impact on SBAS, which are total electron content temporal and spatial gradients, ionospheric scintillations, and depletions. This paper will present the impact of these effects on EGNOS (European Global Navigation Overlay System), the European SBAS. Although EGNOS can be considered as a midlatitude SBAS, it has to provide coverage down to rather low latitudes, so sometimes low-latitude ionospheric effects are observed in the EGNOS data. It will be shown how EGNOS performs under nominal conditions and how its performance is degraded when low-latitude ionospheric phenomena occur. Real EGNOS data affected by low-latitude ionospheric phenomena will be used.

  2. Ionospheric storm effects at subauroral latitudes - A case study

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    Proelss, G. W.; Brace, L. H.; Mayr, H. G.; Carignan, G. R.; Killeen, T. L.

    1991-01-01

    An attempt is made to classify ionospheric storm effects at subauroral latitudes according to their presumed origin. The storm of December 7/8, 1982, serves as an example. It is investigated using ionosonde, electron content, and DE 2 satellite data. The following effects are distinguished: (1) positive storm effects caused by traveling atmospheric disturbances, (2) positive storm effects caused by changes in the large-scale thermospheric wind circulation, (3) positive storm effects caused by the expansion of the polar ionization enhancement, (4) negative storm effects caused by perturbations of the neutral gas composition, and (5) negative storm effects caused by the equatorward displacement of the trough region.

  3. Interplanetary magnetic field effects on high latitude ionospheric convection

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    Heelis, R. A.

    1985-01-01

    Relations between the electric field and the electric current in the ionosphere can be established on the basis of a system of mathematical and physical equations provided by the equations of current continuity and Ohm's law. For this reason, much of the synthesis of electric field and plasma velocity data in the F-region is made with the aid of similar data sets derived from field-aligned current and horizontal current measurements. During the past decade, the development of a self-consistent picture of the distribution and behavior of these measurements has proceeded almost in parallel. The present paper is concerned with the picture as it applies to the electric field and plasma drift velocity and its dependence on the interplanetary magnetic field. Attention is given to the southward interplanetary magnetic field and the northward interplanetary magnetic field.

  4. The effects on the ionosphere of inertia in the high latitude neutral thermosphere

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    Burns, Alan; Killeen, Timothy

    1993-01-01

    High-latitude ionospheric currents, plasma temperatures, densities, and composition are all affected by the time-dependent response of the neutral thermosphere to ion drag and Joule heating through a variety of complex feedback processes. These processes can best be studied numerically using the appropriate nonlinear numerical modeling techniques in conjunction with experimental case studies. In particular, the basic physics of these processes can be understood using a model, and these concepts can then be applied to more complex realistic situations by developing the appropriate simulations of real events. Finally, these model results can be compared with satellite-derived data from the thermosphere. We used numerical simulations from the National Center of Atmospheric Research Thermosphere/Ionosphere General Circulation Model (NCAR TIGCM) and data from the Dynamic Explorer 2 (DE 2) satellite to study the time-dependent effects of the inertia of the neutral thermosphere on ionospheric currents, plasma temperatures, densities, and composition. One particular case of these inertial effects is the so-called 'fly-wheel effect'. This effect occurs when the neutral gas, that has been spun-up by the large ionospheric winds associated with a geomagnetic storm, moves faster than the ions in the period after the end of the main phase of the storm. In these circumstances, the neutral gas can drag the ions along with them. It is this last effect, which is described in the next section, that we have studied under this grant.

  5. Effect of diffusion-thermal processes on the high-latitude topside ionosphere

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    Schunk, R. W.; Raitt, W. J.; Nagy, A. F.

    1978-01-01

    The extent to which diffusion-thermal heat flow affects H(+) temperatures in the high-latitude topside ionosphere is studied. Such a heat flow occurs whenever there are H(+)-O(+) relative drifts. From our study we have found that at high-latitudes, where H(+) flows up and out of the topside ionosphere, diffusion-thermal heat flow acts to reduce H(+) temperatures by 500-600 K at altitudes above about 900 km.

  6. Longitudinal effects of ionospheric responses to substorms at middle and lower latitudes: a case study

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    Pi, Xiaoqing; Mendillo, Michael; Spalla, Paolo; Anderson, David N.

    1995-08-01

    An ionospheric model is used to simulate total electron content (TEC) disturbance events observed at middle and lower latitude sites near 75°W and 7°E longitudes. Within this longitudinal range, daytime TEC disturbances show patterns that are correlated with substrom activity seen in both auroral electrojet and ring current behavior. In modeling studies of the observed ionospheric effects, both electric field and neutral wind perturbations are examined as possible mechanisms. The morphological features of the required electric field perturbations near drawn and dusk are compared with those at other times to examine the local time characteristics of magnetospheric influence. Large-scale traveling atmospheric disturbances (TADs), an alternative candidate for the disturbance source, are also characterized and compared with known thermospheric behavior.

  7. The 20 March 2015 total solar eclipse: effects in the high-latitude lower ionosphere

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    Cherniakov, Sergey; Tereshchenko, Valentina; Ogloblina, Olga; Vasiliev, Evgeny; Gomonov, Alexander

    2016-07-01

    The medium-wave facility of partial reflections of the Polar Geophysical Institute (observatory "Tumanny", 69 N, 35.7 E) has observed behavior of the lower high-latitude ionosphere during the 20 March 2015 total solar eclipse. There were several effects during the eclipse. Generally on the heights of the lower ionosphere the "short night" effect had shown, but at some heights local enhanced electron concentration were revealed and the behavior of the electron concentration had the wave-like form. It had seen also at the behavior of the total electron content of the lower ionosphere. The periods and behavior of the wave are considered. It can be explained by influence of acoustic-gravity waves which originated after cooling of the atmosphere by the lunar shadow during its supersonic movement along the earth surface. The periods and behavior of waves during the eclipse were also received using riometer data at the observatory "Tumanny" and the magnetometer at the observatory "Loparskaya" (68.63 N, 33.38 E).

  8. Post-flare effects in the lower ionosphere of middle latitudes

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    Krivsky, L.

    1989-01-01

    Beginning in the 1960s, records were made of noise from the region around the Polar Star on 29 MHz (Krivsky and Tlamicha, 1960) at the Ondrejov Observatory near Prague. Since the aerial characteristic was not too narrow, radio bursts were received of solar origin (of flares) at the noise level, SCNA effects (sudden cosmic noise absorption) at the time of intensive flare X-emission and in some rare cases, after large proton flares, small absorption effects of a few hours duration (Krivsky, 1969). These post-flare absorption effects in cosmic noise are evidently analogous with PCA effects (polar cap absorption) and are connected with ionospheric absorption of radio cosmic noise, caused by fast particles of subcosmic radiation. The recording of long term absorption effects after large particle flares at European midlatitudes was reported at the beginning of the 1960s. It was then usual to record radio cosmic noise with riometers at frequencies of about 18 MHz in the polar or subpolar regions in an effort to record PCA effects of subcosmic radiation (Hakura, 1968). An attempt was made to record the complex of emissions mentioned as well as the effects in a new frequency range (30 MHz), which did not agree with the ideas of the contemporaneous representatives of the Ionospheric Department of the Geophysical Institute in Prague. In recent years radio cosmic noise has been recorded at the Upice Observatory. These long term after flare effects of cosmic radio noise absorption (AF-CNA) at middle latitudes are reported to the geophysical and ionospheric community for the first time.

  9. Low-latitude ionospheric effects of energetic electrons during a recurrent magnetic storm

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    Suvorova, A. V.; Huang, C.-M.; Matsumoto, H.; Dmitriev, A. V.; Kunitsyn, V. E.; Andreeva, E. S.; Nesterov, I. A.; Tsai, L.-C.

    2014-11-01

    We study a magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling at low latitudes during a moderate (corotating interaction regions/high-speed solar wind streams-driven) geomagnetic storm on 22 July 2009. Recently, it has been shown that during major (coronal mass ejection-driven) storms, quasi-trapped >30 keV electrons largely enhance below the radiation belt in the forbidden zone and produce an additional ionization in the topside ionosphere. In this work, we examine a case of the recurrent storm when the magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling through the quasi-trapped electrons also may take place. Data from NOAA/Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite and Japanese Greenhouse gases Observing Satellite were used to identify the forbidden electron enhancement (FEE). We find a positive vertical gradient of the electron fluxes that indicates to the radiation belt as a source of FEE. Using global ionospheric maps, radiotomography reconstructions from beacon data and COSMIC/FORMOSAT-3 radio occultation measurements, we have observed an unusually large area in the nighttime ionosphere with increased total electron content (TEC) and prominent elevation of the F layer at low latitudes that coincides with FEEs spatially and temporarily. Ionizing particles are considered as an addition source of ionization along with generally accepted mechanisms for storm time TEC increase (a positive ionospheric storm). We discuss relative contributions of the FEE and disturbance dynamo electric field in the TEC increases during the storm recovery phase.

  10. Dynamical effects of geomagnetic storms and substorms in the middle-latitude ionosphere: An observational campaign

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    Pi, Xiaoqing; Mendillo, Michael; Hughes, W. Jeffrey; Buonsanto, Michael J.; Sipler, Dwight P.; Kelly, John; Zhou, Qihou; Lu, Gang; Hughes, Terrence J.

    2000-04-01

    An observational campaign was conducted in October 1992 for ~36 hours, at three high- to low-latitude sites near 75°W longitude (Sondre Stromfjord, Millstone Hill, and Arecibo). Vector plasma drift velocities are obtained using the incoherent scatter radar technique at each site. Neutral winds were measured using a Fabry-Perot interferometer, and 6300 Å airglow structures were imaged at the midlatitude site. Electric fields and meridional winds for the period were perturbed when magnetic storms and substorms occurred on the day and night of the campaign. The penetration of magnetospheric electric field and the following interplays between ionospheric electrodynamics and thermospheric wind perturbations in the midlatitude ionosphere are assessed using the multidiagnostic measurements. Evidence for traveling atmospheric disturbances (TADs) and large-scale gravity waves induced by auroral heating effects upon the thermosphere is identified. Diffuse aurora and a stable aurora red (SAR) arc were observed from Millstone Hill during the night of the campaign. The SAR arc moved southward when there were westward electric field perturbations, indicating plasmasphere compression in the postmidnight sector under substorm conditions. The SAR arc location was used to infer the motion of the magnetospheric shielding layer past the Millstone Hill site. Ionospheric F region disturbances in hmF2, NmF2, and total electron content were driven by the observed dynamics, exhibiting a complex mix of wind and electric field perturbations. While standard model episodes of penetration and shielding/overshielding occurred during the daytime event, such unambiguous clarifications were far less obvious during the nighttime event. This is perhaps due to the prolonged period of moderate geomagnetic activity that served as the background conditions for the substorms that occurred during the campaign.

  11. High-latitude ionospheric drivers and their effects on wind patterns in the thermosphere

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    Liuzzo, L. R.; Ridley, A. J.; Perlongo, N. J.; Mitchell, E. J.; Conde, M.; Hampton, D. L.; Bristow, W. A.; Nicolls, M. J.

    2015-01-01

    Winds in the thermosphere are highly important for transporting mass, momentum, and energy over the globe. In the high-latitude region, observations show that ion and neutral motions are strongly coupled when the aurora is present but the coupling is less evident when there is no aurora. In this study, we investigate the ability of the Global Ionosphere-Thermosphere Model (GITM) to simulate the mesoscale wind structure over Alaska during a substorm. Thirteen distinct numerical simulations of a substorm event that occurred between 02:00 and 17:00 Universal Time on 24 November 2012 have been performed. Distinct drivers considered include the Weimer and SuperDARN potential patterns and the OVATION Prime and OVATION-SME auroral models. The effects of the boundary between the neutral wind dynamo calculation and the high-latitude imposed electric potential were also considered. Neutral wind velocities and thermospheric temperatures measured by the Scanning Doppler Imager instruments located at three locations in Alaska were compared to GITM simulation results, and electron densities within GITM were compared to data from the Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar. It was found that the different drivers used between multiple simulations lead to various amounts of momentum coupling within the simulation, affecting the accuracy of the modeled neutral and ion flow patterns and the strength of electron precipitation at high latitudes. This affirms that better observations of auroral precipitation and electric fields are required to accurately understand and consistently reproduce the mesoscale neutral wind flow patterns and temperature structure in the high-latitude thermosphere.

  12. The lower ionosphere at high latitudes

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    Schunk, R. W.; Sojka, J. J.

    The lower ionosphere is a particularly difficult region to both observe and model. Although radars and rockets have probed this region for more than two decades, our overall understanding of the interplay between radiative, chemical, dynamical, and electrodynamical processes in the lower ionosphere is relatively poor in comparison to the other regions of the solar-terrestrial system. Part of the problem is that the various radar and rocket campaigns have focused on different scientific issues, have been of limited duration, or have been restricted to specific geographical locations. However, the lower ionosphere is a complex region, being acted upon by magnetospheric processes from above and stratospheric processes from below. Within the lower ionosphere are chemical reactions involving negative, positive, and cluster ions; transport processes that sometimes involve ordinary diffusion, turbulence, and wave-particle interactions due to plasma instabilities; radiative processes that could involve multiple scattering effects; and energetics that could result in non-Maxwellian ion velocity distribution functions. A further complication arises in that the processes acting on and within the lower ionosphere do so on widely different spatial and temporal scales, and these scales are directly reproduced in the medium. An overview of our current knowledge of the lower ionosphere is presented in this brief review, with the emphasis on the high latitude region.

  13. Solar Cycle Effects on Equatorial Electrojet Strength and Low Latitude Ionospheric Variability (P10)

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    Veenadhari, B.; Alex, S.

    2006-11-01

    veena_iig@yahoo.co.in The most obvious indicators of the activity of a solar cycle are sunspots, flares, plages, and soon. These are intimately linked to the solar magnetic fields, heliospheric processes which exhibit complex but systematic variations. The changes in geomagnetic activity, as observed in the ground magnetic records follow systematic correspondence with the solar activity conditions. Thus the transient variations in the magnetic field get modified by differing solar conditions. Also the solar cycle influences the Earth causing changes in geomagnetic activity, the magnetosphere and the ionosphere. Daily variations in the ground magnetic field are produced by different current systems in the earth’s space environment flowing in the ionosphere and magnetosphere which has a strong dependence on latitude and longitude of the location. The north-south (Horizontal) configuration of the earth’s magnetic field over the equator is responsible for the narrow band of current system over the equatorial latitudes and is called the Equatorial electrojet (EEJ) and is a primary driver for Equatorial Ionization anomaly (EIA). Equatorial electric fields and plasma drifts play the fundamental roles on the morphology of the low latitude ionosphere and strongly vary during geomagnetically quiet and disturbed periods. Quantitative study is done to illustrate the development process of EEJ and its influence on ionospheric parameters. An attempt is also made to examine and discuss the response of the equatorial electrojet parameters to the fast varying conditions of solar wind and interplanetary parameters.

  14. Effects of TADs on the F region of the mid-latitude ionosphere during an intense geomagnetic storm

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    Yuan, Zhigang; Ning, Baiqi; Deng, Xiaohua

    2009-11-01

    Based on observations of two ionosondes at Wuhan and Kokubunji, this paper presents effects of TADs on the daytime mid-latitude ionosphere during the intense geomagnetic storm on March 31, 2001. During a positive ionospheric storm, the start of the enhancement of the foF2 (F2 peak plasma frequency) at Wuhan lags that at Kokubunji by 15 min, which corresponds to the time interval of traveling atmospheric disturbances (TADs') propagation from Kokubunji to Wuhan. Associated with the uplifting of the hmF2 (height of F2 peak) caused by TADs, it is observed by the two ionosondes that the F1 cusp becomes better developed. Therefore, during a geomagnetic storm, TADs originating from the auroral oval may have a strong influence on the shape of the electron density profile in the F1 region ionosphere at middle latitudes. It is highly likely that TADs are responsible for the evolution of the F1 cusp.

  15. Effects of TADs on the F region of the mid-latitude ionosphere during geomagnetic storms: A case study

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    Yuan, Zhigang; Ning, Baiqi; Deng, Xiaohua

    Based on observations of two ionosondes at Wuhan and Kokubunji, this paper presents effects of an intense geomagnetic storm on the daytime mid-latitude ionosphere on March 31, 2001. During a positive ionospheric storm, the start of the enhancement of the foF2 (F2 peak plasma frequency) at Wuhan lags that at Kokubunji by 15 min, which corresponds to the time interval of traveling atmospheric disturbances (TADs)' propagation from Kokubunji to Wuhan. Associated with the uplifting of the hmF2 (height of F2 peak), it is observed by the two ionosondes that the F1 cusp becomes better developed. Therefore, during a geomagnetic storm, TADs originating from the auroral oval may have a strong influence on the shape of the electron density profile in the F1 region ionosphere at middle latitudes. It is highly likely that TADs are responsible for the evolution of the F1 cusp.

  16. The effects of neutral inertia on ionospheric currents in the high-latitude thermosphere following a geomagnetic storm

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    Deng, W.; Killeen, T.L.; Burns, A.G. ); Roble, R.G. ); Slavin, J.A.; Wharton, L.E. )

    1993-05-01

    The authors extend previous work with a National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) thermosphere/ionosphere general circulation model (TIGCM), to study dynamo effects in the high latitude thermosphere. Ionospheric convection can drive neutral currents in much the same pattern by means of ion drag reactions. It has been observed that ion currents established during magnetic storms can induce neutral currents which persist for hours after the end of the storm. Model results have shown that such currents can account for up to 80 percent of the Hall currents in the period immediately following storms. Here this previous work is extended and compared with experimental observations. The authors simulate time dependent Hall currents, field-aligned currents, and electrical power fluxes coupling the magnetosphere and ionosphere. They discuss their results in terms of a loaded magnetosphere, which accounts for the fact that the neutral currents can also induce currents and electric fields in the ionosphere.

  17. Effects of different convection models upon the high-latitude ionosphere

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    Rasmussen, C. E.; Schunk, R. W.; Sojka, J. J.

    1986-01-01

    The plasma convection models of Volland (1975) and Heelis (1982) are utilized to study the ionosphere. The parameters for the two models are evaluated. The two-cell convection models have similar total cross tail electric potential, diameter of the polar cap, and potential falloff rate outside the polar cap; however, they differ in maximum potential, and the electric field in the polar cap. The input parameters for the high-latitude ionospheric model are described. Two high-latitude ionospheric model runs were conducted and the data are compared in terms of electron density at and above the F 2 peak, attitude of the F 2 peak, ion temperature, and molecular-atomic ion transition height. The altitude dependence of electron density is analyzed using coherent scatter radar data. The data reveal differences between the two models in the height of the F 2 peak and in the ion temperature. The altitude values of the Heelis model are higher than the Volland model in the region where plasma is transported into the polar cap and lower in the region plasma is transported out of the polar cap; the Heelis model also produces an increase in ion temperature. It is noted that the ionosphere has a limited dependence upon the details of the convection models.

  18. Effects of the magnetic storm in April 2000 in the low latitude ionosphere near longitude 120E

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    Liu, L.; Wan, W.; Lee, C.

    A halo-CME induced interplanetary shock wave that passed the Earth around 1648 UT on April 6, 2000 triggered a geomagnetic storm with a minimum value of about -300 nT in Dst index. In this paper, digisonde data from ionospheric stations at Chungli, Wuhan, and Kokubunji are included to investigate the ionospheric responses of low latitudes near longitude 120 E to this storm. At three low latitudes near longitude 120 E during this storm, the significant ionospheric responses was an anomalous rapid and large increase in the ionospheric heights occurred around the beginning of the main phase, and the lifts in h'F and hmF2 lasted for about 2 hours. The nearsimultaneous ionosphere increase was also observed at Chungli, Taiwan. And a wave like disturbance appeared on daytime of the second day. The near simultaneity of the ionospheric lifts at these stations in the nighttime ionospheric heights after the SSC suggested that an ExB plasma drift due to the storm related perturbed east-west electric fields. The empirical models of storm time equatorial zonal electric fields (Fejer and Scherliess, 1997) attributed those rapid and large lifts to the effect of solar wind-magnetosphere dynamo origin, which penetrate to low latitudes and equatorial regions. The following wave like disturbance was suggested to be caused by storm induced Travelling atmospheric disturbances (TADs). A method developed by Liu et al. (2002) and Luan et al. (2002) was used to derive the vertical effective winds from ionospheric measurements. It also shows that there was a significantly downward and upward vertical drift during the storm, which verifies the existence of the storm related perturbed east-west electric fields. Finally, the ionospheric storm time derivation from its monthly median level at these stations was also used to validate the predication ability of STORM, a storm empirical model of Araujo-Pradere et al. (2001), which is now included in the international reference ionosphere model IRI

  19. Effective recombination coefficients in the high-latitude lower ionosphere from solar eclipse observations

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    Cherniakov, Sergey

    2016-07-01

    The photochemistry of processes in the lower ionosphere is rather difficult and up to the end is not developed: it is necessary to specify photochemical schemes, there is big uncertainty in coefficients of separate reactions and concentration of small neutral components. Therefore introduction of the effective coefficients determining the total speed of several reactions was widely adopted when modeling the lower ionosphere, especially the D-region. Experimental opportunities of obtaining of effective recombination coefficients are rather limited. One of the methods allows to define effective recombination coefficients is based on the phenomenon of a solar eclipse and the changes of electron concentration in the ionosphere connected with it. During a solar eclipse there is a short-term and controlled change of solar ionizing radiation intensity that allows to research photochemical processes at known input parameters. The time delay between the eclipse maximum (the sunlight minimum) and the electron concentration minimum at the chosen height during the "short night" is defined as the "sluggishness" [Appleton E.V., 1953] and "relaxation time" [Mitra A., 1974]. The received time delay from observations at the considered ionosphere height with the known electron concentration value gives possibility to calculate the effective recombination coefficient for this height. During solar eclipses on 1 August 2008, on 1 June 2011 and on 20 March 2015 at the partial reflection facility of the observatory "Tumanny" (69° N, 35.7 E) observations of the lower ionosphere behavior were made. On the basis of the obtained data the electron concentration profiles at the heights of the lower ionosphere were received. Calculation of relaxation times allowed to define effective recombination coefficients at some heights of D region of the ionosphere. Appleton, E. V. A note on the "sluggishness" of the ionosphere // J. Atmos. Terr. Phys. - 1953. - Vol. 3, N 5. - P. 282-284. Mitra, A. P

  20. Pre-Storm effect at the equatorial, low and Mid-latitude Ionosphere and their possible causes

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    Joshua, B. W.

    2015-12-01

    The occurrence and the possible causes of pre storm effect at the equatorial, low latitude and mid latitude have been investigated using some geomagnetic storm parameters and Electron density of the Ionospheric F2 layer. The data used is for 2010 t0 2012. The pre storm effects appeared as either NmF2 depletions or enhancements or even both, when the Dst and Kp indicates a geomagnetically quiet condition (i.e. Dst > -10 nT, Kp < 3). Our results reveal a simultaneous response of the Ionospheric F2 layer and the auroral indices, e.g. AL, AU and AE indices. This suggest their connection to sub storms and a possibility of penetration of the aurora electric field to the mid and low latitudes, leading to the modification of the zonal electric field which in turn affects the drift of electrons from these regions. This and other observations from this study have further shown that Dst and Kp which are indices that have been most widely used in academic research to describe the behavior of geomagnetic storms, are not sufficient for storm time analysis in the equatorial and low latitude. Therefore, it is suggested that AU, AL and AE indices should always be used alongside Dst and Kp or Ap indices for proper and effective storm analysis.

  1. Solar Wind Effect on Joule Heating in the High-Latitude Ionosphere

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    Cai, L.; Aikio, A. T.; Nygren, T. J.

    2014-12-01

    The interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) carried by solar wind affects strongly several key parameters in the high-latitude ionosphere. In this study, the solar wind effect on those parameters especially on Joule heating is conducted statistically based on the simultaneous measurements by the EISCAT radars in Tromsø (TRO, 66.6° cgmLat, mainly within the auroral oval on the nightside), and on Svalbard (ESR, 75.4º cgmLat, mostly within the polar cap). The most important findings are as follows: (i) At TRO, the decrease in Joule heating in the afternoon-evening sector due to neutral winds reported by Aikio et al. [2012] requires southward IMF conditions and a sufficiently high solar wind electric field. The increase in the morning sector takes place for all IMF directions within a region where the upper-E neutral wind has a large equatorward component and the F-region plasma flow is directed eastward. (ii) At ESR, an afternoon hot spot of joule heating centred typically at 14-15 MLT is observed during all IMF conditions. Enhanced Pedersen conductances within the hot spot region are observed only for the IMF Bz+/By- conditions, and the corresponding convection electric field values within the hot spot are smaller than during the other IMF conditions. Hence, the hot spot represents a region of persistent magnetopsheric electromagnetic energy input. (iii) For the southward IMF conditions, the MLT-integrated Joule heating rate without neutral winds for By- is twice the value for By+ at TRO. This can plausibly be explained by the higher average solar wind electric field values for By-.

  2. The effects of interplanetary magnetic field orientation on dayside high-latitude ionospheric convection

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    Heelis, R. A.

    1984-01-01

    The Atmosphere Explorer C data base of Northern Hemisphere ionospheric convection signatures at high latitudes is examined during times when the interplanetary magnetic field orientation is relatively stable. It is found that when the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) has its expected garden hose orientation, the center of a region where the ion flow rotates from sunward to antisunward is displaced from local noon toward dawn irrespective of the sign of By. Poleward of this rotation region, called the cleft, the ion convection is directed toward dawn or dusk depending on whether By is positive or negative, respectively. The observed flow geometry can be explained in terms of a magnetosphere solar wind interaction in which merging is favored in either the prenoon Northern Hemisphere or the prenoon Southern Hemisphere when the IMF has a normal sector structure that is toward or away, respectively.

  3. Effects of geomagnetic storm on low latitude ionospheric total electron content: A case study from Indian sector

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    Chakraborty, Monti; Kumar, Sanjay; De, Barin Kumar; Guha, Anirban

    2015-07-01

    The effect of geomagnetic storms on low latitude ionosphere has been investigated with the help of Global Positioning System Total Electron Content (GPS-TEC) data. The investigation has been done with the aid of TEC data from the Indian equatorial region, Port Blair (PBR) and equatorial ionization anomaly region, Agartala (AGR). During the geomagnetic storms on 24th April and 15th July 2012, significant enhancement up to 150% and depression up to 72% in VTEC is observed in comparison to the normal day variation. The variations in VTEC observed from equatorial to EIA latitudes during the storm period have been explained with the help of electro-dynamic effects (prompt penetration electric field (PPEF) and disturbance dynamo electric field (DDEF)) as well as mechanical effects (storm-induced equatorward neutral wind effect and thermospheric composition changes). The current study points to the fact that the electro-dynamic effect of geomagnetic storms around EIA region is more effective than at the lower latitude region. Drastic difference has been observed over equatorial region (positive storm impact) and EIA region (negative storm impact) around same longitude sector, during storm period on 24th April. This drastic change as observed in GPS-TEC on 24th April has been further confirmed by using the O/N2 ratio data from GUVI (Global Ultraviolet Imager) as well as VTEC map constructed from IGS data. The results presented in the paper are important for the application of satellite-based communication and navigational system.

  4. Ionospheric hot spot at high latitudes

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    Schunk, R. W.; Sojka, J. J.

    1982-01-01

    Schunk and Raitt (1980) and Sojka et al. (1981) have developed a model of the convecting high-latitude ionosphere in order to determine the extent to which various chemical and transport processes affect the ion composition and electron density at F-region altitudes. The numerical model produces time-dependent, three-dimensional ion density distributions for the ions NO(+), O2(+), N2(+), O(+), N(+), and He(+). Recently, the high-latitude ionospheric model has been improved by including thermal conduction and diffusion-thermal heat flow terms. Schunk and Sojka (1982) have studied the ion temperature variations in the daytime high-latitude F-region. In the present study, a time-dependent three-dimensional ion temperature distribution is obtained for the high-latitude ionosphere for an asymmetric convection electric field pattern with enhanced flow in the dusk sector of the polar region. It is shown that such a convection pattern produces a hot spot in the ion temperature distribution which coincides with the location of the strong convection cell.

  5. Thermal imbalance and shock wave effects on low latitude ionosphere : asymmetric case of a total solar eclipse

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    Vila, P. M.; Fleury, R.; Le Roux, Y.; Kone, E.

    2003-04-01

    The total solar eclipse of June 21 2001 crossed Africa under favourablr conditions for observing distant effects on the ionosphere, especially IN equatorial and subtropical F layer magnetic tubes:1^o)magnetically quiet Solar and magnetospheric activity; 2^o) totality at the noon phase in the GMT meridians of observation; 3^o) totality path nearly parallel to the magnetic equator at about the 10^o south geographic. Two West African digital ionosondes recorded h'f profiles at 5 minute intervals at Korhogo (Ivory Coast, geogr lat. 9.5^oNorth, magn. lat. -2.5^o, where the eclipse occultation was 40%) and Dakar (Senegal, geogr. Latitude 15^oNorth, magn. latitude + 4.8^o, just outside the penumbra). The h'f ionograms have been inverted to trace fp(h,t) variations over both sites from 07 to 17 UT. these plots are completed by the TEC variations observed along the 8 GPS satelltite tracks over the Atlantic and African areas.The results approximate (3D, time)variations as follows : (I). At the mesoscale range from 5^o South to 25^o North latitudes, intense asymmetric cooling of the southern tropic zone around the local noon enhanced the normal southward cross-equator neutral wind; hence a strong southward plasma flow from the less eclipsed northern half of the intertropical ionospheric domain (from Dakar onwards to the 25^o North) to the southern half. The attenuated ionization depletion in the strongly eclipsed Southern crest area from 0^oto 10^o South. Also the GPS meridian segments of TEC records show counter-coupling between i) adiabatic cooling (Raghava Rao's Equatorial Temperature Anomaly), and ii) conjugate photoelectron heat deposition on the equatorial side of the southern F2 density crest. We thereby infer that in West Africa such unstable dynamics often distort crest evolution at post-noon hours, except around the magnetic equinoxes of May 21 and August 20. (II) Two gravity wave modes were identified after eclipse maximum phase on the F2 Korhogo ionogram peak

  6. The Effects of Neutral Inertia on Ionospheric Currents in the High-Latitude Thermosphere Following a Geomagnetic Storm

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    Deng, W.; Killeen, T. L.; Burns, A. G.; Roble, R. G.; Slavin, J. A.; Wharton, L. E.

    1993-01-01

    Results of an experimental and theoretical investigation into the effects of the time dependent neutral wind flywheel on high-latitude ionospheric electrodynamics are presented. The results extend our previous work which used the National Center for Atmospheric Research Thermosphere/Ionosphere General Circulation Model (NCAR TIGCM) to theoretically simulate flywheel effects in the aftermath of a geomagnetic storm. The previous results indicated that the neutral circulation, set up by ion-neutral momentum coupling in the main phase of a geomagnetic storm, is maintained for several hours after the main phase has ended and may dominate height-integrated Hall currents and field-aligned currents for up to 4-5 hours. We extend the work of Deng et al. to include comparisons between the calculated time-dependent ionospheric Hall current system in the storm-time recovery period and that measured by instruments on board the Dynamics Explorer 2 (DE 2) satellite. Also, comparisons are made between calculated field-aligned currents and those derived from DE 2 magnetometer measurements. These calculations also allow us to calculate the power transfer rate (sometimes called the Poynting flux) between the magnetosphere and ionosphere. The following conclusions have been drawn: (1) Neutral winds can contribute significantly to the horizontal ionospheric current system in the period immediately following the main phase of a geomagnetic storm, especially over the magnetic polar cap and in regions of ion drift shear. (2) Neutral winds drive Hall currents that flow in the opposite direction to those driven by ion drifts. (3) The overall morphology of the calculated field-aligned current system agrees with previously published observations for the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) B(sub Z) southward conditions, although the region I and region 2 currents are smeared by the TI(ICM model grid resolution. (4) Neutral winds can make significant contributions to the field-aligned current

  7. Lunar tidal effects in the electrodynamics of the low-latitude ionosphere

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    Tracy, Brian D.

    We used extensive measurements made by the Jicamarca Unattended Long-Term Investigations of the Ionosphere and Atmosphere (JULIA) and Incoherent Scatter Radar (ISR) systems at Jicamarca, Peru during geomagnetic quiet conditions to determine the climatologies of lunar tidal effects on equatorial vertical plasma drifts. We use, for the first time, the expectation maximization (EM) algorithm to derive the amplitudes and phases of the semimonthly and monthly lunar tidal perturbations. Our results indicate, as expected, lunar tidal effects can significantly modulate the equatorial plasma drifts. The local time and seasonal dependent phase progression has been studied in much more detail than previously and has shown to have significant variations from the average value. The semimonthly drift amplitudes are largest during December solstice and smallest during June solstice during the day, and almost season independent at night. The monthly lunar tidal amplitudes are season independent during the day, while nighttime monthly amplitudes are largest and smallest in December solstice and autumnal equinox, respectively. The monthly and semimonthly amplitudes decrease from early morning to afternoon and evening to morning with moderate to large increases near dusk and dawn. We also examined these perturbation drifts during periods of sudden stratospheric warmings (SSWs). Our results show, for the first time, the enhancements of the lunar semimonthly tidal effects associated with SSWs to occur at night, as well as during the day. Our results also indicate during SSWs, monthly tidal effects are not enhanced as strongly as the semimonthly effects.

  8. Climatology of low latitude ionosphere under effect of varying solar flux during solar cycle 23 and 24

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    Dashora, Nirvikar; Suresh, Sunanda

    2016-07-01

    The characteristics of quiet time equatorial and low latitude total electron content (TEC) over the Indian sector using GIM data (1998-2014) is obtained. For the first time the analysis is carried filtering out the solar flare and storm effects and time series of quiet time VTEC data from three locations namely dip equator and two low latitude conjugate locations in Indian sector are obtained. It is well known that a complex interplay among drivers of equatorial electrodynamics like Solar flux, dynamo electric field and meridional winds determine the daytime ionization and distribution in equatorial ionization anomaly zone. In this study, we have critically examined the role of varying solar flux and response of low latitude ionosphere with new and standardized definitions. The results are examined and interpreted in the context of large number of previous studies. The newly found features from this study are as follows. Marked difference in nature of equinoctial asymmetry is noted between solar cycle 23 and 24. Long absence of winter anomaly both during low and high solar activity (HSA) in LL (low latitude) regions is found. Climatology of the diurnal cycle is provided in four categories using new criteria for demarcation of solar activity levels. Highest correlation (~77%) between GIM ionospheric electron content (IEC) and PI (solar EUV proxy index) is noted over equator in contrast to previous studies. The minimum positive contribution of PI in variation of IEC requires minimum of 2 years of data and if more than 7-8 years of data is used, it saturates. RMS (root mean square) width of PI can be used to define the HSA. Strong QBO (quasi biennial oscillations) in IEC is noted in tune with the one in PI over both the LL location but QBO remains surprisingly subdued over equator. The semi-annual oscillations in GIM-IEC are found to be stronger at all locations during high solar activity and weaker between 2005 and 2011, whereas, the annual oscillations are found to

  9. Space weather effects on the low latitude D-region ionosphere during solar minimum

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    Kumar, Abhikesh; Kumar, Sushil

    2014-12-01

    The effects of the solar flares and the geomagnetic storms (disturbance storm time ( Dst) < -50 nT) during December 2006 to 2008, a period during the unprecedented solar minimum of solar cycles 23 and 24, have been examined on sub-ionospheric very low frequency (VLF) signals from NWC (19.8 kHz), NPM (21.4 kHz), VTX (18.2 kHz), and NLK (24.8 kHz) transmitters monitored at Suva (18.2° S, 178.4° E), Fiji. Apart from the higher class solar flares (C to X), a solar flare of class B8.5 also produced enhancements both on the amplitude and phase. The amplitude enhancements in NLK, NPM, and NWC signals as a function of peak solar flare X-ray flux in decibel (dB; relative to 1 μW/m2) shows that the relationship curve is steeper and quite linear between the flare power levels of 0 to 15 dB; below 0 dB, the curve gets less steep and flattens towards -5 dB flare power level, while it also gets less steep above 15 dB and almost flattens above 20 dB. In general, the level of amplitude enhancement for NLK signal is higher than that for NPM and NWC signals for all solar flares. The enhancement in the amplitude and phase of VLF signals by solar flares is due to the increase in the D-region electron density by the solar flare-produced extra ionization. The modeling of VLF perturbations produced by B8.5 and C1.5 classes of solar flares on 29 January 2007 using LWPC (Long Wave Propagation Capability) V2.1 codes show that reflection height ( H') was reduced by 0.6 and 1.2 km and the exponential sharpness factor ( β) was raised by 0.010 and 0.005 km-1, respectively. Out of seven storms with Dst < -50 nT, only the intense storm of 14 to 16 December 2006 with a minimum Dst of -145 nT has shown a clear reduction in the signal strength of NWC and NPM sub-ionospheric signals due to storm-induced reduction in the D-region electron density.

  10. Effect of high-latitude ionospheric convection on Sun-aligned polar caps

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    Sojka, J. J.; Zhu, L.; Crain, D. J.; Schunk, R. W.

    1994-01-01

    A coupled magnetospheric-ionospheric (M-I) magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) model has been used to simulate the formation of Sun-aligned polar cap arcs for a variety of interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) dependent polar cap convection fields. The formation process involves launching an Alfven shear wave from the magnetosphere to the ionosphere where the ionospheric conductance can react self-consistently to changes in the upward currents. We assume that the initial Alfven shear wave is the result of solar wind-magnetosphere interactions. The simulations show how the E region density is affected by the changes in the electron precipitation that are associated with the upward currents. These changes in conductance lead to both a modified Alfven wave reflection at the ionosphere and the generation of secondary Alfven waves in the ionosphere. The ensuing bouncing of the Alfven waves between the ionosphere and magnetosphere is followed until an asymptotic solution is obtained. At the magnetosphere the Alfven waves reflect at a fixed boundary. The coupled M-I Sun-aligned polar cap arc model of Zhu et al.(1993a) is used to carry out the simulations. This study focuses on the dependence of the polar cap arc formation on the background (global) convection pattern. Since the polar cap arcs occur for northward and strong B(sub y) IMF conditions, a variety of background convection patterns can exist when the arcs are present. The study shows that polar cap arcs can be formed for all these convection patterns; however, the arc features are dramatically different for the different patterns. For weak sunward convection a relatively confined single pair of current sheets is associated with the imposed Alfven shear wave structure. However, when the electric field exceeds a threshold, the arc structure intensifies, and the conductance increases as does the local Joule heating rate. These increases are faster than a linear dependence on the background electric field strength. Furthermore

  11. Ionosphere Scintillation at Low and High Latitudes (Modelling vs Measurement)

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    Béniguel, Yannick

    2016-04-01

    This paper will address the problem of scintillations characteristics, focusing on the parameters of interest for a navigation system. Those parameters are the probabilities of occurrence of simultaneous fading, the bubbles surface at IPP level, the cycle slips and the fades duration statistics. The scintillation characteristics obtained at low and high latitudes will be compared. These results correspond to the data analysis performed after the ESA Monitor ionosphere measurement campaign [1], [2]. A second aspect of the presentation will be the modelling aspect. It has been observed that the phase scintillation dominates at high latitudes while the intensity scintillation dominates at low latitudes. The way it can be reproduced and implemented in a propagation model (e.g. GISM model [3]) will be presented. Comparisons of measurements with results obtained by modelling will be presented on some typical scenarios. References [1] R. Prieto Cerdeira, Y. Beniguel, "The MONITOR project: architecture, data and products", Ionospheric Effects Symposium, Alexandria (Va), May 2011 [2] Y. Béniguel, R Orus-Perez , R. Prieto-Cerdeira , S. Schlueter , S. Scortan, A. Grosu "MONITOR 2: ionospheric monitoring network in support to SBAS and other GNSS and scientific purposes", IES Conference, Alexandria (Va), May 2015-05-22 [3] Y. Béniguel, P. Hamel, "A Global Ionosphere Scintillation Propagation Model for Equatorial Regions", Journal of Space Weather Space Climate, 1, (2011), doi: 10.1051/swsc/2011004

  12. Magnetic Field Measurement on the C/NOFS Satellite: Geomagnetic Storm Effects in the Low Latitude Ionosphere

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    Le, Guan; Pfaff, Rob; Kepko, Larry; Rowland, Doug; Bromund, Ken; Freudenreich, Henry; Martin, Steve; Liebrecht, C.; Maus, S.

    2010-01-01

    The Vector Electric Field Investigation (VEFI) suite onboard the Communications/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) spacecraft includes a sensitive fluxgate magnetometer to measure DC and ULF magnetic fields in the low latitude ionosphere. The instrument includes a DC vector measurement at 1 sample/sec with a range of +/- 45,000 nT whose primary objective is to provide direct measurements of both V x B and E x B that are more accurate than those obtained using a simple magnetic field model. These data can also be used for scientific research to provide information of large-scale ionospheric and magnetospheric current systems, which, when analyzed in conjunction with the C/NOFS DC electric field measurements, promise to advance our understanding of the electrodynamics of the low latitude ionosphere. In this study, we use the magnetic field data to study the temporal and local time variations of the ring currents during geomagnetic storms. We first compare the in situ measurements with the POMME (the POtsdam Magnetic Model of the Earth) model in order to provide an in-flight "calibration" of the data as well as compute magnetic field residuals essential for revealing large scale external current systems. We then compare the magnetic field residuals observed both during quiet times and during geomagnetic storms at the same geographic locations to deduce the magnetic field signatures of the ring current. As will be shown, the low inclination of the C/NOFS satellite provides a unique opportunity to study the evolution of the ring current as a function of local time, which is particularly insightful during periods of magnetic storms. This paper will present the initial results of this study.

  13. Performance evaluation of selected ionospheric delay models during geomagnetic storm conditions in low-latitude region

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    Venkata Ratnam, D.; Sarma, A. D.; Satya Srinivas, V.; Sreelatha, P.

    2011-06-01

    Investigation of space weather effects on GPS satellite navigation systems is very crucial in high-precision positional applications such as aircraft landings and missile guidance, etc. The geomagnetic storms can drastically affect the total electron content (TEC) of the ionosphere even in low latitudes, especially for Indian region as it comes under low-latitude region. Hence, the performance of three prominent ionospheric models is investigated for adverse ionospheric conditions using 17 GPS TEC stations data. The models characterized the ionospheric disturbances due to two magnetic storms well.

  14. Solar wind effect on Joule heating in the high-latitude ionosphere

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    Cai, L.; Aikio, A. T.; Nygrén, T.

    2014-12-01

    The effect of solar wind on several electrodynamic parameters, measured simultaneously by the European Incoherent Scatter (EISCAT) radars in Tromsø (TRO, 66.6° cgmLat) and on Svalbard (ESR, 75.4° cgmLat), has been evaluated statistically. The main emphasis is on Joule heating rate QJ, which has been estimated by taking into account the neutral wind. In addition, a generally used proxy QE, which is the Pedersen conductance times the electric field squared, has been calculated. The most important findings are as follows. (i) The decrease in Joule heating in the afternoon-evening sector due to winds reported by Aikio et al. (2012) requires southward interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) conditions and a sufficiently high solar wind electric field. The increase in the morning sector takes place for all IMF directions within a region where the upper E neutral wind has a large equatorward component and the F region plasma flow is directed eastward. (ii) At ESR, an afternoon hot spot of Joule heating centered typically at 14-15 magnetic local time (MLT) is observed during all IMF conditions. Enhanced Pedersen conductances within the hot spot region are observed only for the IMF Bz + /By- conditions, and the corresponding convection electric field values within the hot spot are smaller than during the other IMF conditions. Hence, the hot spot represents a region of persistent magnetospheric electromagnetic energy input, and the median value is about 3 mW/m2. (iii) For the southward IMF conditions, the MLT-integrated QE for By- is twice the value for By+ at TRO. This can plausibly be explained by the higher average solar wind electric field values for By-.

  15. Atmosphere-Ionosphere coupling -manifestations in the low latitude ionosphere

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    Pant, Tarun; Sumod, S. G.; Vineeth, C.; Thampi, Smitha; Jose, Lijo; Kishore Kumar, K.; Sreeja, V.; Manju, G.; Ravindran, Sudha; Sridharan, R.; Niranjan, K.; Dabas, R. S.; Das, Rupesh; Alex, S.; Tiwari, Diwakar

    As is known, the extent of the impact of the geomagnetic storms on the vertical coupling of the MLTI regions, especially over low latitudes, is not very well understood. To investigate this aspect of the MLTI coupling, a multi-instrument campaign was conducted during March-April 2006, a period when a few moderate geomagnetic storms occurred, in India. During the campaign period, a Multiwavelength dayglow Photometer (MWDPM) was operated along with ionosonde, magnetometer and a meteor radar from Trivandrum (8.5oN, 76.5oE, 0.5oN diplat.), the dip equatorial station in India. The MWDPM provided the optically estimated daytime mesopause temperature while the meteor radar measured the wind and temperature in the lower thermosphere-upper mesosphere region. The MWDPM also provided the near simultaneous measurements on the thermospheric dayglow (O1D 630 nm). GPS satellite based measurements of total electron content (TEC) over a number of locations in India provided the latitudinal distribution of ionization. The new and important observations made during this campaign are the following: (a) The optically measured daytime mesopause temperature shows a prominent decrease in the afternoon hours during the initial and main phases of the geomagnetic storms. This observation, perhaps, is new and unique. (b) Quasi 2 and 5 day oscillations appear to be modulating the mesopause temperature indicating the presence of planetary waves therein. The wind and temperature variability in the lower thermosphere, obtained using the collocated radar further corroborate with these optical measurements and establish the origin of these waves to be in the lower atmosphere. (c) The Equatorial Electrojet (EEJ) induced magnetic field on the ground also exhibit similar variability indicating the presence of these planetary scale oscillations, also in the ionospheric dynamo region. (d) The simultaneously measured thermospheric dayglow (O1D 630 nm) also shows an intensification of a quasi 2-and 5-day

  16. Low- and mid-latitude ionospheric electric fields during the January 1984 GISMOS campaign

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    Fejer, B. G.; Kelley, M. C.; Senior, C.; De La Beaujardiere, O.; Lepping, R.

    1990-01-01

    The electrical coupling between the high-, middle-, and low-latitude ionospheres during January 17-19, 1984 is examined, using interplanetary and high-latitude magnetic field data together with F region plasma drift measurements from the EISCAT, Sondre Stromfjord, Millstone Hill, Saint-Santin, Arecibo, and Jicamarca incoherent scatter radars. The penetration both the zonal and meridional electric field components of high-latitude origin into the low-latitude and the equatorial ionospheres are studied. The observations in the postmidnight sector are used to compare the longitudinal variations of the zonal perturbation electric field with predictions made from global convection models. The results show that the meridional electric field perturbations are considerably more attenuated with decreasing latitude than the zonal fluctuations. It is concluded that variations in the meridional electric field at low latitudes are largely due to dynamo effects.

  17. Latitudinal TEC gradients over polar ionosphere using high latitude GPS measurements

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    Shagimuratov, Irk; Cherniak, Iurii; Zakharenkova, Irina; Tepenitsyna, Nadezhda; Yakimova, Galina; Ephishov, I. I.

    The GPS observations of Greenland network were used to analyze the latitudinal variations of TEC at the high-latitudes ionosphere. This network provides unique opportunity to monitor TEC variability in polar ionosphere on a regular base. GPS stations are arranged along the latitude over the range 60-83°N (65°-87° Corrected Geomagnetic Latitude) near of 30°-40° longitudes. More than 20 GPS stations are located closely with one another along latitude. The distance between stations is about 1°-2°.Such spatial resolution provides the possibility to analyze the detailed structure of latitudinal TEC profiles. The standard procedure of processing GPS observations was used for TEC estimation. On this base it was obtained the diurnal TEC variations over all Greenland stations. The TEC data is used to form latitudinal profiles (TEC section) covered subauroral, auroral and polar ionosphere. In the report the observations of TEC for quiet and disturbed ionosphere during several geomagnetic storms occurred in September 2011 are presented. During quiet conditions in the night-time TEC profiles demonstrated invariable values about of 4-6 TECU in latitudinal region of 60°-75°N; then it presented THE increase towards the higher latitude and reached the value of 10 TECU near 80°N. The daytime profiles revealed TEC decrease toward high latitude in keeping with 0.8 TECU/degree. During storm the structure of latitudinal TEC profiles was essentially changed with agreement to the development of geomagnetic storm. The positive effect was observed at subauroral and auroral latitudes, negative effect was prevailed at the polar region. During the night time the ionospheric trough can be observed. In the report features of the behavior of latitudinal profiles at high-latitude ionosphere for September 2011 events were discussed.

  18. Performance of ionospheric maps in support of long baseline GNSS kinematic positioning at low latitudes

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    Park, J.; Sreeja, V.; Aquino, M.; Cesaroni, C.; Spogli, L.; Dodson, A.; De Franceschi, G.

    2016-05-01

    Ionospheric scintillation occurs mainly at high and low latitude regions of the Earth and may impose serious degradation on GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) functionality. The Brazilian territory sits on one of the most affected areas of the globe, where the ionosphere behaves very unpredictably, with strong scintillation frequently occurring in the local postsunset hours. The correlation between scintillation occurrence and sharp variations in the ionospheric total electron content (TEC) in Brazil is demonstrated in Spogli et al. (2013). The compounded effect of these associated ionospheric disturbances on long baseline GNSS kinematic positioning is studied in this paper, in particular when ionospheric maps are used to aid the positioning solution. The experiments have been conducted using data from GNSS reference stations in Brazil. The use of a regional TEC map generated under the CALIBRA (Countering GNSS high-Accuracy applications Limitations due to Ionospheric disturbances in BRAzil) project, referred to as CALIBRA TEC map (CTM), was compared to the use of the Global Ionosphere Map (GIM), provided by the International GNSS Service (IGS). Results show that the use of the CTM greatly improves the kinematic positioning solution as compared with that using the GIM, especially under disturbed ionospheric conditions. Additionally, different hypotheses were tested regarding the precision of the TEC values obtained from ionospheric maps, and its effect on the long baseline kinematic solution evaluated. Finally, this study compares two interpolation methods for ionospheric maps, namely, the Inverse Distance Weight and the Natural Neighbor.

  19. Ionosphere variability at mid latitudes during sudden stratosphere warmings

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    Pedatella, N. M.; Maute, A. I.; Maruyama, N.

    2015-12-01

    Variability of the mid latitude ionosphere and thermosphere during the 2009 and 2013 sudden stratosphere warmings (SSWs) is investigated in the present study using a combination of Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC) observations and model simulations. The simulations are performed using the Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Mesosphere-Electrodynamics General Circulation Model (TIME-GCM) and Ionosphere Plasmasphere Electrodynamics (IPE) model. Both the COSMIC observations and TIME-GCM simulations reveal perturbations in the F-region peak height (hmF2) at Southern Hemisphere mid latitudes during SSW time periods. The perturbations are ~20-30 km, which corresponds to 10-20% variability in hmF2. The TIME-GCM simulations and COSMIC observations of the hmF2 variability are in overall good agreement, and the simulations can thus be used to understand the physical processes responsible for the hmF2 variability. The simulation results demonstrate that the mid lattiude hmF2 variability is primarily driven by the propagation of the migrating semidiurnal lunar tide (M2) into the thermosphere where it modulates the field aligned neutrals winds, which in-turn raise and lower the F-region peak height. The importance of the thermosphere neutral winds on generating the ionosphere variability at mid latitudes during SSWs is supported by IPE simulations performed both with and without the neutral wind variability. Though there are subtle differences, the consistency of the behavior between the 2009 and 2013 SSWs suggests that variability in the Southern Hemisphere mid latitude ionosphere and thermosphere is a consistent feature of the SSW impact on the upper atmosphere.

  20. The role of superthermal electrons in high latitude ionospheric outflows

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    Glocer, A.; Khazanov, G. V.; Liemohn, M. W.; Toth, G.; Gombosi, T. I.

    2014-12-01

    It is well accepted that the ionosphere is a critical source of plasma for the magnetosphere, providing O+, H+, and He+ which can have wide ranging consequences for the space environment system. Changing ion composition affects magnetic reconnection in the magnetosphere, the ring current, and the wave environment which is important for high energy radiation belt electrons. Of the myriad of mechanisms that are important in determining the ionospheric outflow solution at high latitudes, we focus on the role of superthermal electron populations. It has been demonstrated in multiple studies that even small concentrations of superthermal electrons can have a dramatic effect on the outflow solution. In this presentation, we present simulation results using our Polar Wind Outflow Model (PWOM) and our SuperThermal Electron Transport (STET) code. We describe recent results on superthermal electrons role in defining the quiet time solar wind solution with comparisons to observations. We also discuss preliminary results that combine the PWOM and STET codes for a more comprehensive treatment of the impact of superthermal electrons.

  1. Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling in Jupiter's Low Latitudes

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    Stallard, T.; Melin, H.; Johnson, R.; O'Donoghue, J.; Moore, L.; Miller, S.; Tao, C.; Achilleos, N. A.; Smith, C.; Ray, L. C.; Yates, J. N.

    2015-12-01

    One of the leading problems in our understanding of Jupiter's atmosphere, known colloquially as the 'energy crisis', is that the upper atmosphere has global temperatures far in excess of that predicted by solar heating. Unlike the Earth, solar heating has only a small effect on the thermosphere, varying little in temperature with local time, and with equatorial neutrals co-rotating with the planet due to meridional advection. Within the auroral region, ionosphere-thermosphere coupling produces strong flows and results in huge Joule Heating from auroral currents. In this region, the temperature excess can be explained, but Jupiter's fast rotation means that Coriolis forces prevent energy in the poles from transferring equatorward, so there remains no explanation of why low latitudes are overheated by a factor of 3-5 over that predicted by solar heating alone.Despite this anomaly, although the past twenty years has seen a wealth of new data and results in Jupiter's auroral region, studies of the equatorial region have been somewhat limited. This lack of investigation comes partly from the apparent uniform nature of the equatorial region, and partly from the difficulty in observing this region. It is only in the past three years that observers begun to re-examine this region, revealing evidence of complex interactions between the thermosphere and ionosphere, including what appears to be thermospheric weather patterns at a fixed planetary longitudes, stable over two decades; perhaps caused by continuous flows from the auroral region. Here, we introduce our recent research, in order to compare and contrast what has been observed at Jupiter with the more well understood interactions between Earth's ionosphere and thermosphere. We hope that this will open a discussion between the communities that will improve our understanding of the underlying physical processes, as they occur at both planets.

  2. The influence of IMF on the lower ionosphere plasma in high and middle latitudes

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    Bremer, J.

    1989-01-01

    As shown by ground-based absorption measurements, the lower ionospheric plasma is markedly controlled by the structure of the IMF. Whereas in high auroral and subauroral latitudes this effect is very pronounced, in midlatitudes its influence is less important. A comparison of these results with satellite data of the IMF and the solar wind speed confirms the important role of these components, not only during special events but also for the normal state of the ionospheric D region plasma.

  3. The effects of neutral inertia on ionospheric currents in the high-latitude thermosphere following a geomagnetic storm

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    Deng, W.; Killeen, T. L.; Burns, A. G.; Roble, R. G.; Slavin, J. A.; Wharton, L. E.

    1993-01-01

    Neutral flywheel effects are investigated in NCAR-TIGCM simulation of geomagnetic storms that occurred in November 23, 1982 and December 7-8, 1982. Theoretical calculations from the latter storm are compared with measurements of currents form instruments on the Dynamics Explorer 2 satellite. It is concluded that neutral flywheel effects can make a contribution to high latitude electrodynamics for a few hours after the main phase of a geomagnetic storm. The Hall currents that are driven by neutral winds during B(Z) northward conditions are generally in the opposite direction to those that occur during B(Z) southward conditions, when they are driven primarily by ion winds. The morphology of the field-aligned current system calculated by the NCAR-TIGCM during southward B(Z) conditions is in general agreement with observations.

  4. Study of the mid-latitude ionospheric response to geomagnetic storms in the European region

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    Berényi, Kitti Alexandra; Barta, Veronika; Kis, Arpad

    2016-07-01

    Geomagnetic storms affect the ionospheric regions of the terrestrial upper atmosphere through different physical and atmospheric processes. The phenomena that can be regarded as a result of these processes, generally is named as "ionospheric storm". The processes depend on altitude, segment of the day, the geomagnetic latitude and longitude, strength of solar activity and the type of the geomagnetic storm. We examine the data of ground-based radio wave ionosphere sounding measurements of European ionospheric stations (mainly the data of Nagycenk Geophysical Observatory) in order to determine how and to what extent a geomagnetic disturbance of a certain strength affects the mid-latitude ionospheric regions in winter and in summer. For our analysis we used disturbed time periods between November 2012 and June 2015. Our results show significant changing of the ionospheric F2 layer parameters on strongly disturbed days compared to quiet ones. We show that the critical frequencies (foF2) increase compared to their quiet day value when the ionospheric storm was positive. On the other hand, the critical frequencies become lower, when the storm was negative. In our analysis we determined the magnitude of these changes on the chosen days. For a more complete analysis we compare also the evolution of the F2 layer parameters of the European ionosonde stations on a North-South geographic longitude during a full storm duration. The results present the evolution of an ionospheric storm over a geographic meridian. Furthermore, we compared the two type of geomagnetic storms, namely the CME caused geomagnetic storm - the so-called Sudden impulse (Si) storms- and the HSS (High Speed Solar Wind Streams) caused geomagnetic storms -the so-called Gradual storms (Gs)- impact on the ionospheric F2-layer (foF2 parameter). The results show a significant difference between the effect of Si and of the Gs storms on the ionospheric F2-layer.

  5. Electric field and ion density anomalies in the mid latitude ionosphere: Possible connection with earthquakes?

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    Gousheva, M. N.; Glavcheva, R. P.; Danov, D. L.; Hristov, P. L.; Kirov, B. B.; Georgieva, K. Y.

    2008-07-01

    The problem of earthquake prediction has stimulated the search for a correlation between seismic activity and ionospherical anomalies. We found observational evidence of possible earthquake effects in the near-equatorial and low latitude ionosphere; these ionospheric anomalies have been proposed by Gousheva et al. [Gousheva, M., Glavcheva, R., Danov, D., Angelov P., Hristov, P., Influence of earthquakes on the electric field disturbances in the ionosphere on board of the Intercosmos-Bulgaria-1300 satellite. Compt. Rend. Acad. Bulg. Sci. 58 (8) 911-916, 2005a; Gousheva, M., Glavcheva, R., Danov, D., Angelov, P., Hristov, P., Kirov, B., Georgieva, K., Observation from the Intercosmos-Bulgaria-1300 satellite of anomalies associated with seismic activity. In: Poster Proceeding of 2nd International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies: Space in the Service of Society, RAST '2005, June 9-11, Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 119-123, 2005b; Gousheva, M., Glavcheva, R., Danov, D., Angelov, P., Hristov, P., Kirov, B., Georgieva, K., Satellite monitoring of anomalous effects in the ionosphere probably related to strong earthquakes. Adv. Space Res. 37 (4), 660-665, 2006]. This paper presents new results from observations of the quasi-static electric field and ion density on board INTERCOSMOS-BULGARIA-1300 satellite in the mid latitude ionosphere above sources of moderate earthquakes. Data from INTERCOSMOS-BULGARIA-1300 satellite and seismic data (World Data Center, Denver, Colorado, USA) for magnetically quiet and medium quiet days are juxtaposed in time-space domain. For satellite's orbits in the time period 15.09-01.10.1981 an increase in the horizontal and vertical components of the quasi-static electric field and fluctuations of the ion density are observed over zones of forthcoming seismic events. Some similar post effects are observed too. The emphasis of this paper is put on the anomalies which specify the mid latitude ionosphere. The obtained results contain

  6. Multistation measurements of high-latitude ionospheric convection

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    Heelis, R. A.; Foster, J. C.; Holt, J.; de La Beaujardiere, O.

    1983-12-01

    Satellite and ground-based observations of the ionospheric drift velocity taken during a MITHRAS campaign have been combined to determine instantaneous pictures of the high-latitude convection pattern. These data, taken when the interplanetary magnetic field has a relatively stable southward/away orientation, show the existence of an asymmetric convection pattern under these conditions. A stability in the high latitude convection geometry can also be seen and changes in response to magnetic disturbances are inferred. Changes in the convection pattern as the interplanetary field turns northward possibly provide some information about the nature of the magnetosphere-solar wind interaction.

  7. Multistation measurements of high-latitude ionospheric convection

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    Heelis, R. A.; Foster, J. C.; Holt, J.; De La Beaujardiere, O.

    1983-01-01

    Satellite and ground-based observations of the ionospheric drift velocity taken during a MITHRAS campaign have been combined to determine instantaneous pictures of the high-latitude convection pattern. These data, taken when the interplanetary magnetic field has a relatively stable southward/away orientation, show the existence of an asymmetric convection pattern under these conditions. A stability in the high latitude convection geometry can also be seen and changes in response to magnetic disturbances are inferred. Changes in the convection pattern as the interplanetary field turns northward possibly provide some information about the nature of the magnetosphere-solar wind interaction.

  8. Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling at Subauroral Latitudes (Invited)

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    Sazykin, S.; Spiro, R. W.; Wolf, R. A.; Song, Y.; Toffoletto, F.

    2010-12-01

    On the night side of the inner magnetosphere and the conjugate ionosphere, there is a region where boundaries of several plasma populations of different origins and energy regimes (the plasmapause, the equatorward edge of the auroral oval, and the inner edge of the ring current) approximately coincide or overlap. This region is highly complex and dynamic. The magnetospheric hot plasmas and ionospheric-plasmaspheric cold populations are coupled through convection electric fields and auroral particle precipitation. Both convection (electric field) patterns and plasma densities are observed to be structured during geomagnetic disturbances, with Subauroral Polarization Streams (SAPS) near the auroral oval and plasma plumes (particularly prominent in TEC maps) extending to lower latitudes and in MLT from the nightside toward the afternoon sector. In this paper, we present an initial attempt to explain the causes of the observed ionospheric storm-time plasma structuring at mid and sub-auroral latitudes through self-consistent simulations using the Rice Convection Model. Specifically, we model the structure and longitudinal/UT dependence of SAPS structures in the duskside ionosphere, and how they may be related to meridional electron density transport postulated to be responsible for large storm-time TEC structuring in the afternoon-to-dusk MLT sector.

  9. The Ionospheric Mid-Latitude Summer Nighttime Anomaly

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    Lin, C.; Chen, C.; Hsu, M.; Liu, C. H.; Liu, J. G.; Burns, A. G.; Wang, W.

    2009-12-01

    This paper presents monthly variations of the mid-latitude summer nighttime anomaly (MSNA) of the ionosphere for the first time by using global observations of the FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC (F3/C), NASA TIMED-GUVI, ground-based radars and GPS receiver network. The MSNA is characterized by greater nighttime (19:00 LT - 24:00 LT, or period of larger solar zenith angles) ionospheric electron density than that during daytime (08:00 - 18:00 LT, or period of smaller solar zenith angles) at middle latitudes during solstices. The anomaly shown in the southern hemisphere during December solstice was previously known as the Weddell Sea Anomaly (WSA) occurring around the Antarctica and the nearby Pacific Ocean, while a WSA-like electron density structure also occurs in the northern hemisphere around June solstice. This study demonstrates that the anomalies occurred in both the northern and southern hemispheres share similar character of greater nighttime density. Moreover, the latitude-altitude cross-section plots of the electron density structure show very similar time-varying electron density evolutions of the MSNA. In both hemispheres, the anomalies with similar electron density characteristics and variations caused by the similar mechanism prompts us to name this phenomenon the mid-latitude summer nighttime anomaly.

  10. Ionospheric F2 layer responses to total solar eclipses at low and mid-latitude

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    Adekoya, B. J.; Chukwuma, V. U.

    2016-02-01

    In this article, we presented ionospheric F2 responses to total solar eclipses on the basis of the data obtained from five (5) equatorial/low-latitude and twenty-seven (27) mid-latitude ionosonde stations, which are within the obscuration percentage of 50-100% of the path of the total solar eclipses progression. Statistically, the diurnal changes in the F2 layer peak height hmF2 and electron density NmF2, as well as the latitudinal and hemispheric dependence and the contribution of both magnetic and solar activities during the eclipse window were investigated. The estimation of the solar ionizing radiation that remains unmasked during the eclipse window was as well carried out. Plasma diffusion processes dominate the F2 region plasma, and determine the height at which the F2 peak formed at mid-latitude. The electron density decreased during the eclipse window, closely following the variation in the local solar radiation at the mid-latitude. However, at equatorial/low-latitude, the plasma distribution during total solar eclipse depends on combine effect of solar radiation and the background nighttime ionospheric irregularities mechanism. The uncertainty level of the estimated solar ionizing radiation was <±0.3 at mid-latitude and greater±0.3 at equatorial/low-latitude. Their correlation ranges from (0.42-0.99). The ionospheric F2 layer eclipse effect is latitudinal and hemispheric dependent. The effect is largest at mid-latitude and relatively small at equatorial/low-latitudes. It is more pronounced at the equator, and decreases toward the equatorial ionospheric anomaly (EIA) region. The better correlation of 0.5840 and 0.6435 between geographic latitude and E(t) and electron density justifies the latitudinal relationship. The increase in percentage deviation of electron density increases with latitude and delay time (∆T) in the northern hemisphere of the mid-latitude. Conversely, in the southern hemisphere the percentage deviation decreases with an increase in

  11. Theory of Electrostatic Fields in the Ionosphere at Equatorial Latitudes

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    Briggs, Benjamin R.; Spreiter, John R.

    1961-01-01

    The properties of the elongated electrostatic fields that are required to provide the coupling mechanism in the dynamo-motor concept of the E and F regions of the ionosphere are examined theoretically for the conditions that prevail in equatorial latitudes. The analysis is developed for an electrostatic field of arbitrary horizontal scale in a horizontally stratified partly ionized gas subject to an imposed magnetic field having the form of a parabolic arch over the equator. The anisotropic character and continuous variation with height of the conductivity are retained throughout , and numerical solutions are determined for the attenuation of the electric field with distance along the field line. The results are similar qualitatively to those found previously upon analysis of the corresponding problem for middle latitudes, but the attenuation of the electrostatic field with height is considerably greater. It develops, in particular, that the coupling between E and F regions is very small for fields having horizontal wavelengths of a few kilometers. It follows that the dynamo-motor concept could not be used to account for the presence of irregularities of this scale. On the other hand, it is found that almost all the attenuation occurs at heights near that of the E region. If an electrostatic field having a horizontal wavelength of a few kilometers could be produced at heights of, say 200 km or greater, it follows that it would be very elongated and extend with little change in amplitude from hemisphere to hemisphere. The results also indicate that effective coupling could be achieved for fields having horizontal wavelengths of the order of tens of kilometers, but the assumptions introduced to simplify the analysis may impair the quantitative reliability of the results for fields of this scale.

  12. Statistical characteristics of low-latitude ionospheric scintillation over China

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    Liu, Kangkang; Li, Guozhu; Ning, Baiqi; Hu, Lianhuan; Li, Hongke

    2015-03-01

    The Global Positioning System (GPS) L-band ionospheric scintillation produced by electron density irregularities in the ionospheric E- and F-regions, is mainly a low- and high-latitude phenomenon. In this study, the statistical behavior of GPS ionospheric scintillation over a Chinese low-latitude station Sanya (18.3°N, 109.6°E; dip lat: 12.8°N) has been investigated. A detailed study on the seasonal and solar activity dependence of scintillation occurrence during July 2004-December 2012 show that the amplitude scintillation pattern, with a maximum occurrence during equinox of solar maximum, agrees with plasma bubble observations by in situ satellites in this longitude. A few daytime periodic scintillation events are found during June solstice months of solar minimum. Interestingly, a significant equinoctial asymmetry of scintillation onset time is found in 2011-2012. The initiation of scintillation during September-October is on average earlier than that of March-April about 25 min. Meanwhile, the zonal drifts of irregularities estimated using two spatially separated GPS receivers over Sanya show a similar behavior during the two equinoxes, slowly decreasing from 150 m/s at post-sunset to 50 m/s near midnight. The possible mechanisms responsible for the occurrence characteristics of GPS scintillation over Sanya, and relevant aspects of the zonal drifts of the irregularities are discussed.

  13. Climatological response of Indian low-latitude ionosphere to geomagnetic storms

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    Suresh, Sunanda; Dashora, N.

    2016-05-01

    A climatological response of low-latitude ionosphere to geomagnetic storms is presented using long-term global ionospheric maps data from June 1998 to June 2015 covering two solar cycles 23 and 24. The results are presented for daytime forenoon and afternoon sectors under minor, moderate, and major ionospheric storm categories based on minimum Dst index criterion. For the first time the effectiveness of storms is identified using monthly standard deviation as an indicator of the day to day variability in equatorial and low-latitude ionosphere. Thus, results on climatology are definitive and form a database that would be comparable to statistical results from any other longitude and time. Seasonal statistics for total storms, effective positive and negative storms, and amplitude of mean seasonal perturbation in total electron content are obtained. Total and effective storms are found to be higher in solar cycle 23 than in 24 and only a couple of effective storms occurred during low solar activity 2007-2009 that too in minor category. Afternoon sector is found to be favorable for occurrence of maximum number of effective positive storms. A latitudinal preference is found for a given storm to be effective in either time sectors. Equinoctial asymmetry in ionospheric response both in terms of occurrence and perturbation amplitude is found. September equinoxes are found to bear maximum total, effective positive and negative storms. Winters are found more prone to negative storms, whereas summers have recorded minimum number of either of storms and minimum perturbation amplitudes.

  14. Low-latitude Ionospheric Heating during Solar Flares

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    Klenzing, J.; Chamberlin, P. C.; Qian, L.; Haaser, R. A.; Burrell, A. G.; Earle, G. D.; Heelis, R. A.; Simoes, F. A.

    2013-12-01

    The advent of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) represents a leap forward in our capability to measure rapidly changing transient events on the sun. SDO measurements are paired with the comprehensive low latitude measurements of the ionosphere and thermosphere provided by the Communication/Navigation Outage Forecast System (C/NOFS) satellite and state-of-the-art general circulation models to discuss the coupling between the terrestrial upper atmosphere and solar radiation. Here we discuss ionospheric heating as detected by the Coupled Ion-Neutral Dynamics Investigation (CINDI) instrument suite on the C/NOFS satellite during solar flares. Also discusses is the necessity of decoupling the heating due to increased EUV irradiance and that due to geomagnetic storms, which sometimes occur with flares. Increases in both the ion temperature and ion density in the subsolar topside ionosphere are detected within 77 minutes of the 23 Jan 2012 M-class flare, and the observed results are compared with the Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Mesosphere-Electrodynamics General Circulation Model (TIME-GCM) using the Flare Irradiance Spectral Model (FISM) as an input.

  15. Ionospheric vertical drift response at a mid-latitude station

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    Kouba, Daniel; Koucká Knížová, Petra

    2016-07-01

    Vertical plasma drift data measured at a mid-latitude ionospheric station Pruhonice (50.0 ° N, 14.6 ° E) were collected and analysed for the year 2006, a year of low solar and geomagnetic activity. Hence these data provide insight into the drift behaviour during quiet conditions. The following typical diurnal trend is evident: a significant decay to negative values (downward peak) at dawn; generally less pronounced downward peak at dusk hours. Magnitude of the downward drift varies during the year. Typically it reaches values about 20 ms-1 at dawn hours and 10 ms-1 at dusk hours. Maximum dawn magnitude of about 40 ms-1 has been detected in August. During daytime the vertical drifts increases from the initial small downward drifts to zero drift around noon and to small upward drifts in the afternoon. Night-time drift values display large variability around a near zero vertical drift average. There is a significant trend to larger downward drift values near dawn and a less pronounced decrease of the afternoon upward vertical drifts near sunset. Two regular downward peaks of the drift associated with the dawn and dusk are general characteristics of the analysed data throughout the year 2006. Their seasonal course corresponds to the seasonal course of the sunrise and sunset. The duration of prevailing negative drift velocities forming these peaks and thus the influence of the dawn/dusk on the drift velocity is mostly 1.5-3 h. The dawn effect on vertical drift tends to be larger than the effect of the dusk. The observed magnitude of the sunrise and sunset peaks show significant annual course. The highest variability of the magnitude is seen during winter. High variability is detected till March equinox and again after September equinox. Around solstice, both peaks reaches lowest values. After that, the magnitudes of the drift velocity increase smoothly till maxima in summer (August). The vertical drift velocity course is smooth between June solstice and September

  16. Mid-latitude VLF emissions observed in the topside ionosphere

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    Ondoh, T.; Murakami, T.

    1975-01-01

    Narrow-band VLF emissions observed on different days by Alouette-2 are described. It is found that narrow-band VLF hiss (3.5-7.0 kHz) occurs at midlatitudes (at 54 to 64 deg) in the topside ionosphere during both the geomagnetically disturbed and quiet periods, although the hiss region moves towards the auroral zone during the disturbed period. It is likely that the midlatitude hiss at around 5 kHz is the origin of the narrow-band hiss (5 plus or minus 1 kHz) often observed at ground stations at low latitudes, since no VLF emissions above 2 kHz appear in the auroral zone. The midlatitude VLF hiss observed in the topside ionosphere may be generated by the transverse (electron cyclotron) resonance instability in the magnetosphere.

  17. Comparing High-latitude Ionospheric and Thermospheric Lagrangian Coherent Structures

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    Wang, N.; Ramirez, U.; Flores, F.; Okic, D.; Datta-Barua, S.

    2015-12-01

    Lagrangian Coherent Structures (LCSs) are invisible boundaries in time varying flow fields that may be subject to mixing and turbulence. The LCS is defined by the local maxima of the finite time Lyapunov exponent (FTLE), a scalar field quantifying the degree of stretching of fluid elements over the flow domain. Although the thermosphere is dominated by neutral wind processes and the ionosphere is governed by plasma electrodynamics, we can compare the LCS in the two modeled flow fields to yield insight into transport and interaction processes in the high-latitude IT system. For obtaining thermospheric LCS, we use the Horizontal Wind Model 2014 (HWM14) [1] at a single altitude to generate the two-dimensional velocity field. The FTLE computation is applied to study the flow field of the neutral wind, and to visualize the forward-time Lagrangian Coherent Structures in the flow domain. The time-varying structures indicate a possible thermospheric LCS ridge in the auroral oval area. The results of a two-day run during a geomagnetically quiet period show that the structures are diurnally quasi-periodic, thus that solar radiation influences the neutral wind flow field. To find the LCS in the high-latitude ionospheric drifts, the Weimer 2001 [2] polar electric potential model and the International Geomagnetic Reference Field 11 [3] are used to compute the ExB drift flow field in ionosphere. As with the neutral winds, the Lagrangian Coherent Structures are obtained by applying the FTLE computation. The relationship between the thermospheric and ionospheric LCS is analyzed by comparing overlapping FTLE maps. Both a publicly available FTLE solver [4] and a custom-built FTLE computation are used and compared for validation [5]. Comparing the modeled IT LCSs on a quiet day with the modeled IT LCSs on a storm day indicates important factors on the structure and time evolution of the LCS.

  18. Principles and Problems of Data Assimilation for High-Latitude Ionospheric Electrodynamics

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    Richmond, A. D.; Matsuo, T.; Cousins, E. D. P.; Knipp, D. J.; Lu, G.; Marsal, S.

    2014-12-01

    Knowledge of the time-varying distributions of high-latitude ionospheric ionospheric electric fields and currents is needed for modeling the physics of the ionosphere and thermosphere. The patterns can also be used to investigate magnetospheric processes. The Assimilative Mapping of Ionospheric Electrodynamics (AMIE) procedure was developed to estimate the distributions of electrodynamic parameters from combinations of observations of ionospheric drifts, ground- and satellite-based magnetic perturbations, and quantities related to ionospheric electrical conductivities, together with prior information about climatology and covariance of the parameters. AMIE uses optimal estimation theory to build on previous statistical studies and on an earlier mapping procedure that used only ground magnetometer data. Many of the improvements made to AMIE have been the addition of new data sets and procedures for semi-automatically processing the data. Theoretical developments have included improvements to the organization of the data in realistic magnetic coordinates, and dynamic estimation of the covariance matrices based on the data available at any given time. More recently, it has been shown that most of the large-scale variability can be represented with a relatively small number of empirical orthogonal basis functions derived from statistical analysis of large data sets. A key remaining limitation of AMIE-type estimations is the limited knowledge of auroral ionospheric conductivities, including limited understanding of nonlinear conductivities when electric fields are very strong. Neutral winds have heretofore been neglected, but they can sometimes have significant effects on the electrodynamics.

  19. Study of the low latitude ionospheric turbulence observed by DEMETER

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    Li, F.; Lefeuvre, F.; Parrot, M.

    Following previous works from Molchanov et al 2002a 2002b 2004a 2004b and Hobara et al 2005 data bases dedicated to the systematic analysis of the power and spectral indices of the electric field have been elaborated Two data bases are considered one for the survey mode and the other for the burst mode For the survey mode estimations of the turbulence parameters are performed from the 8 first Fourier components of the averaged power spectra 0-150 Hz frequency band A single slope power law model f - alpha is assumed A quality factor allows to test that hypothesis For the burst mode the power spectra are derived from the waveforms One and two slope models are systematically tested Results are presented and the possibility to use these data bases for correlation with seismic activity is discussed Y Hobara F Lefeuvre M Parrot and O A Molchanov Low-latitude ionospheric turbulence observed by Aureol-3 satellite Annales Geophysicae 23 1259--1270 2005 Molchanov O A Hayakawa M Afonin V V Akentieva O A and Mareev E A Possible influence of seismicity by gravity waves on ionospheric equatorial anomaly from data of IK-24 satellite 1 Search for idea of seismo-ionosphere coupling Seismo Electromagnetics Lithosphere-Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling edited by Hayakawa M and Molchanov O A TERRAPUB Tokyo 275--285 2002a Molchanov O A Hayakawa M Afonin V V Akentieva O A Mareev E A and Trakhtengerts V Yu Possible influence of seismicity by gravity waves on ionospheric

  20. Electric fields and electrostatic potentials in the high latitude ionosphere

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    Banks, P. M.; Saint Maurice, J.-P.; Heelis, R. A.; Hanson, W. B.

    1981-01-01

    Recent interpretive studies of electric field-driven ionospheric plasma convection data from the AE-C satellite are described, where the instruments employed include an ion drift meter and an ion-retarding potential analyzer. Electrostatic potential curves are derived from ion drift velocity measurements for high-latitude segments of the satellite's orbit. The potential curves are shown to be useful in determining the character of the global electrostatic potential pattern, with emphasis on the separation of convective cells. Results are given for six orbits, with attention to the mid-day auroral region.

  1. High-Latitude Ionospheric Dynamics During Conditions of Northward IMF

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    Sharber, J. R.

    1996-01-01

    In order to better understand the physical processes operating during conditions of northward interplanetary magnetic field (IMF), in situ measurements from the Dynamics Explorer-2 (low altitude) polar satellite and simultaneous observations from the auroral imager on the Dynamics Explorer-1 (high altitude) satellite were used to investigate the relationships between optical emissions, particle precipitation, and convective flows in the high-latitude ionosphere. Field aligned current and convective flow patterns during IMF north include polar cap arcs, the theta aurora or transpolar arc, and the 'horse-collar' aurora. The initial part of the study concentrated on the electrodynamics of auroral features in the horse-collar aurora, a contracted but thickened emission region in which the dawn and dusk portions can spread to very high latitudes, while the latter part focused on the evolution of one type of IMF north auroral pattern to another, specifically the quiet-time horse-collar pattern to a theta aurora.

  2. A multi-technique study of the 29-31 October 2003 geomagnetic storm effect on low latitude ionosphere over Indian region with magnetometer, ionosonde, and GPS observations

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    Panda, Sampad Kumar; Gedam, Shirish S.; Rajaram, Girija; Sripathi, S.; Pant, Tarun Kumar; Das, Rupesh M.

    2014-12-01

    The present study demonstrates the ionospheric response to the extreme geomagnetic storms during 29-31 Oct 2003 (the Halloween storm), in the low latitude anomaly Indian region, based on multi-instrument measurements namely magnetometer, ionosonde, and GPS observations. Unlike earlier reports, we have suitably chosen the best quiet days (CQ-Days) amongst 10 international quiet days (Q-Days), on the basis of equatorial electrojet strength and pattern, that drives the distribution of plasma over the low latitude. We stress that arbitrarily selecting the Control/Q-Days may lead to erroneous interpretations and will not yield a clearer understanding of the equatorial electrodynamics. Our analysis confirms the anomalous increase in TEC at all stations on 29 Oct 2003 and suppressed TEC across anomaly crest latitudes during 30-31 Oct 2003. The sharp transition in h'F is noticed during the progressive period of the storm, though it was relatively lower at the equator. The respective foF2 remained subordinate at Trivandrum. However, we did not notice such foF2 changes at Delhi. Observations at various latitudes confirm the maximum positive deviation of TEC at mid-latitude POL2 (140 %), followed by the low latitude Jodhpur (108 %), and the rest of the stations showing relatively lower enhancements with deviations ranging between 60-90 %. However, at Ahmedabad, the lowest divergence from the mean CQ-Days, attribute the typical quiet day formation of crest at this latitude. Although the results are well agreeing with earlier reports, miniature differences is noticeable due to our way of choosing the best reference days in the analysis.

  3. Impact of Solar Proton Events on High Latitude Ionospheric Conditions

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    Aslam, A. M.; Gwal, Ashok Kumar; Mansoori, Azad Ahmad

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the ionospheric response to the solar protons which are accelerated to different energies (MeV-GeV) and thought to be originated at the solar atmosphere during the various energetic phenomena knows as solar transients viz. Solar Flares, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs). These transients are believed to be a manifestation of same energy release processes from a highly complex condition in the magnetic field configuration on the solar surface. We have taken six solar proton events (SPE) of solar cycle 23rd for analysis in the various energy bands of the protons. In order to find the ionospheric responses to these incoming solar protons ionospheric total electron content (TEC) is taken as the characteristic parameter. We have taken the data observed by GOES satellites which provides the data for different energy channels (0.8-4 MeV, 4-9 MeV, 9-15 MeV, 15-40 MeV, 40-80 MeV, 80-165 MeV, and 165-500 MeV). The enhancement in peak TEC (∆TEC) was then obtained for the high latitude station Davis (Lat-68.35, Lon 77.58). To find the association of this enhancement with proton flux characteristics we derived the correspondence between spectral indices and ∆TEC. We obtained a strong correlation (0.84) to exist between the spectral indices and ∆TEC.

  4. Semi-empirical low-latitude ionospheric model

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    Anderson, D.N.; Mendillo, M.; Herniter, B.

    1987-04-01

    Since current empirical models specifying low-latitude electron-density profiles severely underestimate the daytime plasma scale height and total electron content (TEC) values, a semiempirical low-latitude ionospheric model (SLIM) was developed that is not only computationally fast, but also more realistic. Electron-density profiles (180-1800 km) are theoretically calculated as a function of latitude (every 2 deg between 24 N and 24 S dip latitude) and local time (every half hour, over 24 hours LT) by solving the time-dependent plasma-continuity equation. Using simple exponential functions, sets of coefficients themselves are easily stored. quickly retrieved and form the basis for a fast, portable, semi-empirical computer code. This paper describes briefly the input parameters used to theoretically calculate the profiles and the procedures used to generate the coefficients. The SLIM profiles are compared with the Chiu and Bent empirical models for equinox, solar maximum conditions, while calculated at 6300 A airglow intensities and TEC values are compared with available observations. The SLIM profiles, their coefficients, TEC and 6300 A airglow intensities are available in tabular and computer formats.

  5. Statistics of ionospheric scintillation occurrence over European high latitudes

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    Sreeja, V.; Aquino, M.

    2014-12-01

    Rapid fluctuation in the amplitude and phase of transionospheric radio signals caused by small scale ionospheric plasma density irregularities is known as scintillation. Over the high latitudes, irregularities causing scintillation are associated with large scale plasma structures and scintillation occurrence is mainly enhanced during geomagnetic storms. This paper presents a statistical analysis of scintillation occurrence on GPS L1C/A signal at a high latitude station located in Bronnoysund (geographic latitude 65.5°N, geographic longitude 12.2°E; corrected geomagnetic (CGM) latitude 62.77°N), Norway, during the periods around the peaks of solar cycles 23 (2002-2003) and 24 (2011-2013). The analysis revealed that the scintillation occurrence at Bronnoysund during both the solar maximum periods maximises close to the midnight magnetic local time (MLT) sector. A higher occurrence of scintillation is observed on geomagnetically active days during both the solar maximum periods. The seasonal pattern of scintillation occurrence indicated peaks during the summer and equinoctial months. A comparison with the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) components By and Bz showed an association of scintillation occurrence with the southward IMF Bz conditions.

  6. Effects of magnetospheric electric fields and neutral winds on the low-middle latitude ionosphere during the March 20-21, 1990, Storm

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    Buonsanto, M.J.; Foster, J.C.

    1993-11-01

    During the geomagnetic storm of March 20-21, 1990, substorm activity is clearly evident in magnetometer data collected during the night at the middle- and low-latitude stations Fredericksburg (38.2{degrees}N, 282.6{degrees}E) and San Juan (18.1{degrees}N, 293.8{degrees}E). At the same time, incoherent scatter radars at Millstone Hill (42.6{degrees}N, 288.5{degrees}E) and Arecibo (18.3{degrees}N, 293.25{degrees}E) observed ionospheric storm effects, which included the penetration of magnetospheric electric fields and disturbance neutral winds to the latitude of Arecibo. The eastward electric fields associated with the substorm disturbances result in increases in the F2 peak height (hmF2) at Arecibo. Decreases in hmF2 follow as a result of increased downward diffusion and/or the effects of an ion drag induced poleward wind. During the intervals between the electric field penetration events, equatorward surges in the neutral wind result in westward electric fields by the disturbance dynamo mechanism. At these times the horizontal ionization drifts are not as strong as the neutral winds, apparently because of a partial shorting out of the dynamo electric fields as a result of some E region conductivity. The anticorrelation between the components of ion drift parallel (V{sub {parallel}}) and perpendicular to the magnetic field in the northward direction (V{sub {perpendicular}}N) results in approximately horizontal (constant altitude) ion drift motion throughout the interval. Calculations of spatial gradients in the electron density and in the components of the ion velocity are carried out using the multi-directional incoherent scatter observations at Arecibo. The results show that the variations in electron density during the disturbed interval follow closely the motion term in the F2 region continuity equation, with both advection of spatial gradients and divergence of the ion flow important at times. 28 refs., 8 figs.

  7. Ionospheric control of polarization of low-latitude geomagnetic micropulsations at sunrise

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    Saka, O.; Itonaga, M.; Kitamura, T.

    1982-08-01

    The ionospheric control of low latitude pulsation polarization characteristics suggested by Saka et al. (1980) has been confirmed through continuous low latitude Pc3 and Pc4 geomagnetic micropulsation observations. The D-component amplitude increases as much as that of the H-component after sunrise, effecting the tilting of the major polarization ellipse axis from north to northwest. This coincides with the appearance of the E-layer in the ionosphere within an hour, and the time of the coincidence shifts from season to season in parallel with changes of sunrise. The ellipticity of the horizontal plane polarization is not appreciably affected by sunrise. It is suggested that the Hall conductivity increment associated with the E-layer sunrise enhancement affects the characteristics of the D-component on the ground.

  8. Optimal interpolation analysis of high-latitude ionospheric Hall and Pedersen conductivities: Application to assimilative ionospheric electrodynamics reconstruction

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    McGranaghan, Ryan; Knipp, Delores J.; Matsuo, Tomoko; Cousins, Ellen

    2016-05-01

    We have developed a new optimal interpolation (OI) technique to estimate complete high-latitude ionospheric conductance distributions from Defense Meteorological Satellite Program particle data. The technique combines particle precipitation-based calculations of ionospheric conductances and their errors with a background model and its error covariance (modeled with empirical orthogonal functions) to infer complete distributions of the high-latitude ionospheric conductances. We demonstrate this technique for the 26 November through 2 December 2011 period and analyze a moderate geomagnetic storm event on 30 November 2011. Quantitatively and qualitatively, this new technique provides better ionospheric conductance specification than past statistical models, especially during heightened geomagnetic activity. We provide initial evidence that auroral images from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Special Sensor Ultraviolet Spectrographic Imager instrument can be used to further improve the OI conductance maps. Our OI conductance patterns allow assimilative mapping of ionospheric electrodynamics reconstructions driven separately by radar and satellite magnetometer observations to be in closer agreement than when other, commonly used, conductance models are applied. This work (1) supports better use of the diverse observations available for high-latitude ionospheric electrodynamics specification and (2) supports the Cousins et al. (2015b) assertion that more accurate models of the ionospheric conductance are needed to robustly assimilate ground- and space-based observations of ionospheric electrodynamics. We find that the OI conductance distributions better capture the dynamics and locations of discrete electron precipitation that modulate the coupling of the magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere system.

  9. Large Scale High-Latitude Ionospheric Electrodynamic Fields and Currents

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    Lu, Gang

    2016-07-01

    This paper provides an overview as well as the application of the Assimilative Mapping of Ionospheric Electrodynamics (AMIE) procedure. AMIE synthesizes observations from various ground-based and space-born instruments to derive global patterns of ionospheric conductance, electric fields, ionospheric equivalent current, horizontal currents, field-aligned currents, and other related electrodynamic fields simultaneously. Examples are presented to illustrate the effects of the different data inputs on the AMIE outputs. The AMIE patterns derived from ground magnetometer data are generally similar to those derived from satellite magnetometer data. But ground magnetometer data yield a cross-polar potential drop that is about 15-45 % smaller than that derived from satellite magnetometer data. Ground magnetometers also grossly underestimate the magnetic perturbations in space when compared with the in situ satellite magnetometer data. However, when satellite magnetometer data are employed, AMIE is able to replicate the observed magnetic perturbations along the satellite tracks with a mean root-mean-square (RMS) error of 17-21 %. In addition to derive snapshots of ionospheric electrodynamic fields, the utility of AMIE can be easily expanded to obtain the average distributions of these fields along with their associated variability. Such information should be valuable to the analysis and interpretation of the Swarm observations.

  10. Plasma dynamics in Saturn's middle-latitude ionosphere and implications for magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling

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    Sakai, Shotaro; Watanabe, Shigeto

    2016-08-01

    A multifluid model is used to investigate how Saturn's magnetosphere affects ionosphere. The model includes a magnetospheric plasma temperature of 2 eV as a boundary condition. The main results are: (1) H+ ions are accelerated along magnetic field lines by ambipolar electric fields and centrifugal force, and have an upward velocity of about 10 km/s at 8000 km; (2) the ionospheric plasma temperature is 10,000 K at 5000 km, and is significantly affected by magnetospheric heat flow at high altitudes; (3) modeled electron densities agree with densities from occultation observations if the maximum neutral temperature at a latitude of 54˚ is about 900 K or if electrons are heated near an altitude of 2500 km; (4) electron heating rates from photoelectrons (≈100 K/s) can also give agreement with observed electron densities when the maximum neutral temperature is lower than 700 K (note that Cassini observations give 520 K); and (5) the ion temperature is high at altitudes above 4000 km and is almost the same as the electron temperature. The ionospheric height-integrated Pedersen conductivity, which affects the magnetospheric plasma velocity, varies with local time with values between 0.4 and 10 S. We suggest that the sub-corotating ion velocity in the inner magnetosphere depends on the local time, because the conductivity generated by dust-plasma interactions in the inner magnetosphere is almost comparable to the ionospheric conductivity. This indicates that magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling is highly important in the Saturn system.

  11. Effects of electrical coupling on equatorial ionospheric plasma motions: When is the F region a dominant driver in the low-latitude dynamo

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    Crain, D.J. ); Heelis, R.A. ); Bailey, G.J. )

    1993-04-01

    The authors address the role of the conductivity of the F region on the observed plasma drift and dynamo motion in the equatorial ionosphere. It has been known for a long time that neutral winds in both the E and F regions can have a major impact on electric fields in these regions, which in turn are responsible for plasma drifts seen there. The authors authors argue that the F region conductivity is important not only to the generation of current in the F region, but to providing closure to currents generated in other regions. The orientation of the neutral winds in the E and F regions relative to the magnetic field plays a role in their impact on electric field generation. They conclude that the zonal F region wind (ionospheric, above [approximately] 150 km) has a major impact on electric fields and plasma drifts in the equatorial region at altitudes from 400 to 800 km, for all local times and solar activities. They argue that it may be incorrect to decouple the E and F regions too strongly, which can overemphasize the role of E region zonal winds. It may be more important to correlate the local magnetic field line measurements in modeling low and mid latitude plasma drift and current phenomena.

  12. Ionospheric slab thickness in middle and low latitudes

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    Davies, K.; Liu, X.M. )

    1991-08-01

    The equivalent slab thickness of the ionosphere at 15 stations in middle and low latitudes was studied to determine its dependence on solar cycle and location. The data were grouped by season. The following are the major conclusions. There appears to be little or no geographical, or geomagnetic, dependence. The slab thickness varies approximately linearly with the 12-month smoothed values of the 10.7-cm solar radio flux. In middle latitudes the winter midnight thickness is essentially independent of the flux, whereas in summer and equinox the midnight thickness increases with increase of solar flux. The noon thickness increases with increase of solar flux in all seasons. The zero-order Fourier coeffficients for the diurnal curves at all 15 stations were expressed as linear functions of the 10.7-cm flux. The higher harmonic coefficients showed no appreciable dependence on solar flux. The pronounced predawn increase in slab thickness is caused by low values of the maximum electron density, not by increase of total electron content. 10 refs.

  13. Structure of High Latitude Currents in Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Models

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    Wiltberger, M.; Rigler, E. J.; Merkin, V.; Lyon, J. G.

    2016-07-01

    Using three resolutions of the Lyon-Fedder-Mobarry global magnetosphere-ionosphere model (LFM) and the Weimer 2005 empirical model we examine the structure of the high latitude field-aligned current patterns. Each resolution was run for the entire Whole Heliosphere Interval which contained two high speed solar wind streams and modest interplanetary magnetic field strengths. Average states of the field-aligned current (FAC) patterns for 8 interplanetary magnetic field clock angle directions are computed using data from these runs. Generally speaking the patterns obtained agree well with results obtained from the Weimer 2005 computing using the solar wind and IMF conditions that correspond to each bin. As the simulation resolution increases the currents become more intense and narrow. A machine learning analysis of the FAC patterns shows that the ratio of Region 1 (R1) to Region 2 (R2) currents decreases as the simulation resolution increases. This brings the simulation results into better agreement with observational predictions and the Weimer 2005 model results. The increase in R2 current strengths also results in the cross polar cap potential (CPCP) pattern being concentrated in higher latitudes. Current-voltage relationships between the R1 and CPCP are quite similar at the higher resolution indicating the simulation is converging on a common solution. We conclude that LFM simulations are capable of reproducing the statistical features of FAC patterns.

  14. Ionospheric signatures of cusp latitude Pc 3 pulsations

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    Engebretson, M.J.; Anderson, B.J. ); Cahill, L.J. Jr. ); Arnoldy, R.L. ); Rosenberg, T.J. ); Carpenter, D.L. ); Gail, W.B. ); Eather, R.H. )

    1990-03-01

    The authors have compared search coil magnetometer, riometer, photometer, and ELF-VLF receiver data obtained at South Pole Station and McMurdo, Antarctica, during selected days in March and April 1986. Narrow-band magnetic pulsations in the Pc 3 period range are observed simultaneously at both stations in the dayside sector during times of low interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) cone angle, but are considerably stronger at South Pole, which is located at a latitude near the nominal foot point of the daysie cusp/cleft region. Pulsations in auroral light a 427.8 nm wavelength are often observed with magnetic pulsations at South Pole, but such optical pulsations are not observed at McMurdo. When Pc 3 pulsations are present, they exhibit nearly identical frequencies, proportional to the magnitude of the IMF, in magnetometer, photometer, and ELF-VLF receiver signals at South Pole Station and in magnetometer signals at McMurdo. Singals from the 30-MHz riometer at South Pole are modulated in concert with the magnetic and optical variations during periods of broadband pulsation activity, but no riometer variations are noted during periods of narrow-band activity. Because riometers are sensitive to electrons of auroral energies (several keV and above), while the 427.8-nm photometer is sensitive to precipitation with much lower energies, they interpret these observatons as showing that precipitating magnetosheathlike electrons (with energies {le} 1 keV) at nominal dayside cleft latitudes are at times modulated with frequencies similar to those of upstream waves. They suggest that these particles may play an important role, via modification of ionospheric currents and conductivities, in the transmission of upstream wave signals into the magnetosphere and in the generation of dayside high-latitude Pc 3 pulsations.

  15. Vertical coupling between troposphere and lower ionosphere by electric currents and fields at equatorial latitudes

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    Tonev, P. T.; Velinov, P. I. Y.

    2016-04-01

    Thunderstorms play significant role in the upward electrical coupling between the troposphere and lower ionosphere by quasi-static (QS) electric fields generated by quiet conditions (by slow variations of electric charges), as well as during lightning discharges when they can be strong enough to produce in the nighttime lower ionosphere sprites. Changes are caused in lower ionosphere by the QS electric fields before a sprite-producing lightning discharge which can play role in formation of the stronger sprite-driving transient QS electric fields due to lightning. These changes include electron heating, modifications of conductivity and electron density, etc. We demonstrate that such changes depend on the geomagnetic latitude determining the magnetic field lines inclination, and thus, the anisotropic conductivity. Our previous results show that the QS electric fields in the lower ionosphere above equatorial thunderstorms are much bigger and have larger horizontal extension than those generated at high and middle altitudes by otherwise same conditions. Now we estimate by modeling the electric currents and fields generated in lower ionosphere above equatorial thunderstorms of different horizontal dimensions during quiet periods and of their self-consistent effects to conductivity whose modifications can play role in formation of post-lightning sprite-producing electric fields. Specific electric currents configurations and distributions of related electric fields are estimated first by ambient conductivity. Then, these are evaluated self-consistently with conductivity modification. The electric currents are re-oriented above ~85 km and flow in a narrow horizontal layer where they dense. Respectively, the electric fields and their effect on conductivity have much larger horizontal scale than at middle latitudes (few hundred of kilometers). Horizontally large sources, such as mesoscale convective structures, cause enhancements of electric fields and their effects. These

  16. Magnetic latitude and local time distributions of ionospheric currents during a geomagnetic storm

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    Tsuji, Yuji; Shinbori, Atsuki; Kikuchi, Takashi; Nagatsuma, Tsutomu

    2012-07-01

    In order to clarify the global distribution of ionospheric currents during a geomagnetic storm, we analyzed ground magnetic disturbances from high latitudes to the magnetic equator for the storm on September 7-8, 2002, with the minimum SYM-H value of -168 nT. In this analysis, we investigated magnetic field deviations in the northward component from the SYM-H, as functions of the dipole magnetic latitude (DMLAT) and the magnetic local time (MLT). During the main phase of the storm, the deviations at the low latitudes (10°-35° in DMLAT) were positive/negative in the dawn/dusk (0-9/11-24 h MLT) sector. On the other hand, the deviations at the dayside middle latitudes (35°-55° in DMLAT) were negative/positive in the morning/afternoon (6-12/13-15 h MLT) sector. The local time distribution at the low latitudes may represent the dawn-dusk asymmetry of the storm time ring current, while that at the dayside middle latitudes coincides with the DP2 currents due to the convection electric field associated with the Region 1 field-aligned currents (R1 FACs). All over the nightside middle latitude, the deviations were positive. This implies the direct effect of the R1 FACs through the Biot-Savart's law. At the geomagnetic equator, the eastward and westward electrojets were intensified on the day and nightside, respectively, being caused by the penetrated dawn-to-dusk convection electric field. We found that the MLT distribution of the magnetic deviations during the recovery phase was in opposite sense to that during the main phase at the dayside middle latitudes. The reversed magnetic disturbances must be due to the overshielding electric field associated with the Region 2 field-aligned currents (R2 FACs). Similarly, the deviations at the dayside and nightside equator were reversed, indicating penetration of the dusk-to-dawn overshielding electric field into the equatorial ionosphere. Based on the above results, we propose a current system including the ionospheric currents

  17. Climatological study of ionospheric irregularities over the European mid-latitude sector with GPS

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    Wautelet, Gilles; Warnant, René

    2014-03-01

    High-frequency variability of the ionosphere, or irregularities, constitutes the main threat for real-time precise positioning techniques based on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) measurements. Indeed, during periods of enhanced ionospheric variability, GNSS users in the field—who cannot verify the integrity of their measurements—will experience positioning errors that can reach several decimeters, while the nominal accuracy of the technique is cm-level. In the frame of this paper, a climatological analysis of irregularities over the European mid-latitude region is presented. Based on a 10 years GPS dataset over Belgium, the work analyzes the occurrence rate (as a function of the solar cycle, season and local time) as well as the amplitude of ionospheric irregularities observed at a single GPS station. The study covers irregularities either due to space weather events (solar origin) or of terrestrial origin. If space weather irregularities are responsible for the largest effects in terms of ionospheric error, their occurrence rate highly depends on solar activity. Indeed, the occurrence rate of ionospheric irregularities is about 9 % during solar maximum, whereas it drops to about 0 % during medium or low solar activity periods. Medium-scale ionospheric disturbances (MSTIDs) occurring during daytime in autumn/winter are the most recurrent pattern of the time series, with yearly proportions slightly varying with the solar cycle and an amplitude of about 10 % of the TEC background. Another recurrent irregularity type, though less frequent than MSTIDs, is the noise-like variability in TEC observed during summer nighttime, under quiet geomagnetic conditions. These summer nighttime irregularities exhibit amplitudes ranging between 8 and 15 % of the TEC background.

  18. Simulation of the low latitude ionosphere response to disturbed winds and electric fields: Brazilian region

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    Batista, Inez S.; Souza, Jonas; Bailey, Graham; Bravo, Manuel

    2016-07-01

    Modeling the ionosphere during disturbed periods is one of the most challenging tasks due to the complexity of the phenomena that affect the electric fields and the thermosphere environment as whole. It is well known that depending on the direction of the interplanetary magnetic field disturbance electric fields (undershielding or overshielding) can penetrate from high to low latitudes causing significant disturbances in the electron density distribution and in the equatorial ionization anomaly (EIA) development. Besides that, the large amount of energy deposited in the polar region during disturbed periods will be responsible for the generation of disturbed winds that will flow towards the equator where they produce a disturbance dynamo which also affects the EIA density distribution. The TIDs and TADs are also sources of disturbances that propagate at high velocity reaching the equator 2-3 hours after the beginning of the magnetic storm. In this work we use the Sheffield University Plasmasphere-Ionosphere Model at INPE (SUPIM-INPE), to simulate the drastic effects that were observed at the low latitude ionosphere in the Brazilian region during a very intense magnetic storm event. A few models are tested for the disturbed electric field and wind. The simulation results showed that the observations are better explained when considering a traveling waveform disturbance propagating from north to south at a velocity equal to 200 m/s.

  19. Observations and Modeling of the Nighttime Electron Density Enhancement in the Mid-latitude Ionosphere

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    Chen, C.; Saito, A.; Lin, C.; Huba, J. D.; Liu, J. G.

    2010-12-01

    In this study, we compare the observational data from FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC and theoretical model results performed by SAMI2 (Sami2 is Another Model of the Ionosphere) for studying the longitudinal structure of the Mid-latitude Summer Nighttime Anomaly (MSNA). In order to study the occurrence of the nighttime electron density enhancement, we defined MSNA index by the ratio of the difference of the nighttime and daytime electron densities. The observational results by the FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC satellites show that there are three obvious nighttime electron density enhancement areas around South American, European, and Northeast Asian regions during local summer. The SAMI2 model can also successfully reproduce the ionospheric MSNA structure during local summer on both hemispheres, except for Northeast Asian region. This difference between observation and model simulation may be caused by the difference between the neutral wind model and the real winds. The physical mechanisms for the longitudinal structure of the MSNA are investigated in the different model conditions. Results show that the equatorward meridional neutral winds can drive the electron density up to a higher altitude along the magnetic field lines and the longer plasma production rate by solar EUV at higher latitudes in the summer time can provide the electron density source in the nighttime ionosphere. We concluded that the combination effect by the neutral wind and the plasma production rate play the important role of the MSNA longitudinal structure.

  20. Multifractal behaviour of the ionospheric scintillation index time series over an Indian low latitude station Surat

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    Tanna, H. J.; Pathak, K. N.

    2014-03-01

    The amplitude scintillation information recorded by the GSV4004B GISTM (Global Ionospheric Scintillation TEC Monitor) GPS receiver at an Indian low latitude station Surat (21.16°N, 72.78°E) for 48 months during the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 are utilized in the present work. Multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis (MF-DFA) have been carried out along with computation of q-order fluctuation function, q-order Hurst exponent, q-order mass exponent and multifractal spectrums for each monthly post-sunset S4 index time series. The non-linear dependence of mass exponent and dependence of q-order Hurst exponent on q-values reflect the existence of nonlinear interaction between different scales and multifractal structure in the system, respectively. The comparison of broadness and shape of spectra with the occurrence of scintillation activities registered in the same period reveal the existence of multifractality/complexity in the turbulent ionosphere, which is influenced by the small-scale intermittency and solar flux indices. The truncation of the spectrum is the evidence of manifestation of small-scale intermittency of the turbulent ionosphere. The higher values of the Hölder exponent α0, calculated from the spectrum, imply the irregular nature of the underlying process. The present study suggests that, MF-DFA may act as an important non-linear technique for identifying the effect of large and small-scale fluctuations in complex and turbulent ionosphere.

  1. Anomalous ionospheric variations prior to major earthquakes during 2015 affecting Indian low latitude station Delhi

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    Gupta, Sumedha; Upadhayaya, Arun Kumar

    2016-07-01

    We have analyzed five major earthquakes (M>6) that occurred during the year 2015, affecting Indian ionosphere, using F2 layer critical frequency (foF2) data obtained using Digisonde from a low latitude station, Delhi (28.6°N, 77.2°E, 42.4°N dip). Normal day-to-day variability occurring in ionosphere is segregated by calculating F2 layer critical frequency variations (ΔfoF2) from the normal quiet time behavior apart from calculating interquartile range. We find that ionospheric F2 region across Delhi by and large shows some significant perturbations 3-4 days prior to these earthquake events. These observed perturbations indicate towards seismo-ionospheric coupling as solar and geomagnetic indices were normally quiet and stable during the period of these events. Further, it was also observed that the effect of earthquake was prominently observed even outside the earthquake preparation zone, calculated using Dobrovolsky et al. [1979].

  2. Response of the topside and bottomside ionosphere at low and middle latitudes to the October 2003 superstorms

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    Lei, Jiuhou; Zhu, Qingyu; Wang, Wenbin; Burns, Alan G.; Zhao, Biqiang; Luan, Xiaoli; Zhong, Jiahao; Dou, Xiankang

    2015-08-01

    Ionospheric observations from the ground-based GPS receiver network, CHAMP and GRACE satellites and ionosondes were used to examine topside and bottomside ionospheric variations at low and middle latitudes over the Pacific and American sectors during the October 2003 superstorms. The latitudinal variation and the storm time response of the ground-based GPS total electron content (TEC) were generally consistent with those of the CHAMP and GRACE up-looking TEC. The TECs at heights below the satellite altitudes during the main phases were comparable to, or even less than, the quiet time values. However, the storm time CHAMP and GRACE up-looking TECs showed profound increases at low and middle latitudes. The ground-based TEC and ionosonde data were also combined to study the TEC variations below and above the F2 peak height (hmF2). The topside TECs above hmF2 at low and middle latitudes showed significant increases during storm time; however, the bottomside TEC below hmF2 did not show so obvious changes. Consequently, the bottomside ionosphere made only a minor contribution to the ionospheric positive phase seen in the total TEC at low and middle latitudes. Moreover, at middle latitudes F2 peak electron densities during storm time did not have the obvious enhancements that were seen in both the ground-based and topside TECs, although they were accompanied by increases of hmF2. Therefore, storm time TEC changes are not necessarily related to changes in ionospheric peak densities. Our results suggest that TEC increases at low and middle latitudes are also associated with effective plasma scale height variations during storms.

  3. Space weather disturbances in the ionosphere-thermosphere-electrodynamics system at middle and low latitudes

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    Schunk, Robert

    2012-07-01

    It has been clearly established that the ionosphere-thermosphere-electrodynamics system can vary significantly from hour to hour and from day to day. The hour-to-hour variations are associated with weather disturbances, which can produce mesoscale (100-1000 km) structures and plasma irregularities. For the ionosphere, these weather disturbances include Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances (TIDs), sporadic E layers, He ^{+} layers in the topside ionosphere, descending intermediate layers, ridges of enhanced ionization (Storm Enhanced Densities), a 4-wave signature, spread-F, and equatorial plasma bubbles. For the thermosphere, the weather disturbances include upward propagating waves from the lower atmosphere (planetary, tidal and gravity waves), Traveling Atmospheric Disturbances (TADs) generated at high latitudes, storm-time O/N _{2} depletions, and neutral gas perturbations both at the terminator and in the regions containing equatorial plasma bubbles. The current state of our knowledge of weather disturbances in the middle and low latitude ionosphere-thermosphere-electrodynamics system will be reviewed.

  4. Weather disturbances in the ionosphere-thermosphere system at middle and low latitudes

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    Schunk, Robert

    It has been clearly established that the ionosphere-thermosphere system exhibits both a back-ground state (climatology) and a disturbed state (weather). At mid-latitudes, the background ionospheric state is characterized by an electron density distribution that tends to be uniform, with a gradual transition from high electron densities on the dayside to low electron densities on the nightside. At low latitudes, the main characteristic feature is the Equatorial Ionization Anomaly (EIA), which corresponds to ionization peaks that are located on both sides of the magnetic equator. The background thermospheric state at mid-and low-latitudes tends to be uniform, with gentle winds blowing around the globe from the sub-solar point. However, su-perimposed on these background states are storm-time disturbances, mesoscale (100-1000 km) structures, and plasma irregularities. For the ionosphere, these include traveling ionospheric disturbances (TIDs), sporadic E layers, He+ layers in the topside ionosphere, descending inter-mediate layers, ridges of enhanced ionization (Storm Enhanced Densities), a 4-wave signature, spread-F, and equatorial plasma bubbles. For the thermosphere, the weather disturbances include upward propagating waves from the lower atmosphere (planetary, tidal and gravity waves), Traveling Atmospheric Disturbances (TADs) generated at high latitudes, storm-time O/N2 depletions, and neutral gas perturbations at the terminator and in the regions contain-ing equatorial plasma bubbles. These and other weather disturbances in the middle and low latitude ionosphere-thermosphere system will be discussed.

  5. TEC disturbances during major Sudden Stratospheric Warmings in the mid-latitude ionosphere.

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    Polyakova, Anna; Voeykov, Sergey; Chernigovskaya, Marina; Perevalova, Natalia

    Using total electron content (TEC) global ionospheric maps, dual-frequency GPS receivers TEC data and MLS (Microwave Limb Sounder, EOS Aura) atmospheric temperature data the ionospheric disturbances during the strong sudden stratospheric warmings (SSWs) of 2008/2009 and 2012/2013 winters are investigated in Russia's Asia region. It is established that during the SSW maximum the midday TEC decrease and the night/morning TEC increase compared to quiet days are observed in the mid-latitude ionosphere. As a result it caused the decrease of the diurnal TEC variations amplitude of about two times in comparison with the undisturbed level. The analysis of TEC deviations from the background level during the SSWs has shown that deviations dynamics vary depending on the observation point position. Negative deviations of TEC are registered in the ionosphere above the region of maximum stratosphere heating (the region of the stratospheric circulation change) as well as above the anticyclone. On the contrary, TEC values increase compared to the quiet day's values above the stratosphere cyclone. It is shown that during maximum phase of a warming, and within several days after it the amplification of wave TEC variations intensity with periods of up to 60 min is registered in ionosphere. The indicated effects may be attributed to the vertical transfer of molecular gas from a stratospheric heating region to the thermosphere as well as to the increase in activity of planetary and gravity waves which is usually observed during strong SSWs. The study is supported by the RF President Grant of Public Support for RF Leading Scientific Schools (NSh-2942.2014.5), the RF President Grant No. MK-3771.2012.5 and RFBR Grant No. 12-05-00865_а.

  6. High Latitude Ionospheric Scintillation: Detection and Isolation From Oscillator Phase Noise as Applied to GNSS

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    Morrison, Aiden

    This thesis investigates the detection of high latitude ionospheric scintillation effects using data collected by the author during two field exercises into the Canadian low arctic and high arctic regions during March and October--November 2008 respectively. The effect of ionospheric phase scintillation in these regions is studied through the observation of the influence it has on both the L1CA and L2C modernized GPS signals simultaneously. A pulsation detection method is proposed and investigated which identifies, and in turn exploits an apparent high level of correlation between the phase effects present on the L1 and L2 GPS carriers during low arctic pulsation events. Using this data, the level of correlated activity between the civil GPS signals during both polar and auroral scintillation events is related to the physical scale sizes of detectable ionospheric features. As a further novel contribution the presentation of a method for estimating the epoch to epoch phase change in the local oscillator over millisecond time scales is presented. This method is potentially capable of providing apparent phase stability commensurate with the use of an ovenized quartz oscillator within equipment actually utilizing an inexpensive (e.g. TCXO) oscillator, thereby allowing phase scintillation detection while using very low cost user equipment. An appendix detailing the design and development of a multi channel multi GNSS wide bandwidth research front-end for use in future investigations is included.

  7. Middle- and low-latitude ionosphere response to 2015 St. Patrick's Day geomagnetic storm

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    Nava, B.; Rodríguez-Zuluaga, J.; Alazo-Cuartas, K.; Kashcheyev, A.; Migoya-Orué, Y.; Radicella, S. M.; Amory-Mazaudier, C.; Fleury, R.

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents a study of the St Patrick's Day storm of 2015, with its ionospheric response at middle and low latitudes. The effects of the storm in each longitudinal sector (Asian, African, American, and Pacific) are characterized using global and regional electron content. At the beginning of the storm, one or two ionospheric positive storm effects are observed depending on the longitudinal zones. After the main phase of the storm, a strong decrease in ionization is observed at all longitudes, lasting several days. The American region exhibits the most remarkable increase in vertical total electron content (vTEC), while in the Asian sector, the largest decrease in vTEC is observed. At low latitudes, using spectral analysis, we were able to separate the effects of the prompt penetration of the magnetospheric convection electric field (PPEF) and of the disturbance dynamo electric field (DDEF) on the basis of ground magnetic data. Concerning the PPEF, Earth's magnetic field oscillations occur simultaneously in the Asian, African, and American sectors, during southward magnetization of the Bz component of the interplanetary magnetic field. Concerning the DDEF, diurnal magnetic oscillations in the horizontal component H of the Earth's magnetic field exhibit a behavior that is opposed to the regular one. These diurnal oscillations are recognized to last several days in all longitudinal sectors. The observational data obtained by all sensors used in the present paper can be interpreted on the basis of existing theoretical models.

  8. What in situ measurements of thermal electrons tell us about electron heating in the high-latitude ionosphere

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    Lund, E. J.; Lessard, M.; Cohen, I. J.; Lynch, K. A.

    2012-12-01

    The transfer of energy from precipitating particles and incoming photons to ionospheric plasma is a key issue in the physics of the high-latitude ionosphere. However, in situ measurements of electron temperature in the ionosphere have historically been difficult to make. Over the past decade, we have flown several rockets equipped with an electron retarding potential analyzer (ERPA), an instrument designed to measure thermal electrons in the ionosphere. These missions include launches into the cusp (SERSIO, SCIFER-2) and nightside aurora (CASCADES-2, ACES, MICA). In the cusp, the soft electron precipitation which is found in regions of ion outflow leads to increases in electron temperature due to energy deposition in the E and lower F region. The electron temperature increase at sounding rocket altitudes (500--1500~km) is delayed by ˜100~s with respect to the precipitation. By contrast, the higher energy of precipitating electrons in the nightside aurora makes them less effective at heating ionospheric electrons at these altitudes, while in downward current regions ionospheric electrons are found to be cooler than in upward current regions. We discuss the implications of these results for the ionospheric ion outflow problem as well as future prospects for in situ electron temperature measurements.

  9. Mid-Latitude Ionospheric Disturbances Due to Geomagnetic Storms at ISS Altitudes

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    Minow, Joseph I.; Willis, Emily M.; Neergaard Parker, Linda

    2014-01-01

    Spacecraft charging of the International Space Station (ISS) is dominated by interaction of the US high voltage solar arrays with the F2-region ionosphere plasma environment. ISS solar array charging is enhanced in a high electron density environment due to the increased thermal electron currents to the edges of the solar cells. High electron temperature environments suppress charging due to formation of barrier potentials on the charged solar cell cover glass that restrict the charging currents to the cell edge [Mandell et al., 2003]. Environments responsible for strong solar array charging are therefore characterized by high electron densities and low electron temperatures. In support of the ISS space environmental effects engineering community, we are working to understand a number of features of solar array charging and to determine how well future charging behavior can be predicted from in-situ plasma density and temperature measurements. One aspect of this work is a need to characterize the magnitude of electron density and temperature variations that occur at ISS orbital altitudes (approximately 400 km) over time scales of days, the latitudes over which significant variations occur, and the time periods over which the disturbances persist once they start. This presentation provides examples of mid-latitude electron density and temperature disturbances at altitudes relevant to ISS using data sets and tools developed for our ISS plasma environment study. "Mid-latitude" is defined as the extra-tropical region between approx. 30 degrees to approx. 60 degrees magnetic latitude sampled by ISS over its 51.6 degree inclination orbit. We focus on geomagnetic storm periods because storms are well known drivers for disturbances in the ionospheric plasma environment.

  10. Ionospheric TEC variations at mid-latitudes obsereved using SBAS L1/L5 signals.

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    Padokhin, A. M.; Kunitsyn, V.; Kurbatov, G.; Yasyukevich, Y.

    2014-12-01

    With the development of Satellite based augmentation systems (SBAS) the dual frequency L1/L5 observations from a number of geostationary satellites are now available. It provides the possibility to retrieve ionospheric total electron content (TEC) from these observations using the same approach as for dual frequency GPS/GLONASS observations. In this work we study L1/L5 signals of Indian GAGAN geostationary satellites observed with geodetic GNSS receivers at several stations at mid-latitudes and estimate corresponding geostationary TEC and errors of such estimations. TEC RMS was found to reach up to 1.5 TECU with typical values of 0.25-0.5 TECU which is several times greater than for common GPS/GLONASS observations. TEC RMS also manifests UT-dynamics which is specific for the chosen geostationary satellite and not relevant to the receiver site and signal paths. SBAS TEC was found to be in good agreement with the data of nearest ionosondes taking into account low elevation angles of SBAS satellites already at mid-latitudes and spatial gradients of electron density along the ray paths. We also present the wavelet analysis of geostationary TEC, providing typical periods of observed variations at different time scales (from tens of minutes to tens of days) and discuss the capabilities of SBAS TEC observations in connection with ionospheric effects of solar flares.

  11. Longitudinal Variations of Low-Latitude Gravity Waves and Their Impacts on the Ionosphere

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    Cullens, C. Y.; England, S.; Immel, T. J.

    2014-12-01

    The lower atmospheric forcing has important roles in the ionospheric variability. However, influences of lower atmospheric gravity waves on the ionospheric variability are still not clear due to the simplified gravity wave parameterizations and the limited knowledge of gravity wave distributions. In this study, we aim to study the longitudinal variations of gravity waves and their impacts of longitudinal variations of low-latitude gravity waves on the ionospheric variability. Our SABER results show that longitudinal variations of gravity waves at the lower boundary of TIME-GCM are the largest in June-August and January-February. We have implemented these low-latitude gravity wave variations from SABER instrument into TIME-GCM model. TIME-GCM simulation results of ionospheric responses to longitudinal variations of gravity waves and physical mechanisms will be discussed.

  12. The Ionospheric Long-term Changes At Mid and High Latitude Regions

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    Alfonsi, L.; de Franceschi, G.; Perrone, L.

    Several investigations have been recently carried out to contribute to the general de- bate on the long-term behaviour of the ionosphere. After some investigations on foF2 polar data based on hourly and monthly median values a general negative trend was found. In this paper hourly ionospheric data acquired along 3 solar cycles at mid and high latitude regions are analysed for deeper investigating on the natural and/or an- thropogenic origin of the observed trends.

  13. Time-dependent three-dimensional (latitude, longitude, altitude) response of the ionosphere to the 2009 SSW event

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    Azeem, S. I.; Crowley, G.; Reynolds, A.

    2013-12-01

    Recent studies have shown variations in the low and mid latitude ionosphere that are linked to Sudden Stratospheric Warming events. These studies suggest that during SSW events the equatorial electric fields vary in a quasi-deterministic way, producing vertical plasma drifts that deviate from climatological values more than expected. Although previous studies have provided important information on the ionospheric response to SSW events, they have been fairly localized. Therefore, broader observational capabilities and data are required that can unambiguously reveal the instantaneous global response of the ionosphere to SSW events. In this paper, we present four-dimensional (latitude, longitude, height and time) results of the Ionospheric Data Assimilation Four-Dimensional (IDA4D) algorithm to describe a global view of the ionospheric response to the 2009 SSW event. We use the IDA4D to assimilate ionosondes, ground-based GPS TEC, DORIS, CHAMP and GRACE occultation measurements for several days in January 2009 during the SSW event. IDA4D results show that at the peak of the 2009 SSW event, TEC values in the low latitudes were elevated in the morning hours while they were suppressed in the evening sector. The effects of enhanced dynamo forcing during the January 2009 SSW were also captured by the IDA4D showing an increased separation of the Appleton Anomaly peaks. The IDA4D results will be discussed in the context of horizontal, vertical and temporal evolution of ionospheric disturbances associated with the 2009 SSW event. The evolution of longitudinal, local time, and height (where applicable) variations of various plasma parameters (such as Ne, TEC, NmF2, hmF2, foF2) through the full 2009 SSW cycle (including genesis, onset, and recovery) will be presented.

  14. Mid-latitude ionospheric response to active experiments

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    Foster, John C.

    Understanding the ion chemistry and conditions leading to the formation of ionospheric depletions (ionospheric holes) was an important objective of the NASA active ionospheric experiment program. Millstone Hill radar observations were used to monitor the magnitude and temporal extent of the plasma holes produced under varying conditions. The major objective of the completed project was to provide radar diagnostic support for individual NASA rocket campaigns flown from Wallops Island. Two rocket programs, NICARE and REDAIR 2, were selected by NASA for radar support during the proposal period and pre-launch and in-flight radar observations were provided for each as well as basic reduction of the acquired data for scientific analysis. Radar operations and analysis for both of these experiments were performed as proposed and the work on these projects at M.I.T. was completed.

  15. First results on climatological response of Indian low latitude ionosphere to geomagnetic storms during solar cycle 23 and 24

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    Suresh, Sunanda; Dashora, Nirvikar

    2016-07-01

    For the first time, a climatological response of low latitude ionosphere to geomagnetic storms is presented using long term global ionospheric maps (GIM) data from June 1998 to June 2015 covering two solar cycles 23 and 24. The results are not only the first from Indian region but also the first around the globe to bring latitudinal character of daytime ionospheric storms with use of newly defined criteria. The results are presented for daytime forenoon and afternoon sectors under minor, moderate and major ionospheric storm categories based on minimum Dst index criterion. For the first time the effectiveness of storms is identified using monthly standard deviation as an indicator of the day-to-day variability in equatorial and low latitude ionosphere. Thus results on climatology are definitive and form a data base that would be comparable to statistical results from any other longitude and time. Seasonal statistics for total storms, effective positive and negative storms, and amplitude of mean seasonal perturbation in total electron content are obtained. Total and effective storms are found to be higher in solar cycle 23 than in 24 and only couple of effective storms occurred during low solar activity 2007-2009 that also in minor category. Afternoon sector is found to be favourable for occurrence of maximum number of effective positive storms. A latitudinal preference is found for a given storm to be effective in either time sectors. Equinoctial asymmetry in ionospheric response both in terms of occurrence and perturbation amplitude is found. September equinoxes are found to bear maximum total, effective positive and negative storms. Winters are found more prone to negative storms whereas summers have recorded minimum number of either of storms and minimum perturbation amplitudes.

  16. Characterization of ionospheric variability in TEC using EOF and wavelets over low-latitude GNSS stations

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    Dabbakuti, J. R. K. Kumar; Venkata Ratnam, D.

    2016-06-01

    Investigation of ionospheric variability is essential for improving the daily ionospheric modeling and forecasting services of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) applications. As India is a low-latitude region, more care has to be taken here to characterize the ionosphere due to irregularities and Equatorial Ionization Anomaly (EIA) conditions. Therefore, an appropriate method is required to diagnose the ionospheric variations during geomagnetic, solar and other disturbances. In this paper, the temporal ionospheric time delay variations were studied based on the Empirical Orthogonal Function (EOF) analysis and wavelet transforms (WT).These analyses were carried out with Total Electron Content (TEC) datasets obtained from three GNSS stations located in low-latitude regions. EOF analysis was performed on the TEC datasets, which were decomposed into a time series of orthogonal eigen values (or base functions) and associated coefficients. EOF base functions and their associated coefficients signify the hourly time variations and the day of the year variations. The results reveal that the first few EOFs represented the majority of TEC variability pertaining to the physical processes of the ionosphere. The accuracy of the EOF model was validated by the evaluation of observational TEC data with International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) 2012 models. The EOF model coefficients for each GNSS station showed a strong correlation with the IRI models and also described the correlation between the impacts of the level of geomagnetic activity on the ionosphere. The correlation coefficients for the first three EOFs were more than 0.95. The phase relationship of ionospheric TEC anomalies, with respect to the geomagnetic indices (Dst), were analyzed by wavelet transforms.

  17. Goose Bay radar observations of earth-reflected atmospheric gravity waves in the high-latitude ionosphere

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    Ruohoniemi, J.M.; Greenwald, R.A.; Baker, K.B.; Samson, J.C.

    1990-05-03

    An HF backscatter radar at Goose Bay, Labrador made it possible to observe irregularities in the distribution of ionospheric ionization at E and F region altitudes (100 - 600 km) in the high-latitude (65 - 85 deg Lambda) ionosphere. Recently it has been established that the passage of atmospheric gravity waves perturbs the ionosphere in ways that are readily detected in returns that reflect off the ionospheric layers. The particular strength of the technique lies in the nearly instantaneous measurement of gravity wave effects over large areas ( 1 million sq. km). With this information the propagation of gravity waves can be accurately modelled. Generally gravity waves are observed during daylight hours propagating away from the auroral electrojets. The propagation mode involves penetration of wave energy through the lower atmosphere and subsequent reflection by the earth's surface. The frequencies associated with the waves lie in the 0.4 - 0.6 mHz range and the wavelengths vary from 300 to 500 km. The excitation sources appear to lie in the vicinity of the high-latitude electrojets. In this paper we outline the analysis of gravity wave effects on HF propagation and present an example of a modelled gravity wave event.

  18. Assimilated Low Latitude Ionosphere Variability During the First CAWSES Space Wether Campaign

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    Sojka, J. J.; Schunk, R. W.; Scherliess, L.; Thompson, D. C.

    2004-12-01

    The Utah State University (SUS) Global Assimilation of Ionospheric Measurements (GAIM) has been used to study the first CAWSES Space Weather Campaign period (March 25 through April 5). This period is noteworthy in two distinct ways. First, there is an extended three-day very quiet geomagnetic period, which is followed almost immediately by a marked change in the ionosphere associated with severe geomagnetic activity. GAIM, for this study, assimilated over 500 groundbased GPS TEC and 18 digisonde measurements. The background ionosphere was driven by climatology models that responded to the geomagnetic Kp and solar F10.7 indices. The GAIM assimilation results show that the ionosphere at low latitudes is highly responsive to (a) quiet time variability from "drivers" that are relatively unknown, and (b) during the storm from drivers assumed to be associated with high latitude auroral inputs, but again relatively unspecific. However, the strength of the assimilation approach is that the observed electron density and total electron density, when assimilated, redistributes the background model ionosphere to reveal both the quiet-time and disturbed ionospheric variability. These GAIM results will be presented with comparison to the purely climatology background.

  19. The domination of Saturn's low-latitude ionosphere by ring 'rain'.

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    O'Donoghue, J; Stallard, T S; Melin, H; Jones, G H; Cowley, S W H; Miller, S; Baines, K H; Blake, J S D

    2013-04-11

    Saturn's ionosphere is produced when the otherwise neutral atmosphere is exposed to a flow of energetic charged particles or solar radiation. At low latitudes the solar radiation should result in a weak planet-wide glow in the infrared, corresponding to the planet's uniform illumination by the Sun. The observed electron density of the low-latitude ionosphere, however, is lower and its temperature higher than predicted by models. A planet-to-ring magnetic connection has been previously suggested, in which an influx of water from the rings could explain the lower-than-expected electron densities in Saturn's atmosphere. Here we report the detection of a pattern of features, extending across a broad latitude band from 25 to 60 degrees, that is superposed on the lower-latitude background glow, with peaks in emission that map along the planet's magnetic field lines to gaps in Saturn's rings. This pattern implies the transfer of charged species derived from water from the ring-plane to the ionosphere, an influx on a global scale, flooding between 30 to 43 per cent of the surface of Saturn's upper atmosphere. This ring 'rain' is important in modulating ionospheric emissions and suppressing electron densities. PMID:23579676

  20. The domination of Saturn's low-latitude ionosphere by ring `rain'

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    O'Donoghue, J.; Stallard, T. S.; Melin, H.; Jones, G. H.; Cowley, S. W. H.; Miller, S.; Baines, K. H.; Blake, J. S. D.

    2013-04-01

    Saturn's ionosphere is produced when the otherwise neutral atmosphere is exposed to a flow of energetic charged particles or solar radiation. At low latitudes the solar radiation should result in a weak planet-wide glow in the infrared, corresponding to the planet's uniform illumination by the Sun. The observed electron density of the low-latitude ionosphere, however, is lower and its temperature higher than predicted by models. A planet-to-ring magnetic connection has been previously suggested, in which an influx of water from the rings could explain the lower-than-expected electron densities in Saturn's atmosphere. Here we report the detection of a pattern of features, extending across a broad latitude band from 25 to 60 degrees, that is superposed on the lower-latitude background glow, with peaks in emission that map along the planet's magnetic field lines to gaps in Saturn's rings. This pattern implies the transfer of charged species derived from water from the ring-plane to the ionosphere, an influx on a global scale, flooding between 30 to 43 per cent of the surface of Saturn's upper atmosphere. This ring `rain' is important in modulating ionospheric emissions and suppressing electron densities.

  1. Investigation of Ionospheric response to Geomagnetic Storms over a Low Latitude Station, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

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    Jimoh, Oluwaseyi E.; Yesufu, Thomas K.; Ariyibi, Emmanuel A.

    2016-05-01

    Due to several complexities associated with the equatorial ionosphere, and the significant role which the total electron content (TEC) variability plays in GPS signal transmission, there is the need to monitor irregularities in TEC during storm events. The GPS SCINDA receiver data at Ile-Ife, Nigeria, was analysed with a view to characterizing the ionospheric response to geomagnetic storms on 9 March and 1 October 2012. Presently, positive storm effects, peaks in TEC which were associated with prompt penetration of electric fields and changes in neutral gas composition were observed for the storms. The maximum percentage deviation in TEC of about 120 and 45% were observed for 9 March and 1 October 2012, respectively. An obvious negative percentage TEC deviation subsequent to sudden storm commencement (SSC) was observed and besides a geomagnetic storm does not necessarily suggest a high scintillation intensity (S4) index. The present results show that magnetic storm events at low latitude regions may have an adverse effect on navigation and communication systems.

  2. Small-scale ionospheric troughs detected over a range of mid-latitude locations

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    Bowman, G. G.

    1991-07-01

    Spread-F structures at three spaced midlatitude stations (Canberra, 45 deg CGlat; Bribie Island, 36 deg CGlat; Townsville, 28 deg CGlat) obtained by N(h) analyses reveal modulated ionospheric height rises, electron-density depletions with spread-F recorded during the recovery stage of these ionospheric structure changes. At Bribie Island, fixed-frequency phase-path measurements (at 1.98 MHz) reveal a traveling ionospheric disturbance wavetrain of several cycles (periodicity 25 m) before and during the height rise associated with the spread-F event. When these midlatitude spread-F characteristics (including speeds of movement) are compared with those related to the daytime trough in high-latitude regions, the two phenomena are found to be similar. However, the magnitudes of the high-latitude changes are much greater than for the midlatitude spread-F events. It is suggested that both phenomena may result from the breaking of atmospheric gravity waves.

  3. Modeling study of the mid-latitude ionospheric nighttime electron density enhancement by SAMI3

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    Chen, C.; Huba, J. D.; Saito, A.; Lin, C.; Liu, J. G.; Chang, L. C.

    2012-12-01

    The mid-latitude summer nighttime anomaly (MSNA) is a feature that the nighttime electron density is larger than in the daytime around the mid-latitude ionosphere. This anomaly was first detected in the southern hemisphere five decades ago and reported in the northern hemisphere recently. Previous studies presented the electron density structure of MSNA by satellite observation data and found that MSNA is clearly seen at 300 km altitude during local summer around South American, European, and Northeast Asian regions. A three-dimensional self-consistent model, SAMI3 (Sami3 is Also a Model of the Ionosphere), with inputting neutral wind data from TIEGCM (Thermosphere Ionosphere Electrodynamics General Circulation Model) model is used to simulate the MSNA feature and further discuss its mechanisms. The comparisons between observation data and the model simulation results suggest that the equatorial neutral winds play the most important role in the formation of MSNA.

  4. Mid-Latitude Ionospheric Disturbances Due to Geomagnetic Storms at ISS Altitudes

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    Minow, Joseph I.; Willis, Emily M.; Parker, Linda Neergaard

    2014-01-01

    Spacecraft charging of the International Space Station (ISS) is dominated by the interaction of the high voltage US solar arrays with the F2-region ionospheric plasma environment. We are working to fully understand the charging behavior of the ISS solar arrays and determine how well future charging behavior can be predicted from in-situ measurements of plasma density and temperature. One aspect of this work is a need to characterize the magnitude of electron density and temperature variations that may be encountered at ISS orbital altitudes (approximately 400 km), the latitudes over which they occur, and the time periods for which the disturbances persist. We will present preliminary results from a study of ionospheric disturbances in the "mid-latitude" region defined as the approximately 30 - 60 degree extra-equatorial magnetic latitudes sampled by ISS. The study is focused on geomagnetic storm periods because they are well known drivers for disturbances in the high-latitude and mid-latitude ionospheric plasma. Changes in the F2 peak electron density obtained from ground based ionosonde records are compared to in-situ electron density and temperature measurements from the CHAMP and ISS spacecraft at altitudes near, or above, the F2 peak. Results from a number of geomagnetic storms will be presented and their potential impact on ISS charging will be discussed.

  5. Analysis of total electron content (TEC) variations in the low- and middle-latitude ionosphere

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    Shim, Ja Soon

    Detailed study of the spatial correlations of day-to-day ionospheric TEC variations on a global scale was performed for four 30-day-long periods in 2004 (January, March/April, June/July, September/October) using observations from more than 1000 ground-based GPS receivers. In order to obtain the spatial correlations, initially, the day-to-day variability was calculated by first mapping the observed slant TEC values for each 5-minute GPS ground receiver-satellite pair to the vertical and then differencing it with its corresponding value from the previous day. This resulted in more than 150 million values of day-to-day change in TEC (DeltaTEC). Next, statistics were performed on the DeltaTEC values. The study indicates strong correlations between geomagnetic conjugate points, and these correlations are larger at low latitudes than at middle latitudes. Typical correlation lengths, defined as the angular separation at which the correlation coefficient drops to 0.7, were found to be larger at middle latitudes than at low latitudes. The correlation lengths are larger during daytime than during nighttime. The results indicate that the spatial correlation is largely independent of season. These spatial correlations are important for understanding the physical mechanisms that cause ionospheric weather variability and are also relevant to data assimilation. In an effort to better understand the effects of neutral wind and electric field on the TEC variability, a physics-based numerical Ionosphere/Plasmasphere Model (IPM) was used. The model solves the transport equations for the six ions, O+,NO +, O+2,N+2, H+, and He+, on convecting flux tubes that realistically follow the geomagnetic field. Two of the inputs required by the IPM are the thermospheric neutral wind and the low-latitude electric field, which can be given by existing empirical model or externally specified by the user. To study the relative importance of the neutral wind and the electric field for the TEC

  6. Coherent radar estimates of average high-latitude ionospheric Joule heating

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    Kosch, M.J.; Nielsen, E.

    1995-07-01

    The Scandinavian Twin Auroral Radar Experiment (STARE) and Sweden and Britain Radar Experiment (SABRE) bistatic coherent radar systems have been employed to estimate the spatial and temporal variation of the ionospheric Joule heating in the combined geographic latitude range 63.8 deg - 72.6 deg (corrected geomagnetic latitude 61.5 deg - 69.3 deg) over Scandinavia. The 173 days of good observations with all four radars have been analyzed during the period 1982 to 1986 to estimate the average ionospheric electric field versus time and latitude. The AE dependent empirical model of ionospheric Pedersen conductivity of Spiro et al. (1982) has been used to calculate the Joule heating. The latitudinal and diurnal variation of Joule heating as well as the estimated mean hemispherical heating of 1.7 x 10(exp 11) W are in good agreement with earlier results. Average Joule heating was found to vary linearly with the AE, AU, and AL indices and as a second-order power law with Kp. The average Joule heating was also examined as a function of the direction and magnitude of the interplanetary magnetic field. It has been shown for the first time that the ionospheric electric field magnitude as well as the Joule heating increase with increasingly negative (southward) Bz.

  7. Analysis of local ionospheric variability based on SVD and MDS at low-latitude GNSS stations

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    Dabbakuti, J. R. K. Kumar; Devanaboyina, Venkata Ratnam; Kanchumarthi, S. Ramesh

    2016-06-01

    Investigation of ionospheric anomalies during equatorial and low latitude is of major concern for modeling and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) applications. Total electron content (TEC) varies with the ionospheric conditions, which will lead to the errors in the global positioning system (GPS) measurements. It is therefore a method that is necessary to characterize the ionospheric anomalies for satellite-based navigation systems. In this study, characterization of ionospheric variations based on the singular value decomposition (SVD) and classical multidimensional scaling (MDS) methods was studied. The yearly and daily variations are decomposed from the GPS-TEC, international reference ionosphere (IRI) 2007 and IRI 2012 models TEC over the three low-latitude GNSS stations located at Koneru Lakshmaiah University (KLU-Guntur), Hyderabad and Bangalore, respectively. From the results, it is found that there is a strong correlation between GPS-TEC and IRI models. The correlation coefficient for the first three singular values is more than 0.86. From this, it is possible to reconstruct more than 85 % of the variability contained in global GPS-derived VTEC data (for year 2013) by using only the first three modes. The semiannual variation has maximum value during March-April and September-October and has minimum value during June-July. It is observed that the annual variations have maximum value in summer and minimum value in winter, and the amplitudes decrease with increasing latitude. Further, opposite latitudinal asymmetry among annual and semiannual variations for three GNSS stations is noticed. SVD and MDS methods clearly show time-varying characteristics and the absence of the winter anomaly at low-latitude GNSS stations.

  8. Dynamics of the low latitude thermosphere and ionosphere

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    Burnside, R.G.

    1984-01-01

    Nighttime thermospheric neutral wind velocities were determined at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, by using a Fabry-Perot interferometer, which measures the Doppler shift of the O(/sup 1/D) airglow emission. In summer, the winds are observed to flow toward the southeast between sunset and midnight. After midnight in summer, the meridional component of the wind usually slackens, while the zonal component may reverse. By contrast, in winter, the meridional wind is often small, and the predominant flow is eastward throughout the night. Vertical winds are inferred from the divergence of the horizontal flow. A maximum downward flow of about 5 m s..pi../sup 1/ is observed near midnight in summer. Incoherent scatter radar measurements were used to calculate the O/sup +/ diffusion velocity and infer the vertical profile of the meridional wind. Horizontal temperature gradients and ion-drag forces were evaluated from radar measurements. It is concluded that it may sometimes be necesary to include viscous forces to balance the meridional equation of motion for the neutral gas. Electrical conductivities of the E and F layers of the nighttime ionosphere were determined. The F layer Pedersen conductivity at the magnetically conjugate point was evaluated using ionosonde data. The F layer dynamo mechanism was found to be the source of most of the nighttime electric fields observed at Arecibo.

  9. The Ionospheric Model Adaptation to the Auroral Latitudes With UHF EISCAT Radar and Tromso Magnetometer Data

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    Nikolaeva, Vera; Gordeev, Evgeny; Kotikov, Andrey

    E-layer Auroral Ionosphere Model (E-AIM) developed in Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute can provide temporal and spatial distribution of the main ionosphere parameters: ion and electron density distribution in the altitude range from 90 to 150 km. The statistical study of E-layer electron density dependence on substorm activity was made to improve model results in high latitudes. About fifty substorms were included to the data analysis. Particular attention was paid to the dynamics of magnetic disturbances and ionospheric parameters measured by the radar. Correlation of electron density values measured by the UHF EISCAT incoherent scattering radar with geomagnetic indices was determined. Applicability of geomagnetic indices as input parameters of the local E-AIM model was estimated.

  10. Extension of convection modeling into the high-latitude ionosphere - Some theoretical difficulties

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    Wolf, R. A.; Spiro, R. W.; Rich, F. J.

    1991-09-01

    The Rice Convection Model (RCM) is extended and merged with empirical models so as to cover the entire high-latitude ionosphere with the aim of providing precipitation and electric field inputs for ionosphere and thermosphere modelers and producing a model in which the boundaries of the precipitation and electric field patterns maintain physically consistent relationships to each other. The computed auroral electron energy flux, plotted as a function of latitude, exhibited an exaggerated two-peak structure. When no floor was placed under the precipitation rate, the minimum between the two peaks was much too deep to be consistent with typical observations. The regions of excessively weak precipitation map to equatorial distances of 15-35 RE and thus to the regions of the plasma sheet that were not included in previous self-consistent convection calculations.

  11. a Study of Ionospheric Low Latitude Velocity and Density Irregularity Correlations during Solar Minimum

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    Haaser, R. A.; Earle, G. D.; Heelis, R. A.; Klenzing, J. H.; Coley, W. R.; Stoneback, R. A.; Burrell, A. B.

    2010-12-01

    The C/NOFS satellite has measured ionospheric plasma density irregularities at low latitudes on scales larger than 10 km over a full set of seasons. The focus of this study is on data from the Ion Velocity Meter (IVM) from Jan-Dec 2009 for pre-midnight and post-midnight times when the data are most reliable. Correlations between the normalized changes in density and velocity (dni/n and dv-horz,vert) during spread-F events (plasma bubbles through the f-peak) and localized plasma enhancements associated with those events are analyzed and compared to investigate seasonal, spatial, and temporal properties during the 2009 solar minimum conditions. The correlations presented and their relationship to the unusually quiescent background conditions in this epoch challenge our understanding and add significantly to our knowledge of ionospheric irregularity events and distribution statistics at low latitudes during solar minimum.

  12. Trends of ionospheric irregularities over African low latitude region during quiet geomagnetic conditions

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    Mungufeni, Patrick; Habarulema, John Bosco; Jurua, Edward

    2016-02-01

    The occurrence patterns of ionospheric irregularities during quiet geomagnetic conditions over the African low latitude region were analysed. GNSS-derived Total Electron Content of the ionosphere data during the period 2001-2012 were used. The data were obtained from Libreville, Gabon (0.35°N, 9.68°E, geographic, 8.05°S, magnetic), Mbarara, Uganda (0.60°S, 30.74°E, geographic, 10.22°S, magnetic), and Malindi, Kenya (2.99°S, 40.19°E, geographic, 12.42°S, magnetic). The rate of change of total electron content index greater than 0.5 TECU/Min were considered as severe ionospheric irregularities. For most of the time, the strength of ionospheric irregularities in March equinox were greater than those during September equinox over East Africa and an opposite observation was made over West Africa. These asymmetries might be due to the direction of the meridional winds during equinoxes over the different stations. Severity of ionospheric irregularity reduced from west towards the east. This might have been related to the decreasing geomagnetic field strength from east towards the west. This is the first study that reveals the equinoctial asymmetry is different in the West and East African sectors. Moreover, the importance of this study lies in the fact that it has used extensive data to examine the isolated and un-explained earlier observations of equinoctial asymmetry and longitudinal variation of ionospheric irregularities over the African low latitude region.

  13. Interactive Ion-Neutral Dynamics in the Low Latitude Evening Ionosphere

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    Evonosky, W. R.; Richmond, A. D.; Fang, T. W.; Maute, A. I.

    2015-12-01

    Neutral winds in the ionosphere drive global electrodynamic phenomena which alter theupper-atmosphere so significantly that they can affect the orbit of satellites andground-to-spacecraft communications. Understanding these winds and what drives them is centralto prediction and risk management associated with such a dynamic upper atmosphere. This studyexamined the relationship between accelerations acting on neutral winds in the ionosphere and theformation of a vertical shear of those winds in low latitudes (between ±30 magnetic) and earlyevening local times (16-22 LT). Accelerations were calculated using variables output by thethermosphere ionosphere electrodynamics general circulation model (TIEGCM) under differentsolar activity and night-time ionization conditions and visualized both spatially and temporally. Ingeneral, with acceleration values averaged along magnetic latitudes between ±30 degrees(inclusive) and only considering medium solar activity conditions, we found that the ionosphereexhibits distinct layering defined by the dominant accelerations in each layer. We also found hintsthat during different night-time ionization levels, ion drag acceleration tends to remain constantwhile ion and neutral velocities change to conserve the difference between them. When consideringspecific latitudes and solar conditions, previously unreported structures appear which involveinteractions between the ion drag and viscous forces.

  14. Diodelike response of high-latitude plasma in magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling in the presence of field-aligned currents

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    Mitchell, H. G., Jr.; Ganguli, Supriya B.; Palmadesso, P. J.

    1992-01-01

    The dynamic processes in the plasma along high-latitude field lines plays an important role in ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling process. A time-dependent, large-scale simulation of these dynamics parallel to the geomagnetic field lines from the ionosphere well into the magnetosphere is created. The plasma consists of hot e(-) and H(+) of magnetospheric origin and low-energy e(-), H(+), and O(+) of ionospheric origin. Including multiple electron species, a major improvement to the model, made it possible for the first time to simulate the upward current region properly and to dynamically simulate the diodelike response of the field-line plasma to the parallel currents coupling the ionosphere and magnetosphere. It is shown that return currents flow with small resistance, while upward currents produce kilovolt-sized potential drops along the field, as concluded from satellite observations. The kilovolt potential drops are due to the effect of the converging magnetic field on the high-energy magnetospheric electrons.

  15. Tomographic imaging of the equatorial and low-latitude ionosphere over central-eastern Brazil

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    Muella, Marcio T. A. H.; de Paula, Eurico R.; Mitchell, Cathryn N.; Kintner, Paul M.; Paes, Ricardo R.; Batista, Inez S.

    2011-02-01

    A four-dimensional time-dependent tomographic algorithm, named Multi Instrument Data Analysis System (MIDAS), is used to image the equatorial and low-latitude ionosphere over the central-eastern sides of the Brazilian territory. From differential phase data obtained by a chain of ground-based GPS receiver the total electron content (TEC) is estimated and then, together with a modeled ionosphere from International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) model, the electron density distribution is reconstructed and the parameters of the F 2-peak layer are accessed from the images. This paper presents the first study of ionospheric tomography using real dual-frequency data from the Brazilian Network for Continuous GPS Monitoring (RBMC). Ionospheric F 2-peak electron density ( N m F 2) accessed from the images are compared to concurrent measurements from three ionosondes installed across Brazil. One year of data during the solar maximum period from March/2001 to February/2002 is used to analyze the seasonal and hourly variation of the F 2-layer peak density. The accuracy with which MIDAS images the electron density during geomagnetic quiet periods is investigated through its correlation and deviation with the ionosonde and IRI model data, respectively. The main aspects of the reconstruction results at the equatorial ionization anomaly (EIA) region over Brazil are highlighted and discussed.

  16. Coordinated observations of high-latitude ionospheric turbulence

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    Basu, S.; Basu, S.; Valladares, C.E.; Weber, E.J.; Buchau, J.

    1988-01-01

    A coordinated data set comprised of scintillation, ionosonde, incoherent scatter radar and optical measurements obtained on two nights during the CEDAR/WITS campaign of February, 1988 was selected for the study of two distinct classes of high latitude plasma turbulence. Under IMP Bz northward conditions, the polar cap arc detected by the all-sky imaging photometer (ASIP) in this phase of low solar activity (SSN=40) was found to be associated with a total electron content enhancement of only 2x10 to the 16th power/sq. m and weak amplitude scintillations (S sub 4 about = 0.35) at 250 MHz. The photometer and scintillation measurements indicated that in addition to the dawn to dusk motion of 200/ms in the inertial frame, there existed enhanced plasma motion of about 400/ms along the arc. The second data set conforming to IMF Bz southward condition showed the existence of ionization patches in the polar cap and their anti-sunward motion towards the auroral oval. The polar cap patches detected deep within the polar cap with electron contents as large as 10x10 to the 16th power/sq. m caused 15 dB scintillations at 250 MHz. These patches detected close to the auroral oval also caused strong scintillations which indicated that the patches get continually structured during their convection through the winter polar cap.

  17. Peculiar features of the low-latitude and midlatitude ionospheric response to the St. Patrick's Day geomagnetic storm of 17 March 2015

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    Nayak, Chinmaya; Tsai, L.-C.; Su, S.-Y.; Galkin, I. A.; Tan, Adrian Teck Keng; Nofri, Ed; Jamjareegulgarn, Punyawi

    2016-08-01

    The current study aims at investigating and identifying the ionospheric effects of the geomagnetic storm that occurred during 17-19 March 2015. Incidentally, with SYM-H hitting a minimum of -232 nT, this was the strongest storm of the current solar cycle 24. The study investigates how the storm has affected the equatorial, low-latitude, and midlatitude ionosphere in the American and the European sectors using available ground-based ionosonde and GPS TEC (total electron content) data. The possible effects of prompt electric field penetration is observed in both sectors during the main phase of the storm. In the American sector, the coexistence of both positive and negative ionospheric storm phases are observed at low latitudes and midlatitudes to high latitudes, respectively. The positive storm phase is mainly due to the prompt penetration electric fields. The negative storm phase in the midlatitude region is a combined effect of disturbance dynamo electric fields, the equatorward shift of the midlatitude density trough, and the equatorward compression of the plasmapause in combination with chemical compositional changes. Strong negative ionospheric storm phase is observed in both ionosonde and TEC observations during the recovery phase which also shows a strong hemispherical asymmetry. Additionally, the variation of equatorial ionization anomaly as seen through the SWARM constellation plasma measurements across different longitudes has been discussed. We, also, take a look at the performance of the IRI Real-Time Assimilative Mapping during this storm as an ionospheric space weather tool.

  18. Physical mechanisms and statistics of ionospheric storms at low and mid latitudes

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    Nanan, B.; Liu, J.

    2011-12-01

    Physical mechanisms and statistics of ionospheric storms at low and mid latitudes N Balan(1,2) and J Y Liu(2) (1)Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK. (2)Institute of Space Science, National Central University, Chung-Li 32054, Taiwan. Abstract: A physical mechanism of the positive ionospheric storms at low and mid latitudes is presented based on theory and modeling and checked using GPS-TEC, CHAMP, ROCSAT and DMSP observations and statistics of ionospheric storms using ionosondes. Observations agree with the mechanism, and indicate that the strong positive storm during the Halloween storms (30 October 2003) occurred through impulsive response of the thermosphere and ionosphere. The statistics of occurrence of the ionospheric storms at Kokubunji (35.7°N, 139.5°E; 26.8°N magnetic latitude) in Japan and Boulder (40.0°N, 254.7°E; 47.4°N) in America are presented using the Dst and peak electron density (Nmax) data in 1985-2005 covering two solar cycles (22-23) when 584 geomagnetic storms (Dst < -50 nT) occurred. In addition to the known solar cycle and seasonal dependence of the storms, the statistics reveal some new aspects. (1) Irrespective of intensity, the geomagnetic storms show a UT midnight preference for main phase onset, which may be related to the minimum separation between the geomagnetic and geographic equators and constant declination angle in the opposite (Pacific) noon meridian. (2) The number of positive ionospheric storms at Kokubunji (about 250) is more than double that at Boulder, and (3) the occurrence of the positive storms at both stations shows a preference for the morning-noon onset of the geomagnetic storms as expected from the mechanism of the positive storms. (4) The occurrence of negative ionospheric storms at both stations follows the solar cycle phases (most frequent at solar maximum) better than the occurrence of positive storms, which agrees with the mechanism of the negative storms.

  19. Observations of ionospheric convection from the Wallops SuperDARN radar at middle latitudes

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    Baker, J. B. H.; Greenwald, R. A.; Ruohoniemi, J. M.; Oksavik, K.; Gjerloev, J. W.; Paxton, L. J.; Hairston, M. R.

    2007-01-01

    During geomagnetic storms the ability of the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) to measure ionospheric convection becomes limited when the radars suffer from absorption and the auroral disturbance expands equatorward of the radar sites. To overcome these shortcomings, it was decided to construct a SuperDARN radar at middle latitudes on the grounds of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. This paper presents the first comprehensive analysis of Doppler measurements from the Wallops radar, which commenced operations in May 2005. Wallops measurements are compared with the Goose Bay radar during the onset of a geomagnetic storm on 31 August 2005: Goose Bay measured the onset of geomagnetic activity at high latitude while Wallops monitored the expansion of convection to middle latitudes. Average convection patterns binned by the Kp geomagnetic index are also presented. During weak-moderate geomagnetic activity (Kp ≤ 3) the Wallops radar observes ionospheric irregularities between 50° and 60° magnetic latitude drifting westward across much of the nightside. When these measurements are incorporated into the calculation of an average SuperDARN convection pattern, the streamlines of polar cap outflow on the nightside become kinked in a manner reminiscent of the Harang discontinuity. This morphology arises quite naturally when the two-cell convection at high latitudes merges with the prevailing westward convection at middle latitudes. During increased geomagnetic activity (Kp ≥ 3), Wallops is able to measure the expansion of auroral electric fields to middle latitudes and the average SuperDARN cross-polar cap potential is increased by 25%.

  20. Solar cosmic ray effects in the lower ionosphere

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    Shirochkov, A. V.

    1989-01-01

    The polar cap absorption (PCA) events are the most remarkable geophysical phenomena in the high latitude ionosphere. Their effects are extended on the whole polar region in both hemispheres. The PCA events are caused by the intense fluxes of the solar cosmic rays (SCR) which are generated by the solar proton flares. Entering into the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere the SCR fluxes create excessive anomal ionization at the ionospheric heights of 50 to 100 km which exceeds usual undisturbed level of ionization in several orders of magnitude. The PCA events can be considered as catastrophic in relation to the polar ionosphere because all radio systems using ionospheric radio channels ceased to operate during these events. On the other hand the abnormally high level of ionization in the ionospheric D region during the PCA events create excellent opportunities to conduct fruitful aeronomical research for the lower ionosphere. Obvious scientific and practical importance of the PCA events leads to publishing of special PCA catalogues. The ionospheric effects caused by the SCR fluxes were profoundly described in the classical paper (Bailey, 1964). Nevertheless several aspects of this problem were not studied properly. An attempt is made to clarify these questions.

  1. Magnetically Conjugate Observations of the Low Latitude Ionosphere in Western South America

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    Hickey, D. A.; Martinis, C. R.; Baumgardner, J. L.; Milla, M. A.; Mendillo, M.; Meriwether, J. W.

    2015-12-01

    An all-sky imager (ASI) installed at Villa de Leyva, Colombia (5.6° N, 73.5° W, 16.3° mag lat) in October 2014 is used in conjunction with another ASI near the magnetically conjugate point at El Leoncito in Argentina (31.8° S, 69.3° W, -19.6° mag lat) to study irregularities and perturbations in the ionosphere. A third ASI in Jicamarca, Peru (11.95° S, 76.87° W, 0.1° mag lat) provides context for the structures generated near the magnetic equator on the west coast of South America. The region sampled by these instruments covers from ~40° S to ~15° N and from ~ 80° W to ~65° W . The Jicamarca Radio Observatory has radar systems and other instruments that measure the upper atmosphere which, combined with the ASIs, allow us to uniquely study equatorial and low latitude processes. The ASIs are able to detect airglow depletions at 630 nm associated with equatorial spread F (ESF) that can also observed with coherent radar scatter measurements at Jicamarca. Simultaneous conjugate observations of ESF are compared to see how the large-scale structures behave at these locations. The ASIs are also used to look for a signature of the midnight temperature maximum (MTM) that is seen as an increase in brightness propagating poleward. Radar and Fabry-Perot interferometer data is used to measure this increase in temperature and combining them with the ASI data we will be able to probe the extent of MTM effects and investigate how they vary with latitude in both hemispheres.

  2. High-Latitude Ionospheric Imaging using Canadian High Arctic Ionospheric Network (CHAIN)

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    Meziane, K.; Jayachandran, P. T.; Hamza, A. M.; MacDougall, J. W.

    2013-12-01

    Understanding the polar cap dynamics is a fundamental problem in solar-terrestrial physics; any breakthroughs would have to take into account the interactions that take place at the interfaces between the Solar Wind and the Magnetosphere and between the latter and the ionosphere, respectively. Over the past decade a significant number of ground-based GPS receivers and digital ionosondes have been deployed in the polar cap and auroral region. This deployment has allowed the harvest of much needed data, otherwise not available, which in turn helps understand the dynamics of the polar ionospheric regions. A technique, used consistently by researchers in the field, consists of inverting the Total Electron Content (TEC) along the ray path obtained from a system of GPS receivers. In the present study, a combination of tomography and ionosonde data from the CHAIN network is used to examine the dynamics of polar cap patches. First, the TEC derived from GPS receivers through tomographic reconstruction is directly compared with ionosonde data. The comparison includes periods of quite and disturbed geomagnetic activity. We then use the vertical density profiles derived from the CHAIN ionosondes as initial seeds for the reconstruction of the tomographic images of the polar cap regions. Precise electron density peaks obtained through the tomographic reconstruction fall within a range that is consistent with direct CHAIN measurements when certain conditions are met. An assessment of the performance of the resulting combination of GPS and ionosonde data is performed, and conclusions are presented.

  3. A feature of the behavior of He/+/ in the nightside high-latitude ionosphere during equinox

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    Heelis, R. A.; Hanson, W. B.; Murphy, J. A.

    1981-01-01

    Observations of a hole of ionization in the nightside high-latitude ionosphere during equinox in which He(+) plays an important role in the relative abundance of the ionic constituents are reported. Ion abundance data were obtained during a period of very low magnetic activity from the retarding potential analyzer and magnetic ion mass spectrometer on board AE-D as the satellite passed across the polar region near midnight. Significant decreases in O(+) and H(+) concentrations are observed in the region between 1544 and 1547 UT within the polar cap, accompanied by the rise and dominance of He(+) ions to low altitudes. The dominance of He(+) is attributed to effects on photoproduction of changes in solar zenith angle as the plasma moves from the dayside to the nightside, where it stagnates or resides for periods greater than about 3 hours just poleward of the auroral zone. Model calculations of the physical processes involved in this mechanism are presented which in general tend to fit the observations.

  4. Spatial Distribution of Ionospheric Plasma and Field Structures in the High-Latitude F Region

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    Kivanc, O.; Heelis, R. A.

    1998-01-01

    Ion density and velocity measurements from the Dynamics Explorer 2 (DE 2) spacecraft are used to obtain the average magnetic local time versus invariant latitude distribution of irregularities in the high-latitude F region ionosphere. To study the small-scale structure and its relationship to background conditions in the ionosphere, we have formed a reduced database using 2-s (approx. = 16 km) segments of the ion density and velocity data. The background gradients associated with each 2-s segment and the spectral characteristics, such as power at 6 Hz (approx. = 1.3 km) and spectral index, are among the reduced parameters used in this study. The relationship between the observed plasma structure and its motion is complex and dependent on the externally applied fields as well as locally generated plasma structure. The evolution of plasma structures also depends critically on the conductivity of the underlying ionosphere. Observations indicate an enhancement of irregularity amplitudes in two spatially isolated regions in both the ion density and the velocity. Convective properties seem to play a more important role in winter hemisphere where smaller-scale structures are maintained outside the source regions. (Delta)V irregularity amplitudes are enhanced in the cusp and the polar cap during northward interplanetary magnetic field regardless of season. The power in (Delta)V is usually higher than that associated with local polarization electric fields, suggesting that the observed structure in (Delta)N/N is strongly influenced by (Delta)V structure applied to large density gradients.

  5. Mapping high-latitude ionospheric electrodynamics with SuperDARN and AMPERE

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    Cousins, E. D. P.; Matsuo, Tomoko; Richmond, A. D.

    2015-07-01

    An assimilative procedure for mapping high-latitude ionospheric electrodynamics is developed for use with plasma drift observations from the Super Dural Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) and magnetic perturbation observations from the Active Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment (AMPERE). This procedure incorporates the observations and their errors, as well as two background models and their error covariances (estimated through empirical orthogonal function analysis) to infer complete distributions of electrostatic potential and vector magnetic potential in the high-latitude ionosphere. The assimilative technique also enables objective error analysis of the results. Various methods of specifying height-integrated ionospheric conductivity, which is required by the procedure, are implemented and evaluated quantitatively. The benefits of using both SuperDARN and AMPERE data to solve for both electrostatic and vector magnetic potentials, rather than using the data sets independently or solving for just electrostatic potential, are demonstrated. Specifically, solving for vector magnetic potential improves the specification of field-aligned currents (FACs), and using both data sets together improves the specification of features in regions lacking one type of data (SuperDARN or AMPERE). Additionally, using the data sets together results in a better correspondence between large-scale features in the electrostatic potential distribution and those in the FAC distribution, as compared to using SuperDARN data alone to infer electrostatic potential and AMPERE data alone to infer FACs. Finally, the estimated uncertainty in the results decreases by typically ˜20% when both data sets rather than just one are included.

  6. Dynamics of ionosphere disturbances along the Eastern-Asian meridian from auroral to equatorial latitudes

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    Pirog, Olga; Zherebtsov, Gelii; Kurkin, Vladimir; Shi, J. K.; Wang, Xiao

    The research results of ionosphere variation in the Eastern-Asian sector observed at the decay and minimum of solar activity (SA) in the period 2004-2007 during geomagnetic disturbances are presented. Data from ionospheric stations located within the latitude-longitude sector (20-70N, 90-160E), oblique-incidence sounding on the radio paths Magadan-Irkutsk and No-rilsk -Irkutsk and results of total electron content (TEC) measurements at the network of GPS ground-based receivers are used to analyze the variations in ionospheric parameters. Data of zenith photometers are applied to investigate the disturbances of atmospheric emissions. Four groups of anomalous ionospheric disturbances observed during the low solar activity are re-vealed: falls of electron density in the evening hour connected with the formation of equatorial wall of MIT, large-scale ionospheric disturbances, wavelike disturbances with the period of two days, and sharp short-term fluctuations in the electron density more intensive at the middle latitudes during the storm main phase. It was also found that often there was no direct con-nection between ionospheric disturbances and geomagnetic activity during moderate magnetic storms in solar minimum. Observed disturbances can be induced by the joint action of a few factors: the increase in electric field of magnetospheric convection, the generation of AGWs in the auroral zone and their propagation southwestward, and the disturbed neutral winds generated by the large-scale storm-induced thermospheric circulation in addition to TADs as-sociated with winds. The reason for occurrence of the wavelike disturbance with the periods from two till seven days can be the planetary atmospheric waves. The numerical model for ionosphere-plasmasphere coupling was used to interpret the certain of observed data. It is ob-tained that use of empirical models of electron precipitation, magnetospheric convection and thermospheric parameters with the correction by the observed

  7. Dynamics of American Sector Mid and Low Latitude Ionospheric and Thermospheric Response During the November 2004 Superstorm

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    Erickson, P. J.; Goncharenko, L. P.; Nicolls, M. J.; Crowley, G.; Kelley, M. C.

    2007-12-01

    Interplanetary electric field (IEF) penetration into the inner magnetosphere and plasmasphere can occur during intense geomagnetic storms, enhancing eastward electric fields over the sunlit ionosphere. Such events can serve as triggers for complex ionosphere-magnetosphere feedback mechanisms which increase ionospheric convection and neutral winds both locally and globally. We present a study of ionospheric dynamics and physical drivers during several events contained within the November 9 - 11, 2004 superstorm. This event was marked by excellent coverage from the full American sector incoherent scatter radar chain at Jicamarca, Arecibo, Millstone Hill, and Sondrestrom, which allows wide latitude diagnostics of E and F region electric fields, plasma densities and temperatures, and neutral wind vectors. We also employ CARISMA magnetometer chain observations, DMSP SSIES topside ion drifts, and GPS derived total electron content (TEC) maps to place the radar data in context. Penetrating eastward electric fields were seen from Millstone Hill equatorwards to Jicamarca for over 15 hours on November 9 and 10, accompanied by very low TEC values and a plasmasphere boundary layer midway between Millstone Hill and Arecibo. Equatorward neutral wind surges of ~ 300 m/s were driven locally by substorms at Millstone Hill and Arecibo, with associated dynamo effects creating prompt electric fields and large F layer downdrafts. Substorm timing during three separate events as identified from CARISMA magnetometers is consistent with Millstone Hill observed neutral wind surges. We also present results from TIMEGCM model runs and compare predictions of ionospheric conditions along the radar chain to gain insight into the complex physical drivers during this superstorm event.

  8. Numerical study of the generation and propagation of ultralow-frequency waves by artificial ionospheric F region modulation at different latitudes

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    Xu, Xiang; Zhou, Chen; Shi, Run; Ni, Binbin; Zhao, Zhengyu; Zhang, Yuannong

    2016-09-01

    Powerful high-frequency (HF) radio waves can be used to efficiently modify the upper-ionospheric plasmas of the F region. The pressure gradient induced by modulated electron heating at ultralow-frequency (ULF) drives a local oscillating diamagnetic ring current source perpendicular to the ambient magnetic field, which can act as an antenna radiating ULF waves. In this paper, utilizing the HF heating model and the model of ULF wave generation and propagation, we investigate the effects of both the background ionospheric profiles at different latitudes in the daytime and nighttime ionosphere and the modulation frequency on the process of the HF modulated heating and the subsequent generation and propagation of artificial ULF waves. Firstly, based on a relation among the radiation efficiency of the ring current source, the size of the spatial distribution of the modulated electron temperature and the wavelength of ULF waves, we discuss the possibility of the effects of the background ionospheric parameters and the modulation frequency. Then the numerical simulations with both models are performed to demonstrate the prediction. Six different background parameters are used in the simulation, and they are from the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI-2012) model and the neutral atmosphere model (NRLMSISE-00), including the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP; 62.39° N, 145.15° W), Wuhan (30.52° N, 114.32° E) and Jicamarca (11.95° S, 76.87° W) at 02:00 and 14:00 LT. A modulation frequency sweep is also used in the simulation. Finally, by analyzing the numerical results, we come to the following conclusions: in the nighttime ionosphere, the size of the spatial distribution of the modulated electron temperature and the ground magnitude of the magnetic field of ULF wave are larger, while the propagation loss due to Joule heating is smaller compared to the daytime ionosphere; the amplitude of the electron temperature oscillation decreases with

  9. A Unified Fluid Model for Low-latitude Ionosphere Turbulence Causes Radiowave Scintillations

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    Hassan, E.; Horton, W.

    2012-12-01

    Nonlinear dynamics of the low latitudes E-layer simulated with a systems of differential equations describing the neutral wind driven Farley-Buneman instability and the density-gradient-drift instability as rising bubbles and falling higher electron density spikes. The simulations extent earlier nonlinear studies by using empirical models for the atmosphere and ionosphere backgrounds to give realistic local time-altitude parameters within a Python wrapped F90 simulations. New equations that keep both the compressional and rotational ion flows that apply in the lower F layer are analyzed to describe plumes extending to the peak of the F layer. A ray-tracing technique is used to describe the small angle scattering at high frequency [Gigahertz] GNSS signals treated as rays in the turbulent ionospheric plasma.

  10. A Comprehensive Assessment of Radio Occultation Ionospheric Measurements at Mid-Latitudes

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    Keele, C.; Brum, C. G. M.; Rodrigues, F. S.; Aponte, N.; Sulzer, M. P.

    2015-12-01

    The GPS radio occultation (RO) has become a widely used technique for global measurements of the ionospheric electron density (Ne). To advance our understanding of the accuracy of the RO profiles at mid latitudes, we performed a comprehensive comparison of RO measurements made by the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC) satellites and observations of Ne profiles made by the Arecibo Observatory incoherent scatter radar (ISR). COSMIC is formed by six satellites in circular, 800 km altitude low-Earth orbit (LEO) at 72° inclination. The satellites orbit in their own plane, approximately 24° apart in ascending node. The satellites are equipped with dual-frequency GPS receivers capable of making measurements of the total electron content (TEC) along the signal path and, therefore, RO observations. The Arecibo ISR, located at(18.35°N, 66.75°W; ˜28.25°N dip latitude), operates at a frequency of 430 MHz with a maximum bandwidth of about 1 MHz. The large collecting area provided by the 300 m dish antenna combined with high peak power transmitters (2.0-2.5 MW) allows the radar to make accurate Ne measurements throughout the entire ionospheric F-region and topside heights. We analyzed 74 and 89 days of line feed and Gregorian data, respectively, collected between 2006 and 2014. There were 638 RO profiles measured within 10° of latitude and 20° of longitude from Arecibo Observatory and within ±10 minutes of the radar measurements. Preliminary analyses of the observations show patterns in the relationship between densities measured by the Arecibo ISR and densities estimated from the COSMIC ROs. We will present and discuss the behavior of the patterns. We will also present results of a numerical model representing the patterns and discuss the possibility of using this model to improve RO estimates of density profiles.

  11. Evolution of high latitude ionospheric convection associated with substorms: Multiple radar observations

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    Zou, Shasha

    The work presented in this dissertation concerns evolution of the high latitude ionospheric convection and the relevant current systems associated with substorms, with emphasize on these features near the nightside Harang reversal region. Three different types of radars, including the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) coherent-scatter radars, the new advanced modular incoherent-scatter radar at Poker Flat (PFISR), and the Sondrestrom incoherent-scatter radar (ISR), have been utilized. Observations from those radars, together with those from complementary instruments, including satellites and other ground-based instruments, have revealed fundamental new understand of the ionospheric electrodynamic properties associated with substorms. By using the SuperDARN and the PFISR radars, we found that the auroral activity at substorm onset is located in the center of the Harang reversal, which represents a key region in the magnetospheric and ionospheric convection and is part of the Region 2 system. We have also shown that nightside convection flows exhibit repeatable, distinct variations at different locations relative to the substorm-related auroral activity. Taking advantage of the simultaneous flow and ionization measurements from PFISR, a current closure relation has been found between the Region 2 and the substorm field-aligned current systems. These observations demonstrate a strong coupling between the Region 2 system and the substorm dynamics. This study sheds new light on the substorm-related magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling and contributes to the building of a holistic picture of the substorm dynamics. The third radar has been used to study the dayside ionospheric convection response to the external soar wind and IMF driving and its role in substorm dynamics. The results have been applied to study substorm triggering and in the future could be used to study the relation between the external driving and the formation of the Harang reversal.

  12. The middle and high latitude winter ionosphere at the Ariel 4 satellite altitude

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    Tulunay, Y. K.; Grebowsky, J. M.

    1983-01-01

    The electron (0+) density variations over the northern and southern winter high latitude ionosphere are comprehensively analyzed using the technique of Brinton et al. (1978). Two-hour Magnetic Local Time (MLT) arithmetic means of electron densities are studied in terms of invariant magnetic latitude and in terms of magnetic activity as classified by the three-hour planetary magnetic activity index. It is found that the southern hemisphere densities are significantly lower than those in the northern hemisphere. Further, the maximum electron densities observed in the northern hemisphere are located in a MLT range symmetrical about the 14-02 MLT meridian, whereas in the southern hemisphere the maxima are observed about the noon midnight magnetic meridian. A deep localized ionization hole on the nightside of the polar cap is not observed although the polar cavity is apparent.

  13. A reassessment of the PRIMO recommendations for adjustments to mid-latitude ionospheric models

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    David, M.; Sojka, J. J.; Schunk, R. W.

    2012-12-01

    In the late 1990s, in response to the realization that ionospheric physical models tended to underestimate the dayside peak F-region electron density (NmF2) by about a factor of 2, a group of modelers convened to find out why. The project was dubbed PRIMO, standing for Problems Relating to Ionospheric Models and Observations. Five ionospheric models were employed in the original study, including the Utah State University Time Dependent Ionospheric Model (TDIM), which is the focus of the present study. No physics-based explanation was put forward for the models' shortcomings, but there was a recommendation that three adjustments be made within the models: 1) The inclusion of a Burnside factor of 1.7 for the diffusion coefficients; 2) that the branching ratio of O+ be changed from 0.38 to 0.25; and 3) that the dayside ion production rates be scaled upward to account for ionization by secondary photons. The PRIMO recommendations were dutifully included in our TDIM model at Utah State University, though as time went on, and particularly while modeling the ionosphere during the International Polar Year (2007), it became clear that the PRIMO adjustments sometimes caused the model to produce excessively high dayside electron densities. As the original PRIMO study [Anderson et al, 1998] was based upon model/observation comparison over a very limited set of observations from just one station (Millstone Hill, Massachusetts), we have expanded the range of the study, taking advantage of resources that were not available 12 years ago, most notably the NGDC SPIDR Internet data base, and faster computers for running large numbers of simulations with the TDIM model. We look at ionosonde measurements of the peak dayside electron densities at mid-latitudes around the world, across the full range of seasons and solar cycles, as well as levels of geomagnetic activity, in order to determine at which times the PRIMO adjustments should be included in the model, and when it is best not to

  14. Modelling the probability of ionospheric irregularity occurrence over African low latitude region

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    Mungufeni, Patrick; Jurua, Edward; Bosco Habarulema, John; Anguma Katrini, Simon

    2015-06-01

    This study presents models of geomagnetically quiet time probability of occurrence of ionospheric irregularities over the African low latitude region. GNSS-derived ionospheric total electron content data from Mbarara, Uganda (0.60°S, 30.74°E, geographic, 10.22°S, magnetic) and Libreville, Gabon (0.35°N, 9.68°E, geographic, 8.05°S, magnetic) during the period 2001-2012 were used. First, we established the rate of change of total electron content index (ROTI) value associated with background ionospheric irregularity over the region. This was done by analysing GNSS carrier-phases at L-band frequencies L1 and L2 with the aim of identifying cycle slip events associated with ionospheric irregularities. We identified at both stations a total of 699 events of cycle slips. The corresponding median ROTI value at the epochs of the cycle slip events was 0.54 TECU/min. The probability of occurrence of ionospheric irregularities associated with ROTI ≥ 0.5 TECU / min was then modelled by fitting cubic B-splines to the data. The aspects the model captured included diurnal, seasonal, and solar flux dependence patterns of the probability of occurrence of ionospheric irregularities. The model developed over Mbarara was validated with data over Mt. Baker, Uganda (0.35°N, 29.90°E, geographic, 9.25°S, magnetic), Kigali, Rwanda (1.94°S, 30.09°E, geographic, 11.62°S, magnetic), and Kampala, Uganda (0.34°N, 32.60°E, geographic, 9.29°S, magnetic). For the period validated at Mt. Baker (approximately, 137.64 km, north west), Kigali (approximately, 162.42 km, south west), and Kampala (approximately, 237.61 km, north east) the percentages of the number of errors (difference between the observed and the modelled probability of occurrence of ionospheric irregularity) less than 0.05 are 97.3, 89.4, and 81.3, respectively.

  15. Response of the low-latitude D region ionosphere to extreme space weather event of 14-16 December 2006

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    Kumar, Sushil; Kumar, Abhikesh; Menk, Frederick; Maurya, Ajeet K.; Singh, Rajesh; Veenadhari, B.

    2015-01-01

    response of the D region low-latitude ionosphere has been examined for extreme space weather event of 14-16 December 2006 associated with a X1.5 solar flare and an intense geomagnetic storm (Dst = -146 nT) using VLF signals from Northwest Cape, Australia (NWC) (19.8 kHz) and Lualualei, Hawaii (callsign NPM) (21.4 kHz) transmitters monitored at Suva (Geographic Coordinates, 18.10°S, 178.40°E), Fiji. Modeling of flare associated amplitude and phase enhancements of NWC (3.6 dB, 223°) and NPM (5 dB, 153°) using Long-Wave Propagation Capability code shows reduction in the D region reflection height (H') by 11.1 km and 9.4 km, and enhancement in ionization gradients described by increases in the exponential sharpness factor (β) by 0.122 and 0.126 km-1, for the NWC and NPM paths, respectively. During the storm the daytime signal strengths of the NWC and NPM signals were reduced by 3.2 dB on 15 and 16 December (for about 46 h) and recovered by 17 December. Modeling for the NWC path shows that storm time values of H' and β were reduced by 1.2 km and 0.06 km-1, respectively. Morlet wavelet analysis of signal amplitudes shows no clearly strong signatures of gravity wave propagation to low latitudes during the main and recovery phases. The reduction in VLF signal strength is due to increased signal attenuation and absorption by the Earth-ionosphere waveguide due to storm-induced D region ionization changes and hence changes in D region parameters. The long duration of the storm effect results from the slow diffusion of changed composition/ionization at D region altitudes compared with higher altitudes in the ionosphere.

  16. Diagnostics of equatorial and low latitude ionosphere by TEC mapping over Brazil

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    Takahashi, H.; Costa, S.; Otsuka, Y.; Shiokawa, K.; Monico, J. F. G.; Paula, E.; Nogueira, P.; Denardini, C. M.; Becker-Guedes, F.; Wrasse, C. M.; Ivo, A. S.; Gomes, V. C. F.; Gargarela, W.; Sant'Anna, N.; Gatto, R.

    2014-08-01

    The total electron content (TEC) in the equatorial and low-latitude ionosphere over Brazil was monitored in two dimensions by using 2011 data from the ground-based global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver network operated by the Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics. It was possible to monitor the spatial and temporal variations in TEC over Brazil continuously during both day and night with a temporal interval of 10 min and a spatial resolution of about 400 km. The daytime equatorial ionization anomaly (EIA) and post-sunset plasma enhancement (PS-EIA) were monitored over an area corresponding to a longitudinal extension of 4000 km in South America. Considerable day-to-day variation was observed in EIA and PS-EIA. A large latitudinal and longitudinal gradient of TEC indicated a significant ionospheric range error in application of the GNSS positioning system. Large-scale plasma bubbles after sunset were also mapped over a wide range. Depletions with longitudinally separated by more than 800 km were observed. They were extended by more than 2000 km along the magnetic field lines and drifted eastward. It is expected that 2-dimensional TEC mapping can serve as a useful tool for diagnosing ionospheric weather, such as temporal and spatial variation in the equatorial plasma trough and crest, and particularly for monitoring the dynamics of plasma bubbles.

  17. Prediction of Geomagnetic Activity and Key Parameters in High-Latitude Ionosphere-Basic Elements

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    Lyatsky, W.; Khazanov, G. V.

    2007-01-01

    Prediction of geomagnetic activity and related events in the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere is an important task of the Space Weather program. Prediction reliability is dependent on the prediction method and elements included in the prediction scheme. Two main elements are a suitable geomagnetic activity index and coupling function -- the combination of solar wind parameters providing the best correlation between upstream solar wind data and geomagnetic activity. The appropriate choice of these two elements is imperative for any reliable prediction model. The purpose of this work was to elaborate on these two elements -- the appropriate geomagnetic activity index and the coupling function -- and investigate the opportunity to improve the reliability of the prediction of geomagnetic activity and other events in the Earth's magnetosphere. The new polar magnetic index of geomagnetic activity and the new version of the coupling function lead to a significant increase in the reliability of predicting the geomagnetic activity and some key parameters, such as cross-polar cap voltage and total Joule heating in high-latitude ionosphere, which play a very important role in the development of geomagnetic and other activity in the Earth s magnetosphere, and are widely used as key input parameters in modeling magnetospheric, ionospheric, and thermospheric processes.

  18. Semi-empirical low-latitude ionospheric model. Environmental research papers

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    Anderson, D.N.; Mendillo; Herniter

    1985-10-10

    Since current empirical models specifying low-latitude electron density profiles severely underestimate the daytime plasma density scale-height and total electron content (TEC), a Semi-empirical, Low-latitude, Ionospheric Model (SLIM) was developed that is not only more realistic but is also computationally fast. Electron-density profiles (180 to 1800 km) are theoretically calculated as a function of latitude (every 2/sup 0/ between 24 N and 24 S dip latitude) and local time (every half-hour over 24 hours LT) by solving the time-dependent plasma-continuity equation. Assuming a Chapman-like profile, sets coefficients are then generated that reproduce these individual profiles. The coefficients themselves are easily stored, quickly retrieved, and form the basis for a fast, portable, semi-empirical computer code. This report describes briefly the input parameters used to theoretically calculate profiles and the procedures used to generate the coefficients. The SLIM profiles are compared with the Chiu and Bent empirical models for Equinox, solar-maximum conditions. Finally, electron densities, the coefficients, TEC and 6300 A airglow intensities are listed in tabular form for three seasons (Equinox, June solstice, and December solstice) and two solar-cycle periods (solar maximum and solar minimum).

  19. Features of the F3 layer in the low-latitude ionosphere at sunset

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    Zhao, Biqiang; Wan, Weixing; Reinisch, Bodo; Yue, Xinan; Le, Huijun; Liu, Jing; Xiong, Bo

    2011-01-01

    The F3 layer is a common feature within ±10° of the magnetic equatorial ionosphere in the daytime. According to Balan et al. (1998) the F3 layer occurs mainly during the morning-noon period due to the combined effect of the upward E × B drift and the neutral wind that provides upward plasma drifts at and above the F2 layer. The F3 layer occurrence rate is higher in summer and decreases with increasing solar activity. In this study, the characteristic of the sunset F3 layer is first investigated using a solar cycle of ionosonde data (1995-2010) from the magnetic equatorial station at Jicamarca, and compared with the features derived from the four subtropical stations at Sao Luis, Fortaleza, Kwajalein, and Vanimo. Evidence shows that the local time distribution of the occurrence of the F3 layer can extend to the postsunset time (1800-2100 local time). The sunset F3 layer has a strong seasonal dependence occurring mainly during the summertime. Unlike the daytime F3 layer, the occurrence of the sunset F3 layer clearly increases and the virtual height of the bottom side of the F3 layer statistically increases from 620 to 1000 km with increasing solar activity. In addition, the occurrence of the sunset F3 layer at the other stations is much less than that at Jicamarca. These features of the dependence on the season, solar activity, and latitude are clearly related to the geomagnetic control of the evening prereversal enhancement of the equatorial zonal electric field and geomagnetic configuration.

  20. Probabilistic Forecasting of Ionospheric Scintillation and GNSS Receiver Signal Tracking Performance at High Latitudes

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    Prikryl, P.; Sreeja, V.; Aquino, M.; Jayachandran, P. T.

    2012-12-01

    At high latitudes, phase scintillation occurs predominantly on the dayside in the ionospheric footprint of magnetospheric cusp and in the nightside auroral oval. A new technique of probabilistic forecast of phase scintillation occurrence relative to arrival time of high-speed solar wind (HSSW) from coronal holes and interplanetary coronal mass ejections (ICMEs) has recently been proposed [Prikryl et al., 2012]. Cumulative probability distribution functions for the phase scintillation occurrence that are obtained can be specified for low and high (below- and above-median) values of various solar wind plasma parameters. Recent advances in solar wind modeling of HSSW and ICMEs combined with the probabilistic forecasting of scintillation will lead to improved operational space weather forecasting applications. Scintillation forecasting and mitigation techniques need to be developed to avoid potential costly failures of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)-based technology in the near future, in particular during the upcoming solar maximum. GNSS receiver tracking performance during severe scintillation conditions can be assessed by the analysis of receiver phase lock loop (PLL) jitter variance. Tracking jitter variance maps [Sreeja et al, 2011] offer a potentially useful tool to provide users with expected tracking conditions, if based on scintillation prediction as proposed above. Scintillation indices are obtained from L1 GPS data collected with the Canadian High Arctic Ionospheric Network (CHAIN). Combined with high rate amplitude and phase data they can be used as input to receiver tracking models to develop scintillation mitigation techniques. References Prikryl, P., P. T. Jayachandran, S. C. Mushini, and I. G. Richardson (2012), Towards the Probabilistic Forecasting of High-Latitude GPS Phase Scintillation, Space Weather, doi:10.1029/2012SW000800, in press. Sreeja, V., M. Aquino, and Z. G. Elmas (2011), Impact of ionospheric scintillation on GNSS receiver

  1. Relationship of the interplanetary electric field to the high-latitude ionospheric electric field and currents Observations and model simulation

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    Clauer, C. R.; Banks, P. M.

    1986-01-01

    The electrical coupling between the solar wind, magnetosphere, and ionosphere is studied. The coupling is analyzed using observations of high-latitude ion convection measured by the Sondre Stromfjord radar in Greenland and a computer simulation. The computer simulation calculates the ionospheric electric potential distribution for a given configuration of field-aligned currents and conductivity distribution. The technique for measuring F-region in velocities at high time resolution over a large range of latitudes is described. Variations in the currents on ionospheric plasma convection are examined using a model of field-aligned currents linking the solar wind with the dayside, high-latitude ionosphere. The data reveal that high-latitude ionospheric convection patterns, electric fields, and field-aligned currents are dependent on IMF orientation; it is observed that the electric field, which drives the F-region plasma curve, responds within about 14 minutes to IMF variations in the magnetopause. Comparisons of the simulated plasma convection with the ion velocity measurements reveal good correlation between the data.

  2. Modelling of ionospheric irregularities during geomagnetic storms over African low latitude region

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    Mungufeni, Patrick

    2016-07-01

    In this study, empirical models of occurrence of ionospheric irregularities over low latitude African region during geomagnetic storms have been developed. The geomagnetic storms considered consisted of Dst ≤ -50 nT. GNSS-derived ionospheric Total Electron Content (TEC) data over Libreville, Gabon (NKLG) (0.35° N, 9.68° E, geographic, 8.05° S, magnetic) and Malindi, Kenya (MAL2) (2.99° S, 40.19° E, geographic, 12.42° S, magnetic) during 2000 - 2014 were used. Ionospheric irregularities at scale- lengths of a few kilometers and ˜400 m were represented with the rate of change of TEC index (ROTI). The inputs for the models are the local time, solar flux index, Auroral Electrojet index, day of the year, and the Dst index, while the output is the median ROTI during these given conditions. To develop the models, the ROTI index values were binned based on the input parameters and cubic B splines were then fitted to the binned data. Developed models using data over NKLG and MAL2 were validated with independent data over stations within 510 km and 680 km radius, respectively. The models captured the enhancements and inhibitions of the occurrence of the ionospheric irregularities during the storm period. The models even emulated these patterns in the various seasons, during medium and high solar activity conditions. The correlation coefficients for the validations were statistically significant and ranged from 0.58 - 0.73, while the percentage of the variance in the observed data explained by the modelled data ranged from 34 - 53.

  3. Comparison study on ionospheric spread-F between high and low latitude regions during the storm time

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    Shi, Jiankui; Tao, Wei; Wang, Guojun; Wang, Xiao; Zherebtsov, Gelii; Pirog, Olga; Romanova, Elena

    We use DPS-4 digisonde measurement data from ionospheric station Hainan (19.4N, 109.0E), China, and Yakutsk (62N, 129E) and Zhigansk (66N, 123E), Russia to study ionospheric Spread-F (SF) properties during the magnetic storm time. The results show that: (1) The SF can take place in any phase (suddenly commencement, main phase and recovery phase). (2) The SF always take place from about 2000LT to around midnight, and the more the latitude is, the earlier the SF takes place. (3) Yakutsk station has a higher occurrence of SF than that both in the higher latitude station (Zhigansk) and lower latitude station (Hainan). (4) The frequency SF, range SF and mixed SF can be observed at any latitude station. The strong range SF can only be observed at Hainan station (low latitude station) and it confirms that the strong range SF concerns the equatorial plasma bubble. Our results indicate that ionospheric disturbance which causes the SF, during the storm time, is original from the higher latitude region and propagate to the lower region. Sometimes it could excite out SF at low latitude region and sometimes it could not.

  4. F-region ionospheric perturbations in the low-latitude ionosphere during the geomagnetic storm of 25-27 August 1987

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    Pavlov, A.; Fukao, S.; Kawamura, S.

    2004-10-01

    We have presented a comparison between the modeled NmF2 and hmF2, and NmF2 and hmF2 which were observed at the equatorial anomaly crest and close to the geomagnetic equator simultaneously by the Akita, Kokubunji, Yamagawa, Okinawa, Manila, Vanimo, and Darwin ionospheric sounders and by the middle and upper atmosphere (MU) radar (34.85° N, 136.10° E) during the 25-27 August 1987 geomagnetically storm-time period at low solar activity near 201°, geomagnetic longitude. A comparison between the electron and ion temperatures measured by the MU radar and those produced by the model of the ionosphere and plasmasphere is presented. The corrections of the storm-time zonal electric field, EΛ, from 16:30 UT to 21:00 UT on 25 August bring the modeled and measured hmF2 into reasonable agreement. In both hemispheres, the meridional neutral wind, W, taken from the HWW90 wind model and the NRLMSISE-00 neutral temperature, Tn, and densities are corrected so that the model results agree with the ionospheric sounders and MU radar observations. The geomagnetic latitude variations in NmF2 on 26 August differ significantly from those on 25 and 27 August. The equatorial plasma fountain undergoes significant inhibition on 26 August. This suppression of the equatorial anomaly on 26 August is not due to a reduction in the meridional component of the plasma drift perpendicular to the geomagnetic field direction, but is due to the action of storm-time changes in neutral winds and densities on the plasma fountain process. The asymmetry in W determines most of the north-south asymmetry in hmF2 and NmF2 on 25 and 27 August between about 01:00-01:30 UT and about 14:00 UT when the equatorial anomaly exists in the ionosphere, while asymmetries in W, Tn, and neutral densities relative to the geomagnetic equator are responsible for the north-south asymmetry in NmF2 and hmF2 on 26 August. A theory of the primary mechanisms causing the morning and evening peaks in the electron temperature, Te, is

  5. Large-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances observed using GPS receivers over high-latitude and equatorial regions

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    Idrus, Intan Izafina; Abdullah, Mardina; Hasbi, Alina Marie; Husin, Asnawi; Yatim, Baharuddin

    2013-09-01

    This paper presents the first results of large-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances (LSTIDs) observation during two moderate magnetic storm events on 28 May 2011 (SYM-H∼ -94 nT and Dst∼-80 nT) and 6 August 2011 (SYM-H∼-126 nT and Dst∼-113 nT) over the high-latitude region in Russia, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Greenland and equatorial region in the Peninsular Malaysia using vertical total electron content (VTEC) from the Global Positioning System (GPS) observations measurement. The propagation of the LSTID signatures in the GPS TEC measurements over Peninsular Malaysia was also investigated using VTEC map. The LSTIDs were found to propagate both equatorward and poleward directions during these two events. The results showed that the LSTIDs propagated faster at high-latitude region with an average phase velocity of 1074.91 m/s than Peninsular Malaysia with an average phase velocity of 604.84 m/s. The LSTIDs at the high-latitude region have average periods of 150 min whereas the ones observed over Peninsular Malaysia have average periods of 115 min. The occurrences of these LSTIDs were also found to be the subsequent effects of substorm activities in the auroral region. To our knowledge, this is the first result of observation of LSTIDs over Peninsular Malaysia during the 24th solar cycle.

  6. The low- and equatorial-latitude ionosphere at a height of 500 km in the course of magnetospheric-ionospheric disturbances during September-December 1977 /according to data from the Cosmos-900 satellite/

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    Gdalevich, G. L.; Vsekhsviatskaia, I. S.; Ozerov, V. D.; Soboleva, T. N.

    1982-11-01

    Cosmos-900 data on variations of charged-particles concentration, acquired at various magnetic-storm phases during September-December 1977, were used to analyze the effect of magnetospheric-ionospheric disturbances on the ionosphere at low and equatorial latitudes. It is shown that the equatorial anomaly in the latitudinal distribution of charged particles often disappears during the daytime, and that this anomaly during the nighttime cannot be explained by generally accepted ideas concerning plasma convection at low latitudes. The appearance of concentration irregularities is found to depend on the rate of change of Dst variations, especially at the magnetic-storm recovery phase. The appearance of irregularities in the region of the largest charged-particle concentration gradients lends support to the gradient-drift mechanism for the formation of these irregularities.

  7. Statistical Analysis of Ionospheric Storms on GPS TEC measurements between 2000 and 2014 in mid-latitude

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    Chung, J. K.

    2015-12-01

    The ionospheric storms that may generate the spatial/temporal gradient or irregularities of electron densities are very interest phenomena for two reasons. First, they occur by the increasing solar EUV/X-ray fluxes as well as by the equatorward or poleward plasma transportations by the global changes of the neutral winds and electric fields responded to geomagnetic storms. Second, they have been the practical interests in the satellite navigations and radio communications, especially in the mid-latitudes of the dense population regions in these days though ionosphere in mid-latitudes is quiet compared with high and low latitudes. In this presentation, the statistical analysis of the occurrences of the ionospheric storms in Korea are presented. They are examined from Korea GPS TEC dataset between 2000 and 2014 over the full-solar cycle coverage. We examine the two super geomagnetic storms cases of 29-31 October 2003 and 8-10 November 2004 to discuss the possible physical mechanisms for ionospheric storm of positive and negative phases and their affection on GPS positioning. The parameters to define the ionospheric storms are suggested to increase our understanding of their physical characteristic and then to apply the practical cases.

  8. DMSP F8 observations of the mid-latitude and low-latitude topside ionosphere near solar minimum

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    Greenspan, M.E.; Hughes, W.J. |; Burke, W.J.; Rich, F.J.; Heelis, R.A.

    1994-03-01

    The retarding potential analyzer on the DMSP F8 satellite measured ion density, composition, temperature, and ram flow velocity at 840-km altitude near the dawn and dusk meridians close to solar minimum. Nine days of data were selected for study to represent the summer and winter solstices and the autumnal equinox under quiet, moderately active, and disturbed geomagnetic conditions. The observations revealed extensive regions of light-ion dominance along both the dawn and dusk legs of the DMSP F8 orbit. These regions showed seasonal, longitudinal, and geomagnetic control, with light ions commonly predominating in places where the subsatellite ionosphere was relatively cold. Field-aligned plasma flows also were detected. In the morning, ions flowed toward the equator from both sides. In the evening, DMSP F8 detected flows that either diverged away from the equator or were directed toward the northern hemisphere. The effects of diurnal variations in plasma pressure gradients in the ionosphere and plasmasphere, momentum coupling between neutral winds and ions at the feet of field lines, and E {times} B drifts qualitatively explain most features of these composition and velocity measurements. 23 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. Impact of the 15 January 2010 annular solar eclipse on the equatorial and low latitude ionosphere over the Indian region

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    Panda, S. K.; Gedam, S. S.; Rajaram, G.; Sripathi, S.; Bhaskar, A.

    2015-12-01

    The annular solar eclipse of 15 January 2010 over southern India was studied with a multi-instrument network consisting of magnetometer, ionosonde and GPS receivers. The presence of a counter electrojet (weakened or westward zonal electric field) during the eclipse and adjacent days suggests the strong gravitational tidal effect associated with the exceptional Sun-Moon-Earth alignment around the eclipse day. With a strong backup of magnetometer recordings on the day of eclipse, its adjacent days and the normal electrojet day, it is argued that the regular eastward electric field for the whole day at the equator was not just weakened, but actually was flipped for several hours by the influence of enhanced lunar tides. The effect of flipping the electric field was clearly seen in the equatorial ionosonde data and through the large array of GPS receivers that produced the total electron content (TEC) data. The main impact of flipping the electric field was poor feeding of equatorial ionization anomaly (EIA) due to the severely weakened fountain effect on the eclipse day, with the regular anomaly crest shifting towards the equator. The equatorial ionosonde profile was also showing an enhanced F2 region peak in spite of a reduced vertical TEC. While the plasma density depletion at the lower F region altitude over the equator was due to the temporary lack of photo-ionization, the reductions in high altitude plasma density beyond the equator were caused by the electrodynamics taking place around the eclipse. The important finding of this analysis is that the electrodynamical consequences on the low latitude ionosphere were mainly due to the combination of eclipse and lunar tides which were far more significant and influenced the EIA density rather than eclipse alone. Based on these findings, it is argued that the prevailing lunar tidal impact also needs to be taken into account while seeking to understand the electrodynamical impact of the solar eclipse on the low

  10. Prediction of the level of ionospheric scintillation at equatorial latitudes in Brazil using a neural network

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    Lima, G. R. T.; Stephany, S.; Paula, E. R.; Batista, I. S.; Abdu, M. A.

    2015-08-01

    Electron density irregularity structures, often associated with ionospheric plasma bubbles, drive amplitude and phase fluctuations in radio signals that, in turn, create a phenomenon known as ionospheric scintillation. The phenomenon occurs frequently around the magnetic equator where plasma instability mechanisms generate postsunset plasma bubbles and density depletions. A previous correlation study suggested that scintillation at the magnetic equator may provide a forecast of subsequent scintillation at the equatorial ionization anomaly southern peak. In this work, it is proposed to predict the level of scintillation over São Luís (2.52°S, 44.3°W; dip latitude: ~2.5°S) near the magnetic equator with lead time of hours but without specifying the moment at which the scintillation starts or ends. A collection of extended databases relating scintillation to ionospheric variables for São Luís is employed to perform the training of an artificial neural network with a new architecture. Two classes are considered, not strong (null/weak/moderate) and strong scintillation. An innovative scheme preprocesses the data taking into account similarities of the values of the variables for the same class. A formerly proposed resampling heuristic is employed to provide a balanced number of tuples of each class in the training set. Tests were performed showing that the proposed neural network is able to predict the level of scintillation over the station on the evening ahead of the data sample considered between 17:30 and 19:00 LT.

  11. A study of the daytime E-F sub 1 region ionosphere at mid-latitudes

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    Buonsanto, M.J. )

    1990-06-01

    A photochemical equilibrium daytime model is used to study the ionosphere between 110 and 180 km at mid-latitudes. The model includes the latest photoionization and photoabsorption cross sections, extreme untraviolet (EUV) fluxes in 37 wavelength bands, and all reactions believed to be important in this region. Model results are compared with (1) noon-time E layer critical frequency (foE) at Boulder and Wallops Island over a full solar cycle; (2) Millstone Hill incoherent scatter radar observations of electron density at 180 km (N{sub 180}) for a wide variety of seasons and solar geophysical conditions; (3) selected Millstone Hill incoherent scatter profiles of electron density between 110 and 180 km which included E-F{sub 1} valley minima; and (4) the ratio of the molecular ion concentration to the total ion concentration at 180 km for noon throughout the solar cycle as given by both the IRI-86 ion composition model and the semiempirical ion composition model of Oliver. Best agreement between the photochemical model documented in this paper and the observations and ion composition models is generally obtained if (1) the EUV fluxes in the photochemical model are increased by 25-30% above values derived from published reference spectra; (2) neutral densities used in the photochemical model are decreased by 25% below those given by MSIS-86 at equinox, with larger decreases in winter, and smaller or no decreases in summer. The results show that this region of the ionosphere can be modeled with reasonable success given the current state of knowledge. Modeling this region of the ionosphere is important for resolving ambiguities in true height analysis of ionograms and reduction of incoherent scatter spectra. Improved modeling requires more accurate values of aeronomical parameters, i.e., ionizing fluxes, cross sections, reaction rates, composition and temperature.

  12. Space Weather Studies Using the Low-Latitude Ionospheric Sensor Network (LISN)

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    Valladares, C. E.; Pacheco, E.

    2014-12-01

    LISN is an array of small instruments that operates as a real-time distributed observatory to understand the complex day-to-day variability and the extreme state of disturbance that occurs in the South American low-latitude ionosphere nearly every day after sunset. The LISN observatory aims to forecast the initiation and transport of plasma bubbles across the South American continent. The occurrence of this type of plasma structures and their embedded irregularities poses a prominent natural hazard to communication, navigation and high precision pointing systems. As commercial and military aviation is increasingly reliant on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) any interruption due to ionospheric irregularities or errors due to large density gradients constitutes a serious threat to passengers and crew. Therefore, it is important to understand the conditions and sources that contribute to the formation of these irregularities. To achieve high quality regional nowcasts and forecasts, the LISN system was designed to include a dense coverage of the South American landmass with 47 GPS receivers, 5 flux-gate magnetometers distributed on 2 base lines and 3 Vertical Incidence Pulsed Ionospheric Radar (VIPIR) ionosondes deployed along the same magnetic meridian that intersects the magnetic equator at 68° W. This presentation will provide a summary of recent instrument installations and new processing techniques that have been developed under the LISN project. We will also present the results of recent efforts to detect TIDs and TEC plasma depletions on a near real-time basis. We will describe a method to estimate the zonal velocity and tilt of the plasma bubbles/depletions by combining observations of TEC depletions acquired with adjacent receivers, making it possible to predict precisely their future locations.

  13. Characteristics of High-latitude and Equatorial Ionospheric Scintillation of GNSS Signals

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    Morton, Y.; Jiao, Y.

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, several years of multi-constellation global navigation satellite scintillation data collected at Alaska, Peru, and Ascension Island are analyzed to characterize scintillation features observed at high latitude and equatorial locations during the current solar maximum. Recognizing that strong scintillation data are often lost due to the lack of robustness in conventional GPS receivers used for ionosphere scintillation monitoring (ISM), an autonomous event driven scintillation data collection system using software-defined raw RF sampling devices have been developed deployed at a number of strategically selected high latitude and equatorial locations since 2009. This unique scintillation data recording system is triggered by indicators computed from a continuously operating ISM receiver and the raw RF data is post processed using advanced receiver signal processing algorithms designed to minimize carrier phase cycle slips and loss of lock of signals during strong scintillations. Based on scintillation events extracted from the raw data, several statistical distributions are established to characterize the intensity, duration and occurrence frequency of scintillation. Results confirm that scintillation at low latitudes is generally more intense and longer lasting, while high-latitude scintillation is milder and usually dominated by phase fluctuations. Results also reveal the impacts of solar activity, geomagnetic activity and seasons on scintillation in different areas. Combining measurements from a co-located geo-magnetometer and corresponding global geomagnetic activities, qualitative and quantitative correlations between scintillation and both local and global geomagnetic activities have been obtained. Results show that in Alaska, the occurrence frequency and intensity of scintillation, especially phase fluctuations, have strong correlations with geomagnetic field intensity disturbances, while in equatorial stations, the correlation is not obvious.

  14. Ground-satellite conjugate observations of low-latitude travelling ionospheric disturbances

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    Ceren Moral, Aysegul; Shiokawa, Kazuo; Otsuka, Yuichi; Suzuki, Shin; Liu, Huixin; Yatini, Clara

    2016-07-01

    Equatorial travelling ionospheric disturbances (TIDs) are studied by using three CHAMP satellite overpasses on ground-based 630-nm airglow images. The airglow images are obtained from Kototabang (KTB), Indonesia (geographic coordinates: 0.2S, 100.3E, geomagnetic latitude: 10.6S). From 7-year data from October 2002 to October 2009, April 30, 2006 (event 1), September 28, 2006 (event 2) and April 12, 2004 (event 3) are the only TID events found in both ground and satellite measurements. They show southward-moving structures in 630-nm airglow images. The events 1 and 2 are single pulse with horizontal scales of ~500-1000 km and event 3 show three wave fronts with horizontal scale sizes of 500-700 km. For events 1 and 3, the neutral density in CHAMP shows out-of-phase variations with the airglow intensity, while event 2 is in-phase. For event 1, the relation between electron density and airglow intensity is out of phase, while relationships of event 2 and 3 are unclear. These unclear relationships suggest that ionospheric plasma variation is not the cause of the TIDs. In the case if gravity waves in the thermosphere is the source of the observed TIDs, in-phase and out-of-phase relationships of neutral density and airglow intensity can be explained by different vertical wavelengths of the gravity wave. We estimate possible vertical wavelengths for those events using observed wave parameters and modeled neutral winds.

  15. Inverse procedure for high-latitude ionospheric electrodynamics: Analysis of satellite-borne magnetometer data

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    Matsuo, Tomoko; Knipp, Delores J.; Richmond, Arthur D.; Kilcommons, Liam; Anderson, Brian J.

    2015-06-01

    This paper presents an analysis of data from the magnetometers on board the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F-15, F-16, F-17, and F-18 satellites and the Iridium satellite constellation, using an inverse procedure for high-latitude ionospheric electrodynamics, during the period of 29-30 May 2010. The Iridium magnetometer data are made available through the Active Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment (AMPERE) program. The method presented here is built upon the assimilative mapping of ionospheric electrodynamics procedure but with a more complete treatment of the prior model uncertainty to facilitate an optimal inference of complete polar maps of electrodynamic variables from irregularly distributed observational data. The procedure can provide an objective measure of uncertainty associated with the analysis. The cross-validation analysis, in which the DMSP data are used as independent validation data sets, suggests that the procedure yields the spatial prediction of DMSP perturbation magnetic fields from AMPERE data alone with a median discrepancy of 30-50 nT. Discrepancies larger than 100 nT are seen in about 20% of total samples, whose location and magnitude are generally consistent with the previously identified discrepancy between DMSP and AMPERE data sets. Resulting field-aligned current (FAC) patterns exhibit more distinct spatial patterns without spurious high-frequency oscillatory features in comparison to the FAC products provided by AMPERE. Maps of the toroidal magnetic potential and FAC estimated from both AMPERE and DMSP data under four distinctive interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) conditions during a magnetic cloud event demonstrate the IMF control of high-latitude electrodynamics and the opportunity for future scientific investigation.

  16. Low-latitude ionospheric D region dependence on solar zenith angle

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    Thomson, Neil R.; Clilverd, Mark A.; Rodger, Craig J.

    2014-08-01

    Phase and amplitude measurements of VLF radio signals on a short, nearly all-sea path between two Hawaiian Islands are used to find the height and sharpness of the lower edge of the daytime tropical D region as a function of solar zenith angle (SZA). The path used was from U.S. Navy transmitter NPM (21.4 kHz) on Oahu to Keauhou, 306 km away, on the west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, where ionospheric sensitivity was high due to the destructive interference between the ionospherically reflected wave and the ground wave, particularly around the middle of the day. The height and sharpness are thus found to vary from H' = 69.3 ± 0.3 km and β = 0.49 ± 0.02 km-1 for SZA ~10°, at midday, to H' > 80 km and β ~ 0.30 km-1 as the SZA approached ~70°-90°, near dawn and dusk for this tropical path. Additional values for the variations of H' and β with solar zenith angle are also found from VLF phase and amplitude observations on other similar paths: the short path, NWC to Karratha (in NW Australia), and the long paths, NWC to Kyoto in Japan and NAU, Puerto Rico, to St. John's Canada. Significant differences in the SZA variations of H' and β were found between low and middle latitudes resulting from the latitudinally varying interplay between Lyman α and galactic cosmic rays in forming the lower D region. Both latitude ranges showed β < 0.30 km-1 during sunrise/sunset conditions.

  17. High-latitude ionospheric irregularities: differences between ground- and space-based GPS measurements during the 2015 St. Patrick's Day storm

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    Cherniak, Iurii; Zakharenkova, Irina

    2016-07-01

    We present an analysis of ionospheric irregularities at high latitudes during the 2015 St. Patrick's Day storm. Our study used measurements from ~2700 ground-based GPS stations and GPS receivers onboard five low earth orbit (LEO) satellites—Swarm A, B and C, GRACE and TerraSAR-X—that had close orbit altitudes of ~500 km, and the Swarm in situ plasma densities. An analysis of the rate of TEC index (ROTI) derived from LEO-GPS data, together with Swarm in situ plasma probe data, allowed us to examine the topside ionospheric irregularities and to compare them to the main ionospheric storm effects observed in ground-based GPS data. We observed strong ionospheric irregularities in the topside ionosphere during the storm's main phase that were associated with storm-enhanced density (SED) formation at mid-latitudes and further evolution of the SED plume to the polar tongue of ionization (TOI). Daily ROTI maps derived from ground-based and LEO-GPS measurements show the pattern of irregularities oriented in the local noon-midnight direction, which is a signature of SED/TOI development across the polar cap region. Analysis of the Swarm in situ plasma measurements revealed that, during the storm's main phase, all events with extremely enhanced plasma densities (>106 el/cm3) in the polar cap were observed in the Southern Hemisphere. When Swarm satellites crossed these enhancements, degradation of GPS performance was observed, with a sudden decrease in the number of GPS satellites tracked. Our findings indicate that polar patches and TOI structures in the topside ionosphere were predominantly observed in the Southern Hemisphere, which had much higher plasma densities than the Northern Hemisphere, where SED/TOI structures have already been reported earlier. LEO-GPS data (ROTI and topside TEC) were consistent with these results.

  18. Goose Bay radar observations of Earth-reflected, atmospheric gravity waves in the high-latitude ionosphere

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    Samson, J.C.; Greenwald, R.A.; Ruohoniemi, J.M.; Frey, A.; Baker, K.B. )

    1990-06-01

    In the late fall and early winter, The Johns Hopkins University HF radar at Goose Bay, Labrador, observes the effects of atmospheric gravity waves on radar transmissions that are obliquely reflected from the ionosphere and subsequently backscattered from the Earth's surface. The waves exist under a wide variety of geomagnetic conditions; however, they are particularly noticeable under quiet conditions (O {le} Kp {le} 1 +). The clearest signatures of the waves are spatially localized enhancements in the backscattered power and quasi-periodic fluctuations in the backscatter powers, Doppler velocities, and reflection heights. The waves are generally observed during daylight hours and propagate equatorward from regions of high-latitude ionospheric backscatter that are located near the ionospheric convection reversal boundary. The gravity waves appear to be generated just equatorward of the dayside flow-reversal boundary in the vicinity of the auroral electrojet at altitudes of 115 to 135 km and propagate approximately perpendicular to the boundary along azimuths ranging from 156{degree} to 180{degree}. The waves propagate obliquely downward through the lower atmosphere until they are reflected by the Earth's surface back into the upper atmosphere. The frequencies associated with these gravity waves cover the range of 0.3 to 0.6 mHz, with wavelengths of 300 to 500 km, and with average phase velocities of 110 to 180 m/s. The maximum phase speeds are 270 to 300 m/s, which is slightly less than the speed of sound in the lower atmosphere. Poleward-propagating gravity waves are sometimes observed under disturbed conditions when the polar cap and convection reversal boundary have expanded equatorward.

  19. Investigation of Solar Wind Coupling to the High-Latitude Ionospheric Reverse Convection Electric Field during Large Positive IMF Bz

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    Clauer, C. R.; Deshpande, K.; Xu, Z.; Hartinger, M.; Weimer, D. R.; Nicolls, M. J.

    2015-12-01

    An empirical determination of the coupling function between the solar wind dynamo electric field and the high latitude ionospheric electric field is possible using the Weiner filter technique. We investigate the response of the high latitude reverse convection electric field measured by the Resolute Incoherent Scatter Radar (RISR) during periods of large northward IMF for two CME-related events 12-13 September 2014 and 22 - 23 June 2015. The technique provides the most general linear coupling function including frequency response and time delays. We find that the solar wind is strongly coupled to the high latitude reverse convection electric field. We discuss the details of this coupling as it relates to various parameters that may influence the coupling efficiency, such as solar wind mach number, plasma beta, ionospheric Pederson conductivity, etc.

  20. Plasma and convection reversal boundary motions in the high-latitude ionosphere

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    Chen, Y.-J.; Heelis, R. A.; Cumnock, J. A.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper we present a statistical study of the high-latitude ionospheric plasma motion at the convection reversal boundary (CRB) and its dependence on the location of the CRB and the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) orientation by using the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F13 and F15 measurements over the period from 2000 to 2007. During periods of stable southward IMF, we find a smaller variability in plasma drifts across the CRB over a 4 h segment in magnetic local time (MLT) around dawn and dusk compared to that for variable IMF. Across these segments, the plasma motion at the CRB is directed poleward at local times closer to local noon and equatorward at local times closer to midnight on both the dawn and dusk sides with a total potential drop ~10 kV, suggesting that the CRB behaves much like an adiaroic line. For variable IMF with no stability constraint, we see a relatively narrow distribution of plasma drifts across the CRB only in the 6-7 h and 17-18 h MLT and equatorward/poleward motions of the CRB when the CRB is located at the highest/lowest latitudes. The smaller local time extent of the adiaroic line for variable IMF (~1 h) may be associated with rotation of the dayside merging gap in local time or local contractions and expansions of the polar cap boundary.

  1. C/NOFS Measurements of Magnetic Perturbations in the Low-Latitude Ionosphere During Magnetic Storms

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    Le, Guan; Burke, William J.; Pfaff, Robert F.; Freudenreich, Henry; Maus, Stefan; Luhr, Hermann

    2011-01-01

    The Vector Electric Field Investigation suite on the C/NOFS satellite includes a fluxgate magnetometer to monitor the Earth s magnetic fields in the low-latitude ionosphere. Measurements yield full magnetic vectors every second over the range of +/-45,000 nT with a one-bit resolution of 1.37 nT (16 bit A/D) in each component. The sensor s primary responsibility is to support calculations of both V x B and E x B with greater accuracy than can be obtained using standard magnetic field models. The data also contain information about large-scale current systems that, when analyzed in conjunction with electric field measurements, promise to significantly expand understanding of equatorial electrodynamics. We first compare in situ measurements with the POMME (Potsdam Magnetic Model of the Earth) model to establish in-flight sensor "calibrations" and to compute magnetic residuals. At low latitudes the residuals are predominately products of the storm time ring current. Since C/NOFS provides a complete coverage of all local times every 97 min, magnetic field data allow studies of the temporal evolution and local time variations of storm time ring current. The analysis demonstrates the feasibility of using instrumented spacecraft in low-inclination orbits to extract a timely proxy for the provisional Dst index and to specify the ring current s evolution.

  2. Ionospheric response to magnetic activity at low and mid-latitude stations

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    Adebiyi, Shola; Adimula, Isaac; Oladipo, Olusola; Joshua, Benjamin; Adebesin, Babatunde; Ikubanni, Stephen

    2014-08-01

    The F2-layer response to the moderate storm of 5-7 April 2010 was investigated using data from two equatorial stations (Ilorin: lat. 8.5°N, 4.5°E; Kwajalein: lat. 9°N, long. 167.2°E) and mid-latitude (San Vito: lat. 40.6°N, long. 17.8°E; Pruhonice: lat. 50°N, long. 14.6°E). Before storm commencement, enhancement, and depletion of NmF2 values were observed in the equatorial and mid-latitude stations, respectively, indicating the latitudinal dependence of the pre-storm event. All the stations with the exception of Kwajalein show positive phase in NmF2 response at the storm onset stage. Positive phase in NmF2 continues over Ilorin and appears on the daytime ionosphere of Kwajalein on 6 April, whereas negative phase suppressed the positive feature in Pruhonice and San Vito until the recovery condition. The differences in the response of F2-layer to the storm for the two equatorial stations were attributed to their longitudinal differences. On the average, both the AE and D st indices revealed poor correlation relationship. More studies are required to ascertain this finding.

  3. Observations of very-high-latitude ionospheric irregularities with the Goose Bay HF (high frequency) radar

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    Greenwald, R.A.; Baker, K.B.

    1985-06-07

    The Goose Bay HF radar is a sophisticated instrument capable of providing detailed information on very-high-latitude E- and F-region ionospheric electron-density irregularities which act as a source of clutter on OTH radar systems. Through the use of two parallel phased-array antennas, this instrument is able to image the location of these irregularities within a three-dimensional volume covering much of northeastern Canada and Greenland. It is also capable of following the temporal variability of these irregularities as well as determining unambiguously the Doppler shift and broadening of radar signals scattered by them. This paper presents initial results with a single phased-array antenna, which represent typical examples of the spatial intensity distribution of these irregularities at different local times. Examples are presented of Doppler spectra of the irregularities at different local times. Data of this type are of appreciable value in ascertaining the techniques that must be utilized to improve clutter mitigation on high-latitude radar systems.

  4. C/NOFS Measurements of Stormtime Magnetic Perturbations in the Low-latitude Ionosphere

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    Le, Guan; Burke, William J.; Pfaff, Robert F.; Freudenreich, Henry; Maus, Stefan; Luehr, Hermann

    2012-01-01

    The Vector Electric Field Investigation suite on the C/NOFS satellite includes a fluxgate magnetometer to monitor the Earth's magnetic fields in the low-latitude ionosphere. Measurements yield full magnetic vectors every second over the range of +/- 45,000 nT with a one-bit resolution of 1.37 nT (16 bit AID) in each component. The sensor's primary responsibility is to support calculations of both VxB and ExB with greater accuracy than can be obtained using standard magnetic field models. The data also contain information about large-scale current systems, that, when analyzed in conjunction with electric field measurements, promise to significantly expand understanding of equatorial electrodynamics. We first compare in situ measurements with the POMME (POtsdam Magnetic Model of the Earth) model to establish in-flight sensor "calibrations" and to compute magnetic residuals. At low latitudes the residuals are predominately products of the stormtime ring current. Since C/NOFS provides a complete coverage of all local times every 97 minutes, magnetic field data allow studies of the temporal evolution and local-time variations of stormtime ring current. The analysis demonstrates the feasibility of using instrumented spacecraft in low-inclination orbits to extract a timely proxy for the provisional Dst index and to specify the ring current's evolution.

  5. ROCSAT observations of topside ionospheric undulations and irregularities at low to middle latitudes

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    Su, S.-Y.; Tsunoda, R. T.; Liu, C. H.; Chao, C. K.; Wu, J. M.

    2007-11-01

    Starting from 0415 UT on 8 January 2000, ROCSAT-1 observed intermediate-scale (0.1 to 50 km) ion density irregularities in conjunction with mesoscale (˜50 to 1000 km) density and flow undulations in a total of eight consecutive orbits from low to middle latitudes in the northern hemisphere of nightside topside ionosphere. The mesoscale undulation indicates in-phase variation between the outward as well as westward flow and the density enhancement. The induced electric fields derived from the flow perturbations point along the northeast-southwest direction. The locations of the disturbances mapped from the onset of each mesoscale undulation event observed in eight consecutive ROCSAT orbits form a frontal structure that is aligned from northwest to southeast. These disturbances cover a large geographic area from 120° to 300° in longitude and from latitude 20° up to the ROCSAT turn-around latitude at 35° in the nightside ionosphere. Since the first onset of mesoscale undulations is preceded by a sudden enhancement of the background flow in the southeast direction, which can be induced by a southwest-pointed electric field, the cause of mesoscale undulations is identified as the Perkins instability. On the other hand, it is difficult to explain the occurrence of intermediate-scale irregularities that either appear alone in time and space, or coexist with mesoscale undulations. The signature of intermediate-scale irregularities, in addition to the density fluctuations, is the existence of a dominant zonal flow fluctuation that is completely different from the characteristics of mesoscale undulations. One possible explanation for the existence of intermediate-scale irregularities is from the mapping of irregularity structures from E region or lower F region. However, theoretical model for the production and mapping process of intermediate-scale irregularity is not available at the moment. As the in situ observation of midlatitude irregularities is quite rare, we

  6. High-latitude topside ionospheric vertical electron density profile changes in response to large magnetic storms

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    Benson, Robert F.; Fainberg, Joseph; Osherovich, Vladimir A.; Truhlik, Vladimir; Wang, Yongli; Bilitza, Dieter; Fung, Shing F.

    2016-05-01

    Large magnetic-storm-induced changes were detected in high-latitude topside vertical electron density profiles Ne(h) in a database of profiles and digital topside ionograms, from the International Satellites for Ionospheric Studies (ISIS) program, that enabled Ne(h) profiles to be obtained in nearly the same region of space before, during, and after a major magnetic storm (Dst < -100 nT). Storms where Ne(h) profiles were available in the high-latitude Northern Hemisphere had better coverage of solar wind parameters than storms with available Ne(h) profiles in the high-latitude Southern Hemisphere. Large Ne(h) changes were observed during all storms, with enhancements and depletions sometimes near a factor of 10 and 0.1, respectively, but with substantial differences in the responses in the two hemispheres. Large spatial and/or temporal Ne(h) changes were often observed during Dst minimum and during the storm recovery phase. The storm-induced Ne(h) changes were the most pronounced and consistent in the Northern Hemisphere in that large enhancements were observed during winter nighttime and large depletions during winter and spring daytime. The limited available cases suggested that these Northern Hemisphere enhancements increased with increases of the time-shifted solar wind velocity v, magnetic field B, and with more negative values of the B components except for the highest common altitude (1100 km) of the profiles. There was also some evidence suggesting that the Northern Hemisphere depletions were related to changes in the solar wind parameters. Southern Hemisphere storm-induced enhancements and depletions were typically considerably less with depletions observed during summer nighttime conditions and enhancements during summer daytime and fall nighttime conditions.

  7. The impact of large solar events on the total electron content of the ionosphere at mid latitudes

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    López-Montes, Rebeca; Pérez-Enríquez, Román; Araujo-Pradere, Eduardo A.

    2012-04-01

    Ionospheric disturbances associated with solar activity may occur via two basic mechanisms. The first is related to the direct impact on the ionosphere of EUV photons from a flare, and the second by prompt electric field penetration into the magnetosphere during geomagnetic storms. In this paper we examine the possibility that these two mechanisms may have an impact at mid latitudes by calculating the total electron content (TEC) from GPS stations in Mexico during several large X-ray flares. We have found that indeed large, complex flares, which are well located, may affect the mid latitude ionosphere. In fact, in the solar events of July 14, 2000 and April 2001 storms, ionospheric disturbances were observed to increase up to 138 and 150 TECu, respectively, due to the influence of EUV photons. Also, during the solar events of July 2000, April 2001, Halloween 2003, January 2005 and December 2006, there are large ionospheric disturbances (up to 393 TECu in the Halloween Storms), due to prompt penetration electric field, associated with CME producing geomagnetic storm.

  8. Isis 1 observations of the high-latitude ionosphere during a geomagnetic storm.

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    Whitteker, J. H.; Hartz, T. R.; Brace, L. H.; Burrows, J. R.; Heikkila, W. J.; Sagalyn, R. C.; Thomas, D. M.

    1972-01-01

    The Isis 1 satellite has made measurements of several ionospheric and related parameters, and the results of the various measurements have been compared in detail for two north transpolar passes during the geomagnetic storm of February 3, 1969. Simultaneous measurements were made of local electron and ion densities and temperatures, electron density between the satellite and the peak of the F layer, radio noise, and particle fluxes over a wide energy range extending down to 10 eV. Several features of the ionosphere (in particular, enhancements of radio noise, scale height, and plasma temperatures) appear to be due to soft-particle (100 eV to 1 keV) precipitation, which is related to magnetospheric structure as delineated by the observation of more energetic particles. The magnetosheath particles precipitating on the dayside of the polar cap are particularly effective.

  9. Ionospheric Response to the 2009 Sudden Stratospheric Warming over the Equatorial, Low- and Mid-Latitudes in American Sector.

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    Fagundes, P. R.; Goncharenko, L. P.; de Abreu, A. J.; Gende, M.; de Jesus, R.; Pezzopane, M.; Kavutarapu, V.; Coster, A. J.; Pillat, V. G.

    2014-12-01

    The equatorial and low-latitude ionosphere/thermosphere system is predominantly disturbed by waves (MSTIDs, tides, and planetary waves), which are generated in the lower atmosphere or in-situ, as well as electric fields and TIDs produced by geomagnetic storm and UV, EUV, and X-ray solar radiation. For many years, it was thought that, during geomagnetic quiet conditions, the equatorial and low-latitude F-layer was mainly perturbed by waves that were generated not far away from the observed location or electric fields generated by the Equatorial Electroject (EEJ). On the contrary, during geomagnetic storms when the energy sources are in high latitudes the waves (TIDs) travel a very long distance from high latitude to equatorial region and electric fields can be mapped via magnetic field lines. However, in the recent times an unexpected coupling between high latitude, mid- latitude, and equatorial/low latitudes was discovered during sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) events. All aspects involved in this process must be explored in order to improve our knowledge about the Earth´s atmosphere. The present study investigates the consequences of vertical coupling from lower to the upper atmosphere in the equatorial and low-latitude ionosphere in Southern Hemisphere during a major SSW event, which took place during January-February 2009 in the Northern Hemisphere. Using seventeen ground-based dual-frequency GPS stations and two ionosonde stations spanning from latitude 2.8oN to 53.8oS and from longitude 36.7oW to 67.8oW over the South American sector, it has been observed that the ionosphere was significantly disturbed by the SSW event from Equator to the mid-latitudes. Using one GPS station located in mid-latitude (South America sector) it is reported for the first time that the mid-latitude in southern hemisphere (American Sector) was disturbed by the SSW event in the Northern hemisphere. The VTEC at all 17 GPS and two ionosonde stations show significant deviations

  10. Equinoctial asymmetry in low latitude ionosphere as observed by SROSS-C2 satellite

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    Bardhan, Ananna; Aggarwal, Malini; Sharma, D. K.; Rai, J.

    2014-09-01

    The ionospheric plasma parameters (electron, ion temperatures and ion composition-Te, Ti, O+ and H+) measured by SROSS-C2 satellite at an average altitude of ~500 km has been investigated to study the behaviour of the ionosphere in equinoxes during half a solar cycle (year 1995-2000, F10.7 ~70-195). The region under study spans over 5-35°N geog. latitude and 65-95°E geog. longitude in the Indian sector. We found an equinoctial asymmetry in the diurnal behaviour of Te, Ti, O+ and H+ varying with increase in solar activity. The strength of equinoctial asymmetry in Te and Ti is strong during early morning and daytime and strength decreases with increase in solar activity whereas during night time no asymmetry/weaker is observed in low/high solar activity respectively. During the day time, a very strong equinoctial asymmetry in O+ is observed during solar minimum which diminishes with increase in solar activity. The similar diurnal behaviour of H+ as that of O+ is observed during low solar activity but no clear equinoctial asymmetry is observed during solar maximum, as H+ being highly dynamic. The transition height (O+/H+) is the lowest in early morning during solar minimum, which increases during local day-time. The rate of increase in transition height is different in both the equinoxes (higher in vernal than autumn) with respect to dependence on the solar activity, during daytime. Hence equinoctial asymmetry is stronger during solar minimum period than maximum, with higher/lower transition height in vernal during daytime/nighttime respectively.

  11. Study of total electron content variations over equatorial and low latitude ionosphere during extreme solar minimum

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    Sharma, Kavita; Dabas, R. S.; Ravindran, Sudha

    2012-10-01

    In recent years with the advancement in satellite based navigational applications, study of Total Electron Content (TEC) has gained significant importance. It is well known that due to dynamical behaviour of equatorial and low latitude ionosphere, the levels of ionization is relatively high herein. The sustained decrease in solar extreme ultraviolet radiations during the current minimum is greater than any in recent history. This gives us the opportunity to study the observations of global positioning system total electron content (GPS-TEC) dual frequency signals from the GPS satellites continuously recorded at Trivandrum (an equatorial station) and Delhi (a low latitude station) during the extremely low solar activity period from January 2007 to June 2009. This study illustrates the diurnal, seasonal and annual variations of TEC during the extended solar minimum period. This study also investigates the behaviour of daytime ionosphere around spring and autumn equinoxes at low solar activity period. The results clearly reveal the presence of equinoctial asymmetry which is more pronounced at equatorial station Trivandrum. The diurnal variation of TEC shows a short-lived day minimum which occurs between 0500 to 0600 LT at both the stations. Delhi TEC values show its steep increase and reach at its peak value between 1200 and 1400 LT, while at the equator the peak is broad and occurs around 1600 LT. Further, the daily maximum TEC ranges from about 5 to 40 TEC units at Trivandrum and about 10 to 40 TEC units at Delhi, which correspond to range delay variations of about 1 to 8 m at the GPS L1 frequency of 1.575 GHz. The Maximum values of TEC were observed during spring equinox rather than autumn equinox, showing presence of semi annual variation at both the locations. The minimum values of TEC were observed during the summer solstice at Trivandrum indicating the presence of winter anomaly at equatorial region while Delhi TEC values were minimum during winter solstice

  12. Ionospheric Response to 2013 SSW under High Solar Activity in Middle Latitude Observed by an Ionosonde Chain in China

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    Wu, C.; Chen, G.

    2015-12-01

    Sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) in 2013 is a major warming event under moderate-high solar activity. Based on the observations of a meridianal chain of ionosondes covering a latitude range from 30.5°N to 42.8°N in China, we find ionospheric response to 2013 SSW is latitude dependent and comparable to that of low-latitude and equatorial region with f0F2 enhancement more than 80% and hmF2 elevation more than 60km. Typical semidiurnal variations are found consistently in all the 8 stations in early and middle January during SSW. However, the expected depressions in afternoon hours are not so impressive and the enhancements after sunset become more frequent and evident, which may be due to the higher F region Pedersen conductivity during high solar activity. Wavelet results show that f0F2 perturbations during SSW exhibit rich oscillations like tidal components especially semidiurnal tides and planetary waves (< 5 days), especially 3-day periodicities maybe associated to 'Ultra-fast' Kelvin waves (UFKW) in lower atmosphere and the average of f0F2 in 8-18LT displays 16-day planetary wave like oscillations, suggesting interaction of tides and planetary waves . Also, diurnal, semidiurnal and termidiurnal tides in f0F2 are amplified during the warming in good agreement with earlier studies. Importantly, the amplitudes of semidiurnal tides in f0F2 exhibit 16-day periodicities, confirming the theory that the modulated semidiurnal tides bring the 16-day planetary wave like oscillations to the F region through electrodynamic effects during the SSW event.

  13. Geomagnetic Dependence of Medium Scale Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances (MSTIDs) Observed by Mid- and High- Latitude SuperDARN Radars

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    Frissell, N. A.; Baker, J. B.; Ruohoniemi, J.; Miller, E.; West, M.; Bristow, W. A.

    2013-12-01

    Medium Scale Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances (MSTIDs) are wave-like perturbations of the F-region ionosphere with horizontal wavelengths on the order of 100-250 km and periods between ~15 - 60 min. They are generally thought to be the ionospheric manifestation of Atmospheric Gravity Waves (AGWs). High-latitude MSTIDs have been studied using SuperDARN radars for many years, and have typically been attributed to auroral sources propagated by the Earth Reflected Wave (ERW) mode. Tropospheric sources and earthquakes are also known to be sources of MSTIDs. The goal of this study is to see if high- and mid- latitude MSTIDs share the same source region. Observations of MSTIDs using both mid- and high- latitude SuperDARN radars are presented. A case study using MSTIDs observed at the high latitude Goose Bay Radar (GBR) and the midlatitude Blackstone Radar (BKS) suggest that the auroral source is more likely for GBR than for BKS. BKS radar data from June 2010 - June 2011 were searched for signatures of MSTIDs. Statistics of propagation direction and wavelength for each event are used to suggest MSTID sources. Results show that MSTIDs are observed at BKS primarily in the fall/winter months, which is consistent with previously published results for high latitude stations. Distributions of MSTID occurrence organized by geomagnetic parameters Kp, SYM-H, and AE are presented to investigate MSTID dependence on geomagnetic activity at BKS. No correlation is found between these parameters and midlatitude MSTID occurrence, which suggests that high- and mid-latitude MSTIDs have different sources.

  14. Investigating Changes in the High-Latitude Topside Ionosphere During Large Magnetic Storms

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    Fainberg, Joseph; Benson, Robert F.; Osherovich, Vladimir; Truhlik, Vladimir; Wang, Yongli; Fung, Shing; Bilitza, Dieter

    2009-01-01

    A search was conducted to locate periods of nearly simultaneous solar-wind and high latitude topside-ionospheric data during magnetic storms. The focus was on the 20-yr interval from 1965 to 1985 when both solar-wind and Alouette/ISIS topside-sounder data are potentially available. The search yielded 125 large magnetic storms (minimum Dst less than 100) and 280 moderate magnetic storms (minimum Dst between -60 and -100). Solar wind data were available for most, but not all, of these storms. A search of the available high-latitude topside electron-density Ne(h) profiles available from the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC), both from manual inspection of 35-mm film ionograms in the 1960s and more recent auto-processing of ISIS-2 topside digital ionograms using the TOPIST software, during 9-day intervals associated with the 125 large magnetic storm minimum Dst times yielded the following results: 31 intervals had 10 or more manual-scaled profiles (21 intervals had more than 100 profiles and 5 of these had more than 1,000 profiles), and 34 intervals had 10 or more TOPIST profiles (2 intervals had more than 100 profiles). In addition, a search of the available Alouette-2, ISIS-1 and ISIS-2 digital ionograms during the above periods has yielded encouraging initial results in that many ISIS-1 ionograms were found for the early time intervals. Future work will include the search for 35-mm film ionograms during selected intervals. This presentation will illustrate the results of this investigation to date.

  15. HILAT a multi-experiment satellite addressing the dynamics of irregularity formation in the high-latitude ionosphere

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    Fremouw, E. J.

    A combined beacon, in-situ, and optical satellite mission is being prepared for definitive investigation of the formation, development, and decay of plasma-density irregularities in the high-latitude ionosphere. The satellite, named HILAT (P83-1), will carry a VHF-UHF-L-Band coherent beacon for scintillation and TEC measurements, three payloads for in-situ and ionospheric/magnetospheric coupling observations, and a vacuum-ultraviolet imager for meso-scale recording of dayside and nightside auroras and emissions from the F layer. Observations are planned at northern latitudes ranging from the plasmapause to the pole, employing beacon receiving stations which also will decode telemetry from the other payloads. Launch is planned for the boreal summer of 1983.

  16. Ionospheric plasma drift and structure studies at high and mid-latitudes. Volume 1. Final report, October 1990-October 1993

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    Reinisch, B.W.; Scali, J.L.; Dozois, C.; Crowley, G.

    1993-12-01

    Ground-based observations of the high latitude ionosphere with Digisonde sounders at Quaanaaq, Sondrestrom, Goose Bay, Argentina and Millstone Hill provide a description of the patch structure and the convection pattern in the polar cap. Correlation analysis of observed F-region plasma drifts with the orientation of the interplanetary magnetic field (measured by IMP8) lead to a new technique of deducing the signs of Bz and By from the measured drifts. Real time calculation of the plasma drift was successfully introduced at one of the Digisonde stations (Sondrestrom) providing the possibility of determining the IMF components in real time. Analysis of mid-latitude trough observation shows large westward velocities in the trough region. Digisonde data from Quaanaaq and DMSP F8 and F9 satellite data showed the development of the ionospheric polar hole.

  17. Plasma modifications induced by an X-mode HF heater wave in the high latitude F region of the ionosphere

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    Blagoveshchenskaya, N. F.; Borisova, T. D.; Yeoman, T. K.; Rietveld, M. T.; Häggström, I.; Ivanova, I. M.

    2013-12-01

    We presented experimental results of strong plasma modifications induced by X-mode powerful HF radio waves injected towards the magnetic zenith into the high latitude F region of the ionosphere. The experiments were conducted in 2009-2011 using the EISCAT Heating facility, UHF incoherent scatter radar and the EISCAT ionosonde at Tromsø, Norway; and the CUTLASS SuperDARN HF coherent radar at Hankasalmi, Finland. The results showed that the X-mode HF pump wave can generate strong small-scale artificial field aligned irregularities (AFAIs) in the F region of the high-latitude ionosphere. These irregularities, with spatial scales across the geomagnetic field of the order of 9-15 m, were excited when the heater frequency (fH) was above the ordinary-mode critical frequency (foF2) by 0.1-1.2 MHz. It was found that the X-mode AFAIs appeared between 10 s and 4 min after the heater is turned on. Their decay time varied over a wide range between 3 min and 30 min. The excitation of X-mode AFAIs was accompanied by electron temperature (Te) enhancements and an increase in the electron density (Ne) depending on the effective radiated power (ERP). Under ERPs of about 75-180 MW the Te enhances up to 50% above the background level and an increase in Ne of up to 30% were observed. Dramatic changes in the Te and Ne behavior occurred at effective radiated powers of about 370-840 MW, when the Ne and Te values increased up to 100% above the background ones. It was found that AFAIs, Ne and Te enhancements occurred, when the extraordinary-mode critical frequency (fxF2) lied in the frequency range fH-fce/2≤fxF2≤fH+fce/2, where fce is the electron gyrofrequency. The strong Ne enhancements were observed only in the magnetic field-aligned direction in a wide altitude range up to the upper limit of the UHF radar measurements. In addition, the maximum value of Ne is about 50 km higher than the Te enhancement peak. Such electron density enhancements (artificial ducts) cannot be explained by

  18. Ionospheric response of equatorial and low latitude F-region during the intense geomagnetic storm on 24-25 August 2005

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    de Jesus, R.; Sahai, Y.; Guarnieri, F. L.; Fagundes, P. R.; de Abreu, A. J.; Bittencourt, J. A.; Nagatsuma, T.; Huang, C.-S.; Lan, H. T.; Pillat, V. G.

    2012-02-01

    In this investigation, we present and discuss the response of the ionospheric F-region in the South American and East Asian sectors during an intense geomagnetic storm in August 2005. The geomagnetic storm studied reached a minimum Dst of -216 nT at 12:00 UT on 24 August. In this work ionospheric sounding data obtained of 24, 25, and 26 August 2005 at Palmas (PAL; 10.2° S, 48.2° W; dip latitude 6.6° S), São José dos Campos (SJC, 23.2° S, 45.9° W; dip latitude 17.6° S), Brazil, Ho Chi Minh City, (HCM; 10.5° N, 106.3° E; dip latitude 2.9° N), Vietnam, Okinawa (OKI; 26.3° N, 127.8° E; dip latitude 21.2° N), Japan, are presented. Also, the GPS observations obtained at different stations in the equatorial and low-latitude regions in the Brazilian sector are presented. On the night of 24-25 August 2005, the h‧F variations show traveling ionospheric disturbances associated with Joule heating in the auroral zone from SJC to PAL. The foF2 variations show a positive storm phase on the night of 24-25 August at PAL and SJC during the recovery phase. Also, the GPS-VTEC observations at several stations in the Brazilian sector show a fairly similar positive storm phase on 24 August. During the fast decrease of Dst (between 10:00 and 11:00 UT) on 24 August, there is a prompt penetration of electric field of magnetospheric origin that result in abrupt increase (˜12:00 UT) in foF2 at PAL, SJC (Brazil) and OKI (Japan) and in VTEC at IMPZ, BOMJ, PARA and SMAR (Brazil). OKI showed strong oscillations of the F-region on the night 24 August resulted to the propagation of traveling atmospheric disturbances (TADs) by Joule heating in the auroral region. These effects result a strong positive observed at OKI station. During the daytime on 25 August, in the recovery phase, the foF2 observations showed positive ionospheric storm at HCM station. Some differences in the latitudinal response of the F-region is also observed in the South American and East Asian sectors.

  19. Investigation of the morphology and Wait's parameter variations of the low-latitude D region ionosphere using the multiple harmonics of tweeks

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    Tan, Le Minh

    2016-06-01

    Recording the tweeks with a maximum up to eight harmonics using the receiver installed at Tay Nguyen University (12.65° N, 108.02° E) during 2013-2014, we investigated the morphology of the nighttime D-region ionosphere. Tweeks were recorded on 5 quiet nights per month. The results show that the mean reflection height in 2014 (Rz = 79.3) is lower by 3.3 km than that in 2013 (Rz = 64.9). The reflection height at low latitudes is higher than that at high latitudes. The mean reference height h‧ in 2013 is higher about 0.9 km than that in 2014 and the mean sharpness factor β in 2013 is higher by 0.07 km-1 than that in 2014. The short-term variation of reflection heights for tweeks with harmonics m = 1-3 and sunspot number have the negative correlation coefficients. However, the correlations between them are not clear. On some nights, from 19:00-21:00 LT, the reflection height temporal variability shows a moderate to strong negative correlation with the tweek occurrence. This suggests that the reflection height variation may be caused by QE fields generated by lightning discharges. The variations of tweek reflection heights observed during 2013-2014, at low latitudes could be significantly caused by the ionization effect by Lyman- α and Lyman- β coming from geocorona, variation of neutral density, particle precipitations, and by direct energy coupling between lightning and lower ionosphere.

  20. The response of the high-latitude ionosphere to the coronal mass ejection event of April 6, 2000: A practical demonstration of space weather nowcasting with the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network HF radars

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    Ruohoniemi, J. M.; Barnes, R. J.; Greenwald, R. A.; Shepherd, S. G.

    2001-12-01

    The ionosphere at high latitudes is the site of important effects in space weather. These include strong electrical currents that may disrupt power systems through induced currents and density irregularities that can degrade HF and satellite communication links. With the impetus provided by the National Space Weather Program, the radars of the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network have been applied to the real-time specification (``nowcasting'') of conditions in the high-latitude ionosphere. A map of the plasma convection in the northern high-latitude ionosphere is continually generated at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) SuperDARN web site using data downloaded in real time from the radars via Internet connections. Other nowcast items include information on the conditions of HF propagation, the spatial extent of auroral effects, and the total cross polar cap potential variation. Time series of various parameters and an animated replay of the last 2 hours of convection patterns are also available for review. By comparing with simultaneous measurements from an upstream satellite, it is possible to infer the effective delay from the detection of changes in the solar wind at the satellite to the arrival of related effects in the high-latitude ionosphere. We discuss the space weather products available from the JHU/APL SuperDARN web site and their uses by simulating a nowcast of the ionosphere on April 6, 2000, during the arrival of a coronal mass ejection (CME) -related shock. The nowcast convection pattern in particular satisfies a critical need for timely, comprehensive information on ionospheric electric fields.

  1. Local climatological modeling of ionospheric irregularities detected by GPS in the mid-latitude region

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    Wautelet, G.; Warnant, R.

    2012-11-01

    Global Positioning System, or GPS, plays an important role in everyday life. More particularly, precise positioning applications constitute a continuously growing sector whose surveyors, civil engineers and more recently farmers represent the principal users. Ionospheric irregularities are considered as the main threat for those applications as their occurrence and their effects on positioning are generally unknown or unmodeled. This paper aims at setting up a local climatological model of such irregularities which can be used as a forecasting tool. The model is based upon a time series of GPS-derived ionospheric irregularities in Belgium covering 10 years of data (period 2002-2011). Our climatological model is twofold: its first component describes the daily variability and is derived from a principal component analysis (PCA) which allows us to retrieve the main patterns of the time series. With the use of low order polynomial and harmonic functions, the second component describes the influence of solar cycle and seasons on irregularity occurrence. Moreover, a statistical autoregressive formulation adapts the model to current conditions. Model validation covers both low and active solar activity periods (years 2008 and 2011) and shows that model accuracy varies with solar conditions and season: values are lower during winter and active solar activity periods, where modeling error can reach up to 60% of the observed value. During summer, model performance is clearly improved, with relative errors generally smaller than 20% for periods of low but also active solar activity.

  2. Role of the Ionosphere in the Generation of Large-Amplitude Ulf Waves at High Latitudes

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    Tulegenov, B.; Guido, T.; Streltsov, A. V.

    2014-12-01

    We present results from the statistical study of ULF waves detected by the fluxgate magnetometer in Gakona, Alaska during several experimental campaigns conducted at the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility in years 2011-2013. We analyzed frequencies of ULF waves recorded during 26 strongly disturbed geomagnetic events (substorms) and compared them with frequencies of ULF waves detected during magnetically quite times. Our analysis demonstrates that the frequency of the waves carrying most of the power almost in all these events is less than 1 mHz. We also analyzed data from the ACE satellite, measuring parameters of the solar wind in the L1 Lagrangian point between Earth and Sun, and found that in several occasions there is a strong correlation between oscillations of the magnetic field in the solar wind and oscillations detected on the ground. We also found several cases when there is no correlation between signals detected on ACE and on the ground. This finding suggests that these frequencies correspond to the fundamental eigenfrequency of the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere system. The low frequency of the oscillations is explained by the effect of the ionosphere, where the current is carried by ions through highly collisional media. The amplitude of these waves can reach significant magnitude when the system is driven by the external driver (for example, the solar wind) with this particular frequency. When the frequency of the driver does not match the frequency of the system, the waves still are observed, but their amplitudes are much smaller.

  3. The role of the zonal ExB plasma drift in the low latitude ionosphere at solar minimum and maximum near equinox

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    Pavlov, Anatoli

    The F2-layer peak density, NmF2, and peak altitude, hmF2, which were observed by 12 ionospheric sounders during the geomagnetically quiet time periods at solar minimum (20 September 1964) and maximum (12-13 April 1958) are compared with those calculated by the threedimensional time-dependent theoretical model of the Earth's low and middle latitude ionosphere and plasmasphere. Major features of the data are reproduced by the model. The changes in NmF2 due to the zonal E ×B plasma drift are found to be inessential by day. It is shown that the model, which does not take into account the zonal E ×B plasma drift, underestimates night-time NmF2 up to the maximum factors of 2 (solar minimum) and 2.3 (solar maximum) at low geomagnetic latitudes. The night-time increase of NmF2 caused by the zonal E ×B plasma drift is less pronounced at -20° and 20° geomagnetic latitudes in comparison with that between -10° and 10° geomagnetic latitude. The longitude dependence of the calculated nighttime low latitude influence of the zonal E ×B plasma drift on NmF2 is explained in terms of the longitudinal asymmetry in B (the eccentric magnetic dipole is displaced from the Earth's center and the Earth's eccentric tilted magnetic dipole moment is inclined with respect to the Earth's rotational axis), and the variations of the wind induced plasma drift and the meridional E ×B plasma drift in geomagnetic longitude. The difference between the calculated value of hmF2 and that obtained when the zonal E ×B drift is omitted is essential by night and is not exceeding 17 km in the low latitude ionosphere. The model calculations show that over the geomagnetic equator the zonal E ×B plasma drift produces the increase in the electron density up to the maximum factors of 1.5 and 1.3 (solar minimum) and 2 and 1.6 (solar maximum) at 700 km and 1000 km altitude, respectively, and this increase is not significant above about 1500 km. The maximum effects of the zonal E ×B plasma drift on the

  4. Model for the low-latitude ionosphere with coefficients for different seasonal and solar cycle conditions. Final report, 1 October 1981-30 June 1986

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    Mendillo, M.; Herniter, B.

    1986-11-01

    A new ionospheric model for the low-latitude ionosphere was constructed to provide easy access to electron density profiles (Ne(h)), total electron content (TEC) and 6300A airglow under a variety of conditions. Results from the rigorous theoretical calculations for ionospheric structure at a given time and a site were parameterized to a set of six coefficients that reproduce the individual Ne(h) profiles using a simple algebraic formula. This report summarizes the rationale for such a model, describes the input parameters and methods used to generate the coefficients, and provides a comprehensive set of coefficients. The model covers the low-latitude ionosphere (24 N to 24 S every 4 deg of dip latitude), over the altitude range 180 to 1000km, for every hour of local time. The tabulated coefficients, TEC and 6300 airglow are presented for three seasons (Equinox, June solstice, and December solstice) and two solar cycles (solar maximum and solar minimum).

  5. Ionospheric irregularities in the low-latitude valley region observed with the Equatorial Atmosphere Radar

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    Yokoyama, T.; Patra, A. K.; Fukao, S.; Yamamoto, M.

    2005-10-01

    The geomagnetically low-latitude valley region between the upper E region and the lower F1 region is studied with the Equatorial Atmosphere Radar (EAR) in Indonesia. Three-meter-scale field-aligned irregularity echoes have been frequently observed in the valley region in association with the equatorial spread F (ESF) in the period from sunset to midnight. The valley region echoes usually appear at above 150 km and propagate downward with time. Rapid beam scanning of the EAR revealed that spatial structure, temporal variation, and drift velocity of the valley region echoes resemble those of ESF, which indicates that the dynamoelectric field in the equatorial F region controls the low-latitude valley region irregularities. Perturbed electric fields associated with ESF map down to the low-latitude valley region and can produce the perturbed plasma density structures as "images" of ESF structures. Image structure is effectively formed at altitudes below 200 km and is a source of the valley region irregularities observed with the EAR. It is suggested that intermediate layers should supply a plasma density gradient for excitation of 3-m-scale irregularities in the valley region through gradient drift instability.

  6. Modification of the High-Latitude Ionospheric F Region By High-Power HF Radio Waves at Frequencies Near the fifth and Sixth Electron Gyroharmonics

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    Borisova, T. D.; Blagoveshchenskaya, N. F.; Kalishin, A. S.; Rietveld, M. T.; Yeoman, T. K.; Hägström, I.

    2016-01-01

    We study the modification effects of the high-latitude ionospheric F region induced by a highpower O-mode HF radio wave injected towards the magnetic zenith, at frequencies near the fifth and sixth electron gyroharmonics using the EISCAT/Heating facility. Multi-instrument diagnostics with the EISCAT incoherent scatter radar (930 MHz) at Tromsø, Norway, the CUTLASS coherent radar at Hankasalmi, Finland, and stimulated electromagnetic emission (SEE) receiver at Tromsø, has been used for analysis of the observed phenomena. The behavior of the ionospheric plasma parameters (electron's density and temperature), small-scale artificial field-aligned irregularities, plasma and ion-line spectra, and ionospheric SEE are analyzed in detail. Modification effects near the fifth and sixth electron gyroharmonics have been compared. The coexistence of the thermal (resonance) parametric instability, parametric decay (striction) instability, and/or oscillating two-stream instability was found at these frequencies. The excitation of instabilities occurred at altitudes close to the reflection altitude of the HF pump wave and at the altitudes of the upper-hybrid resonance.

  7. High-Latitude Topside Ionospheric Vertical Electron-Density-Profile Changes in Response to Large Magnetic Storms

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    Benson, Robert F.; Fainberg, Joseph; Osherovich, Vladimir A.; Truhlik, Vladimir; Wang, Yongli; Bilitza, Dieter; Fung, Shing F.

    2015-01-01

    Large magnetic-storm induced changes have been detected in high-latitude topside vertical electron-density profiles Ne(h). The investigation was based on the large database of topside Ne(h) profiles and digital topside ionograms from the International Satellites for Ionospheric Studies (ISIS) program available from the NASA Space Physics Data Facility (SPDF) at http://spdf.gsfc.nasa.gov/isis/isis-status.html. This large database enabled Ne(h) profiles to be obtained when an ISIS satellite passed through nearly the same region of space before, during, and after a major magnetic storm. A major goal was to relate the magnetic-storm induced high-latitude Ne(h) profile changes to solar-wind parameters. Thus an additional data constraint was to consider only storms where solar-wind data were available from the NASA/SPDF OMNIWeb database. Ten large magnetic storms (with Dst less than -100 nT) were identified that satisfied both the Ne(h) profile and the solar-wind data constraints. During five of these storms topside ionospheric Ne(h) profiles were available in the high-latitude northern hemisphere and during the other five storms similar ionospheric data were available in the southern hemisphere. Large Ne(h) changes were observed during each one of these storms. Our concentration in this paper is on the northern hemisphere. The data coverage was best for the northern-hemisphere winter. Here Ne(h) profile enhancements were always observed when the magnetic local time (MLT) was between 00 and 03 and Ne(h) profile depletions were always observed between 08 and 10 MLT. The observed Ne(h) deviations were compared with solar-wind parameters, with appropriate time shifts, for four storms.

  8. DC Electric Field measurement in the Mid-latitude Ionosphere during MSTID by S-520-27 Sounding Rocket Experiments

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    Ishisaka, K.; Yamamoto, M.; Yokoyama, T.; Tanaka, M.; Abe, T.; Kumamoto, A.

    2015-12-01

    In the middle latitude ionospheric F region, mainly in summer, wave structures of electron density that have wave length of 100-200 km and period of one hour are observed. This phenomena is called Medium Scale Traveling Ionosphiric Disturbance; MSTID. MSTID has been observed by GPS receiving network, and its characteristic were studied. In the past, MSTID was thought to be generated by the Perkins instability, but its growth ratio was too small to be effective so far smaller than the real. Recently coupling process between ionospheric E and F regions are studied by using two radars and by computer simulations. Through these studies, we now have hypothesis that MSTID is generated by the combination of E-F region coupling and Perkins instability. The S-520-27 sounding rocket experiment on E-layer and F-layer was planned in order to verify this hypothesis. S-520-27 sounding rocket was launched at 23:57 JST on 20th July, 2013 from JAXA Uchinoura Space Center. S-520-27 sounding rocket reached 316km height. The S-520-27 payload was equipped with Electric Field Detector (EFD) with a two set of orthogonal double probes to measure DC electric field in the spin plane of the payload. The electrodes of two double probe antennas were used to gather the potentials which were detected with high impedance pre-amplifier using the floating (unbiased) double probe technique. As a results of measurements of DC electric fields by the EFD, the natural electric field was about +/-5mV/m, and varied the direction from southeast to east. Then the electric field was mapped to the horizontal plane at 280km height along the geomagnetic field line. In this presentation, we show the detail result of DC electric field measurement by S-520-27 sounding rocket and then we discuss about the correlation between the natural electric field and TEC variation by using the GPS-TEC.

  9. Local and Global Studies of Ion Outflow From the High Latitude Ionosphere

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    Petersen, W. K.

    1997-01-01

    Ion outflow from the ionosphere plays a fundamental but poorly defined role in magnetospheric processes. The purpose of the research is to better understand the mass coupling between the Earth's ionosphere and Magnetosphere. The work performed under this grant falls in three areas: (1) event studies using archived data from the DE-1/2 satellites; (2) investigations using Data from the ISTP satellites; and (3) work supporting a Space Physics Educational Outreach (SPEO) grant supplement.

  10. Propagation of Upper Atmospheric Storm Effects Towards Lower Latitudes

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    Prölss, G. W.; Očko, M.

    It has been suggested that both positive ionospheric storms at middle latitudes and anomalous increases in the neutral thermospheric density at low latitudes are caused by traveling atmospheric disturbances (TADs). Here we test this idea using ionosonde measurements and CASTOR satellite data. It is found that the major density enhancements observed during the January 10, March 26, and April 1, 1976 storm events are all preceded by ionospheric perturbations at middle latitudes. These perturbations consist of an increase in layer height followed by an increase in the ionization density. Since these are typical signatures of TADs, the present data set confirms the idea that a significant part of the upper atmosphere storm energy is transported from high to low latitudes by large-scale waves

  11. Ionospheric effects on modern electronic systems

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    Goodman, John M.; Aarons, Jules

    1990-03-01

    A basic overview of ionospheric phenomenology is provided. Some of the modern electronic systems of interest and the extent to which the ionosphere may place limits on design and operation are discussed. The effects of importance to electronic systems are defined, and the effects are discussed by frequency regime: the ELF (less than 3 kHz), VLF (3-30 kHz), and LF (30-300 kHz) bands. Shortwave and earth-space propagation are considered. Special attention is given to systems for which propagation factors are predominantly deleterious; these include satellite communication and navigation systems that operate in the earth-space regime. Special note is made of the fact that the solar maximum is to be reached in 1990-1991 and that maximum ionospheric effects are anticipated during this period, which is predicted to be one of the most active epochs of the last 200 years.

  12. Climatology of high-latitude ionospheric scintillation based on 38.2 MHz IRIS riometer measurements in Northern Finland

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    Szponarski, P.; Honary, F.; McKay-Bukowski, D.

    2015-12-01

    Dynamic electron density irregularities, ranging in scale sizes from hundreds of kilometres to a few centimetres, cause scintillation of radio-waves propagating through the ionosphere. They can significantly reduce performance of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receivers and other positioning systems of varying frequencies. The high latitude ionosphere becomes very disturbed during geomagnetic storms due to auroral precipitation and motion of polar patches. While the scintillation topic is researched heavily at GPS frequencies, relatively little work has been done at MHz frequencies. A rather unconventional approach has been taken, by using data from the IRIS riometer (Imaging Riometer for Ionospheric Studies), based in Kilspisjärvi, Finland (69.05° N 20.79° E). By observing the strong and homogeneous radio source Cassiopeia A, passing through multiple narrow beams, amplitude scintillations can be observed. The continuous dataset of approximately 14 years (1995 - 2009) was used to create climatological scintillation trends, presenting diurnal, seasonal and yearly variations of amplitude scintillation index, S­­­­4. The correlation between S4 index and geomagnetic indices (Kp, AE) was investigated and linear relationships were found.

  13. A study of 3D structure of nighttime electron density enhancement in the mid-latitude ionosphere by GPS tomography

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    Chen, C.; Saito, A.

    2011-12-01

    The mid-latitude summer nighttime anomaly (MSNA) is a feature that the nighttime electron density larger than that in the daytime mid-latitude ionosphere. This anomaly was first detected in the southern hemisphere five decades ago and observed in the northern hemisphere recently by ionosondes and satellites. Previous studies presented the electron density structure of MSNA by using COSMIC occultation data and found that MSNA is clearly seen around 300 km altitude during local summer. However, due to lack of observation, the day-to-day variation of MSNA was not investigated. A GPS tomography method by SPEL of Kyoto University using the total electron content (TEC) data measured by the ground-based GPS receiver network is employed in this study. The wide coverage and continuous observation of GPS receivers are suitable for investigating the spatial and day-to-day variations of ionospheric electron densities. The algorithm of the GPS tomography developed by SPEL of Kyoto University use a constraint condition that the gradient of election density tends to be smooth in the horizontal direction and steep in the vicinity of the F2 peak, instead of inputting the initial conditions. Therefore, the algorithm is independent of any ionospheric and plasmaspheric electron density distribution models. The dense ground-based GPS receiver network around European region is used to study the three dimensional (3D) structure of MSNA with GPS tomography. Results show that the MSNA usually appear around the geomagnetic mid-latitude region during local summer nighttime. The feature of MSNA is most obvious at the ionospheric F2-peak altitudes. The result also shows a day-to-day variation in the formation of MSNA, in terms of the occurrence time, intensity, and spatial extent. The tomographic results are compared with the ionosondes, satellites, and radar measurements. A theoretical model simulation, SAMI2, is also used to further discuss the mechanism of MSNA. The comparison with other

  14. Comparative study on the ionospheric response to minor and major sudden stratospheric events in the Brazilian equatorial and low latitudes

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    Fagundes, Paulo Roberto; Kavutarapu, Venkatesh; Gil Pillat, Valdir; Vieira, Francisco

    2016-07-01

    The Total electron Content (TEC), derivate from GPS, becomes one of the most powerful techniques to study the space-time ionospheric (F-region) electrodynamics, during the quiet and disturbed periods. The number of GPS stations in Brazil increased significantly during the last few years; currently more than 100 GPS stations are in operation over the Brazilian region. The GPS-TEC values are derived using the differential delay technique from the dual frequency measurements at L1 and L2 frequencies over the considered locations at equatorial and low latitudes. The present study investigates the ionospheric total electron content (GPS-TEC) response in the Southern Hemisphere equatorial and low latitudes, due to major and minor sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) events, which took place during 2009 and 2012. During both the SSW events, the TEC values are depleted to the order of 20-30% all over the Brazil from equator to beyond Equatorial Ionization Anomaly (EIA) regions. In addition, the EIA were suppressed during the SSW events for several days. However, the TEC depletion and EIA suppression lasted for a longer period during SSW-2012 when compared with the SSW-2009; despite the SSW-2012 is considerd as a minor event.

  15. Simulation of low latitude ionospheric response to 2015 St. Patrick's Day super geomagnetic storm over Indian longitude sector

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    Mohan Joshi, Lalit; Sripathi, Samireddipelle; Singh, Ram

    2016-07-01

    We present low latitude ionospheric response over Indian longitude to the recent super geomagnetic storm of 17 March 2015, using the SAMI2 model which incorporates ionosonde derived vertical drift impacted by prompt penetration eastward electric field occurring during the evening Prereversal Enhancement (PRE) in the vertical drift. The importance of this storm is that (a) Dst reaches as low as -228 nT and (b) prompt penetration of eastward electric field coincided with evening hours PRE. The daytime vertical EXB drifts in the SAMI2 model are, however, considered based on Scherliess-Fejer model. The simulations indicate a significant enhancement in F layer height and equatorial ionization anomaly (EIA) in the post sunset hours on 17 March 2015 vis-a-vis quiet day. The model simulations during recovery phase, considering disturbance dynamo vertical EXB drift along with equatorward disturbance wind, indicates suppression of the daytime EIA. SAMI2 simulations considering the disturbance wind during the recovery phase suggests that equatorward wind enhances the ionospheric density in the low latitude, however, its role in the formation of the EIA depends on the polarity of the zonal electric field. Comparison of model derived total electron content (TEC) with the TEC from ground GPS receivers indicate that model does reproduce enhancement of the EIA during the main phase and suppression of the EIA during the recovery phase of the super storm. However, peculiarities pertaining to the ionospheric response to prompt penetration electric field in the Indian sector vis-a-vis earlier reports from American sector will be discussed.

  16. Investigation of the Ionospheric Fluctuations Caused by Space Weather Effects Using GNSS TEC Measurements

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    Shagimuratov, Irk; Krankowski, Andrzej; Cherniak, Iurii; Ephishov, Ivan; Zakharenkova, Irina; Yakimova, Galina

    2013-04-01

    It is known that GPS radio signals passing through the ionosphere suffer varying degrees of rapid variations of their amplitude and phase - signal scintillations. The scintillations are caused by the presence of wide range of scale size irregularities in the ionosphere. It is very important to estimate scintillation and phase fluctuation effects on GNSS navigation system (GPS/GLONASS) performance and consequently on the precession of the obtained position. Effects of the ionospheric irregularities on the GPS signals can be evaluated by measurements of the differential phase time rate of dual frequency GPS signals. GPS observations carried out at the Arctic IGS (International GNSS Service) stations were used to study the development of TEC fluctuations in the high latitude ionosphere. Standard GPS measurements with 30s sampling rate allow the detection of middle- and large-scale ionospheric irregularities. For detection of ionospheric fluctuations the rate of TEC (ROT, in the unit of TECU/min) at 1 min interval was used. The temporal occurrence of TEC fluctuations is clearly observed in time variations in the dual frequency carrier phase along satellite passes. As a measure of the fluctuation activity level the Rate of TEC Index (ROTI) based on standard deviation of ROT was also used. ROTI was estimated in 10-minute interval. These techniques and IGS data were used to study the occurrence of TEC fluctuations at the northern latitude ionosphere for selected geomagnetic storms occurred at the end of 23rd and beginning of new 24th solar cycles. Results demonstrate that fluctuation activity of GPS signals in the high latitude ionosphere is depended on geomagnetic conditions. Intensity of fluctuations essentially increases during geomagnetic storms. The strongest TEC fluctuations occurred as short time rate of TEC enhancements of a factor of 2-5 relative to the quiet time. During geomagnetic disturbed conditions strong phase fluctuations can register at latitudes low

  17. On the ionospheric impact of recent storm events on satellite-based augmentation systems in middle and low-latitude sectors

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    Komjathy, Attila; Sparks, Lawrence; Mannucci, Anthony J.; Pi, Xiaoqing

    2003-01-01

    The Ionospheric correction algorithms have been characterized extensively for the mid-latitude region of the ionosphere where benign conditions usually exist. The United States Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) for civil aircraft navigation is focused primarily on the Conterminous United States (CONUS). Other Satellite-based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) include the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) and the Japanese Global Navigation Satellite System (MSAS). Researchers are facing a more serious challenge in addressing the ionospheric impact on navigation using SBAS in other parts of the world such as the South American region on India. At equatorial latitudes, geophysical conditions lead to the so-called Appleton-Hartree (equatorial) anomaly phenomenon, which results in significantly larger ionospheric range delays and range delay spatial gradients than is observed in the CONUS or European sectors. In this paper, we use GPS measurements of geomagnetic storm days to perform a quantitative assessment of WAAS-type ionospheric correction algorithms in other parts of the world such as the low-latitude Brazil and mid-latitude Europe. For the study, we access a world-wide network of 400+ dual frequency GPS receivers.

  18. Ionospheric effects of solar x-rays

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    Danskin, Donald

    2016-07-01

    The ionospheric absorption of radio waves caused by solar x-ray bursts is measured directly by Riometers from the Canada Riometer Array. The absorption is found to be proportional to the square root of the flux intensity of the X-ray burst with time delays of 18-20 seconds between the peak X-ray emission and absorption in the ionosphere. A detailed analysis showed that some X-ray flares during 2011-2014 are more effective at producing absorption than others. Solar longitude of X-ray burst for several X-class flares shows no consistent pattern of enhancement in the absorption.

  19. Challenges for Future UV Imaging of the Earth's Ionosphere and High Latitude Regions

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    Spann, James

    2006-01-01

    Large scale imaging of Geospace has played a significant role in the recent advances in the comprehension of the coupled Solar-Terrestrial System. The Earth's ionospheric far ultraviolet emissions provide a rich tapestry of observations that play a key role in sorting out the dominant mechanisms and phenomena associated with the coupling of the ionosphere and magnetosphere (MI). The MI coupling is an integral part of the Solar-Terrestrial and as such, future observations in this region should focus on understanding the coupling and the impact of solar variability. This talk will focus on the outstanding problems associated with the coupled Solar-Terrestrial system that can be best addressed using far ultraviolet imaging of the Earthls ionosphere. Challenges of global scale imaging and high-resolution imaging will be discussed and how these are driven by unresolved compelling science questions of magnetospheric configuration, and auroral dynamics.

  20. Ionospheric variations over Indian low latitudes close to the equator and comparison with IRI-2012

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    Pavan Chaitanya, P.; Patra, A. K.; Balan, N.; Rao, S. V. B.

    2015-08-01

    In this paper, we analyze daytime observations of the critical frequencies of the F2 (foF2) and F3 (foF3) layers based on ionosonde observations made from Indian low latitudes close to the magnetic equator and study their local time, seasonal, planetary-scale variations (including the solar rotation effect), and solar activity dependence. Given the occurrence of the F3 layer, which has remarkable local time, seasonal and solar activity dependences, variations in foF2 have been evaluated. Local time variations in foF2 and foF3 show noon "bite-out" in all seasons and in all solar activity conditions, which are attributed to vertically upward plasma transport by the zonal electric field and meridional neutral wind. Comparison of observed foF2 with those of the IRI-2012 model clearly shows that the model values are always higher than observed values and the largest difference is observed during noontime owing to the noon bite-out phenomenon. Peak frequency of the F layer (foF2 / foF3), however, is found to have better agreement with IRI-2012 model. Seasonal variations of foF2 and foF3 show stronger asymmetry at the solstices than at the equinoxes. The strong asymmetry at the solstice is attributed to the asymmetry in the meridional neutral wind with a secondary contribution from E × B drifts, and the relatively weak asymmetry observed at the equinox is attributed to the asymmetry in E × B drifts. Variations in foF2 and foF3 with solar flux clearly show the saturation effect when F10.7 exceeds ~ 120 sfu, which is different from that of the mid-latitudes. Irrespective of solar flux, both foF2 and foF3 in summer, however, are found to be remarkably lower than those observed in other seasons. Variations in foF2 show dominant periods of ~ 27, ~ 16 and ~ 6 days. Intriguingly, amplitudes of ~ 27-day variations in foF2 are found to be maximum in low solar activity (LSA), moderate in medium solar activity (MSA) and minimum in high solar activity (HSA), while the amplitudes of

  1. A case study of ionospheric storm effects in the Chinese sector during the October 2013 geomagnetic storm

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    Mao, Tian; Sun, Lingfeng; Hu, Lianhuan; Wang, Yungang; Wang, Zhijun

    2015-11-01

    In this study, we investigate the ionospheric storm effects in the Chinese sector during 2 October 2013 geomagnetic storm. The TEC map over China sector (1° × 1°) and eight ionosondes data along the longitude of 110°E are used to show significant positive ionospheric phases (enhancements in TEC and ionospheric peak electron density NmF2) in the high-middle latitude region and the negative effects at the low latitude and equatorial region during the storm. A wave structure with periods about 1-2 h and horizontal speed about 680 m/s, propagating from the high latitudes to the low latitudes is observed in electron densities within the height region from 200 to 400 km, which is caused by the combined effects of neutral wind and the large-scale traveling disturbances (LSTIDs). In the low latitude regions, compared with those in the quiet day, the ionospheric peak heights of the F2 layer (hmF2) in the storm day obviously increase accompanying a notably decrease in TEC and NmF2, which might be as a result of the eastward prompt penetration electric field (PPEF) evidenced by the two magnetometers and the subsequent westward disturbance dynamo electric fields (DDEF). The storm-time TEC enhancement mainly occurs in the topside ionosphere, as revealed from the topside TEC, bottomside TEC and GPS TEC.

  2. Symposium on the Effect of the Ionosphere on Radiowave Systems, Washington, DC, April 14-16, 1981, Preprints

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    1981-12-01

    Topics related to ionospheric modification are examined, taking into account the ionospheric effects of rocket exhaust products, the ionospheric depletion response to booster rocket exhaust perturbations, in situ active experiment techniques to study the ionosphere, the stimulation of ULF magnetic pulsations by rapid change in ionospheric conductivity, and ionospheric modification by high-power radio waves. Equatorial scintillation studies are discussed, giving attention to scintillation of satellite signals at Guam for two elevation angles and two frequencies, ionospheric scintillation measurements at C-band, the microwave equatorial scintillation intensity during solar maximum, daytime scintillations due to F-region irregularities, VHF scintillation near the equatorial anomaly crest in the Indian sector, and the global distribution of equatorial spread-F in the topside ionosphere during equinoctial periods. Other subjects considered are related to HF propagation/remote sensing, high latitude scintillation studies, sub-HF propagation/radar and systems effects, and ionospheric/propagation models. A radar network for studying the large-scale structure and dynamics of ionospheric electric fields is described in connection with a review of future plans and programs.

  3. Low latitude Ionospheric response to the recent super storm of 17 March 2015: Modeling perspectives and recent findings

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    Joshi, L. M.; Sripathi, S.; Singh, R.

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, simulation of low latitude ionospheric response to the recent super geomagnetic storm of 17 March 2015 at Indian longitude, utilizing SAMI2 codes by incorporating Doppler EXB drift, relevant to the storm period, is being presented. Intense enhancement in the EXB drift of 60 to 70 m/s over magnetic equator was observed in the evening hours of 17 March due to the prompt penetration of the high latitude electric field. This remarkable intensification of EXB drift transported the F layer to beyond 550 km altitude, quite unusual in the Indian sector. Model EXB drift in the day time during the recovery phase of the super storm was slightly westward, unlike the eastward EXB drift during the quiet day. This has been found to be linked with the disturbance dynamo during the recovery phase. SAMI2 model, utilizing the Doppler EXB drift during the evening hours and model EXB drift during the rest of the period, could simulate the intense F layer height rise and latitudinal expansion of EIA during storm main phase. Equator ward disturbance thermospheric winds during the recovery phase have also been incorporated in the simulation. Simulation results also indicated a complete suppression of the equatorial ionization anomaly (EIA) during the recovery phase, linked with the westward disturbance dynamo electric field. Model simulations indicate the role of the disturbance neutral winds during the recovery phase in enhancing the plasma density, however, the development of the EIA has been found to be controlled by the zonal electric field. The model results have been compared with the ground observations of the total electron content (TEC). TEC map over the Indian region shows a remarkable suppression of the EIA during the recovery phase of the geomagnetic storm. Peculiarities of this super storm will also be discussed in the light of the current understanding of the space weather impact on the low latitude ionosphere.

  4. Relating OGO-5 H+ Plasmapause Transitions to Mid-Latitude Topside-Ionospheric Signatures

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    Truhlik, V.; Benson, R. F.; Bilitza, D.; Grebowsky, J. M.; Wang, Y.

    2009-12-01

    Plasmapause transitions, as seen in the H+ and He+ density gradients measured by the Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 (OGO 5) ion spectrometer [Sharp, IEE Trans. in Geosci. Elect., 1969], have been investigated in an attempt to relate them to their topside ionospheric signatures as seen in the Alouette-1 & 2 and ISIS-1 data. The satellite data were obtained from the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC). A search of the OGO-5 data revealed 54 sharp plasmapause crossings as evaluated from the H+ density. The ionospheric footprints (at 1400 km altitude) of the magnetic-field lines through the locations of these plasmapause crossings were then used to search for topside ionospheric electron-density profiles from the NSSDC. No profiles corresponding to these projections were identified. A similar search of the topside-sounder 35-mm ionogram-film database, however, identified 17 cases of candidate "conjunctions" involving Alouette1 & 2 and ISIS 1. We will present samples of the plasmapause OGO-5 ion transitions and the related topside ionospheric signatures and discuss the observations in relation to the recent similar study based on Explorer-45 and ISIS-2 data [Grebowsky et al., JASTP, 2009].

  5. Relating OGO-5 H(+) Plasmapause Transitions to Mid-Latitude Topside-Ionospheric Signatures

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    Truhlik, Vladimir; Benson, Robert F.; Bilitza, Dieter; Grebowsky, Joseph M.; Wang, Yongli

    2009-01-01

    Plasmapause transitions, as seen in the H + and He+ density gradients measured by the Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 (OGO 5) ion spectrometer [Sharp, IEE Trans. in Geosci. Elect., 1969], have been investigated in an attempt to relate them to their topside ionospheric signatures as seen in the Alouette-1 & 2 and ISIS-1 data. The satellite data were obtained from the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC). A search of the OGO-5 data revealed 54 sharp plasmapause crossings as evaluated from the H+ density. The ionospheric footprints (at 1400 km altitude) of the magnetic-field lines through the locations of these plasmapause crossings were then used to search for topside ionospheric electron-density profiles from the NSSDC. No profiles corresponding to these projections were identified. A similar search of the topside-sounder 35-mm ionogram-film database, however, identified 17 cases of candidate "conjunctions" involving Alouette l & 2 and ISIS 1. We will present samples of the plasmapause OGO-5 ion transitions and the related topside ionospheric signatures and discuss the observations in relation to the recent similar study based on Explorer-45 and ISIS-2 data [Grebowsky et al., JASTP, 2009].

  6. Ionospheric variability over Indian low latitude linked with the 2009 sudden stratospheric warming

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    Patra, Amit; Alex, Sobhana; Samireddipalle, Sripathi; Peddapati, PavanChaitanya

    In this paper, we analyze radar observations of ExB drift and plasma irregularities, ionosonde observations of E- and F-layer parameters including spread F, and magnetic field observations made from Indian low latitudes linked with the 2009 sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event. ExB drift variations presented here are the first of their kind from the Indian sector as far as the effect of SSW is concerned. Difference of magnetic fields observed from the equator and low latitude (∆H) and ExB drift show linear relation and both show remarkably large positive values in the morning and negative values in the afternoon exhibiting semidiurnal behavior. Remarkable changing patterns in the critical frequency of F2 layer (foF2) and F3 layer (foF3) were observed after the occurrence of SSW. Large variations with quasi-16-day periodicity were observed in ∆H, foF2 and foF3. Both semidiurnal and quasi-16-day wave modulation observed after the 2009 SSW event are consistent with those reported earlier. We also noted quasi-6 day variations in ∆H and foF2 soon after the SSW commencement, not much reported before. During the counter-electrojet events linked with the SSW event, while equatorial Es (Esq) disappeared as expected, there were no blanketing Es (Esb), a finding not reported and discussed earlier. Esb was also not formed at the off-equatorial location, indicating the absence of required vertical wind shear, but E region plasma irregularities were observed by the ionosonde and radar with a close relationship between the two. Weak F region irregularities were observed in the post-midnight hours and case studies suggest the possible role of SSW related background electric field in the manifestation of post-midnight F region irregularities.

  7. Ionospheric variability over Indian low latitude linked with the 2009 sudden stratospheric warming

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    Patra, A. K.; Pavan Chaitanya, P.; Sripathi, S.; Alex, S.

    2014-05-01

    In this paper, we analyze radar observations of E × B drift and plasma irregularities, ionosonde observations of E and F layer parameters including spread F, and magnetic field observations made from Indian low latitudes linked with the 2009 sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event. E × B drift variations presented here are the first of their kind from the Indian sector as far as the effect of SSW is concerned. Difference of magnetic fields observed from the equator and low-latitude (∆H) and E × B drift show linear relation, and both show remarkably large positive values in the morning and negative values in the afternoon exhibiting semidiurnal behavior. Remarkable changing patterns in the critical frequency of F2 layer (foF2) and F3 layer (foF3) were observed after the occurrence of SSW. Large variations with quasi 16 day periodicity were observed in ∆H, foF2, and foF3. Both semidiurnal and quasi 16 day wave modulation observed after the 2009 SSW event are consistent with those reported earlier. We also noted quasi 6 day variations in ∆H and foF2 soon after the SSW commencement, not much reported before. During the counterelectrojet events linked with the SSW event, while equatorial Es (Esq) disappeared as expected, there were no blanketing Es (Esb), a finding not reported and discussed earlier. Esb was also not formed at the off-equatorial location, indicating the absence of required vertical wind shear, but E region plasma irregularities were observed by the ionosonde and radar with a close relationship between the two. Weak F region irregularities were observed in the postmidnight hours, and case studies suggest the possible role of SSW-related background electric field in the manifestation of postmidnight F region irregularities.

  8. The effect of longitudinal conductance variations on the ionospheric prompt penetration electric fields

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    Sazykin, S.; Wolf, R.; Spiro, R.; Fejer, B.

    Ionospheric prompt penetration electric fields of magnetospheric origin, together with the atmospheric disturbance dynamo, represent the most important parameters controlling the storm-time dynamics of the low and mid-latitude ionosphere. These prompt penetration fields result from the disruption of region-2 field-aligned shielding currents during geomagnetically disturbed conditions. Penetration electric fields con- trol, to a large extent, the generation and development of equatorial spread-F plasma instabilities as well as other dynamic space weather phenomena in the ionosphere equatorward of the auroral zone. While modeling studies typically agree with average patterns of prompt penetration fields, experimental results suggest that longitudinal variations of the ionospheric con- ductivities play a non-negligible role in controlling spread-F phenomena, an effect that has not previously been modeled. We present first results of modeling prompt pene- tration electric fields using a version of the Rice Convection Model (RCM) that allows for longitudinal variations in the ionospheric conductance tensor. The RCM is a first- principles numerical ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling model that solves for the electric fields, field-aligned currents, and particle distributions in the ionosphere and inner/middle magnetosphere. We compare these new theoretical results with electric field observations.

  9. Effects of the equatorial ionosphere on L-band Earth-space transmissions

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    Smith, Ernest K.; Flock, Warren L.

    1993-01-01

    Ionosphere scintillation can effect satellite telecommunication up to Ku-band. Nighttime scintillation can be attributed to large-scale inhomogeneity in the F-region of the ionosphere predominantly between heights of 200 and 600 km. Daytime scintillation has been attributed to sporadic E. It can be thought of as occurring in three belts: equatorial, high-latitude, and mid-latitude, in order of severity. Equatorial scintillation occurs between magnetic latitudes +/- 25 degrees, peaking near +/- 10 degrees. It commonly starts abruptly near 2000 local time and dies out shortly after midnight. There is a strong solar cycle dependence and a seasonal preference for the equinoxes, particularly the vernal one. Equatorial scintillation occurs more frequently on magnetically quiet than on magnetically disturbed days in most longitudes. At the peak of the sunspot cycle scintillation depths as great as 20 dB were observed at L-band.

  10. Cross-hemisphere comparison of mid-latitude ionospheric variability during 1996-2009: Juliusruh vs. Hobart

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    Zakharenkova, I. E.; Cherniak, Iu. V.; Krankowski, A.; Shagimuratov, I. I.

    2014-01-01

    Analysis of a long-time series of hourly median characteristics of the ionospheric plasma at two mid-latitude locations in the Northern and Southern hemisphere, Juliusruh (54.6N; 13.4E) and Hobart (42.9S; 147.3E), reveals patterns of their synchronous and independent variability. We studied timelines of GPS vTEC, ionogram-derived F2-layer peak electron density NmF2, ionospheric equivalent slab thickness τ, and their ratios at two locations during the complete 23rd solar cycle and its following period of the extremely low solar activity in 2008-2009. This study has also involved the comparative analysis of the observed data versus the model predictions by IRI-2012. During the high solar activity in 2000-2002, seasonal variations show a complicated cross-hemisphere behavior influenced by the winter and semi-annual anomalies, with the largest noon-time values of TEC and NmF2 observed around equinoxes. Strength of the winter anomaly in NmF2 was significantly greater at Juliusruh in comparison with Hobart. The winter anomaly in GPS vTEC values was much weaker than in NmF2 for the Northern hemisphere mid-latitudes and was entirely absent at the Southern hemisphere. Cross-hemisphere analysis of the equivalent slab thickness shows its clear seasonal dependence for all levels of solar activity: the day-time maximum τmax is observed during local summer, whereas the day-time minimum τmin is observed during local winter. The night-time values of τ were higher compared to the day-time values during the winter and equinox seasons. Comparative model-data study shows rather good IRI performance of the day-time NmF2 for mid-latitudes of both hemispheres and rather noticeable overestimations for the mid-night NmF2 values during high solar activity. Analysis of IRI vTEC demonstrates the model limitations, related with the absence of the plasmaspheric part, and actual demand in a reliable and standard ionosphere-plasmasphere model for analysis of GPS vTEC.

  11. Study of the March 31, 2001 magnetic storm effects on the ionosphere using GPS data

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    Fedrizzi, M.; de Paula, E. R.; Langley, R. B.; Komjathy, A.; Batista, I. S.; Kantor, I. J.

    Despite the fact that much has been learned about the Sun-Earth relationship during disturbed conditions, understanding the effects of magnetic storms on the neutral and ionized upper atmosphere is still one of the most challenging topics remaining in the physics of this atmospheric region. In order to investigate the magnetospheric and ionospheric-thermospheric coupling processes, many researchers are taking advantage of the dispersive nature of the ionosphere to compute total electron content (TEC) from global positioning system (GPS) dual-frequency data. Even though there are currently a large number of GPS receivers in continuous operation, they are unevenly distributed for ionosphere study purposes, being situated mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. The relatively smaller number of GPS receivers located in the Southern Hemisphere and, consequently, the reduced number of available TEC measurements, cause ionospheric modelling to be less accurate in this region. In the work discussed in this paper, the University of New Brunswick Ionospheric Modelling Technique (UNB-IMT) has been used to describe the local time and geomagnetic latitude dependence of the TEC during the March 31, 2001 magnetic storm with an emphasis on the effects in the Southern Hemisphere. Data collected from several GPS networks worldwide, including the Brazilian network for continuous monitoring, have been used along with ionosonde measurements to investigate the global ionospheric response to this severe storm. Data analysis revealed interesting ionospheric effects, which are shown to be dependent on the local time at the storm commencement and the magnetic conditions previous to and during the storm period. The southward turning of the interplanetary magnetic field during the recovery phase of the storm began a process of substorm activity and development and intensification of electrojet activity over broad regions. Observed effects on the ionosphere during that storm are analysed and the

  12. A review of ionospheric effects on Earth-space propagation

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    Klobuchar, J. A.

    1984-01-01

    A short description is given of each ionospheric total electron content (TEC) effect upon radio waves, along with a representative value of the magnitude of each of these effects under normal ionospheric conditions. A discussion is given of the important characteristics of average ionospheric TEC behavior and the temporal and spatial variability of TEC. Radio waves undergo several effects when they pass through the Earth's ionosphere. One of the most important of these effects is a retardation, or group delay, on the modulation or information carried on the radio wave that is due to its encounter with the free, thermal electrons in the Earth's ionosphere. Other effects the ionosphere has on radio waves include: radio frequency (RF) carrier phase advance; Doppler shift of the RF carrier of the radio wave; Faraday rotation of the plane of polarization of linearly polarized waves; angular refraction or bending of the radio wave path as it travels through the ionosphere; and amplitude and phase scintillations.

  13. Investigation of mid-latitude ionospheric currents by combined rocket techniques.

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    Rees, D.; Dorling, E. B.; Wrenn, G. L.; Aggson, T. L.; Burrows, K.; Haerendel, G.; Rieger, E.; Lloyd, K. H.; Wilson, J. W. G.

    1973-01-01

    A comprehensive range of neutral atmospheric and simultaneous ionospheric structure measurements were obtained from a Skylark rocket launched at Woomera during evening twilight on a quiet magnetic day. Above 150 km, good agreement was found between the results obtained from three different methods of electric field measurement despite the low field strength (about 1.5 mV/m). In the immediate vicinity of an intense sporadic E layer, the probe measurements indicated large excursions of the electrostatic field amounting to 6.5 mV/m at 105.3 km and 2.7 mV/m at 104.8 km. The calculated ionospheric current system in the vicinity of the rocket trajectory was of similar magnitude to that indicated by local ground-based magnetometers, but was diametrically opposed in direction.

  14. Relationship of solar wind parameters to continuous, dayside, high latitude traveling ionospheric convection vortices

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    Mchenry, Mark A.; Clauer, C. Robert; Friis-Christensen, Eigil

    1990-01-01

    The results of a statistical study of the occurrence of steady traveling ionospheric convection vortices are presented. The upstream solar wind parameters observed by the IMP 8 spacecraft are studied as well. It is suggested that this class of pulsations is most likely to be detected post local noon and when the solar wind speed is low. A correlation between the frequency of dayside pulsations and the solar wind speed is found.

  15. Experimental evidence of resonant cavities in the high--latitude ionosphere above Svalbard

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    Young, M. A.; Lessard, M.; Engebretson, M. J.; Cohen, I. J.

    2011-12-01

    Many studies of ultra low frequency waves in the 0.1-5 Hz range, both observational and theoretical, make reference to the role of three specific resonant cavities in supporting wave growth or propagation in the ionosphere. These three cavities are the ionospheric waveguide, the ionospheric Alfvén resonator (IAR) and the auroral Alfvén resonator (AAR). The first is centered on the F2 region density peak, the second is bounded below by the conducting E region and above by sharp gradients in the Alfvén speed at a few thousand kilometers and the third, which shares a lower boundary with the IAR, is bounded above by a potential drop due to auroral precipitation. This study presents observations of resonance structures appearing in induction coil magnetometer data from three stations in Svalbard, Norway: Hornsund (CGM Lat. = {74.23}o, MLT Midnight = 21:01), Longyearbyen (CGM Lat. = 75.29o, MLT Midnight = 20:50) and Ny {Å}lesund (CGM Lat. = {76.30}o MLAT, MLT Midnight = 20:56). We visually inspect Fourier spectra to determine locations of spectral enhancements between 0.1-5 Hz and use a characteristic spectrum to determine the resonator quality factor, Q, which is a measure of the wave power amplification within the resonator. Equivalently, this is a measure of the coupling efficiency of the resonator to some input perturbation. This study will provide support for the upcoming Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling in the Alfvén Resonator (MICA) sounding rocket mission.

  16. Longitude and IMF By Effects on Stormtime Low-Latitude Prompt-Penetration Electric Fields

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    Spiro, R. W.; Sazykin, S.; Song, Y.; Toffoletto, F.; Wolf, R. A.

    2010-12-01

    During geomagnetically disturbed periods, transient large-scale electric fields of magnetospheric origin, known as prompt penetration electric fields, are known to strongly affect ionospheric dynamics. We examine storm-associated prompt-penetration electric fields in the low-latitude ionosphere using a recently reformulated version of the Rice Convection Model (RCM), a numerical model of the inner magnetosphere and its coupling to the ionosphere. This reformulated version of the RCM was designed to accept an arbitrary intrinsic geomagnetic field and to represent the lack of symmetry in the magnetospheric magnetic field due to the partial penetration of IMF By. In this study we assume an IGRF internal magnetic field together with an event-driven storm-time Tsyganenko external field to investigate the longitudinal dependence of the prompt penetration electric field pattern and the effects of IMF By penetration.

  17. Response of the equatorial and low-latitude ionosphere in the Indian sector to the geomagnetic storms of January 2005

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    Sreeja, V.; Devasia, C. V.; Ravindran, Sudha; Pant, Tarun Kumar; Sridharan, R.

    2009-06-01

    The equatorial and low-latitude ionospheric response to three moderate geomagnetic storms (17, 18, and 22 January) during the period from 16 to 23 January 2005 is investigated in the context of development/inhibition of the Equatorial Ionization Anomaly (EIA) and the subsequent occurrence/nonoccurrence of Equatorial Spread F (ESF) irregularities on these days. The study is carried out using the Total Electron Content (TEC) measured with the GPS receivers along the ˜80°E longitude sector and the F-layer bottom height obtained from the Ionosonde located over the dip equatorial location of Trivandrum (8.5°N, 77°E, dip latitude ˜0.5°N) in India. It is observed that, for the storms on days 17 and 22, the development of the anomaly was inhibited, probably due to the westward disturbance dynamo electric fields. Subsequently, the post sunset enhancement in the vertical drift of the equatorial F region was also inhibited significantly compared to the quiet day pattern and, as anticipated, no ESF was observed on these days. A large vertical drift of the equatorial F region followed by nearly simultaneous onset of weak ESF was observed on day 18. The late development of the EIA on this day could be due to the eastward prompt penetration electric field associated with the southward turning of the interplanetary magnetic field. Also, strong and distinct F3 layer appeared for a short time in the morning, reappeared later in the noon time, and then quickly ascended to the topside ionosphere during the main phase of the storm on day 18.

  18. Ionospheric and magnetic signatures of a high speed solar wind in low latitudes on 13 October 2012

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    Migoya-Orue, Y. O.; Azzouzi, I.; Coisson, P.; Amory Mazaudier, C.; Fleury, R.; Radicella, S. M.

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents the impact of a fast solar wind on the ionosphere, in low latitudes, on 13 October 2012. On that day, the high speed solar wind reached the Earth around 16:00UT, during the recovery phase of a geomagnetic storm which started around 00:00UT. The solar wind speed was determined to be 580km/s, on the same day, around 17:00UT. Its impact was observed in low and equatorial latitudes, in Africa and in Eastern South America, on the F layer and on the geomagnetic field variations. Through the analysis of magnetic indices, ionosonde characteristics and the horizontal component of the geomagnetic field, we found that the 13 October 2012 event exhibited a local impact, affecting the observatories situated in a longitude sector between 315°E and 45°E. Particularly, the F layer in Africa (observed by the ionosonde at Ascension Island) did not present any lift, and there was a delay for approximately two hours of the ascent of the F layer in America (the ionosonde at Fortaleza). In this case, there was an evident inhibition on the development of spread F at the time of the Pre Reversal Enhancement (PRE) in Africa and Eastern America, while the ionograms of the days before and after presented clear spread F traces. The disturbances of the ionospheric equivalent electric current (Diono) deduced from the variations of the geomagnetic field at M'Bour near Dakar (Africa) and at Kourou (Eastern America) exhibited on the dayside, an anti Sq current which is signature of the influence of the Disturbance Dynamo Electric Field (DDEF).

  19. Study of high-latitude ionosphere: One-year campaign over Husafell, Iceland

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    Bahari, S. A.; Abdullah, M.; Hasbi, A. M.; Yatim, B.; Suparta, W.; Kadokura, A.; Bjornsson, G.

    2016-07-01

    This paper reports on the effects of diurnal, seasonal, geomagnetic and solar activity on GPS Vertical Total Electron Content (VTEC) measurements at a high-latitude station in Husafell, Iceland (64.7°N, 21.0°W) from March 2009 to February 2010. According to the diurnal VTEC pattern, there was generally a build-up region at sunrise (0500-1000 LT), a daytime plateau in the afternoon (1200-1400 LT), and a decay region from evening to pre-dawn (1800-0400 LT). The month-to-month analysis showed high VTEC variability, particularly in February 2010, due to an increase in solar activity. The VTEC showed a high variability during both winter and the equinoxes, with the highest value being 90%, but showed a low variability in summer. Two abnormal peaks appeared at sunrise and sunset in winter and the equinoxes. These peaks were the result of steep density gradients caused by the onset and turnoff of solar radiation. The correlation analysis yielded almost no correlation between the VTEC and geomagnetic activity but showed a high correlation with solar activity for all the seasons, particularly at night-time.

  20. Ionospheric Scintillation Effects on GPS

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    Steenburgh, R. A.; Smithtro, C.; Groves, K.

    2007-12-01

    . Ionospheric scintillation of Global Positioning System (GPS) signals threatens navigation and military operations by degrading performance or making GPS unavailable. Scintillation is particularly active, although not limited to, a belt encircling the earth within 20 degrees of the geomagnetic equator. As GPS applications and users increases, so does the potential for detrimental impacts from scintillation. We examined amplitude scintillation data spanning seven years from Ascension Island, U.K.; Ancon, Peru; and Antofagasta, Chile in the Atlantic/Americas longitudinal sector at as well as data from Parepare, Indonesia; Marak Parak, Malaysia; Pontianak, Indonesia; Guam; and Diego Garcia, U.K.; in the Pacific longitudinal sector. From these data, we calculate percent probability of occurrence of scintillation at various intensities described by the S4 index. Additionally, we determine Dilution of Precision at one minute resolution. We examine diurnal, seasonal and solar cycle characteristics and make spatial comparisons. In general, activity was greatest during the equinoxes and solar maximum, although scintillation at Antofagasta, Chile was higher during 1998 rather than at solar maximum.

  1. Response of low latitude D-region ionosphere to the Total Solar Eclipse of 22 July 2009, deduced from ELF/VLF analysis

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    Singh, A. K.; Singh, R.; Singh, A. K.

    2011-12-01

    Response of the D-region of the ionosphere to the total solar eclipse of 22 July 2009 at low latitude, Varanasi (geomagnetic lat = 140 55'N, longitude = 1540 E, dip. angle = 37.30) was investigated using ELF/VLF radio signal. The solar eclipse started at 05:30:04.4 hrs IST and lasted up to 07:27 hrs IST with totally from 6.25 IST to 6.27 IST.The changes in D-region ionospheric VLF reflection heights and electron density during eclipse have been estimated from tweek analysis. The reflection height increased from ~90 km from the first occurrence of tweek to about 93-94 km at the totality and then decreased to ~89 km at the end of the eclipse. The reflection heights are lower by 2-3 km as compared to the usual nighttime tweek reflection heights. The electron density is found to vary between 25-27 cm-3 at the reflection heights. The significant increase in tweek reflection height of about 15 km during the eclipse as compared to the daytime (morning) reflection heights of ~ 78 km is observed. Observations suggest that about 30-40% obscuration of solar disc can lead to the tweeks occurrence which otherwise occur only in the nighttime. A significant increase of 3dB in the strength of the amplitude of VLF signal is observed around the time of TSE as compared to a control day. These low latitude ionospheric perturbations on the eclipse day are discussed and compared with other normal days. During a solar eclipse, the decrease in solar flux due to moon's shadow causes sudden change in the D-region physical and chemical processes. During the totality due to blocking of Lyman-α 1215Å (major D-region ionizing radiation) by moon's umbral shadow, the electron density decreases drastically towards the nighttime values [Smith, 1972]. During the TSE, there was no production of ionization in the ionosphere and the ions and electrons in the lowest part of it recombined at a rapid rate resulting a depletion in the electron density in the 'D' region of the Ionosphere and hence an

  2. Effect of TADs on the F-region of Low midlatitude ionosphere during intense geomagnetic storm.

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    Upadhayaya, Arun Kumar; Joshi, Shivani; Singh Dabas, Raj; Das, Rupesh M.; Yadav, Sneha

    Effect of TAD's on the F region ionosphere of low-mid latitude ionosphere during three intense storms of20 th Nov,2003(-422nT),30 th Oct 2003(-383nT),07Nov,2004(-373nT)respectively are studued using ionosonde data of Delhi(28ø N 77øE).It has been seen that the electon density profile in the F1 region are greatly influenced by the TAD's presence. Further the pre-existing F1 cusp become better devloped during the passage of TAD's.

  3. X-mode HF Pump-induced Phenomena at High Heater Frequencies in the High Latitude Ionosphere F-region

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    Blagoveshchenskaya, N. F.; Borisova, T. D.; Kalishin, A. S.; Yeoman, T. K.; Häggström, I.

    2015-12-01

    Experimental results concentrating on X-mode HF-induced phenomena in the high latitude ionosphere F region are discussed. Experiments have been carried out at the HF Heating facility at Tromsø with an effective radiated power of 450 - 650 MW at high heater frequencies of 6.2 - 8.0 MHz. Multi-instriment diagnostics included the European Incoherent Scatter (EISCAT) UHF radar at 931 MHz at Tromsø, the Finland CUTLASS (Co-operative UK Twin Located Auroral Sounding System) radar, the stimulated electromagnetic emission (SEE) equipment at Tromsø, and the HF receiver near St. Petersburg for the observations of narrow band SEE features. The key parameter considered is the ratio between the heater frequency and critical frequency of the F2 layer (fH/foF2). We have analyzed the behaviors of small-scale artificial field-aligned irregularities (FAIs) and HF-enhanced plasma and ion lines (HFPLs and HFILs) depending on the pump proximity to the critical frequency. It was shown that the HFPLs and HFILs coexisted with FAIs throughout the whole heater pulse when fH/foF2 > 1 as well as fH/foF2 ≤ 1. It is indicative that parametric decay instability was not quenched by fully developed FAIs. The comparison between contrasting O/X mode HF-induced phenomena, when the heater frequency is below or near the critical frequency of F2 layer, is made. It was found that an X-mode HF pumping is able to excite different narrow band spectral components in the SEE spectra (within 1 kHz of pump frequency), such as ion acoustic, electrostatic ion cyclotron, and electrostatic ion cyclotron harmonic waves (otherwise known as neutralized ion Bernstein waves) observed at a long distance from the HF Heating facility. It was suggested that these spectral component can be attributed to the stimulated Brillion scatter (SBS) process. The results obtained show that an X-polarized electromagnetic wave scattered by SBS can propagate more than one thousand km without significant attenuation.

  4. Low-latitude ionosphere response to super geomagnetic storm of 17/18 March 2015: Results from a chain of ground-based observations over Indian sector

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    Ramsingh; Sripathi, S.; Sreekumar, Sreeba; Banola, S.; Emperumal, K.; Tiwari, P.; Kumar, Burudu Suneel

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, we present unique results of equatorial and low-latitude ionosphere response to one of the major geomagnetic storms of the current solar cycle that occurred during 17-18 March 2015, where Dst reached its minimum of -228 nT. Here we utilized data from magnetometers, chain of ionosondes located at Tirunelveli (8.73°N, 77.70°E; geometry: 0.32°N), Hyderabad (17.36°N, 78.47°E; geometry 8.76°N), and Allahabad (25.45°N, 81.85°E; geometry 16.5°N) along with multistation GPS receivers over Indian sector. The observations showed a remarkable increase of h'F to as high as ~560 km over Tirunelveli (magnetic equator) with vertical drift of ~70 m/s at 13:30 UT due to direct penetration of storm time eastward electric fields which exactly coincided with the local time of pre-reversal enhancement (PRE) and caused intense equatorial spread F irregularities in ionosondes and scintillations in GPS receivers at wide latitudes. Plasma irregularities are so intense that their signatures are seen in Allahabad/Lucknow. Storm time thermospheric meridional winds as estimated using two ionosondes suggest the equatorward surge of gravity waves with period of ~2 h. Suppression of anomaly crest on the subsequent day of the storm suggests the complex role of disturbance dynamo electric fields and disturbance wind effects. Our results also show an interesting feature of traveling ionospheric disturbances possibly associated with disturbance meridional wind surge during recovery phase. In addition, noteworthy observations are nighttime westward zonal drifts and PRE-related total electron content enhancements at anomaly crests during main phase and counter electrojet signatures during recovery phase.

  5. Response of equatorial and low latitude ionosphere to 2015 St. Patrick's Day super geomagnetic storm: Results from a chain of ground based observations over Indian region

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    Samireddipalle, Sripathi; Singh, Ram; Sreekumar, Sreeba; Suneel Kumar, Buduru

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, we present unique results of equatorial and low latitude ionosphere response to one of the major geomagnetic storms of the current solar cycle that occurred during 17-18 March 2015 where Dst reached its minimum of -228 nT. Here we utilized data from magnetometers, chain of ionosondes located at Tirunelveli (8.73°N, 77.70°E; geom: 0.320N), Hyderabad (17.360N, 78.470E; geom: 8.760N) and Allahabad (25.45°N, 81.85°E; geom: 16.50N) along with multi station GPS receivers over Indian sector. The observations showed a remarkable increase of h'F to as high as ~560 km over Tirunelveli (magnetic equator) with vertical drift of ~70 m/s at 13:30 UT due to direct penetration of storm time eastward electric fields which exactly coincided with the local time of Pre-Reversal Enhancement (PRE) and caused intense ESF irregularities in ionosondes and scintillations in GPS receivers at wide latitudes. Plasma irregularities are so intense that their signatures are seen in Allahabad/Lucknow. Stormtime thermospheric meridional winds as estimated using two ionosondes suggest the equatorward surge of gravity waves with period of ~2 hrs. Suppression of anomaly crest on the subsequent day of the storm suggests the complex role of disturbance dynamo electric fields and disturbance wind effects. Our results also show an interesting feature of Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances (TIDs) possibly associated with disturbance meridional wind surge during recovery phase. In addition, noteworthy observations are nighttime westward zonal drifts and PRE related TEC enhancements at anomaly crests during main phase and CEJ signatures during recovery phase.

  6. Equatorial and low-latitude ionosphere-thermosphere system response to the space weather event of August 2005

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    Sreeja, V.; Ravindran, Sudha; Pant, Tarun Kumar; Devasia, C. V.; Paxton, L. J.

    2009-12-01

    The response of the equatorial and low-latitude ionosphere-thermosphere system to the geomagnetic storm during 23-26 August 2005 is investigated. The study is carried out using the vertical total electron content (VTEC) measured by GPS receivers along the 77-78°E longitude and the O/N2 ratio obtained from the Global Ultraviolet Imager instrument on board the TIMED satellite. The equatorial ionization anomaly (EIA) shows a poleward latitudinal expansion on 24 August, probably associated with an eastward prompt-penetration electric field. The equatorial and low latitudes show an increase in VTEC during the main phase of the storm on 24 August. The prompt-penetration eastward electric field, along with an increase in the O/N2 ratio, could be responsible for this observed positive phase. The VTEC variations on 24 August also reveal the signature of a large-scale acoustic gravity wave/traveling atmospheric disturbance propagating with a horizontal velocity of ˜750 m/s. Suppression of the EIA is observed during the storm recovery phase on 25 August, which probably is associated with the westward disturbance dynamo electric field and the equatorward expansion of the neutral composition changes (O/N2 depletion).

  7. Prediction of Geomagnetic Activity and Key Parameters in High-latitude Ionosphere

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    Khazanov, George V.; Lyatsky, Wladislaw; Tan, Arjun; Ridley, Aaron

    2007-01-01

    Prediction of geomagnetic activity and related events in the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere are important tasks of US Space Weather Program. Prediction reliability is dependent on the prediction method, and elements included in the prediction scheme. Two of the main elements of such prediction scheme are: an appropriate geomagnetic activity index, and an appropriate coupling function (the combination of solar wind parameters providing the best correlation between upstream solar wind data and geomagnetic activity). We have developed a new index of geomagnetic activity, the Polar Magnetic (PM) index and an improved version of solar wind coupling function. PM index is similar to the existing polar cap PC index but it shows much better correlation with upstream solar wind/IMF data and other events in the magnetosphere and ionosphere. We investigate the correlation of PM index with upstream solar wind/IMF data for 10 years (1995-2004) that include both low and high solar activity. We also have introduced a new prediction function for the predicting of cross-polar-cap voltage and Joule heating based on using both PM index and upstream solar wind/IMF data. As we show such prediction function significantly increase the reliability of prediction of these important parameters. The correlation coefficients between the actual and predicted values of these parameters are approx. 0.9 and higher.

  8. The effect of realistic conductivities on the high-latitude neutral thermospheric circulation

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    Fuller-Rowell, T. J.; Rees, D.; Quegan, S.; Bailey, G. J.; Moffett, R. J.

    1984-01-01

    The dynamics of the high latitude thermosphere are dominated by the ion circulation pattern driven by magnetospheric convection. The reaction of the neutral thermosphere is influenced by both the magnitude of the ion convection velocity and by the conductivity of the thermosphere. Using a three-dimensional, time-dependent, thermospheric, neutral model together with different ionospheric models, the effect of changes in conductivity can be assessed. The ion density is described by two models: the first is the empirical model of Chiu (1975) appropriate for very quiet geomagnetic conditions, and the second is a modified version of the theoretical model of Quegan et al. (1982). The differences in the neutral circulation resulting from the use of these two ionospheric models emphasizes the need for realistic high latitude conductivities when attempting to model average or disturbed geomagnetic conditions, and a requirement that models should couple realistically the ionosphere and the neutral thermosphere. An attempt is made to qualitatively interpret some of the features of the neutral circulation produced at high latitudes by magnetospheric processes.

  9. Wind induced composition effects at high latitudes

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    Mayr, H. G.; Harris, I.

    1981-01-01

    The temperature and compositional structure of the upper atmosphere are discussed in relation to the impacts of wind-induced diffusion processes. Seasonal variations in thermospheric temperature and composition are explained by energy and mass transport from the summer to the winter hemisphere induced by preferential heating, with the winter oxygen bulge participating in a feedback mechanism which acts to dampen wind velocities and increase temperature contrast. Changes in the eddy diffusion coefficient are considered as a complementary mechanism of producing the seasonal anomalies. The role of winds induced by high-latitude heating by particles and Joule dissipation during magnetic storms and substorms in accounting for thermospheric density increases and N2 and Ar enhancements and O and He depletions at high latitudes are discussed, and the rather weak compositional signature of E x B momentum coupling is distinguished from the effects of Joule dissipation.

  10. Frequency and duration of disturbances in the mid-latitude F region of the ionosphere

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    Lambert, S.

    1988-08-01

    Disturbances of the ionospheric F region at two well-separated midlatitude stations were identified on rapid run ionograms by spread echoes, blackouts, and anomalies in structure or critical frequency. The diurnal variation in the probability of disturbance consistently shows minima around sunrise and sunset. Details such as a brief postsunset enhancement in winter are revealed by the fine time resolution of the data. Disturbance probabilities were lowest in autumn and spring (8 and 9 percent), while that for winter (33 percent) exceeded the summer level (20 percent). Spread F constituted 32 percent of the events, and disturbances producing sharply defined ionogram signatures 77 percent, with some overlapping of types. The majority of disturbances were not correlated with geomagnetic phenomena. Disturbances at the two stations were essentially independent (spatial correlation of 0.15). Spread F events were of longer duration (25 min) than sharp disturbances (20 min). 24 references.

  11. A case study of the aurora, high-latitude ionosphere, and particle precipitation during near-steady state conditions

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    Winningham, J. D.; Anger, C. D.; Shepherd, G. G.; Weber, E. J.; Wagner, R. A.

    1978-01-01

    An Isis 2 pass studied in related experiments was singled out for a detailed examination of the particle fluxes, optical emissions, and ionospheric parameters observed during a quiescent period (late recovery) between two substorms. Since both long-duration measurements (aircraft) and transient snapshot (spacecraft) data are available, space and time effects can, on a macroscopic level, be separated. The latitudinal morphology observed by the satellite is found to be basically spatial in nature. It is suggested that the observed particle fluxes can be explained in terms of precipitation from the quiet time plasma sheet without intervening acceleration. The agreement of the observed optical emissions and ionospheric parameters with the electron fluxes is discussed.

  12. Magnetospheric convection effects at mid-latitudes 3. Theoretical derivation of the disturbance convection pattern in the plasmasphere

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    Blanc, M.

    1983-01-01

    A theoretical investigation of the generating mechanisms of the disturbance E x B drifts observed at mid-latitudes in performed, with the purpose of understanding the local time dependence of the average disturbance drifts observed above Saint-Santin (L = 1.8, 47/sup 0/ geomagnetic latitude) and of extending if to other latitudes. To this end, the middle- and low-latitude effects of the two possible generators of electric field disturbances, the solar wind/magnetosphere dynamo, and the ionospheric wind disturbance dynamo, computed by means of a numerical dynamo model of the ionosphere, are systematically compared with the Saint-Santin disturbance drift pattern.Three latitude zones can be distinguished in the resulting picture. In the external regions of the plasmasphere, one finds an extension of the usual picture of high-latitude plasma drifts, eastward in the morning and westward in the afternoon. The calculated drifts compare fairly well with the drifts disturbance models produced from whistler data at L = 4 and from the Millstone Hill radar. At mid-latitudes, between 55/sup 0/ and 20/sup 0/ invariant latitude, we predict that the superposition of the two dynamos produces westward drifts at all local times; this is consistent with the Saint-Santin and Arecibo radar drift data.

  13. Effects of ionizing energetic electrons and plasma transport in the ionosphere during the initial phase of the December 2006 magnetic storm

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    Suvorova, A. V.; Huang, C.-M.; Dmitriev, A. V.; Kunitsyn, V. E.; Andreeva, E. S.; Nesterov, I. A.; Klimenko, M. V.; Klimenko, V. V.; Tumanova, Yu. S.

    2016-06-01

    The initial phase of a major geomagnetic storm on 14 December 2006 was selected in order to investigate the ionizing effect of energetic electrons in the ionosphere. The global network of GPS receivers was used to analyze the total electron content (TEC). A strong positive ionospheric storm of ~20 TEC units (TECU) with ~6 h duration was observed on the dayside during the interval of northward interplanetary magnetic field. At the same time, the NOAA/POES satellites observed long-lasting intense fluxes of >30 keV electrons in the topside ionosphere at middle and low latitudes, including a near-equatorial forbidden zone outside of the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA). We found that the TEC increases overlapped well with the enhancements of energetic electrons. Modeling of the ionospheric response by using a Global Self-consistent Model of the Thermosphere, Ionosphere, and Protonosphere, based on the standard mechanisms of plasma transport, could only partially explain the ionospheric response and was unable to predict the long-duration increase of TEC. For the energetic electrons, we estimated the ionizing effect of ~45 TECU and ~23 TECU in the topside ionosphere, respectively, inside and outside of SAA. The ionizing effect contributed from 50% to 100% of TEC increases and provided the long duration and wide latitudinal extension of the positive ionospheric storm. This finding is a very important argument in supporting significant ionizing effect of energetic electrons in the storm time ionosphere both at middle and low latitudes.

  14. Preliminary analyses of solar flare effects on geomagnetic H component at equatorial and low latitudes

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    Ugonabo, Obiageli Josephine; Ugwu, Ernest Benjamin Ikechukwu; Nneka Okeke, Francisca

    The study of solar flare effect (SFE) on geomagnetic H component at mid latitudes was carried out using data from INTERMAGNET website. M and X solar flare effects on three stations, Addis Ababa (AAE), Bangui (BNG), and Tamanrasset (TAM) were investigated. It was found that the ratio is greater than zero for all the three stations used, hence SFE enhances geomagnetic field in the equatorial and low latitudes. It was equally noted that the SFE on geomagnetic field is not just a simple augmentation at the pre-flare ionospheric currents over these stations. It is concluded that both pre-flare and solar flare amplitude variations of H are high in low and equatorial stations. Keywords: Solar flare, geomagnetic component, latitudes.

  15. Turbulent upwelling of mid-latitude ionosphere. 1. Observational results by the MU radar

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    Fukao, Shoichiro; Shirakawa, Tatsuya; Takami, Tomoyuki; Yamamoto, Mamoru; Tsuda, Toshitaka; Kato, Susumu ); Kelley, M.C. )

    1991-03-01

    In this paper, the authors present the detailed results of a series of experiments designed to study the coherent backscatter of 50-MHz radar waves from the mid-latitude F region. Data were obtained with the active phased-array MU radar in Japan and include some auxiliary E region coherent echoes as well.The strongest echoes correspond to irregularities at least 20 dB stronger than thermal backscatter at the same frequency from typical F region densities at the same range. Simultaneous observations with ionosondes show that these echoes occur during strong mid-latitude spread F. As defined by ionosondes, the latter phenomenon is certainly much more widespread than the turbulent upwelling events described here, but they believe that in some sense these correspond to the most violent mid-latitude spread F. The strongest echoes occur in large patches which display away Doppler shifts corresponding to irregularity motion upward and northward from the radar. At the edges of these patches there is often a brief period of toward Doppler before the echoing region ceases. On rare occasions comparable patches of strong away and toward Doppler are detected, although in such cases the Doppler width of the toward echoes is much narrower than that of the away echoes. The multiple beam capability at MU allowed us to track the patches in the zonal direction on two days. The patches moved east to west in both cases at velocities of 125 m/s and 185 m/s, respectively. There is a distinct tendency for the bottom contour of the scattering region to be modulated at the same period as the patch occurence frequency as well as at higher frequencies. This higher-frequency component may correspond to substructures in the large patches and to the E region coherent scatter patches which were detected simultaneously in several multiple beam experiments.

  16. Magnetic latitude effects in the solar wind

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    Winge, C. R., Jr.; Coleman, P. J., Jr.

    1972-01-01

    The Weber-Davis model of the solar wind is generalized to include the effects of latitude. The principal assumptions of high electrical conductivity, rotational symmetry, the polytropic relation between pressure and density, and a flow-alined field in a system rotating with the sun, are retained. An approximate solution to the resulting equations for spherical boundary conditions at the base of the corona indicates a small component of latitudinal flow toward the solar poles at large distances from the sun as result of latitudinal magnetic forces.

  17. Mid- and low-latitude prompt-penetration ionospheric zonal plasma drifts

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    Fejer, Bela G.; Scherliess, Ludger

    We have used ion drift observations from the DE-2 satellite to determine the latitudinal variation and the temporal evolution of mid- and low-latitude prompt penetration zonal plasma drifts driven by magnetospheric electric fields. Our results indicate that sudden increases in convection lead to predominantly westward perturbation drifts which decrease equartorwards and have largest amplitudes in the dusk-midnight sector. The diurnal perturbation drift patterns shift to later local times with increasing storm time and decay to new quasi-equilibrium values in about 2 hours, as the ring current readjusts to the new polar cap potential. The daily and latitudinal variations and temporal evolution of the DE-2 prompt penetration drifts are generally in good agreement with predictions from the Rice Convection Model, although the experimental results show larger amplitudes and longer shielding time constants.

  18. Bistatic Sounding of High-Latitude Ionospheric Irregularities Using a Decameter EKB Radar and an UTR-2 Radio Telescope: First Results

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    Berngardt, O. I.; Kutelev, K. A.; Kurkin, V. I.; Grkovich, K. V.; Yampolsky, Yu. M.; Kashcheyev, A. S.; Kashcheyev, S. B.; Galushko, V. G.; Grigorieva, S. A.; Kusonsky, O. A.

    2015-11-01

    We present the first results of the joint Russian-Ukrainian experiments for recording of signals from the EKB radar of the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Arti observatory of the Institute of Geophysics of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Sverdlovsk region, Russia) at a distance of over 1600 km by using a coherent receiving system and a high-gain phased array of the UTR-2 radio telescope (S.Ya. Braude Radioastronomical Observatory (RAO) of the Institute of Radio Astronomy of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences (IRA UNAS), Kharkov region, Ukraine). It is shown that two pulse sequences that are identical to the transmitted EKB radar signal, but arrive with different delays were observed at the reception point. The sequence which was received first corresponded to the direct-signal propagation along the great-circle arc. The second sequence was received with delays corresponding to a path length of 2800 to 3400 km and was the result of scattering of the transmitted radar signal by high-latitude ionospheric irregularities. The Doppler frequency shift of the scattered signal was range-dependent and varied from -3 to +4 Hz, which corresponded to the radial component of the ionospheric irregularity velocity from -43 to +58 m/s. To interpret the results of the experiments, we numerically simulated the signal propagation based on the actual ionospheric conditions at an appropriate time. Ionospheric characteristics were retrieved by the vertical ionospheric sounding technique, with the ionosonde located in close proximity to the EKB radar. Comparison between monostatic radar diagnostic results and bistatic sounding results has shown a good agreement of the retrieved parameters of the high-latitude ionospheric irregularities.

  19. Ionospheric irregularity physics modelling

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    Ossakow, S.L.; Keskinen, M.J.; Zalesak, S.T.

    1982-01-01

    Theoretical and numerical simulation techniques have been employed to study ionospheric F region plasma cloud striation phenomena, equatorial spread F phenomena, and high latitude diffuse auroral F region irregularity phenomena. Each of these phenomena can cause scintillation effects. The results and ideas from these studies are state-of-the-art, agree well with experimental observations, and have induced experimentalists to look for theoretically predicted results. One conclusion that can be drawn from these studies is that ionospheric irregularity phenomena can be modelled from a first principles physics point of view. Theoretical and numerical simulation results from the aforementioned ionospheric irregularity areas will be presented.

  20. 50 MHz continuous wave interferometer observations of the unstable mid-latitude E-region ionosphere

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    Haldoupis, C.; Bourdillon, A.; Kamburelis, A.; Hussey, G. C.; Koehler, J. A.

    2003-07-01

    In this paper we describe the conversion of SESCAT (Sporadic-E SCATter experiment), a bistatic 50 MHz continuous wave (CW) Doppler radar located on the island of Crete, Greece, to a single (east-west) baseline interferometer. The first results show that SESCAT, which provides high quality Doppler spectra and excellent temporal resolution, has its measurement capabilities enhanced significantly when operated as an interferometer, as it can also study short-term dynamics of localized scattering regions within mid-latitude sporadic E-layers. The interferometric observations reveal that the aspect sensitive area viewed by the radar often contains a few zonally located backscatter regions, presumably blobs or patches of unstable metallic ion plasma, which drift across the radar field-of-view with the neutral wind. On average, these active regions of backscatter have mean zonal scales ranging from a few kilometers to several tens of kilometers and drift with westward speeds from ~ 20 m/s to 100 m/s, and occasionally up to 150 m/s. The cross-spectral analysis shows that mid-latitude type 1 echoes occur much more frequently than has been previously assumed and they originate in single and rather localized areas of elevated electric fields. On the other hand, typical bursts of type 2 echoes are often found to result from two adjacent regions in azimuth undergoing the same bulk motion westwards but producing scatter of opposite Doppler polarity, a fact that contradicts the notion of isotropic turbulence to which type 2 echoes are attributed. Finally, quasi-periodic (QP) echoes are observed simply to be due to sequential unstable plasma patches or blobs which traverse across the radar field-of-view, sometimes in a wave-like fashion.

  1. Ionospheric effects during severe space weather events seen in ionospheric service data products

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    Jakowski, Norbert; Danielides, Michael; Mayer, Christoph; Borries, Claudia

    Space weather effects are closely related to complex perturbation processes in the magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere systems, initiated by enhanced solar energy input. To understand and model complex space weather processes, different views on the same subject are helpful. One of the ionosphere key parameters is the Total Electron Content (TEC) which provides a first or-der approximation of the ionospheric range error in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) applications. Additionally, horizontal gradients and time rate of change of TEC are important for estimating the perturbation degree of the ionosphere. TEC maps can effectively be gener-ated using ground based GNSS measurements from global receiver networks. Whereas ground based GNSS measurements provide good horizontal resolution, space based radio occultation measurements can complete the view by providing information on the vertical plasma density distribution. The combination of ground based TEC and vertical sounding measurements pro-vide essential information on the shape of the vertical electron density profile by computing the equivalent slab thickness at the ionosonde station site. Since radio beacon measurements at 150/400 MHz are well suited to trace the horizontal structure of Travelling Ionospheric Dis-turbances (TIDs), these data products essentially complete GNSS based TEC mapping results. Radio scintillation data products, characterising small scale irregularities in the ionosphere, are useful to estimate the continuity and availability of transionospheric radio signals. The different data products are addressed while discussing severe space weather events in the ionosphere e.g. events in October/November 2003. The complementary view of different near real time service data products is helpful to better understand the complex dynamics of ionospheric perturbation processes and to forecast the development of parameters customers are interested in.

  2. High latitude field aligned light ion flows in the topside ionosphere deduced from ion composition and plasma temperatures

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    Grebowsky, J. M.; Hoegy, W. R.; Chen, T. C.

    1993-01-01

    Using a comprehensive ionospheric data set comprised of all available ion composition and plasma temperature measurements from satellites, the vertical distributions of ion composition and plasma temperatures are defined from middle latitudes up into the polar cap for summer conditions for altitudes below about 1200 km. These data are sufficient to allow a numerical estimation of the latitudinal variation of the light ion outflows from within the plasmasphere to the polar wind regions. The altitude at which significant light ion outflow begins is found to be lower during solar minimum conditions than during solar maximum. The H(+) outward speeds are of the order of 1 km/s near 1100 km during solar maximum but attain several km/s speeds for solar minimum. He(+) shows a similar altitude development of flow but attains polar cap speeds much less than 1 km/s at altitudes below 1100 km, particularly under solar maximum conditions. Outward flows are also found in the topside F-region for noontime magnetic flux tubes within the plasmasphere.

  3. Propagation of ULF waves into mid-latitudes ionosphere directly driven by solar wind dynamic pressure variations

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    Matsushita, T.; Seki, K.; Nishitani, N.; Hori, T.; Teramoto, M.; Kikuchi, T.; Miyoshi, Y.; Reme, H.; Singer, H. J.

    2012-12-01

    ULF waves such as Pc5 in the magnetosphere have been observed using many methods such as ground-based magnetometers, HF radars, and satellites. It is thought that these magnetospheric ULF waves are generated either directly on the dayside by solar wind dynamic pressure pulses and/or, Kelvin-Helmholtz surface waves, or indirectly on the nightside by mechanisms such as substorms. ULF waves can play an important role in mass and energy transport within the inner magnetosphere. It is well known that energetic particles in the inner magnetosphere can be significantly affected by ULF waves and many studies have suggested their importance in the acceleration of radiation belt electrons. One outstanding problem in ULF studies is to clarify their global characteristics, especially, how energy for the acceleration is transported from the solar wind to the magnetosphere, and finally to the ionosphere. In this study, we report on ULF wave events observed globally in the magnetosphere down to 43 degrees MLAT, at mid-latitudes ionosphere, at about 14:40 and 15:30UT January 31, 2008. During the events, the solar wind had a low speed of 350 km/s, a high density of 30 /cc, and large fluctuations in dynamic pressure from 6 nPa to 10 nPa. In order to investigate propagation characteristics of the ULF waves based on multi-point observations from geospace to the ground, data obtained by multiple satellite observations (Cluster, GOES, and THEMIS), ground-based magnetometer observations (210 MM of nightside and GBO of dayside), and SuperDARN Hokkaido HF radar are used. The power spectra of ULF waves observed in the magnetosphere by the satellites are similar to those of dynamic pressure fluctuation in the magnetosheath. Time delay of ULF waves in the magnetosphere to the dynamic pressure fluctuation in the magnetosheath estimated through cross-correlation indicates that the ULF waves propagated from dayside to nightside, and propagation speed of about 400 and 1000 km/s estimated through

  4. Ionospheric effects to antenna impedance

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    Bethke, K. H.

    1986-01-01

    The reciprocity between high power satellite antennas and the surrounding plasma are examined. The relevant plasma states for antenna impedance calculations are presented and plasma models, and hydrodynamic and kinetic theory, are discussed. A theory from which a variation in antenna impedance with regard to the radiated power can be calculated for a frequency range well above the plasma resonance frequency is give. The theory can include photo and secondary emission effects in antenna impedance calculations.

  5. Calculated distributions of hydrogen and helium ions in the low-latitude ionosphere.

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    Moffett, R. J.; Hanson, W. B.

    1973-01-01

    The simultaneous time-dependent continuity equations for O(+), H(+) and He(+) in the low latitude F-region are solved. Account is taken of E x B drift, a meridional neutral wind, and ion-ion and ion-neutral drag. The calculated profiles of O(+) and H(+) concentrations at 1630 LT are in fair agreement with the observations of Hanson et al. The He(+) field-aligned velocity is almost matched to the O(+) field-aligned velocity and, above the chemical equilibrium region and around the He(+) peak, the He(+) concentration is determined largely by production and transport. There is disagreement between the theoretical vertical He(+) profile and the profile observed by Hanson et al. Satisfactory agreement is obtained with Taylor's satellite results at fixed height for O(+) and H(+). It is found that the He(+) concentration is greater in the winter hemisphere than in the summer hemisphere, even if the neutral helium distribution is symmetrical about the Equator. The He(+) results are consistent with Taylor's results.

  6. Tidal signature of the mid-latitude ionospheric nighttime anomaly using CHAMP and GRACE observations

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    Xiong, Chao; Lühr, Hermann

    2014-05-01

    This paper presents a study on the tidal signatures of the mid-latitude summer nighttime anomaly (MSNA), also known as Weddell Sea anomaly in the southern hemisphere. The electron density observations by CHAMP and GRACE show clear MSNA structures in both hemispheres during local summer nighttime. A linear least squares algorithm for extracting the solar tidal components is utilized to examine the major tidal components affecting the variation of the electron density. In the southern hemisphere, we find a prominent eastward propagating wave-1 of electron density in the local time frame, which could be explained by the symmetric diurnal wave (D0) and a stationary planetary wave (SPW1) component. Conversely, in the northern hemisphere during local summer, a prominent eastward wave-2 can be found, which could be attributed to the diurnal eastward propagating wave (DE1) and a stationary planetary wave (SPW2) component. We are going to offer some explanations that may be responsible for the different appearance of the wave structures in the two hemispheres.

  7. Modification of the high latitude ionosphere F region by X-mode powerful HF radio waves: Experimental results from multi-instrument diagnostics

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    Blagoveshchenskaya, N. F.; Borisova, T. D.; Yeoman, T. K.; Häggström, I.; Kalishin, A. S.

    2015-12-01

    We present experimental results concentrating on a variety of phenomena in the high latitude ionosphere F2 layer induced by an extraordinary (X-mode) HF pump wave at high heater frequencies (fH=6.2-8.0 MHz), depending on the pump frequency proximity to the ordinary and extraordinary mode critical frequencies, foF2 and fxF2. The experiments were carried out at the EISCAT HF heating facility with an effective radiated power of 450-650 MW in October 2012 and October-November 2013. Their distinctive feature is a wide diapason of critical frequency changes, when the fH/foF2 ratio was varied through a wide range from 0.9 to 1.35. It provides both a proper comparison of X-mode HF-induced phenomena excited under different ratios of fH/foF2 and an estimation of the frequency range above foF2 in which such X-mode phenomena are still possible. It was shown that the HF-enhanced ion and plasma lines are excited above foF2 when the HF pump frequency is lying in range between the foF2 and fxF2, foF2≤fH≤fxF2, whereas small-scale field-aligned irregularities continued to be generated even when fH exceeded fxF2 by up to 1 MHz and an X-polarized pump wave cannot be reflected from the ionosphere. Another parameter of importance is the magnetic zenith effect (HF beam/radar angle direction) which is typical for X-mode phenomena under fH/foF2 >1 as well as fH/foF2 ≤1. We have shown for the first time that an X-mode HF pump wave is able to generate strong narrowband spectral components in the SEE spectra (within 1 kHz of pump frequency) in the ionosphere F region, which were recorded at distance of 1200 km from the HF heating facility. The observed spectral lines can be associated with the ion acoustic, electrostatic ion cyclotron, and electrostatic ion cyclotron harmonic waves (otherwise known as neutralized ion Bernstein waves). The comparison between the O- and X-mode SEE spectra recorded at distance far from HF heating facility clearly demonstrated that variety of the narrowband

  8. Study of magnetic storm effects on the ionosphere using GPS data

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    Fedrizzi, M.; de Paula, E. R.; Kantor, I. J.; Batista, I. S.; Langley, R. B.; Komjathy, A.

    Despite the fact that much has been learned about Sun-Earth relationship during disturbed conditions, understanding the effects of magnetic storms on the neutral and ionized upper atmosphere is still one of the most challenging topics remaining in the physics of this atmospheric region. In order to investigate the magnetospheric and ionospheric-thermospheric coupling processes, many researchers are taking advantage of the dispersive nature of the ionosphere to compute total electron content (TEC) from Global Positioning System (GPS) dual-frequency data. Even though there are currently a large number of GPS receivers in continuous operation, they are unevenly distributed for ionosphere study purposes, being situated mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. The relatively smaller number of GPS receivers located in the Southern Hemisphere and, consequently, the reduced number of available TEC measurements, cause ionospheric modelling to be less accurate in this region. In this work, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Ionospheric Modelling Technique, which applies a spatial linear approximation of the vertical TEC above each station using stochastic parameters in a Kalman filter estimation, has been used to describe the local time and geomagnetic latitude dependence of the TEC. Data collected from several GPS networks worldwide, including the Brazilian Network for Continuous Monitoring (RBMC), have been used along with ionosonde measurements to investigate the ionospheric response to a severe magnetic storm occurred on March 31, 2001. Data analysis revealed distinct ionospheric effects, which are shown to be dependent on the season, local time and magnetic conditions previous and during the storm period. During the March 31, 2001 storm, the global ionosphere showed a distinct behaviour over Australian/Asian and American regions, which are located at approximately opposite longitude sectors. The southward turning of the interplanetary magnetic field during the recovery

  9. North-South Asymmetries in Earth's Magnetic Field - Effects on High-Latitude Geospace

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    Laundal, K. M.; Cnossen, I.; Milan, S. E.; Haaland, S. E.; Coxon, J.; Pedatella, N. M.; Förster, M.; Reistad, J. P.

    2016-07-01

    The solar-wind magnetosphere interaction primarily occurs at altitudes where the dipole component of Earth's magnetic field is dominating. The disturbances that are created in this interaction propagate along magnetic field lines and interact with the ionosphere-thermosphere system. At ionospheric altitudes, the Earth's field deviates significantly from a dipole. North-South asymmetries in the magnetic field imply that the magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere (M-I-T) coupling is different in the two hemispheres. In this paper we review the primary differences in the magnetic field at polar latitudes, and the consequences that these have for the M-I-T coupling. We focus on two interhemispheric differences which are thought to have the strongest effects: 1) A difference in the offset between magnetic and geographic poles in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, and 2) differences in the magnetic field strength at magnetically conjugate regions. These asymmetries lead to differences in plasma convection, neutral winds, total electron content, ion outflow, ionospheric currents and auroral precipitation.

  10. A comparison of ionospheric model predictions with MITHRAS observations

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    Schunk, Robert W.

    1987-01-01

    MITHRAS is a coordinated multiradar program to study the interactions between the magnetosphere, ionosphere, and thermosphere, as well as the phenomena that result from these interactions. The program is based on a data set acquired by the Chatanika, Millstone Hill, and Eiscat incoherent scatter radars. A large portion of the data is unique in that it was the only time when the radars, well separated in local and magnetic time, simultaneously probed the high latitude ionosphere. Our effect concerned model data comparisons. Specifically, we compared the predictions of our three-dimensional, time dependent model of the high latitude ionosphere with MITHRAS data sets. Of particular interest were the variations of the ionosphere with altitude, latitude, longitude, universal time, season, and magnetic activity. Model data comparisons enabled us to determine the adequacy of our current understanding of high latitude ionosphere dynamics as well as certain magnetosphere ionosphere atmosphere coupling processes.

  11. A comparative study of the ionospheric F-region observations in the Brazilian low latitude region and the TIMEGCM model results during the super geomagnetic storm of 20 November 2003

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    Becker-Guedes, F.; Sahai, Y.; Fagundes, P.; Crowley, G.; Lima, W.

    The TIMEGCM is a global 1st principles model of the ionosphere-thermosphere I-T system with fully coupled and interactive ionospheric and thermospheric components The model requires a specification of the high latitude electric potential distribution for each time step along with specification of the auroral particle precipitation Each of these parameters is obtained by use of the AMIE Assimilative Mapping of Ionospheric Electrodynamics technique which assimilates data from nearly 200 ground-based magnetometers several DMSP satellites and the SuperDARN radar network In this paper we compare ionospheric observations from two low-latitude ionospheric sounding stations with predictions from the TIMEGCM during the super geomagnetic storm of 20 November 2003 The super geomagnetic storm with SSC at 08 03 UT on 20 November attained vert Dst vert max 472 nT at 20 00 UT 20 11 The digital ionosondes using the Canadian Advanced Digital Ionosondes CADIs are located at Palmas PAL 10 2 r S 48 2 r W dip latitude 5 5 r S a near equatorial station and S a o Jos e dos Campos SJC 23 2 r S 45 9 r W dip latitude 17 6 r S station located under the crest of equatorial ionospheric anomaly Brazil Comparisons of model predictions with ionospheric observations during intense geomagnetic disturbances are important studies related to space weather forecasting Salient features from this comparative study are presented and discussed in this paper

  12. Stratospheric Sudden Warming Effects on the Ionospheric Migrating Tides during 2008-2010 observed by FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC

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    Lin, J.; Lin, C.; Chang, L. C.; Liu, H.; Chen, W.; Chen, C.; Liu, J. G.

    2013-12-01

    In this paper, ionospheric electron densities obtained from radio occultation soundings of FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC are decomposed into their various constituent tidal components for studying the stratospheric sudden warming (SSW) effects on the ionosphere during 2008-2010. The tidal analysis indicates that the amplitudes of the zonal mean and major migrating tidal components (DW1, SW2 and TW3) decrease around the time of the SSW, with phase/time shifts in the daily time of maximum around EIA and middle latitudes. Meanwhile consistent enhancements of the SW2 and nonmigrating SW1 tides are seen after the stratospheric temperature increase. In addition to the amplitude changes of the tidal components, well matched phase shifts of the ionospheric migrating tides and the stratospheric temperatures are found for the three SSW events, suggesting a good indicator of the ionospheric response. Although the conditions of the planetary waves and the mean winds in the middle atmosphere region during the 2008-2010 SSW events may be different, similar variations of the ionospheric tidal components and their associated phase shifts are found. Futher, these ionospheric responses will be compared with realistic simulations of Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Mesophere-Electrodynamics General Circulation Model (TIME-GCM) by nudging Modern-Era Retrospective analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA) data.

  13. The high latitude ionosphere-magnetosphere transition region: Simulation and data comparison

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    Wilson, Gordon R.; Horwitz, James L.

    1995-01-01

    A brief description of the major activities pursued during the last year (March 1994 - February 1995) of this grant are: (1) the development of a 200 km to 1 Re, O(+) H(+) Model; (2) the extension of the E x B convection heating study to include centrifugal effects; (3) the study of electron precipitation effects; (4) the study of wave heating of O(+); and (5) the polar wind acceleration study. A list of both papers published and papers submitted, along with a proposal for next year's study and a copy of the published paper is included.

  14. Geomagnetic modification of the mid-latitude ionosphere - Toward a strategy for the improved forecasting of f0F2

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    Wrenn, G. L.; Rodger, A. S.

    1989-02-01

    An approach for modeling and forecasting the interspatial critical frequency (f0F2) at quiet and disturbed times is outlined. Statistical analyses of ionosonde data from the Argentine Islands (65 deg S) are used to define patterns for the main phase effects of midlatitude ionospheric storms. Extended to a number of stations, these could be incorporated into algorithms to permit the forecasting of maximum usable frequency for a few hours ahead and enhance the frequency management of shortwave radio communication, especially during a geomagnetic storm. Data from a complete solar cycle, 1971-1981, are used to determine the errors in the forecasts and to demonstrate that a useful advantage can be attained by this method. The rms error in f0F2 for 90,175 samples is 15.6 percent, which compares favorably with those obtained using forecasts based on quiet time values (20.4 percent) or the previous day's measurements (18 percent).

  15. Highly Structured Plasma Density and Associated Electric and Magnetic Field Irregularities at Sub-Auroral, Middle, and Low Latitudes in the Topside Ionosphere Observed with the DEMETER and DMSP Satellites

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    Pfaff, Robert F.; Liebrecht, C; Berthelier, Jean-Jacques; Parrot, M.; Lebreton, Jean-Pierre

    2007-01-01

    Detailed observations of the plasma structure and irregularities that characterize the topside ionosphere at sub-auroral, middle, and low-latitudes are gathered with probes on the DEMETER and DMSP satellites. In particular, we present DEMETER observations near 700 km altitude that reveal: (1) the electric field irregularities and density depletions at mid-latitudes are remarkably similar to those associated with equatorial spread-F at low latitudes; (2) the mid-latitude density structures contain both depletions and enhancements with scale lengths along the spacecraft trajectory that typically vary from 10's to 100's of km; (3) in some cases, ELF magnetic field irregularities are observed in association with the electric field irregularities on the walls of the plasma density structures and appear to be related to finely-structured spatial currents and/or Alfven waves; (4) during severe geomagnetic storms, broad regions of nightside plasma density structures are typically present, in some instances extending from the equator to the subauroral regions; and (5) intense, broadband electric and magnetic field irregularities are observed at sub-auroral latitudes during geomagnetic storm periods that are typically associated with the trough region. Data from successive DEMETER orbits during storm periods in both the daytime and nighttime illustrate how enhancements of both the ambient plasma density, as well as sub-auroral and mid-latitude density structures, correlate and evolve with changes in the Dst. The DEMETER data are compared with near simultaneous observations gathered by the DMSP satellites near 840 km. The observations are related to theories of sub-auroral and mid-latitude plasma density structuring during geomagnetic storms and penetration electric fields and are highly germane to understanding space weather effects regarding disruption of communication and navigation signals in the near-space environment.

  16. Changes in the High-Latitude Topside Ionospheric Vertical Electron-Density Profiles in Response to Solar-Wind Perturbations During Large Magnetic Storms

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    Benson, Robert F.; Fainberg, Joseph; Osherovich, Vladimir; Truhlik, Vladimir; Wang, Yongli; Arbacher, Becca

    2011-01-01

    The latest results from an investigation to establish links between solar-wind and topside-ionospheric parameters will be presented including a case where high-latitude topside electron-density Ne(h) profiles indicated dramatic rapid changes in the scale height during the main phase of a large magnetic storm (Dst < -200 nT). These scale-height changes suggest a large heat input to the topside ionosphere at this time. The topside profiles were derived from ISIS-1 digital ionograms obtained from the NASA Space Physics Data Facility (SPDF) Coordinated Data Analysis Web (CDA Web). Solar-wind data obtained from the NASA OMNIWeb database indicated that the magnetic storm was due to a magnetic cloud. This event is one of several large magnetic storms being investigated during the interval from 1965 to 1984 when both solar-wind and digital topside ionograms, from either Alouette-2, ISIS-1, or ISIS-2, are potentially available.

  17. Ionospheric Asymmetry Evaluation using Tomography to Assess the Effectiveness of Radio Occultation Data Inversion

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    Shaikh, M. M.; Notarpietro, R.; Yin, P.; Nava, B.

    2013-12-01

    The Multi-Instrument Data Analysis System (MIDAS) algorithm is based on the oceanographic imaging techniques first applied to do the imaging of 2D slices of the ionosphere. The first version of MIDAS (version 1.0) was able to deal with any line-integral data such as GPS-ground or GPS-LEO differential-phase data or inverted ionograms. The current version extends tomography into four dimensional (lat, long, height and time) spatial-temporal mapping that combines all observations simultaneously in a single inversion with the minimum of a priori assumptions about the form of the ionospheric electron-concentration distribution. This work is an attempt to investigate the Radio Occultation (RO) data assimilation into MIDAS by assessing the ionospheric asymmetry and its impact on RO data inversion, when the Onion-peeling algorithm is used. Ionospheric RO data from COSMIC mission, specifically data collected during 24 September 2011 storm over mid-latitudes, has been used for the data assimilation. Using output electron density data from Midas (with/without RO assimilation) and ideal RO geometries, we tried to assess ionospheric asymmetry. It has been observed that the level of asymmetry was significantly increased when the storm was active. This was due to the increased ionization, which in turn produced large gradients along occulted ray path in the ionosphere. The presence of larger gradients was better observed when Midas was used with RO assimilated data. A very good correlation has been found between the evaluated asymmetry and errors related to the inversion products, when the inversion is performed considering standard techniques based on the assumption of spherical symmetry of the ionosphere. Errors are evaluated considering the peak electron density (NmF2) estimate and the Vertical TEC (VTEC) evaluation. This work highlights the importance of having a tool which should be able to state the effectiveness of Radio Occultation data inversion considering standard

  18. Simulation of low-latitude ionospheric response to 2015 St. Patrick's Day super geomagnetic storm using ionosonde-derived PRE vertical drifts over Indian region

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    Joshi, L. M.; Sripathi, S.; Singh, Ram

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we present low-latitude ionospheric response over Indian longitude to the recent super geomagnetic storm of 17 March 2015, using the Sami2 is Another Model of the Ionosphere (SAMI2) model which incorporates ionosonde-derived vertical drift impacted by prompt penetration eastward electric field occurring during the evening prereversal enhancement (PRE) in the vertical drift. The importance of this storm is that (1) Dst reaches as low as -228 nT and (2) prompt penetration of eastward electric field coincided with evening hours PRE. The daytime vertical E × B drifts in the SAMI2 model are, however, considered based on Scherliess-Fejer model. The simulations indicate a significant enhancement in F layer height and equatorial ionization anomaly (EIA) in the post sunset hours on 17 March 2015 vis-a-vis quiet day. The model simulations during recovery phase, considering disturbance dynamo vertical E × B drift along with equatorward disturbance wind, indicate suppression of the daytime EIA. SAMI2 simulations considering the disturbance wind during the recovery phase suggest that equatorward wind enhances the ionospheric density in the low latitude; however, its role in the formation of the EIA depends on the polarity of the zonal electric field. Comparison of model derived total electron content (TEC) with the TEC from ground GPS receivers indicates that model does reproduce enhancement of the EIA during the main phase and suppression of the EIA during the recovery phase of the superstorm. However, peculiarities pertaining to the ionospheric response to prompt penetration electric field in the Indian sector vis-a-vis earlier reports from American sector have been discussed.

  19. DC electric field measurement in the mid-latitude ionosphere by S-520-26 sounding rocket in Japan

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    Ishisaka, K.; Suda, K.; Sugai, M.; Takahashi, T.; Yamamoto, M.; Abe, T.; Watanabe, S.

    2012-12-01

    S-520-26 sounding rocket experiment was carried out at Uchinoura Space Center (USC) in Japan at 5:51 JST on 12 January, 2012. The purpose of this experiment is the investigation of the bonding process between the atmospheres and the plasma in the thermosphere. S-520-26 sounding rocket reached to an altitude of 298 km 278 seconds after a launch. The S-520-26 payload was equipped with Electric Field Detector (EFD) with a two set of orthogonal double probes to measure both DC and AC less than 200 Hz electric fields in the spin plane of the payload by using the double probe method. One of the probes is the inflatable tube structure antenna, called the ITA, with a length of 5 m (tip-to-tip). And ITA is very lightweight (12.5g per one boom). The ITA extended and worked without any problems. It was the first successful use of an inflatable structure as a flight antenna. Another one is the ribbon antenna with a length of 2 m (tip-to-tip). The electrodes of two double probe antennas were used to gather the potentials which were detected with high impedance pre-amplifiers using the floating (unbiased) double probe technique. The potential differences on the two main orthogonal axes were digitized on-board using 16-bit analog-digital converter, sampled at 800 samples/sec with low pass filter at cut-off frequency of 200 Hz. Results of DC electric fields measured by the EFD have the large sine waves that result from the payload rotation at the spin period. The largest contribution to the electric field measurements by double probes moving through the ionosphere at mid-latitudes is that due to the v x B fields created by their motion across the ambient magnetic field, where v is the rocket velocity in the Earth-fixed reference frame and B is the ambient magnetic field. The sum of the squares of the two components represents the magnitude of the DC electric field in the spin plane of the payload. These data reveal abrupt, large-scale variations which can immediately be attributed

  20. The composition of Mars' topside ionosphere: Effects of hydrogen

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    Matta, Majd; Withers, Paul; Mendillo, Michael

    2013-05-01

    one-dimensional model of the Martian ionosphere is used to explore the importance of atomic and molecular hydrogen chemistry in the upper atmosphere and ionosphere. Neutral and ionized H and H2 undergo chemical reactions that lead to the production of the hydrogenated ions: H+, H2+, H3+, OH+, HCO+, ArH+, N2H+, HCO2+, and HOC+. Simulations are conducted for the cases of photochemistry only and photochemistry coupled with transport in order to asses the separate effects of plasma diffusion in the topside ionosphere. For both of these cases, the sensitivity of the ionosphere is tested for (1) molecular hydrogen abundance and (2) reaction rate, k1, for the charge exchange between H+ and H2. Results are reported for midday solar minimum conditions. We find that the ionospheric composition of Mars is sensitive to H2 abundance, but relatively insensitive to the reaction rate, k1. Depending on the conditions simulated, the topside ionosphere can contain appreciable amounts of hydrogenated species such as H3+, OH+, and HCO+. Comparisons are made with Viking ion density measurements as well as with results of other published Mars ionospheric models. Future comparisons with more extensive ion composition will be available when the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission arrives at Mars.

  1. Ionospheric effects of magnetospheric and thermospheric disturbances on March 17-19, 2015

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    Polekh, N. M.; Zolotukhina, N. A.; Romanova, E. B.; Ponomarchuk, S. N.; Kurkin, V. I.; Podlesnyi, A. V.

    2016-09-01

    Using vertical and oblique radio-sounding data, we analyze the ionospheric and thermospheric disturbances during the magnetic storm that occurred in northeastern Russia on March 17-19, 2015. We consider the heliospheric sources that induced the magnetic storm. During the main and early recovery phases, the midlatitude stations are characterized by extremely low values of electron density at the F2 layer maximum. Using oblique sounding data, we recorded signals that propagated outside the great circle arc. In evening and night hours, no radio signals were found to pass along the Norilsk-Irkutsk and Magadan-Irkutsk paths. The observed ionospheric effects are shown to be caused by a sharp shift of the boundaries of the main ionospheric trough to the invariant latitude 46° N during the main phase of the magnetic storm. The negative ionospheric disturbance during the recovery phase of the storm, which was associated with significant variations in the composition of the neutral atmosphere, led to a change in the mode composition of received radio signals and a decline in observed maximal frequencies in daytime hours of March 18, 2015 by more than 2 times.

  2. Polarization effects of the finite-size low-altitude ionosphere

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    Nenovski, P.

    2001-01-01

    We use two-fluid or Hall effect MHD description of weakly-ionized stratified atmosphere to describe several polarization features of the MHD disturbance penetration. We employ a pair of functions for the electric and magnetic field components ratio which can be treated analytically. As an example we derive an approximation to the case of the MHD waves in the Earth's Hall ionosphere and demonstrate its different polarization responses (ellipticity and rotation) for Alfvén and fast magnetosonic modes depending on the Hall region thickness. Neglecting the Hall thickness effect we derive previously obtained, well-known results for the rotation of the polarization plane of the MHD waves (Dungey, 1963; Nishida, 1964; Inoue, 1973; Hughes, 1974; Hughes and Southwood, 1976). The ionospheric effects are more essential for the polarization of the fast magnetosonic waves. The polarization changes of the magnetosonic waves are expressed as a function of i) the ratio (R) of the height-integrated Hall (Σ_H) and Pedersen (Σ_p) conductivities (conductances) in the Hall region (85-125 km) and ii) a wave/magnetospheric parameter (A_m) and the ratio A_m/Σ_p. The wave/magnetospheric parameter A_m depends on the wave frequency and the horizontal scale of the ULF waves. Using standard models IRI 90 and MSIS 86, responses of ULF magnetosonic waves to seasonal/diurnal ionospheric variations at subauroral/middle latitudes are illustrated for arbitrary, but reasonable values of the wave/magnetospheric parameter A_m. The polarization plane rotation for the ULF compressional waves ranges between 0 and π/2 and reaches the classical π/2 degree only for special cases. Along with the rotation effect an ellipticity effect has also local time course. These findings suggest a new dissipative mechanism (non-resonant) of transformation of magnetosonic waves into Alfvén modes in the ionosphere. In addition we suggest a physical insight for the MHD wave transformation effects by the ionosphere

  3. Thermospheric Wind Effects on the Evolution of Dayside Ionospheric Total Electron Content (TEC)

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    Boyd, E. C.; Zou, S.

    2015-12-01

    The ionospheric electron density is a highly varying quantity and significantly affects the propagation of radio signals that pass through or are reflected by the ionosphere. During moments of enhanced geomagnetic activity, in particular geomagnetic storms, Ionospheric total electron content (TEC) anomalies can form that have very severe spatial and temporal gradients. Occasionally, these anomalies can be large enough to reduce the accuracy of positioning and timing service from GPS causing serious problems for planes and other systems. This research targets on a particular TEC structure, named TEC plumes, a region of high TEC extending from the mid-latitudes to the higher latitudes and polar areas in the north hemisphere. It has been found recently that the growth and decay of the plumes can be affected by the interplanetary conditions through convection as well as the thermospheric winds. In particular, this research focuses on thermospheric wind effects on plume evolution in terms of longitudinal and hemispheric asymmetries. We use the International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF) model to specify the geomagnetic field lines as well as idealized thermospheric wind pattern to identify the wind effects at different longitudes. We found that the thermospheric wind would be most effective in changing TEC at two longitudinal sectors in the Northern Hemisphere, i.e. near Alaska and East Europe, and one longitudinal sector in the Southern Hemisphere, i.e. near Antarctic Peninsula. We also compare the results to TEC data through event and statistical analysis and to ionosphere-thermosphere simulation results. Preliminary results show that the TEC value dips are coincident with these longitudinal sectors.

  4. Ionospheric criticial frequencies and solar cycle effects

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    Kilcik, Ali; Ozguc, Atila; Rozelot, Jean Pierre; Yiǧit, Erdal; Elias, Ana; Donmez, Burcin; Yurchyshyn, Vasyl

    2016-07-01

    The long term solar activity dependencies of ionospheric F1 and F2 regions critical frequencies (foF1 and foF2) are investigated observationally for the last four solar cycles (1976-2015). We here show that the ionospheric F1 and F2 regions have different solar activity dependencies in terms of the sunspot group (SG) numbers: F1 region critical frequency (foF1) peaks at the same time with small SG numbers, while the foF2 reaches its maximum at the same time with the large SG numbers especially during the solar cycle 23. Thus, we may conclude that the sensitivities of ionospheric F1 and F2 region critical frequencies to sunspot group (SG) numbers are associated with different physical processes that are yet to be investigated in detail. Such new results provide further evidence that the two ionospheric regions have different responses to the solar activity. We also analyzed short term oscillatory behavior of ionospheric critical frequencies and found some solar signatures.

  5. Ionospheric Geo-effectiveness of Magnetic Clouds

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    Bronder, T. J.; Knipp, D. J.; Lynch, B.; Zurbuchen, T.; McHarg, M. G.; Chun, F. K.

    2002-12-01

    We present an analysis of the geo-effectiveness of magnetic clouds and the disturbed solar wind surrounding them. Estimates of the ionospheric Joule heating rates based on two ground magnetic indices and estimates of auroral zone particle heating from polar satellites will be combined to provide a summary of the total geomagnetic heating during magnetic cloud passage. Preliminary estimates suggest that intervals of magnetic cloud passage experience about 50 percent greater heating rates than intervals associated with the more general class of interplanetary coronal mass ejection. Heating rates for magnetic clouds are about four times greater than heating rates estimated for intervals of background slow solar wind flow. Preliminary work also indicates that magnetic clouds lying in the ecliptic plane (leading or trailing fields oriented N-S or S-N) have heating rates about 50 percent greater than clouds with leading or trailing fields perpendicular to the ecliptic plane. We will provide hourly heating profiles for more than 50 magnetic clouds passing the earth during the rise and peak of solar cycle 23.

  6. Effects of UGTs on the ionosphere

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    Argo, P.E.; Fitzgerald, T.J.

    1992-10-01

    In this paper we describe the processes that propagate local effects of underground nuclear tests from the ground into the upper atmosphere, and produce a detectable signal in the ionosphere. Initially, the blast wave from a UGT radially expands, until it reaches the surface of the earth. The wave is both reflected and transmitted at this sharp discontinuity in propagation media. ne reflected wave combines with the incident wave to form an ``Airy surface,`` at which very strong ripping forces tear the earth apart. This broken region is called the ``spat zone,`` and is launched into ``ballistic motion. The resultant ground motion launches an acoustical wave into the atmosphere. This acoustic wave, with overpressures of a few tenths of one percent, propagates upwards at the speed of sound. Assuming purely linear propagation, the path of the acoustic energy can be tracked using raytracing models. Most of the wave energy, which is radiated nearly vertically, tends to propagate into the upper atmosphere, while wave energy radiated at angles greater than about 30 degrees to the vertical will be reflected back to earth and is probably what is seen by most infrasonde measurements.

  7. Effects of UGTs on the ionosphere

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    Argo, P.E.; Fitzgerald, T.J.

    1992-01-01

    In this paper we describe the processes that propagate local effects of underground nuclear tests from the ground into the upper atmosphere, and produce a detectable signal in the ionosphere. Initially, the blast wave from a UGT radially expands, until it reaches the surface of the earth. The wave is both reflected and transmitted at this sharp discontinuity in propagation media. ne reflected wave combines with the incident wave to form an Airy surface,'' at which very strong ripping forces tear the earth apart. This broken region is called the spat zone,'' and is launched into ballistic motion. The resultant ground motion launches an acoustical wave into the atmosphere. This acoustic wave, with overpressures of a few tenths of one percent, propagates upwards at the speed of sound. Assuming purely linear propagation, the path of the acoustic energy can be tracked using raytracing models. Most of the wave energy, which is radiated nearly vertically, tends to propagate into the upper atmosphere, while wave energy radiated at angles greater than about 30 degrees to the vertical will be reflected back to earth and is probably what is seen by most infrasonde measurements.

  8. Ionospheric Challenges for GNSS Based Augmentation Systems

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    Doherty, P.; Valladares, C. E.

    2007-12-01

    The ionosphere is a highly dynamic physical phenomenon that presents a variable source of error for Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals and GNSS based operational systems. The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Wide-Area Augmentation System (WAAS) was designed to enhance the GNSS standard positioning service by providing additional accuracy, availability and integrity that is sufficient for use in commercial aviation. It is the first of a number of planned regional Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS). Other systems in development include the European EGNOS system, the MSAS system in Japan and the GAGAN system in India. In addition, the South American countries are investigating the feasibility of operating an SBAS system in this region. Much of the WAAS ionospheric research and development focused on defining and mitigating ionospheric challenges characteristic of the mid-latitude regions, where the ionosphere is well studied and relatively quiescent. The EGNOS and MSAS systems will primarily operate under a similarly quiescent mid-latitude ionosphere. SBAS system development in South America, India and other low-latitude regions, however, will have to contend with much more extreme conditions. These conditions include strong spatial and temporal gradients, plasma depletions and scintillation. All of these conditions have a potential to limit SBAS performance in the low latitude regions. This presentation will review the effects that the ionosphere has on the mid-latitude WAAS system. It will present the techniques that are used to mitigate ionospheric disturbances induced on the system during severe geomagnetic activity and it will quantify the effect that this activity has on system performance. The presentation will then present data from the South American Low-latitude Ionospheric Sensor Network (LISN) that can be used to infer the ionospheric effects on SBAS performance in the most challenging low-latitude ionospheric environment

  9. Ionospheric disturbance dynamo

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    Blanc, M.; Richmond, A.D.

    1980-04-01

    A numerical simulation study of the thermospheric winds produced by auroral heating during magnetic storms, and of their global dynamo effects, establishes the main features of the ionospheric disturbanc dynamo. Driven by auroral heating, a Hadley cell is created with equatorward winds blowing above about 120 km at mid-latitudes. The transport of angular momentum by these winds produces a subrotation of the midlatitude thermosphere, or westward motion with respect to the earth. The westward winds in turn drive equatorward Pedersen currents which accumulate charge toward the equator, resulting in the generation of a poleward electric field, a westward E x B drift, and an eastward current. When realistic local time conductivity variations are simulated, the eastward mid-latitude current is found to close partly via lower latitudes, resulting in an 'anti-Sq' type of current vortex. Both electric field and current at low latitudes thus vary in opposition to their normal quiet-day behavior. This total pattern of distrubance winds, electric fields, and currents is superimposed upon the background quiet-day pattern. When the neutral winds are artificially confined on the nightside, the basic pattern of predominantly westward E x B plasma drifts still prevails on the nightside but no longer extends into the dayside. Considerable observational evidence exists, suggesting that the ionospheric disturbance dynamo has an appreciable influence on storm-time ionospheric electric fields at middle and low latitudes.

  10. Evidence of low-latitude daytime large-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances observed by high-frequency multistatic backscatter sounding system during a geomagnetically quiet period

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    Zhou, Chen; Zhao, Zhengyu; Yang, Guobin; Chen, Gang; Hu, Yaogai; Zhang, Yuannong

    2012-06-01

    Observations from the high-frequency multistatic backscatter sounding radars on a geomagnetically quiet day (minimum Dst = -14 nT) captured the anti-equatorward propagation of daytime large-scale traveling ionospheric disturbance (LSTID) at the low-latitude regions. The observed LSTID was characterized approximately by a meridional propagation speed of 347 ± 78 m/s and azimuthal angle of -4.7 ± 27.6° (counterclockwise from north), with a period of 76 min and a wavelength of 1583 ± 354 km by means of maximum entropy cross-spectral analysis. Vertical phase velocity was also evaluated to be <˜42 m/s through the Doppler measurements. These results provide evidence that the low-latitude ionosphere can undergo large-scale perturbations even under geomagnetically quiet conditions. We suggest that this observed LSTID could be due to the secondary gravity waves from thermospheric body forces created from the dissipation of primary gravity waves from deep tropospheric convection.

  11. Modification of the high latitude F region of the ionosphere by X-mode powerful HF radio waves: Experimental results from multi-instrument diagnostics

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    Blagoveshchenskaya, Nataly; Rietveld, Michael; Haggstrom, Ingemar; Borisova, Tatiana; Yeoman, Tim

    We present the experimental results for strong plasma modifications induced by the X-mode powerful HF radio waves injected towards the magnetic zenith into the high latitude F region of the ionosphere. A large number of experiments in the course of Russian EISCAT heating campaigns were conducted in 2009 - 2013 under different background conditions in a wide heater frequency range from 4 to 8 MHz. The EISCAT UHF incoherent scatter radar at Tromsø, the CUTLASS (SuperDARN) HF coherent radar in Finland, SEE receiver at Tromsø, the HF Doppler equipment near St. Petersburg, and the EISCAT ionosonde (dynasonde) were used as diagnostic instruments. The results show that the X-mode HF pump wave can generate: (1) strong small-scale artificial field aligned irregularities (AFAIs); (2) HF-induced plasma and HF-enhanced ion lines (HFPLs and HFILs) from UHF radar spectra; (3) strong electron density enhancements along magnetic field line in a wide altitude range; (4) spectral components (few tens of Hz) in the Doppler spectra of the heater signal measured at a distance of 1200 km from the Tromsø HF heating facility. The experimental results obtained points to the strong magnetic zenith effect due to self-focusing powerful HF radio wave with X-mode polarization. For heater frequencies in the range of about 4 - 6 MHz the mentioned above phenomena are generated when the heater frequency is equal or above the ordinary-mode critical frequency (foF2). Under high background electron density and the heater frequencies used of 6.5 - 8.0 MHz, the strong X-mode HF-induced phenomena were observed both when the heater frequency is equal or above the foF2 and the heater frequency is below the foF2.

  12. Variability of the bottomside (B0, B1) profile parameters of ionospheric electron density over the lower mid-latitude Cyprus and comparisons with IRI-2012 model

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    Panda, Sampad Kumar; Haralambous, Haris; Mostafa, Md Golam

    2016-07-01

    The present study investigates the variations of the bottomside ionospheric electron density profile thickness (B0) and shape (B1) parameters, deduced from the manually scaled digisonde (DPS-4D) ionograms at the lower mid-latitude Cyprus (Geographic 35°N, 33°E) covering the period 2009-2014. The monthly median hourly values of these parameters during different seasons and solar activity conditions are compared with the International Reference Ionosphere model (IRI-2012) estimations using three different options namely: Bil-2000, Gul-1987, and ABT-2009. To ensure the quiet time profile, the ionograms of the geomagnetically disturbed periods are discarded from the datasets and the storm model in the IRI is intentionally turned off. The statistical studies reveal considerable discrepancies in the observed B0 parameters from the model simulations, though the divergences are minimal around the daytime and during the summer solstice seasons. Nevertheless, B0 with the Gul-1987 option apparently shows closer daytime value during the low solar active summer, whereas the ABT-2009 option manifested relatively better agreement during the high solar active summer months. The characteristic morning, evening, as well as nighttime departure in the model derived B0 parameters are conspicuous in all the seasons in spite of unnoticed perturbations in the B1, suggesting that further improvement in the existing model database is essential with additional in-situ experimental data across the lower mid-latitude region. The important extracts from this study may support in the international efforts of determining the best set of profile parameters for the climatological representation of the ionospheric electron density variation across the globe.

  13. Solar terminator effects on middle- to low-latitude Pi2 pulsations

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    Imajo, Shun; Yoshikawa, Akimasa; Uozumi, Teiji; Ohtani, Shinichi; Nakamizo, Aoi; Demberel, Sodnomsambuu; Shevtsov, Boris Mikhailovich

    2016-08-01

    To clarify the effect of the dawn and dusk terminators on Pi2 pulsations, we statistically analyzed the longitudinal phase and amplitude structures of Pi2 pulsations at middle- to low-latitude stations (GMLat = 5.30°-46.18°) around both the dawn and dusk terminators. Although the H (north-south) component Pi2s were affected by neither the local time (LT) nor the terminator location (at 100 km altitude in the highly conducting E region), some features of the D (east-west) component Pi2s depended on the location of the terminator rather than the LT. The phase reversal of the D component occurred 0.5-1 h after sunrise and 1-2 h before sunset. These phase reversals can be attributed to a change in the contributing currents from field-aligned currents (FACs) on the nightside to the meridional ionospheric currents on the sunlit side of the terminator, and vice versa. The phase reversal of the dawn terminator was more frequent than that of the dusk terminator. The D-to- H amplitude ratio on the dawn side began to increase at sunrise, reaching a peak approximately 2 h after sunrise (the sunward side of the phase reversal region), whereas the ratio on the dusk side reached a peak at sunset (the antisunward side). The dawn-dusk asymmetric features suggest that the magnetic contribution of the nightside FAC relative to the meridional ionospheric current on the dusk side is stronger than that on the dawn side, indicating that the center of Pi2-associated FACs, which probably corresponds to the Pi2 energy source, tends to be shifted duskward on average. Different features and weak sunrise/sunset dependences at the middle-latitude station (Paratunka, GMLat = 46.18°) can be attributed to the larger annual variation in the sunrise/sunset time and a stronger magnetic effect because of closeness from FACs. The D-to- H amplitude ratio decreased with decreasing latitude, suggesting that the azimuthal magnetic field produced by the FACs in darkness and the meridional ionospheric

  14. Effect of Ionosphere on Geostationary Communication Satellite Signals

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    Erdem, Esra; Arikan, Feza; Gulgonul, Senol

    2016-07-01

    Geostationary orbit (GEO) communications satellites allow radio, television, and telephone transmissions to be sent live anywhere in the world. They are extremely important in daily life and also for military applications. Since, satellite communication is an expensive technology addressing crowd of people, it is critical to improve the performance of this technology. GEO satellites are at 35,786 kilometres from Earth's surface situated directly over the equator. A satellite in a geostationary orbit (GEO) appears to stand still in the sky, in a fixed position with respect to an observer on the earth, because the satellite's orbital period is the same as the rotation rate of the Earth. The advantage of this orbit is that ground antennas can be fixed to point towards to satellite without their having to track the satellite's motion. Radio frequency ranges used in satellite communications are C, X, Ku, Ka and even EHG and V-band. Satellite signals are disturbed by atmospheric effects on the path between the satellite and the receiver antenna. These effects are mostly rain, cloud and gaseous attenuation. It is expected that ionosphere has a minor effect on the satellite signals when the ionosphere is quiet. But there are anomalies and perturbations on the structure of ionosphere with respect to geomagnetic field and solar activity and these conditions may cause further affects on the satellite signals. In this study IONOLAB-RAY algorithm is adopted to examine the effect of ionosphere on satellite signals. IONOLAB-RAY is developed to calculate propagation path and characteristics of high frequency signals. The algorithm does not have any frequency limitation and models the plasmasphere up to 20,200 km altitude, so that propagation between a GEO satellite and antenna on Earth can be simulated. The algorithm models inhomogeneous, anisotropic and time dependent structure of the ionosphere with a 3-D spherical grid geometry and calculates physical parameters of the

  15. Method for Canceling Ionospheric Doppler Effect

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    Vessot, R. F. C.

    1982-01-01

    Unified transponder system with hydrogen-maser oscillators at both stations can compensate for both motional and ionospheric components of Doppler shift. Appropriate choices of frequency shift in output of mixer m3. System exploits proportionality between dispersive component of frequency shift and reciprocal of frequency to achieve cancellation of dispersive component at output.

  16. Effects of Saturn's magnetospheric dynamics on Titan's ionosphere

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    Edberg, N. J. T.; Andrews, D. J.; Bertucci, C.; Gurnett, D. A.; Holmberg, M. K. G.; Jackman, C. M.; Kurth, W. S.; Menietti, J. D.; Opgenoorth, H. J.; Shebanits, O.; Vigren, E.; Wahlund, J.-E.

    2015-10-01

    We use the Cassini Radio and Plasma Wave Science/Langmuir probe measurements of the electron density from the first 110 flybys of Titan to study how Saturn's magnetosphere influences Titan's ionosphere. The data is first corrected for biased sampling due to varying solar zenith angle and solar energy flux (solar cycle effects). We then present results showing that the electron density in Titan's ionosphere, in the altitude range 1600-2400 km, is increased by about a factor of 2.5 when Titan is located on the nightside of Saturn (Saturn local time (SLT) 21-03 h) compared to when on the dayside (SLT 09-15 h). For lower altitudes (1100-1600 km) the main dividing factor for the ionospheric density is the ambient magnetospheric conditions. When Titan is located in the magnetospheric current sheet, the electron density in Titan's ionosphere is about a factor of 1.4 higher compared to when Titan is located in the magnetospheric lobes. The factor of 1.4 increase in between sheet and lobe flybys is interpreted as an effect of increased particle impact ionization from ˜200 eV sheet electrons. The factor of 2.5 increase in electron density between flybys on Saturn's nightside and dayside is suggested to be an effect of the pressure balance between thermal plus magnetic pressure in Titan's ionosphere against the dynamic pressure and energetic particle pressure in Saturn's magnetosphere.

  17. Characterization of The Ionospheric Scintillation at High Latitude Using GPS signal: Investigating the Behaviour of the Entropy of the Signal

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    Mezaoui, H.

    2015-12-01

    Transionospheric radio signals experience both amplitude and phase variations as a result of propagation through a turbulent ionosphere; this phenomenon is known as ionospheric scintillations. As a result of these fluctuations, GPS receivers lose track of signals and consequently induce position and navigational errors. Therefore, there is a need to study these scintillations and their causes in order to not only resolve the navigational problem but in addition develop analytical and numerical radio propagation models. We investigate the multi-fractal structure of the turbulent ionospheric plasma by analyzing the L1 GPS signal at 50 Hz sampling rate using the Canadian High Arctic Ionospheric Network (CHAIN) measurements. We consider the power fluctuations of the signal. Differential signal is constructed for different time lags, the distribution of the differential signal is non-Gaussian, this is believed to be the result of the non-linearity of the system. In order to take into account the non-linear aspect we fit the Probability Density Function to the Castaing distribution, this latter allows the variance of the distribution to vary by assuming a log-normal distribution of the variance convoluted with a Gaussian distribution. The intermittency of the signal is considered by estimating the flatness of the distribution (or Kurtosis) that is the fourth normalized moment of the PDF. It has been found that the intermittency is predominant for small scales. The second problem tackled is the optimization of the detrending frequency which delimit the scintillation contribution from the slow variation of the signal due to the ionospheric background variability and the motion of the GPS satellite. In order to achieve this characterization we investigate the behavior of the entropy of the system for various temporal scales, this multi-scale analysis is performed using the wavelet analysis technique.

  18. The transient variation in the complexes of the low-latitude ionosphere within the equatorial ionization anomaly region of Nigeria

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    Rabiu, A. B.; Ogunsua, B. O.; Fuwape, I. A.; Laoye, J. A.

    2015-09-01

    The quest to find an index for proper characterization and description of the dynamical response of the ionosphere to external influences and its various internal irregularities has led to the study of the day-to-day variations of the chaoticity and dynamical complexity of the ionosphere. This study was conducted using Global Positioning System (GPS) total electron content (TEC) time series, measured in the year 2011, from five GPS receiver stations in Nigeria, which lies within the equatorial ionization anomaly region. The non-linear aspects of the TEC time series were obtained by detrending the data. The detrended TEC time series were subjected to various analyses to obtain the phase space reconstruction and to compute the chaotic quantifiers, which are Lyapunov exponents LE, correlation dimension, and Tsallis entropy, for the study of dynamical complexity. Considering all the days of the year, the daily/transient variations show no definite pattern for each month, but day-to-day values of Lyapunov exponents for the entire year show a wavelike semiannual variation pattern with lower values around March, April, September and October. This can be seen from the correlation dimension with values between 2.7 and 3.2, with lower values occurring mostly during storm periods, demonstrating a phase transition from higher dimension during the quiet periods to lower dimension during storms for most of the stations. The values of Tsallis entropy show a similar variation pattern to that of the Lyapunov exponent, with both quantifiers correlating within the range of 0.79 to 0.82. These results show that both quantifiers can be further used together as indices in the study of the variations of the dynamical complexity of the ionosphere. The presence of chaos and high variations in the dynamical complexity, even in quiet periods in the ionosphere, may be due to the internal dynamics and inherent irregularities of the ionosphere which exhibit non-linear properties. However, this

  19. Upward Propagating Tidal Effects Across the E- and F-Regions of the Ionosphere

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    Immel, T. J.; England, S. L.; Forbes, J. M.; Demajistre, R.; Mende, S. B.; Russell, J. M.; Mlynczak, M. G.

    2006-12-01

    The dayside ionospheric dynamo is driven largely by tidal winds in the E-region. These tides vary significantly during the year, but are highly structured during equinox, with a dominant non-migrating wave-4 signature at low latitudes. These tidal components originate in the troposphere with the release of latent heat and absorption of IR radiation in persistent tropical rainstorms. Recent observations by NASA TIMED and IMAGE satellites have reported the finding of the effects of these tides in the density and morphology of the equatorial ionospheric anomaly (EIA), reasonably attributed to the modulation of the E-region dynamo electric field in daytime by the tidal winds. However, significant day-to-day variability in the zonal wave-4 signature of the brightness and separation of the bands of the EIA is found. Here, we seek to understand this variability, whether it is tied to variations in the strength of the upward-propagating tides, or to some other effect that diminishes and/or overrides the effect of the tides on the EIA development. This study relies on global observations from the TIMED-SABER instrument that measures the temperature variations in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT) associated with the upward-propagating tides. F-region density measurements are made concurrent to the MLT temperature retrievals by both the TIMED-GUVI and IMAGE-FUV instruments. This initial study focuses on the March-April period in 2002 and on times of low magnetic activity where penetrating electric fields from high latitudes do not complicate the ionospheric observations.

  20. Ionospheric Effects from the superbolid exploded over the Chelyabinsk area

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    Ruzhin, Yuri; Smirnov, Vladimir; Kuznetsov, Vladimir; Smirnova, Elena

    The Chelyabinsk meteorite fall is undoubtedly the most documented in history. Its passage through the atmosphere was recorded by video and photographers, visual observers, infrasonic microphones, seismographs on the ground, and by satellites in orbit. The data of transionospheric sounding by signals from the GPS cluster satellites carried out in the zone of explosion of the Chelyabinsk meteoroid have been analyzed. The analysis has shown that the explosion had a very weak effect on the ionosphere. The observed ionospheric disturbances were asymmetric with respect to the explosion epicenter. The signals obtained were compared both in shape and in amplitude with the known surface explosions for which the diagnostics of the ionospheric effects had been made by radio techniques. Ionospheric effects in the form of acoustic-gravity waves (AGW) produced by 500-600 tons TNT explosions on the ground are detected with confidence both by vertical sounding and by GPS techniques. This allows us to suggest that the reported equivalent of the meteoroid explosion was obviously overestimated. The experiments on the injection of barium vapor (3.3 kg) carried out under similar conditions in the terminator zone revealed the response of the ionosphere in variations of the critical frequencies of the layer at a distance of 1500-2000 km (AGW with a period of 5-10 min). The absence of such ionospheric effects in the remote zone at 1500-1700 km from the epicenter of the bolide explosion in the case under discussion also makes us feel doubtful about the estimated explosion equivalent.

  1. The effect of solar energetic particles on the Martian ionosphere

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    Darwish, Omar Hussain Al; Lillis, Robert; Fillingim, Matthew; Lee, Christina

    2016-10-01

    The precipitation of Solar Energetic Particles (SEP) into the Martian atmosphere causes several effects, one of the most important of which is ionization. However, the importance of this process to the global structure and dynamics for the Martian ionosphere is currently not well understood. The MAVEN spacecraft carries instrumentation which allow us to examine this process. The Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS) measures the densities of planetary ions in the Mars ionosphere (O+,CO2+ and O2+). The Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) detector measures the fluxes of energetic protons and electrons. In this project, we examine the degree to which the density of ions in the Martian ionosphere is affected by the precipitation of energetic particles, under conditions of different SEP ion and electron fluxes and at various solar zenith angles. We will present statistical as well as case studies.

  2. Localized High-Latitude Ionosphere-Thermosphere Ionization Events during the High Speed Stream Interval of 29 April - 5 May 2011

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    Verkhoglyadova, O. P.; Mannucci, A. J.; Tsurutani, B. T.; Mlynczak, M. G.; Hunt, L. A.; Redmon, R. J.; Green, J. C.

    2014-12-01

    We analyze localized ionospheric - thermospheric (IT) events in response to external driving by a high-speed stream (HSS) event during the ascending phase of the solar cycle 24. The HSS event occurred from 29 April to 5 May, 2011. The HSS (and not the associated co-rotating interaction region) caused a moderate geomagnetic storm with peak SYM-H = -55 nT and prolonged auroral activity. We analyze TIMED/SABER measurements of nitric oxide (NO) cooling emission during the interval as a measure of thermospheric response to auroral heating. We identify several local cooling emission (LCE) events in high- to sub-auroral latitudes that are presumed to be in response to external driving. Individual cooling emission profiles during these LCE events are enhanced at ~100 to 150 km altitude (ionospheric E layer). For the first time, we present electron density profiles in the vicinity of the LCE events using COSMIC radio-occultation measurements. Measurements at local nighttime show the formation of an enhanced E-layer (about 2.5 times increase over the undisturbed value) at the same approximate altitudes as the LCE peaks. Daytime electron density profiles show relatively smaller enhancements in the E-layer. We suggest that the IT response is due to additional ionization caused by medium energy electron (>20 keV) precipitation into the sub-auroral to high-latitude atmosphere during the HSS event. POES/MEPED electron precipitation data are presented to support this hypothesis. Consequences for space weather forecasting are discussed.

  3. Mitigation of Ionospheric Effects on DGPS and WADGPS Operations

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    Skone, S.

    2007-12-01

    Under high levels of ionospheric activity, significant degradations in differential GPS (DGPS) and wide area DGPS (WADGPS) positioning accuracies can occur. DGPS and WADGPS methods are employed for many applications and millions of users. Examples include marine DGPS services, land applications (such as transportation monitoring, fleet management and emergency response) and commercial aviation. In previous studies for the North American sector, DGPS and WADGPS positioning errors were observed to increase by factors of 10-30 under increased ionospheric activity. In particular, gradients of up to 50 ppm are associated with a feature known as storm enhanced density (SED). This feature is a localized enhancement of total electron content (TEC) extending northwest through the mid-latitudes. Positioning errors of 20 m or more have persisted for hours during such events. Specific WADGPS services include the Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) WAAS and EGNOS. The WAAS has been designed for commercial aviation in the United States; EGNOS operates in a similar manner for the European sector. In this presentation, DGPS, WAAS and EGNOS capabilities are assessed under severe ionosphere events. The horizontal and vertical positioning accuracies are determined throughout North America and Europe during such events using available data from existing GPS networks (IGS and CORS). All DGPS baselines of length 100-200 km are processed; one station of the baseline is designated as reference and the other as remote user. Differential corrections are computed for the reference and applied at the remote user location. DGPS positioning solutions are generated for hundreds of baselines simultaneously in this manner to derive full spatial statistics of positioning accuracies. WADGPS positioning solutions are also generated for the same set of remote user stations using archived WAAS and EGNOS messages, and computing and applying localized corrections. An extensive study is conducted

  4. Filtering ionosphere parameters to detect trends linked to anthropogenic effects

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    Elias, Ana G.

    2014-12-01

    The great concern about the global warming observed in the troposphere has generated a large interest in the study of long-term trends in the ionosphere since the early 1990s, which has now become a significant topic in global change investigations. Some research works link ionosphere trends to anthropogenic sources such as the increase in greenhouse gas concentration, and others to natural causes such as solar and geomagnetic activity long-term changes, and secular variations in the Earth's main magnetic field. In all the cases, in order to analyze ionospheric trends, solar activity effect must be filtered out first since around 90% of ionosphere parameter variance is due to solar variations. The filtering process can generate `spurious' trends in the filtered data series which may lead to erroneous conclusions. foF2 data series which include solar cycle 23 are analyzed in the present work in order to detect the effect of different filtering procedures on the determination of long-term trends. In particular, solar cycle 23 seems to have had an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) emission greater than that deduced from traditional solar EUV proxies during the maximum epoch and lower during the minimum epoch. When solar activity is filtered assessing the residuals of a linear regression between foF2 and Rz, or between foF2 and F10.7, this fact may bias trend values especially because it is at the end of the time series. The length of the period considered for trend assessment, the saturation and hysteresis effect of some ionosphere parameters, and the solar EUV proxy used are also considered in this study in order to quantify a possible spurious trend that may result as a by-product of a filtering process. Since trends expected as a consequence of anthropogenic effects are relatively small, these spurious effects may surely mask, or enhance, trends expected from anthropogenic origins.

  5. Investigation of low-latitude ionospheric irregularities and their relationship to equatorial plasma bubbles using Sanya VHF radar

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    Ning, B.; Li, G.; Hu, L.

    2011-12-01

    A VHF radar has been set up at Sanya (18.34° N, 109.62° E, geomagnetic latitude 7.04°N), China in 2009. On the basis of the E, valley and F region irregularity observations detected by the Sanya VHF radar during equinoctial months, we focus on the simultaneous observations of E region irregularities disruption and valley region irregularities generation during the presence of post-sunset F region bubble structures. We stress that both the low latitude the E region irregularities (ERI) disruption and valley region irregularities (VRI) generation are associated with the development of post-sunset equatorial plasma bubble (EPB) structures. It is suggested that the electric field coupling from the unstable equatorial F region to low-latitude E and valley region could trigger and inhibit the occurrence of irregularities, depending on the polarity of the polarization electric field associated with the bifurcation of equatorial plasma bubbles. The mapping of upward/eastward and downward/eastward electric field associated with the west-tilted and east-tilted bubble structures, may be responsible for the disruption of E region irregularities, and the generation of valley region irregularities, respectively. However, more observations from multi instruments will be required to confirm such a scenario that the multi bifurcated EPBs play crucial roles for the simultaneous occurrence of low latitude ERI disruption and VRI generation.

  6. Nighttime ionospheric saturation effect estimation in the African equatorial anomaly trough: A comparison of two approaches

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    Ikubanni, Stephen O.; Adeniyi, Jacob O.

    2016-02-01

    Using the two-segmented and the quadratic regression analyses methods, the existence of saturation effect in the ionospheric electron content has been established in published literatures. With data set that spans an 11 year period (one solar cycle) from an African low-latitude station—Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (Geographical coordinates 12oN, 1.8oW, dip ~3oN)—and adopting the quadratic and the two-segmented regression methods, we have studied nighttime saturation effect on the critical frequency of ionospheric F2 layer (foF2) around the magnetic dip. Both methods revealed that saturation effect in foF2 cuts across all seasons during nighttime. This phenomenon was least at the peak of the prereversal enhancement (PRE) period and increases significantly beyond midnight. Either of the two approaches can be adopted for saturation effect studies. The advantage of the two-segmented over the quadratic is that the change point (breakpoint), which is the solar flux level where saturation effects first become observable, can be determined. The effect seen around the PRE period may be attributed to the E × B drift while the effect beyond the PRE period is masked by other mechanisms.

  7. Persistent Longitudinal Variations of Plasma Density and DC Electric Fields in the Low Latitude Ionosphere Observed with Probes on the C/NOFS Satellite

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    Pfaff, R.; Freudenreich, H.; Klenzing, J.; Rowland, D.; Liebrecht, C.; Bromund, K.; Roddy, P.

    2010-01-01

    Continuous measurements using in situ probes on consecutive orbits of the C/N0FS satellite reveal that the plasma density is persistently organized by longitude, in both day and night conditions and at all locations within the satellite orbit, defined by its perigee and apogee of 401 km and 867 km, respectively, and its inclination of 13 degrees. Typical variations are a factor of 2 or 3 compared to mean values. Furthermore, simultaneous observations of DC electric fields and their associated E x B drifts in the low latitude ionosphere also reveal that their amplitudes are also strongly organized by longitude in a similar fashion. The drift variations with longitude are particularly pronounced in the meridional component perpendicular to the magnetic field although they are also present in the zonal component as well. The longitudes of the peak meridional drift and density values are significantly out of phase with respect to each other. Time constants for the plasma accumulation at higher altitudes with respect to the vertical drift velocity must be taken into account in order to properly interpret the detailed comparisons of the phase relationship of the plasma density and plasma velocity variations. Although for a given period corresponding to that of several days, typically one longitude region dominates the structuring of the plasma density and plasma drift data, there is also evidence for variations organized about multiple longitudes at the same time. Statistical averages will be shown that suggest a tidal "wave 4" structuring is present in both the plasma drift and plasma density data. We interpret the apparent association of the modulation of the E x B drifts with longitude as well as that of the ambient plasma density as a manifestation of tidal forces at work in the low latitude upper atmosphere. The observations demonstrate how the high duty cycle of the C/NOFS observations and its unique orbit expose fundamental processes at work in the low latitude

  8. Ionospheric effects of the extreme solar activity of February 1986

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    Boska, J.; Pancheva, D.

    1989-01-01

    During February 1986, near the minimum of the 11 year Solar sunspot cycle, after a long period of totally quiet solar activity (R sub z = 0 on most days in January) a period of a suddenly enhanced solar activity occurred in the minimum between solar cycles 21 and 22. Two proton flares were observed during this period. A few other flares, various phenomena accompanying proton flares, an extremely severe geomagnetic storm and strong disturbances in the Earth's ionosphere were observed in this period of enhanced solar activity. Two active regions appeared on the solar disc. The flares in both active regions were associated with enhancement of solar high energy proton flux which started on 4 February of 0900 UT. Associated with the flares, the magnetic storm with sudden commencement had its onset on 6 February 1312 UT and attained its maximum on 8 February (Kp = 9). The sudden enhancement in solar activity in February 1986 was accompanied by strong disturbances in the Earth's ionosphere, SIDs and ionospheric storm. These events and their effects on the ionosphere are discussed.

  9. High-latitude E Region Ionosphere-thermosphere Coupling: A Comparative Study Using in Situ and Incoherent Scatter Radar Observations

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    Burchill, J. K.; Clemmons, J. H.; Knudsen, D. J.; Larsen, M.; Nicolls, M. J.; Pfaff, R. F.; Rowland, D.; Sangalli, L.

    2012-01-01

    We present in situ and ground-based measurements of the ratio k of ion cyclotronangular frequency to ion-neutral momentum transfer collision frequency to investigateionosphere-thermosphere (IT) coupling in the auroral E region. In situ observations were obtained by NASA sounding rocket 36.234, which was launched into the nightsideE region ionosphere at 1229 UT on 19 January 2007 from Poker Flat, AK. The payload carried instrumentation to determine ion drift angle and electric field vectors. Neutral winds were measured by triangulating a chemical tracer released from rocket 41.064 launched two minutes later. k is calculated from the rotation of the ion drift angle relative to the E-cross-B drift direction in a frame co-rotating with the payload. Between the altitudes of 118 km and 130 km k increases exponentially with a scale height of 9.3 +/- 0.7 km, deviating from an exponential above 130 km. k = 1 at an altitude z(sub0) of 119.9 +/- 0.5 km. The ratio was also estimated from Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar (PFISR) measurements using the rotation of ion velocity with altitude. Exponential fits to the PFISR measurements made during the flight of 41.064 yield z(sub0) 115.9 +/- 1.2 km and a scale height of 9.1 +/- 1.0 km. Differences between in situ and ground-based measurements show that the E region atmospheric densities were structured vertically and/or horizontally on scales of 1 km to 10 km. There were no signs of ionospheric structure in ion density or ion temperature below scales of 1 km. The observations demonstrate the accuracy with which the in situ and PFISR data may be used as probes of IT coupling.

  10. Ionospheric scintillation effects on single frequency GPS

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    Steenburgh, R. A.; Smithtro, C. G.; Groves, K. M.

    2008-04-01

    Ionospheric scintillation of Global Positioning System (GPS) signals threatens navigation and military operations by degrading performance or making GPS unavailable. Scintillation is particularly active within, although not limited to, a belt encircling the Earth within 20 degrees of the geomagnetic equator. As GPS applications and users increase, so does the potential for degraded precision and availability from scintillation. We examined amplitude scintillation data spanning 7 years from Ascension Island, U.K.; Ancon, Peru; and Antofagasta, Chile in the Atlantic/American longitudinal sector as well as data from Parepare, Indonesia; Marak Parak, Malaysia; Pontianak, Indonesia; Guam; and Diego Garcia, U.K. in the Pacific longitudinal sector. From these data, we calculate percent probability of occurrence of scintillation at various intensities described by the S4 index. Additionally, we determine Dilution of Precision at 1 min resolution. We examine diurnal, seasonal, and solar cycle characteristics and make spatial comparisons. In general, activity was greatest during the equinoxes and solar maximum, although scintillation at Antofagasta, Chile was higher during 1998 rather than at solar maximum.

  11. Effects of absorption on high-latitude meteor scatter communication systems

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    Ostergaard, J.C.; Weitzen, J.A.; Kossey, P.A.; Bailey, A.D.; Bench, P.M. USAF, Geophysics Laboratory, Hanscom AFB, MA )

    1991-08-01

    Propagation data covering the solar disturbances of March and August 1989, acquired with the Geophysical Laboratory's High-Latitude Meteor Scatter Test-Bed, are presented and are examined as a function of frequency. It was found that the two solar-disturbance events were very different. The August event was dominated by ionospheric absorption which affected meteor arrival rates and duty cycles primarily at 35 and 45 MHz, while the March event combined weak ionospheric absorption with large solar noise burst. The absorption was frequency dependent during both events. 21 refs.

  12. Low latitude ionospheric scintillation and zonal plasma irregularity drifts climatology around the equatorial anomaly crest over Kenya

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    Olwendo, O. J.; Baki, P.; Cilliers, P. J.; Doherty, P.; Radicella, S.

    2016-02-01

    In this study we have used a VHF and GPS-SCINDA receiver located at Nairobi (36.8°E, 1.3°S, dip -24.1°) in Kenya to investigate the climatology of ionospheric L-band scintillation occurrences for the period 2009 to 2012; and seasonal variation of the zonal plasma drift irregularities derived from a VHF receiver for the period 2011. The annual and diurnal variations of L-band scintillation indicate occurrence at post sunset hours and peaks in the equinoctial months. However VHF scintillation occurs at all seasons around the year and is characterized by longer duration of activity and a slow fading that continues till early morning hours unlike in the L-band where they cease after midnight hours. A directional analysis has shown that the spatial distribution of scintillation events is mainly on the Southern and Western part of the sky over Nairobi station closer to the edges of the crest of the Equatorial Ionization Anomaly. The distribution of zonal drift velocities of the VHF related scintillation structures indicates that they move at velocities in the range of 20-160 m/s and their dimension in the East-West direction is in the range of 100-00 km. The December solstice is associated with the largest plasma bubbles in the range of 600-900 km. The most significant observation from this study is the occurrence of post-midnight scintillation without pre-midnight scintillations during magnetically quiet periods. The mechanism leading to the formation of the plasma density irregularity causing scintillation is believed to be via the Rayleigh Tailor Instability; it is however not clear whether we can also attribute the post-midnight plasma bubbles during magnetic quiet times to the same mechanism. From our observations in this study, we suggest that a more likely cause of the east ward zonal electric fields at post-midnight hours is the coupling of the ionosphere with the lower atmosphere during nighttime. This however needs a further investigation based on relevant

  13. The role of the zonal E×B plasma drift in the low-latitude ionosphere at high solar activity near equinox from a new three-dimensional theoretical model

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    Pavlov, A. V.

    2006-10-01

    A new three-dimensional, time-dependent theoretical model of the Earth's low and middle latitude ionosphere and plasmasphere has been developed, to take into account the effects of the zonal E×B plasma drift on the electron and ion number densities and temperatures, where E and B are the electric and geomagnetic fields, respectively. The model calculates the number densities of O+(4S), H+, NO+, O2+, N2+, O+(2D), O+(2P), O+(4P), and O+(2P*) ions, the electron density, the electron and ion temperatures using a combination of the Eulerian and Lagrangian approaches and an eccentric tilted dipole approximation for the geomagnetic field. The F2-layer peak density, NmF2, and peak altitude, hmF2, which were observed by 16 ionospheric sounders during the 12-13 April 1958 geomagnetically quiet time high solar activity period are compared with those from the model simulation. The reasonable agreement between the measured and modeled NmF2 and hmF2 requires the modified equatorial meridional E×B plasma drift given by the Scherliess and Fejer (1999) model and the modified NRLMSISE-00 atomic oxygen density. In agreement with the generally accepted assumption, the changes in NmF2 due to the zonal E×B plasma drift are found to be inessential by day, and the influence of the zonal E×B plasma drift on NmF2 and hmF2 is found to be negligible above about 25° and below about -26° geomagnetic latitude, by day and by night. Contrary to common belief, it is shown, for the first time, that the model, which does not take into account the zonal E×B plasma drift, underestimates night-time NmF2 up to the maximum factor of 2.3 at low geomagnetic latitudes, and this plasma transport in geomagnetic longitude is found to be important in the calculations of NmF2 and hmF2 by night from about -20° to about 20° geomagnetic latitude. The longitude dependence of the night-time low-latitude influence of the zonal E×B plasma drift on NmF2, which is found for the first time, is explained in terms

  14. Ionospheric data assimilation and forecasting during storms

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    Chartier, Alex T.; Matsuo, Tomoko; Anderson, Jeffrey L.; Collins, Nancy; Hoar, Timothy J.; Lu, Gang; Mitchell, Cathryn N.; Coster, Anthea J.; Paxton, Larry J.; Bust, Gary S.

    2016-01-01

    Ionospheric storms can have important effects on radio communications and navigation systems. Storm time ionospheric predictions have the potential to form part of effective mitigation strategies to these problems. Ionospheric storms are caused by strong forcing from the solar wind. Electron density enhancements are driven by penetration electric fields, as well as by thermosphere-ionosphere behavior including Traveling Atmospheric Disturbances and Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances and changes to the neutral composition. This study assesses the effect on 1 h predictions of specifying initial ionospheric and thermospheric conditions using total electron content (TEC) observations under a fixed set of solar and high-latitude drivers. Prediction performance is assessed against TEC observations, incoherent scatter radar, and in situ electron density observations. Corotated TEC data provide a benchmark of forecast accuracy. The primary case study is the storm of 10 September 2005, while the anomalous storm of 21 January 2005 provides a secondary comparison. The study uses an ensemble Kalman filter constructed with the Data Assimilation Research Testbed and the Thermosphere Ionosphere Electrodynamics General Circulation Model. Maps of preprocessed, verticalized GPS TEC are assimilated, while high-latitude specifications from the Assimilative Mapping of Ionospheric Electrodynamics and solar flux observations from the Solar Extreme Ultraviolet Experiment are used to drive the model. The filter adjusts ionospheric and thermospheric parameters, making use of time-evolving covariance estimates. The approach is effective in correcting model biases but does not capture all the behavior of the storms. In particular, a ridge-like enhancement over the continental USA is not predicted, indicating the importance of predicting storm time electric field behavior to the problem of ionospheric forecasting.

  15. Penetrating of high-latitude-electric-field effects to low latitudes during SUNDIAL 1984

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    Spiro, R. W.; Wolf, R. A.; Fejer, B. G.

    1988-02-01

    Electric-field-penetration events have been identified using F-region vertical-drift measurements obtained in the October 6-13, 1984 period by the Jicamarcan incoherent-backscatter radar and corresponding h-prime F measurements from ionosondes at Fortaleza, Cachoeira Paulista, and Dakar. Predictions made using the Rice Convection Model for the pattern, strength, and duration of the low-latitude electric field occurring in response to an increasing high-latitude convection agree with observations. The observed 1-2 h duration of the low-latitude response to decreased convection can be explained by the fossil-wind theory of Richmond (1983).

  16. Penetrating of high-latitude-electric-field effects to low latitudes during SUNDIAL 1984

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    Spiro, R. W.; Wolf, R. A.; Fejer, B. G.

    1988-01-01

    Electric-field-penetration events have been identified using F-region vertical-drift measurements obtained in the October 6-13, 1984 period by the Jicamarcan incoherent-backscatter radar and corresponding h-prime F measurements from ionosondes at Fortaleza, Cachoeira Paulista, and Dakar. Predictions made using the Rice Convection Model for the pattern, strength, and duration of the low-latitude electric field occurring in response to an increasing high-latitude convection agree with observations. The observed 1-2 h duration of the low-latitude response to decreased convection can be explained by the fossil-wind theory of Richmond (1983).

  17. Ionospheric irregularity physics modelling. Memorandum report

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    Ossakow, S.L.; Keskinen, M.J.; Zalesak, S.T.

    1982-02-09

    Theoretical and numerical simulation techniques have been employed to study ionospheric F region plasma cloud striation phenomena, equatorial spread F phenomena, and high latitude diffuse auroral F region irregularity phenomena. Each of these phenomena can cause scintillation effects. The results and ideas from these studies are state-of-the-art, agree well with experimental observations, and have induced experimentalists to look for theoretically predicted results. One conclusion that can be drawn from these studies is that ionospheric irregularity phenomena can be modelled from a first principles physics point of view. Theoretical and numerical simulation results from the aforementioned ionospheric irregularity areas will be presented.

  18. Ionospheric Disturbance Effects on IPS signals from MEXART

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    Rodriguez-Martinez, M.; Perez-Enriquez, R.; Carrillo-Vargas, A.; Lopez-Montes, R.; Araujo-Pradere, E. A.; Casillas-Perez, G.; Lopez Cruz-Abeyro, J.

    2011-12-01

    We present a study related to the impact by ionospheric disturbances in the radio-signal of sources observed with MEXican Array Radio Telescope (MEXART) from April 20th to May 31th of 2010. Along this time interval, we observed the behavior of radio-signal for the sources: 3C048, 3C144, 3C274, Cas A, Cen A, and 3C405, in a daily basis. We found that there were days in which some of these sources showed slight fluctuations, even when there was no major solar event. We analyzed the time series of each source using a Wavelet tool that allowed us to highlight those periods which can exist in the signal related with these fluctuations. In addition, to characterize and identify ionospheric effects, we have calculated the Total Electron Content (TEC) from Global Positioning System (GPS) data and have taken into account the Dst index for the same period with the purpose of discard effect from geomagnetic storms. We found that the TEC can be used as a potential tool to discriminate between interplanetary scintillation and ionospheric fluctuations in MEXART data.

  19. Intensity of low-latitude nighttime F-region ionospheric density irregularities observed by ROCSAT and ground-based GPS receivers in solar maximum

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    Sun, Yang-Yi; Liu, Jann-Yenq; Chao, Chi-Kuang; Chen, Chia-Hung

    2015-02-01

    This study examines the global correlation between the instantaneous total amplitude of ion density fluctuations observed by ROCSAT and the phase fluctuation of the total electron content (TEC) recorded by worldwide ground-based Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers during the high solar activity period of March 1999-December 2002 for Kp<3. The Hilbert-Huang transform (HHT) is applied to compute the instantaneous total amplitude of ROCSAT ion densities. The event-based and climatological comparisons of the total amplitude and occurrence probability of irregularities observed by ROCSAT show that the total amplitude can reveal both the occurrence probability of irregularities and the associated intensity. The noise level of the total amplitude is about 103.5 (near 3000) ions/cm3. The high correlation (correlation coefficient=0.81) between the GPS TEC phase fluctuation index FP and instantaneous total amplitude of ROCSAT electron densities suggests that the total amplitude can be used to globally monitor the intensity of irregularities at equatorial and within the latitude belt of ±15°. The relationship between the ionospheric background ionization and the irregularity intensity is further investigated.

  20. Effects of the equatorial ionosphere anomaly on the interhemispheric circulation in the thermosphere

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    Qian, Liying; Burns, Alan G.; Wang, Wenbin; Solomon, Stanley C.; Zhang, Yongliang; Hsu, V.

    2016-03-01

    We investigate the interhemispheric circulation at the solstices, in order to understand why O/N2 is larger in the northern hemisphere winter than in the southern hemisphere winter. Our studies reveal that the equatorial ionosphere anomaly (EIA) significantly impacts the summer-to-winter wind through plasma-neutral collisional heating, which changes the summer-to-winter pressure gradient, and ion drag. Consequently, the wind is suppressed in the summer hemisphere as it encounters the EIA but accelerates after it passes the EIA in the winter hemisphere. The wind then converges due to an opposing pressure gradient driven by Joule heating in auroral regions and produces large O/N2 at subauroral latitudes. This EIA effect is stronger near the December solstice than near the June solstice because the ionospheric annual asymmetry creates greater meridional wind convergence near the December solstice, which in turn produces larger O/N2 in the northern hemisphere winter than in the southern hemisphere winter.

  1. Ionospheric effects on synthetic aperture radar at VHF

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    Fitzgerald, T.J.

    1997-02-01

    Synthetic aperture radars (SAR) operated from airplanes have been used at VHF because of their enhanced foliage and ground penetration compared to radars operated at UHF. A satellite-borne VHF SAR would have considerable utility but in order to operate with high resolution it would have to use both a large relative bandwidth and a large aperture. The presence of the ionosphere in the propagation path of the radar will cause a deterioration of the imaging because of dispersion over the bandwidth and group path changes in the imaged area over the collection aperture. In this paper we present calculations of the effects of a deterministic ionosphere on SAR imaging for a radar operated with a 100 MHz bandwidth centered at 250 MHz and over an angular aperture of 23{degrees}. The ionosphere induces a point spread function with an approximate half-width of 150 m in the slant-range direction and of 25 m in the cross-range direction compared to the nominal resolution of 1.5 m in both directions.

  2. Measurements of ionospheric effects on wideband signals at VHF

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    Fitzgerald, T.J.

    1998-08-17

    Radars operating at very high frequency (VHF) have enhanced foliage and ground penetration compared to radars operated at higher frequencies. For example, VHF systems operated from airplanes have been used as synthetic aperture radars (SAR); a satellite-borne VHF SAR would have considerable utility. In order to operate with high resolution it would have to use both a large relative bandwidth and a large aperture. A satellite-borne radar would likely have to operate at altitudes above the maximum density of the ionosphere; the presence of the ionosphere in the propagation path of the radar will cause a deterioration of the performance because of dispersion over the bandwidth. The author presents measurements of the effects of the ionosphere on radar signals propagated from a source on the surface of the Earth and received by instruments on the FORTE satellite at altitudes of 800 km. The author employs signals with a 90 MHz bandwidth centered at 240 MHz with a continuous digital recording period of 0.6 s.

  3. Remote Sensing of Low and Mid-Latitude Ionospheric Disturbances During Solar Minimum Using CITRIS and CERTO Measurements of TEC and Radio Scintillation

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    Siefring, C. L.; Bernhardt, P. A.

    2010-12-01

    Unique data on ionospheric plasma disturbances from the Naval Research Laboratory CITRIS (Scintillation and TEC Receiver in Space) instrument will be presented. CITRIS is a multi-band receiver that recorded TEC (Total Electron Content) and radio scintillations from Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) on STPSat1. The 555+/5 km altitude 35° inclination orbit covers low and mid-latitudes. The measurements require propagation from a transmitter to a receiver through the F-region plasma. CITRIS used both 1) satellite beacons in LEO, such as the NRL CERTO (Coherent Electromagnetic Radio TOmography) three-frequency beacons transmitting at 150/400/1067 MHz and 2) the French global network of ground-based DORIS (Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite) beacons transmitting at 401.25 and 2036.25 MHz. CITRIS was operated in a complementary fashion with the C/NOFS satellite during most of its first year of operations; C/NOFS carries CERTO beacon along with in-situ diagnostics. CITRIS and ground receivers can simultaneously measure TEC and scintillations on different paths using CERTO on C/NOFS. When C/NOFS is not in view, CITRIS makes measurements from DORIS beacons and other LEO satellites. Because of the orbits CITRIS will always make measurements at the same longitude within 48 min of C/NOFS. The ability to look at multiple paths is unique and useful for studying the spatial extent and time duration of disturbances. The combination of TEC and scintillation measurements provides information on a range of scale-sizes from >1 km to about 100 m. The joint data set on plasma structures at low-latitudes is a focus of our presentation, with the addition of comparisons to CITRIS data taken at mid-latitude. Several types of irregularities have been studied including Spread-F and the newly discovered dawn-side depletions. The data covers large portions of the Earth (including the Pacific, African and South American sectors) during an unusually quite portion of the most

  4. Comparison of Observations of Sporadic-E Layers in the Nighttime and Daytime Mid-Latitude Ionosphere

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    Pfaff, R.; Freudenreich, H.; Rowland, D.; Klenzing, J.; Clemmons, J.; Larsen, M.; Kudeki, E.; Franke, S.; Urbina, J.; Bullett, T.

    2012-01-01

    A comparison of numerous rocket experiments to investigate mid-latitude sporadic-E layers is presented. Electric field and plasma density data gathered on sounding rockets launched in the presence of sporadic-E layers and QP radar echoes reveal a complex electrodynamics including both DC parameters and plasma waves detected over a large range of scales. We show both DC and wave electric fields and discuss their relationship to intense sporadic-E layers in both nighttime and daytime conditions. Where available, neutral wind observations provide the complete electrodynamic picture revealing an essential source of free energy that both sets up the layers and drives them unstable. Electric field data from the nighttime experiments reveal the presence of km-scale waves as well as well-defined packets of broadband (10's of meters to meters) irregularities. What is surprising is that in both the nighttime and daytime experiments, neither the large scale nor short scale waves appear to be distinctly organized by the sporadic-E density layer itself. The observations are discussed in the context of current theories regarding sporadic-E layer generation and quasi-periodic echoes.

  5. Methods of alleviation of ionospheric scintillation effects on digital communications

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    Massey, J. L.

    1974-01-01

    The degradation of the performance of digital communication systems because of ionospheric scintillation effects can be reduced either by diversity techniques or by coding. The effectiveness of traditional space-diversity, frequency-diversity and time-diversity techniques is reviewed and design considerations isolated. Time-diversity signaling is then treated as an extremely simple form of coding. More advanced coding methods, such as diffuse threshold decoding and burst-trapping decoding, which appear attractive in combatting scintillation effects are discussed and design considerations noted. Finally, adaptive coding techniques appropriate when the general state of the channel is known are discussed.

  6. Ionospheric Storms in Equatorial Region: Digisonde Observations

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    Paznukhov, V.; Altadill, D.; Blanch, E.

    2011-12-01

    We present a study of the ionospheric storms observed in the low-latitude and equatorial ionosphere at several digisonde stations: Jicamarca (Geomagnetic Coordinates: 2.0 S, 355.3 E), Kwajalein Island (3.8 N, 238.2 E), Ascension Island (2.5 S, 56.8 E), Fortaleza (4.8 N, 33.7 W), and Ramey (28.6 N, 5.2 E). The strongest geomagnetic storms from years 1995-2009 have been analyzed. The main ionospheric characteristics, hmF2 and foF2 were used in the study, making it possible to investigate the changes in the ionosphere peak density and height during the storms. All digisonde data were manually processed to assure the accuracy of the measurements. Solar wind data, geomagnetic field variations, and auroral activity indices have been used to characterize the geomagnetic environment during the events. It was found in our analysis that the major drivers for the ionospheric storms, electric field and neutral wind have approximately equal importance at the low-latitude and equatorial latitudes. This is noticeably different from the behavior of the ionsphere in the middle latitudes, where the neutral wind is usually a dominant factor. It was found that the auroral index, AE is the best precursor of the ionospheric effects observed during the storms in this region. We analyze the difference between time delays of the storm effects observed at the stations located in different local time sectors. The overall statistics of the time delays of the storms as a function of the local time at the stations is also presented. Several very interesting cases of sudden very strong ionospheric uplifting and their possible relation to the equatorial super fountain effect are investigated in greater details.

  7. Ionospheric theory. [effect of vertically propagating waves on NO densities in the ionosphere

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    1981-01-01

    The effects of the atmospheric dynamics on the ionosphere and neutral chemistry of the stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere were studied. Effects of vertically propagating planetary waves on NO densities in the 70 to 120 km altitude region were investigated. A time dependent model was developed to calculate the transport of NO due to planetary wave induced winds. These transports are sensitive to the planetary wave forcing used at the lower boundary, as well as to the structure of the zonal mean basic state. Fluxes and transport of NO are calculated for the months of January and February, using a separate basic state and boundary forcing for each month. The zonal mean wind profile for the months of January and February were inferred from NMC data. A major stratospheric warming occurred near the end of the month of February. The large planetary wave amplitude and reduction in zonal mean wind velocities due to this warming are reflected in the February average boundary forcing and zonal mean state.

  8. Effects of solar flares on the ionosphere of Mars.

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    Mendillo, Michael; Withers, Paul; Hinson, David; Rishbeth, Henry; Reinisch, Bodo

    2006-02-24

    All planetary atmospheres respond to the enhanced x-rays and ultraviolet (UV) light emitted from the Sun during a flare. Yet only on Earth are observations so continuous that the consequences of these essentially unpredictable events can be measured reliably. Here, we report observations of solar flares, causing up to 200% enhancements to the ionosphere of Mars, as recorded by the Mars Global Surveyor in April 2001. Modeling the altitude dependence of these effects requires that relative enhancements in the soft x-ray fluxes far exceed those in the UV.

  9. Effects of ionospheric turbulence on SPS pilot signal

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    Clynch, J. R.

    1981-01-01

    The spatial variation of the electron density was studied by monitoring the differential Doppler on radio beacons aboard the Navy navigation satellites. The radio frequency heater was used to deposit energy in the F-region ionosphere with the heating frequency above peak plasma frequency. The effects of the solar power satellite power beam on the pilot signal were simulated. It was found that a small depletion was formed in the beam and that there was turbulence in the elctron density up the magnetic field line from the beam. It is suggested that the depletion will not seriously affect the power or pilot beams of the solar power satellite.

  10. HF ground scatter from the polar cap: Ionospheric propagation and ground surface effects

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    Ponomarenko, P. V.; St. Maurice, J.-P.; Hussey, G. C.; Koustov, A. V.

    2010-10-01

    In addition to being scattered by the ionospheric field-aligned irregularities, HF radar signals can be reflected by the ionosphere toward the Earth and then scattered back to the radar by the rugged ground surface. These ground scatter (GS) echoes are responsible for a substantial part of the returns observed by HF radars making up the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN). While a GS component is conventionally used in studying ionosphere dynamics (e.g., traveling ionospheric disturbances, ULF waves), its potential in monitoring the state of the scattering surface remains largely unexploited. To fill this gap, we investigated diurnal and seasonal variation of the ground echo occurrence and location from a poleward-looking SuperDARN radar at Rankin Inlet, Canada. Using colocated ionosonde information, we have shown that seasonal and diurnal changes in the high-latitude ionosphere periodically modulate the overall echo occurrence rate and spatial coverage. In addition, characteristics of GS from a particular geographic location are strongly affected by the state of the underlying ground surface. We have shown that (1) ice sheets rarely produce detectable backscatter, (2) mountain ranges are the major source of GS as they can produce echoes at all seasons of the year, and (3) sea surface becomes a significant source of GS once the Arctic sea ice has melted away. Finally, we discuss how the obtained results can expand SuperDARN abilities in monitoring both the ionosphere and ground surface.

  11. Observations of IMF and seasonal effects in high-latitude convection

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    Ruohoniemi, J. M.; Greenwald, R. A.

    1995-01-01

    Strong interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) and seasonal effects in the convection of nightside ionospheric plasma are described. The findings are based on a statistical analysis of observations made with the Johns Hopkins University/ Applied Physics Lab (JHU/APL) HF radar located at Goose Bay, Labrador. For positive sign of the IMF dusk-dawn component, By greater than 0 the dawn cell is more crescent shaped and the dusk cell more round while for BY less than 0 these pairings of size and shape are reversed. The more extreme crescent /round cell dichotomy is obtained for BY greater than 0. The return flows associated with the crescent-shaped cell dominate at midnight MLT (magnetic local time); the reversal in the zonal velocity in the 67 deg-69 deg lambda (magnetic latitude) interval occurs 2.5 hr earlier in summer than in winter. The maximum effects are obtained on the nightside for the pairings By greater than 0, summer and BY less than 0, winter; the first produces the more structured cell in the morning, the second in the evening, and this cell dominates the return flow at midnight. The difference in the zonal flow reversals for these pairings exceeds 4 hr in MLT.

  12. Small-scale fluctuations in barium drifts at high latitudes and associated Joule heating effects

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    Hurd, L. D.; Larsen, M. F.

    2016-01-01

    Most previous estimates of Joule heating rates, especially the contribution of small-scale structure in the high-latitude ionosphere, have been based on incoherent scatter or coherent scatter radar measurements. An alternative estimate can be found from the plasma drifts obtained from ionized barium clouds released from sounding rockets. We have used barium drift data from three experiments to estimate Joule heating rates in the high-latitude E region for different magnetic activity levels. In particular, we are interested in the contribution of small-scale plasma drift fluctuations, corresponding to equivalent electric field fluctuations, to the local Joule heating rate on scales smaller than those typically resolved by radar or other measurements. Since Joule heating is a Lagrangian quantity, the inherently Lagrangian estimates provided by the chemical tracer measurements are a full description of the effects of electric field variance and neutral winds on the heating, differing from the Eulerian estimates of the type provided by ground-based measurements. Results suggest that the small-scale contributions to the heating can be more than a factor of 2 greater than the mean field contribution regardless of geomagnetic conditions, and at times the small-scale contribution is even larger. The high-resolution barium drift measurements, moreover, show that the fine structure in the electric field can be more variable than previous studies have reported for similar conditions. The neutral winds also affect the heating, altering the height-integrated Joule heating rates by as much as 12%, for the cases studied here, and modifying the height distribution of the heating profile as well.

  13. Ion-neutral coupling effects on low-latitude thermospheric evening winds

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    Evonosky, W.; Richmond, A. D.; Fang, T.-W.; Maute, A.

    2016-05-01

    We examine the forces that determine zonal wind structure in the low-latitude evening thermosphere and its relation with ion-neutral coupling. These winds drive the evening F region dynamo that affects the equatorial ionization anomaly (EIA) and the generation of plasma irregularities. Forces are calculated using the Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Electrodynamics General Circulation Model coupled with the Global Ionosphere-Plasmasphere model. At 19 LT, the horizontal pressure gradient dominates the net acceleration of neutral winds below ˜220 km, while it tends to be offset by ion drag and viscosity higher up. The eastward pressure-gradient acceleration above 200 km increases approximately linearly with height and tends to be similar for different latitudes and different levels of solar activity. The pressure-gradient and ion-drag forces in the central F region approximately balance for field lines that pass through the EIA. Viscosity is an important additional force at non-EIA latitudes and in the bottomside and topside EIA ionosphere. An increase in E region drag on plasma convection due to increased nighttime ionization causes both the ion and neutral velocities in the F region to decrease, while the velocity difference tends to be maintained. The presence of a low-latitude evening time vertical shear in the zonal wind is associated primarily with a strong eastward pressure-gradient acceleration at high altitude that reverses the daytime westward wind and a weak low-altitude pressure-gradient acceleration of either eastward or westward direction that fails to reverse the low-altitude westward wind present in the afternoon.

  14. Effect of interplanetary magnetic field on ionosphere over the magnetic equator

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    Rastogi, R. G.; Patel, V. L.

    1975-01-01

    Large and quick changes of the latitude of the interplanetary magnetic field from its southward to northward direction are shown to be associated with the disappearance of the Es-q layer (Knecht, 1959) at the equatorial ionosphere during the daytime or with the reversal of E region horizontal and F region vertical electron drifts during both night and day. This phenomenon is suggested as the imposition of an electric field in the ionosphere in a direction opposite to that of the Sq electric field. The resultant electrostatic field on the equatorial ionosphere would be decreased or even reversed from its normal direction, resulting in the reduction of electron drift velocity. When the normal Sq field is over-compensated by the magnetospheric electric field, the electron drifts are reversed and the irregularities in the E region due to the cross-field instabilities are inhibited, resulting in the sudden disappearance of the Es-q layers.

  15. Ppp Analisys with GPS and Glonass Integration in Periods Under Ionospheric Scintillation Effects

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    Marques, H. A. S.

    2015-12-01

    The GNSS is widely used nowadays either for geodetic positioning or scientific purposes. The GNSS currently includes GPS, GLONASS, Galileo among other emerging systems. The GPS and GLONASS are currently operational with a full satellite constellation. The GPS is still the most used nowadays and both GPS and GLONASS are under a modernization process. The geodetic positioning by using data from multi-constellation can provide better accuracy in positioning and also more reliability. The PPP is benefited once the satellite geometry is crucial in this method, mainly for kinematic scenarios. The satellite geometry can change suddenly for data collected in urban areas or in conditions of strong atmospheric effects such as Ionospheric Scintillation (IS) that causes weakening of signals with cycle slips and even loss of lock. The IS is caused by small irregularities in the ionosphere layer and is characterized by rapid change in amplitude and phase of the signal being stronger in equatorial and high latitudes regions. In this work the PPP is evaluated with GPS and GLONASS data collected by monitoring receivers from Brazilian CIGALA/CALIBRA network under IS conditions. The PPP processing was accomplished by using the GPSPPP software provided by Natural Resources Canadian (NRCAN). The IS effects were analyzed taking account the S4 and PHI60 indices. Considering periods with moderate IS effects, the use of only GPS data in the PPP presented several peaks in the coordinate time series due to cycle slips and loos of lock. In cycle slip conditions the ambiguity parameter are reinitialized by GPSPPP and considering loss of lock few satellites can be available in some epochs affecting the positioning geometry and consequently decreasing accuracy. In such situations, the PPP using GPS and GLONASS data presented improvements in positioning accuracy of the order to 70% in height component when compared with PPP using only GPS data. Analyses of GDOP and ambiguities parameters were

  16. A modelling study of the effects of neutral air winds on electron content at mid-latitudes in winter

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    Sethia, G. C.; Hargreaves, J. K.; Bailey, G. J.; Moffett, R. J.

    1984-05-01

    A modelling study of the effects of neutral air winds on the electron content of the mid-latitude ionosphere protonosphere in winter has been made. The theoretical models are based on solutions of time dependent momentum and continuity equations for oxygen and hydrogen ions. The computations are compared with results from slant path observations of the ATS-6 radio beacon made at Lancaster (U.K.) and Boulder, Colorado (U.S.A.). It is found that the magnitude of the poleward neutral air wind velocity has a strong effect on the general magnitude of the electron content, but that the daily pattern of electron content variation is relatively insensitive to changes in the magnitude and phase of the wind pattern. These results are in contrast with the behavior reported previously (Sethia et al., 1983) for summer conditions. However, the night-time electron content is increased by advancing the phase of the neutral air wind and decreased by retarding it. It appears that day-to-day variations in the electron content pattern in winter cannot be explained as effects of changing neutral air winds, which again contrasts with the findings for summer. As in summer, the wind has a major effect on the filling of the protonosphere, but in opposite sense. It is argued that the effect of the neutral air wind on the ionospheric and the protonospheric electron contents depends on the duration of the poleward wind in relation to daylight and on whether or not the wind reverses direction whilst the ionosphere is sunlit.

  17. Rocket studies of the lower ionosphere

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    Bowhill, Sidney A.

    1990-01-01

    The earth's ionosphere in the altitude range of 50 to 200 km was investigated by rocket-borne sensors, supplemented by ground-based measurement. The rocket payloads included mass spectrometers, energetic particle detectors, Langmuir probes and radio propagation experiments. Where possible, rocket flights were included in studies of specific phenomena, and the availability of data from other experiments greatly increased the significance of the results. The principal ionospheric phenomena studied were: winter anomaly in radiowave absorption, ozone and molecular oxygen densities, mid-latitude sporadic-E layers, energetic particle precipitation at middle and low latitudes, ionospheric instabilities and turbulence, and solar eclipse effects in the D and E regions. This document lists personnel who worked on the project, and provides a bibliography of resultant publications.

  18. A case study of Ionospheric storm effects during long-lasting southward IMF Bz driven geomagnetic storm

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    Liu, J., Sr.

    2014-12-01

    Multiple instrumental observations including GPS TEC, foF2 and hmF2 from ionosondes, vertical ion drift measurements from C/NOFS, magnetometer data and far-ultraviolet airglow measured by TIMED/GUVI are used to investigate the profound ionospheric disturbances at mid- and low-latitudes during the 14-17 July 2012 geomagnetic storm event, which was featured by prolonged southward interplanetary geomagnetic field component for about 30 hours below -10 nT. In the East Asian/Australian sector, latitudinal profile of TEC variations in the main phase were characterized by three bands of increments and separated by weak depressions in the Equatorial Ionospheric Anomaly (EIA) crest regions, which were caused by the combined effects of disturbance dynamo electric fields (DDEF) and equatorward neutral winds. In the recovery phase, strong inhibition of EIA occurred and the summer crest of EIA disappeared on 16 July due to the combined effects of intrusion of neutral composition disturbance zone as shown by the TIME/GUVI O/N2 measurements and long-lasting daytime westward DDEF inferred from the equatorial electric electrojet (EEJ) observations. The transit time of DDEF over the dip equator from westward to eastward is around 2200 LT. In the American longitude, the salient ionospheric disturbances in the summer hemisphere were characterized by daytime periodical intrusion of negative phase for three consecutive days in the recovery phase, preceded by storm enhanced density (SED) plume in the initial phase. In addition, multiple short-lived prompt penetration electric fields (PPEF) appeared during stable southward IMF Bz in the recovery phase and were responsible for enhanced the EIA and equatorial ionospheric uplift around sunset.

  19. First order latitude effects in the solar wind

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    Winge, C. R., Jr.; Coleman, P. J., Jr.

    1974-01-01

    The Weber-Davis model of the solar wind is generalized to include the effects of latitude. The principal assumptions of perfect electrical conductivity, rotational symmetry, a polytropic relation between pressure and density, and a flow aligned magnetic field in a system rotating with the Sun, are retained. The original three dimensional magnetohydrodynamic flow problem is reduced to a two dimensional hydrodynamic flow problem. The solution at 1 Au is most sensitive to a latitudinal dependence in the coronal boundary temperature and least sensitive to a latitudinal dependence in the magnetic field magnitude. A solution obtained for an approximate dipolar variation in the coronal magnetic field magnitude predicts that the latitudinal flow is initially toward the equator due to magnetic channeling; however, this effect is rapidly overcome and the latitudinal flow at 1 Au is toward the pole and not significantly different from the solution for constant boundary conditions.

  20. Effect of latitude on flavonoid biosynthesis in plants.

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    Jaakola, Laura; Hohtola, Anja

    2010-08-01

    The growth conditions in different latitudes vary markedly with season, day length, light quality and temperature. Many plant species have adapted well to the distinct environments through different strategies, one of which is the production of additional secondary metabolites. Flavonoids are a widely spread group of plant secondary metabolites that are involved in many crucial functions of plants. Our understanding of the biosynthesis, occurrence and function of flavonoids has increased rapidly in recent decades. Numerous studies have been published on the influence of environmental factors on the biosynthesis of flavonoids. However, extensive long-term studies that examine the effect of the characteristics of northern climates on flavonoid biosynthesis are still scarce. This review focuses on the current knowledge about the effect of light intensity, photoperiod and temperature on the gene-environment interaction related to flavonoid biosynthesis in plants.

  1. Ionospheric physics

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    Sojka, J.J. )

    1991-01-01

    Advances in all areas of ionospheric research are reviewed for the 1987-1990 time period. Consideration is given to the equatorial ionosphere, the midlatitude ionosphere and plasmasphere, the auroral ionosphere, the polar ionosphere and polar wind, ionospheric electrodynamic inputs, plasma waves and irregularities, active experiments, ionospheric forecasting, and coupling the ionosphere with other regions.

  2. Space Weather effects on airline communications in the high latitude regions

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    Honary, Farideh

    2014-05-01

    Efficient air traffic management depends on reliable communications between aircraft and the air traffic control centres at all times. At high latitudes, and especially on polar routing, VHF ground infrastructure does not exist and the aircraft have to rely on HF radio for communications. HF relies on reflections from the ionosphere to achieve long distance communications. Unfortunately the high latitude ionosphere is affected by space weather events. During such events HF radio communication can be severely disrupted and aircraft are forced to use longer low latitude routes with consequent increased flight time, fuel consumption and cost. This presentation describes a new research programme at the University of Lancaster in collaboration with the University of Leicester, Solar Metrics Ltd and Natural Resources Canada for the development of a nowcasting and forecasting HF communications tool designed for the particular needs of civilian airlines. This project funded by EPSRC will access a wide variety of solar and interplanetary measurements to derive a complete picture of space weather disturbances affecting radio absorption and reflection

  3. PolInSAR at Low Frequency and Ionospheric Effects

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    Dubois-Fernandez, P.; Angelliaume, S.; Truong-Loi, M.-L.; Freeman, A.; Pottier, E.

    2009-04-01

    Global warning is now known to be the major environmental issue mankind will have to face in the next decade. Monitoring of vegetation and biomass is clearly an essential piece of information required at all levels ranging from the scientific studies to understand and forecast, to the political actors and government leaders responsible for drafting remediation policies and evaluating their impact. Microwave remote sensing with the low-frequency SAR technique can provide a useful characterization of forest (spatial coverage, species, density, height...) at a global scale, relying on the all-weather imaging capabilities of SAR linked with the significant penetration of the low-frequency EM wave in the canopy. The published techniques for forest characterization from low frequency SAR data include radiometry inversion, polarimetric inversion based on the anisotropy parameters and PolInSAR Random Volume Over Ground inversion [1]. In this paper, we will more specifically concentrate on the PolInSAR technique and the impact of ionospheric effect on this inversion. PolInSAR at low frequency can be envisioned with two radar platforms flying in formation or as a repeat pass mission. The second alternative is more plausible given the cost and the size of a low frequency SAR instrument. However the two cases will be discussed in the paper. Among the challenges, the following questions need to be addressed: · What is the impact of ionosphere and Faraday rotation on the PolInSAR inversion results? · Is it necessary to correct the data prior to applying the inversion and what is the highest Faraday rotation for which a correction is not necessary? · What is the effect of loss of interferometric coherence and could this be compensated for? · Can the technique provide an estimation of the Faraday rotation or the differential Faraday rotation? · How does ionospheric and calibration effects interact? · What are the implications on a compact polarimetry mode of operation?

  4. Rotational effects on convection simulated at different latitudes

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    Pulkkinen, Pentti; Tuominen, Ilkka; Brandenburg, Axel; Nordlund, Ake; Stein, Robert F.

    1993-01-01

    We simulate numerically convection inside the solar convection zone under the influence of rotation at different latitudes. The computational domain is a small rectangular box with stress-free upper and lower boundaries, and with periodicity assumed in the lateral directions. We study the transport of angular momentum, which is important for the generation of differential rotation. The sign and the latitudinal dependence of the horizontal Reynolds stress component turn out to be in good agreement with correlation measurements of sunspot proper motions and with predictions from the theory of the Lambda effect. We also investigate the other components of the Reynolds stress as well as the eddy heat flux tensor, both of which are needed in mean field models of differential rotation.

  5. F-region ionosphere effects on the mapping accuracy of SuperDARN HF radar echoes

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    Chen, Xiangcai; Lorentzen, Dag; Moen, Jøran; Oksavik, Kjellmar; Baddeley, Lisa; Lester, Mark

    2016-04-01

    Structured particle precipitation in the cusp is an important source for the generation of F -region ionospheric irregularities. The equatorward boundaries of broad Doppler spectral width in Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) data and the concurrent OI 630.0 nm auroral emission are good empirical proxies for the dayside open-closed field line boundary (OCB). However, SuperDARN currently employs a simple virtual model to determine the location of its echoes, instead of a direct calculation of the radio wave path. The varying ionospheric conditions could influence the final mapping accuracy of SuperDARN echoes. A statistical comparison of the offsets between the SuperDARN Finland radar spectral width boundary (SWB) and the OI 630.0 nm auroral emission boundary (AEB) from a meridian-scanning photometer (MSP) in Longyearbyen from December 1995 to January 2014 in wintertime is performed. By restricting the location of the OI 630.0 nm data to be near local zenith, where the MSP has the highest spatial resolution, the mapping errors were significantly reduced for the AEB. The variation of the SWB - AEB offset confirms that there is a close relationship between the mapping accuracy of the HF radar echoes and solar activity. The asymmetric variation of the SWB - AEB offset versus magnetic local time suggests that the intake of high density solar extreme ultraviolet ionized plasma from post-noon at sub-auroral latitudes could result in a stronger refraction of the HF radar signals in the noon sector. The changing HF radar operating frequency also has a refraction effect that contributes to the final location of the HF radar echoes.

  6. F region ionosphere effects on the mapping accuracy of SuperDARN HF radar echoes

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    Chen, X.-C.; Lorentzen, D. A.; Moen, J. I.; Oksavik, K.; Baddeley, L. J.; Lester, M.

    2016-05-01

    Structured particle precipitation in the cusp is an important source for the generation of F region ionospheric irregularities. The equatorward boundaries of broad Doppler spectral width in Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) data and the concurrent OI 630.0 nm auroral emission are good empirical proxies for the dayside open-closed field line boundary. However, SuperDARN currently employs a simple virtual model to determine the location of its echoes, instead of a direct calculation of the radio wave path. The varying ionospheric conditions could influence the final mapping accuracy of SuperDARN echoes. A statistical comparison of the offsets between the SuperDARN Finland radar spectral width boundary (SWB) and the OI 630.0 nm auroral emission boundary (AEB) from a meridian-scanning photometer (MSP) on Svalbard is performed in this paper. By restricting the location of the 630.0 nm data to be near local zenith where the MSP has the highest spatial resolution, the optical mapping errors were significantly reduced. The variation of the SWB-AEB offset confirms that there is a close relationship between the mapping accuracy of the HF radar echoes and solar activity. The asymmetric variation of the SWB-AEB offset versus magnetic local time suggests that the intake of high-density solar extreme ultraviolet ionized plasma from postnoon at subauroral latitudes could result in a stronger refraction of the HF radar signals in the noon sector, while changing the HF radar operating frequency also has a refraction effect that contributes to the final location of the HF radar echoes.

  7. Effects of the different times of sunrise at different altitudes in the ionosphere

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    Verhulst, Tobias; Stankov, Stan

    2016-07-01

    It is well established that the sunrise and sunset periods are of particular importance to ionospheric research and modeling because of the rapid changes in the ionospheric plasma density, temperature, and dynamics. In particular, the sharp increase in the ionisation following sunrise results in a quick increase in the ionospheric peak density, N_mF_2, and a decrease in the peak height, h_mF_2. Changes in plasma temperature, scale height and transport processes add further complexity which makes it difficult to investigate and model the ionospheric behaviour during this transitional period from night to day. One of the aspects contributing to this difficulty is that not all ionospheric altitudes are exposed to the first sunlight of the day at the same time. During sunrise, the upper part of the ionosphere is illuminated prior to the lower part which is still in the dark. The boundary between sunlit and dark regions moves downwards until it reaches the surface of the Earth, which is commonly taken as the moment of sunrise at certain geographical coordinates. This means that the ``traditional'' sunrise does not occur until after the entire ionosphere has been illuminated. During sunset, the same process happens in reverse order. In this presentation, we will address the issue and report on our study of some of the effects of this altitude-dependent time of sunrise on the diurnal variations in the ionospheric characteristics.

  8. Ionospheric forecasts for the European region for space weather applications

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    Tsagouri, Ioanna; Belehaki, Anna

    2015-04-01

    This paper discusses recent advances in the implementation and validation of the Solar Wind driven autoregression model for Ionospheric short-term Forecast (SWIF) that is running in the European Digital upper Atmosphere Server (DIAS) to release ionospheric forecasting products for the European region. The upgraded implementation plan expands SWIF's capabilities in the high latitude ionosphere while the extensive validation tests in the two solar cycles 23 and 24 allow the comprehensive analysis of the model's performance in all terms. Focusing on disturbed conditions, the results demonstrate that SWIF's alert detection algorithm forecasts the occurrence of ionospheric storm time disturbances with probability of detection up to 98% under intense geomagnetic storm conditions and up to 63% when storms of moderate intensity are also considered. The forecasts show relative improvement over climatology of about 30% in middle-to-low and high latitudes and 40% in middle-to-high latitudes. This indicates that SWIF is able to capture on average more than one third (35%) of the storm-associated ionospheric disturbances. Regarding the accuracy, the averaged mean relative error during storm conditions usually ranges around 20% in middle-to-low and high latitudes and 24% in the middle-to-high latitudes. Our analysis shows clearly that SWIF alert criteria were designed to effectively anticipate the ionospheric storm time effects that occurred under specific interplanetary conditions, e.g., cloud Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections (ICMEs) and/or associated sheaths. The results provide valuable input in advancing our ability in predicting the space weather effects in the ionosphere for future developments, and further work is proposed to enhance the model forecasting efficiency to support operational applications.

  9. Coupling of Earth's Atmosphere and Ionosphere

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    Singh, A. K.

    2012-12-01

    The coupling between the Earth's atmosphere and ionosphere is very complex and many aspects are not well understood till date. Recent measurements show that coupling influences both the electron density and electrical conductivity. The ionosphere reacts to various natural hazards related phenomena such as lightening discharges, thunderstorms, high-power explosion, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, and typhoons through a chain of interconnected processes in the lithosphere-atmosphere-ionosphere interaction system. The precipitation of magnetospheric electrons affects higher latitudes while the radioactive elements emitted during the earthquakes affect electron density and conductivity in the lower atmosphere. Thunderstorms and lightning discharges play a major role in transferring energy from the atmosphere to the ionosphere and in establishing electrical coupling between atmosphere and ionosphere through the global electric circuit (GEC). Electrical processes occurring in the atmosphere couple the atmosphere and ionosphere, because both DC and AC effects operate at the speed of light. The electrostatic and electromagnetic field changes in global electric circuit arise from thunderstorm, lightning discharges, and optical emissions in the mesosphere. In the present paper, our present understanding of how various processes play pivotal role in energy transfer from the lower atmosphere to the ionosphere would be briefly reviewed.

  10. Ionosphere/microwave beam interaction study. [satellite solar energy conversion

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    Duncan, L. M.; Gordon, W. E.

    1977-01-01

    A solar power satellite microwave power density of 20mw sq cm was confirmed as the level where nonlinear interactions may occur in the ionosphere, particularly at 100 km altitude. Radio wave heating at this altitude, produced at the Arecibo Observatory, yielded negative results for radio wave heating of an underdense ionosphere. Overdense heating produced striations in the ionosphere which may cause severe radio frequency interference problems under certain conditions. The effects of thermal self-focusing are shown to be limited severely geographically. The aspect sensitivity of field-aligned striations makes interference-free regions above magnetic latitude about 60 deg. A test program is proposed to simulate the interaction of the SPS beam with the ionosphere, to measure the effects of the interaction on the ionosphere and on communication and navigation systems, and to interpret the results.

  11. Investigation of ionospheric effects on SAR Interferometry (InSAR): A case study of Hong Kong

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    Zhu, Wu; Ding, Xiao-Li; Jung, Hyung-Sup; Zhang, Qin; Zhang, Bo-Chen; Qu, Wei

    2016-08-01

    Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR) has demonstrated its potential for high-density spatial mapping of ground displacement associated with earthquakes, volcanoes, and other geologic processes. However, this technique may be affected by the ionosphere, which can result in the distortions of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images, phases, and polarization. Moreover, ionospheric effect has become and is becoming further significant with the increasing interest in low-frequency SAR systems, limiting the further development of InSAR technique. Although some research has been carried out, thorough analysis of ionospheric influence on true SAR imagery is still limited. Based on this background, this study performs a thorough investigation of ionospheric effect on InSAR through processing L-band ALOS-1/PALSAR-1 images and dual-frequency Global Positioning System (GPS) data over Hong Kong, where the phenomenon of ionospheric irregularities often occurs. The result shows that the small-scale ionospheric irregularities can cause the azimuth pixel shifts and phase advance errors on interferograms. Meanwhile, it is found that these two effects result in the stripe-shaped features in InSAR images. The direction of the stripe-shaped effects keep approximately constant in space for our InSAR dataset. Moreover, the GPS-derived rate of total electron content change index (ROTI), an index to reflect the level of ionospheric disturbances, may be a useful indicator for predicting the ionospheric effect for SAR images. This finding can help us evaluate the quality of SAR images when considering the ionospheric effect.

  12. Anomalies in the Ionosphere around the Southern faults of Haiti near the 2010 Earthquake

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    Cornely, P.; Daniell, R. E.

    2013-12-01

    In the last few decades, research on earthquake prediction has resulted in the recognition that there may exist many earthquake precursors in the lithosphere, atmosphere and ionosphere. The ionosphere is naturally perturbed by solar and geomagnetic disturbances and it is difficult to extract the variations connected with earthquakes particularly for the equatorial and high latitude ionosphere. Several researchers have contending theories on the mechanisms associated with pre-earthquake signals. The basic premise is that a thin layer of particles created before earthquakes due to ions originating from the earth's crust travel to the earth's surface and begin radiating from the earth's surface due to strong electric fields Namgaladze et al., [2009]. The ions can then travel from above earth's surface to the ionosphere where they can create ionospheric disturbances. When solar and geomagnetic disturbances can be ruled out, the effects of pre-seismic activities in the ionosphere can be assessed using fluctuations in the ionospheric electron density in the vicinity of fault lines. The Parameterized Ionospheric Model (PIM) is a fast global ionospheric model which produces electron density profiles (EDPs) between 90 and 25000 km altitude, which corresponds to critical altitudes of the ionosphere Daniell et al., [1995]. Since PIM only simulates a statistical mean ionosphere, sudden variations in ionospheric electron density will not be represented in the models, which make PIM ideal for background electron density predictions. The background predictions can then removed from the actual electron density data which could provide means for identifying pre-seismic electron density perturbations.

  13. Effects of Meteorological Variability on the Thermosphere-Ionosphere System during the Moderate Geomagnetic Disturbed January 2013 Period As Simulated By Time-GCM

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    Maute, A. I.; Hagan, M. E.; Richmond, A. D.; Liu, H.; Yudin, V. A.

    2014-12-01

    The ionosphere-thermosphere system is affected by solar and magnetospheric processes and by meteorological variability. Ionospheric observations of total electron content during the current solar cycle have shown that variability associated with meteorological forcing is important during solar minimum, and can have significant ionospheric effects during solar medium to maximum conditions. Numerical models can be used to study the comparative importance of geomagnetic and meterological forcing.This study focuses on the January 2013 Stratospheric Sudden Warming (SSW) period, which is associated with a very disturbed middle atmosphere as well as with moderately disturbed solar geomagntic conditions. We employ the NCAR Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Mesosphere-Electrodynamics General Circulation Model (TIME-GCM) with a nudging scheme using Whole-Atmosphere-Community-Climate-Model-Extended (WACCM-X)/Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS5) results to simulate the effects of the meteorological and solar wind forcing on the upper atmosphere. The model results are evaluated by comparing with observations e.g., TEC, NmF2, ion drifts. We study the effect of the SSW on the wave spectrum, and the associated changes in the low latitude vertical drifts. These changes are compared to the impact of the moderate geomagnetic forcing on the TI-system during the January 2013 time period by conducting numerical experiments. We will present select highlights from our study and elude to the comparative importance of the forcing from above and below as simulated by the TIME-GCM.

  14. Effect of high latitude filtering on NWP skill

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    Kalnay, E.; Takacs, L. L.; Hoffman, R. N.

    1984-01-01

    The high latitude filtering techniques commonly employed in global grid point models to eliminate the high frequency waves associated with the convergence of meridians, can introduce serious distortions which ultimately affect the solution at all latitudes. Experiments completed so far with the 4 deg x 5 deg, 9-level GLAS Fourth Order Model indicate that the high latitude filter currently in operation affects only minimally its forecasting skill. In one case, however, the use of pressure gradient filter significantly improved the forecast. Three day forecasts with the pressure gradient and operational filters are compared as are 5-day forecasts with no filter.

  15. Effect of sudden solar wind dynamic pressure changes at subauroral latitudes - Change in magnetic field

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    Le, G.; Russell, C. T.; Petrinec, S. M.; Ginskey, M.

    1993-01-01

    The observations obtained during the International Magnetospheric Study (IMS) from the magnetometers of the IGS network extending from Cambridge, England, to Tromso, Norway, are used to study the response of subauroral current systems to sudden changes in solar wind dynamic pressure. Observations show that the response is very strong at subauroral latitudes. The preliminary response in the H component is a brief, small increase in the dayside morning sector and a decrease in the aftenoon and night sectors. The main response in the horizontal field (the H and D components) is toward the pole except in the dayside morning sector. The inferred ionospheric current is mainly a circulatory system flowing counterclockwise when viewed from the north pole everywhere at subauroral latitudes except the dayside morning sector.

  16. Effect of sudden solar wind dynamic pressure changes at subauroral latitudes: Change in magnetic field

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    Le, G.; Russell, C.T.; Petrinec, S.M.; Ginskey, M. )

    1993-03-01

    The observations obtained during the International Magnetospheric Study (IMS) from the magnetometers of the IGS network extending from Cambridge, England, to Tromso, Norway, are used to study the response of subauroral current systems to sudden changes in solar wind dynamic pressure. Observations show that the response is very strong at subauroral latitudes. The preliminary response in the H component is a brief, small increase in the dayside moring sector and a decrease in the afternoon and night sectors. The main response in the horizontal field (the H and D components) is toward the pole except in the dayside morning sector. The inferred ionospheric current is mainly a circulatory system flowing counterclockwise when viewed form the north pole everywhere at subauroral latitudes except the dayside morning sector. 29 refs., 12 figs.

  17. Effects of tropospheric and ionospheric refraction errors in the utilization of GEOS-C altimeter data

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    Goad, C. C.

    1977-01-01

    The effects of tropospheric and ionospheric refraction errors are analyzed for the GEOS-C altimeter project in terms of their resultant effects on C-band orbits and the altimeter measurement itself. Operational procedures using surface meteorological measurements at ground stations and monthly means for ocean surface conditions are assumed, with no corrections made for ionospheric effects. Effects on the orbit height due to tropospheric errors are approximately 15 cm for single pass short arcs (such as for calibration) and 10 cm for global orbits of one revolution. Orbit height errors due to neglect of the ionosphere have an amplitude of approximately 40 cm when the orbits are determined from C-band range data with predominantly daylight tracking. Altimeter measurement errors are approximately 10 cm due to residual tropospheric refraction correction errors. Ionospheric effects on the altimeter range measurement are also on the order of 10 cm during the GEOS-C launch and early operation period.

  18. On the equatorial transport of Saturn's ionosphere as driven by a dust-ring current system

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    Ip, W.-H.; Mendis, D. A.

    1983-03-01

    The diurnal modulation of the dust ring current of Saturn's D-ring causes field-aligned Birkeland currents to flow near the dawn and dusk terminators and close across the mid-latitude ionosphere. One consequence of this current system is the establishment of a global convection pattern in the equatorial outer ionosphere. Outward motion of the dayside ionospheric plasma as well as the corresponding absorption effect of the inner ring system might be one physical cause of the depletion of the ionospheric content of Saturn.

  19. The study of the effect of solar eclipses on the ionosphere based on satellite beacon observations

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    Cohen, E. A.

    1984-06-01

    The ionospheric effect of a solar eclipse was first noticed in 1927 during an English eclipse. In studies of the effects of solar eclipses on the ionosphere by ionosondes during the next 30 years, the obtained results were difficult to interpret. Results obtained after the introduction of additional techniques indicate that the redistribution of ionization due to temperature changes is important, as is recombination. More recently, a more detailed study of the eclipse effects throughout the ionosphere was made possible as a result of the addition of the satellite beacon observations. The present investigation provides a review of the study of eclipse effects on the ionosphere based on satellite beacon observations. Attention is given to early observations, and total and partial solar eclipses over North America, Africa, Australia, and India.

  20. Observations of IMF and seasonal effects in high-latitude convection

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    Ruohoniemi, J.M.; Greenwald, R.A.

    1995-05-01

    The authors describe strong interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) and seasonal effects in the convection of nightside ionospheric plasma. The findings are based on a statistical analysis of observations made with the JHU/APL HF radar located at Goose Bay, Labrador. For positive sign of the IMF dawn-dusk component, i.e., B{sub y}>0, the dawn cell is more crescent-shaped and the dusk cell more round while for B{sub y}<0 these pairings of size and shape are reversed. The more extreme crescent/round cell dichotomy is obtained for B{sub y}>0. The return flows associated with the crescent-shaped cell dominate at midnight MLT (Magnetic Local Time); the reversal in the zonal velocity in the 67{degrees}-69{degrees}{Lambda} (magnetic latitude) interval occurs 2 1/2 hr earlier for B{sub y}>0. The seasonal dependence of nightside convection resembles in important respects the B{sub y} dependence. Greater latitudinal velocity shears occur in the morning/afternoon sector for summer/winter and the return flow of this sector dominates at midnight. The zonal flow reversal occurs 2 1/2 hr earlier in summer than in winter. The maximum effects are obtained on the nightside for the pairings [B{sub y}>0, summer] and [B{sub y}<0, winter]; the first produces the more structured cell in the morning, the second in the evening, and this cell dominates the return flow at midnight. The difference in the zonal flow reversals for these pairings exceeds 4 hr in MLT. 15 refs., 4 figs.

  1. Modelling ionospheric density structures

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    Schunk, R. W.; Sojka, J. J.

    1989-01-01

    Large-scale density structures are a common feature in the high-latitude ionsphere. The structures were observed in the dayside cusp, polar cap, and nocturnal auroral region over a range of altitudes, including the E-region, F-region and topside ionosphere. The origins, lifetimes and transport characteristics of large-scale density structures were studied with the aid of a three-dimensional, time-dependent ionospheric model. Blob creation due to particle precipitation, the effect that structured electric fields have on the ionosphere, and the lifetimes and transport characteristics of density structures for different seasonal, solar cycle, and interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) conditions were studied. The main conclusions drawn are: (1) the observed precipitation energy fluxes are sufficient for blob creation if the plasma is exposed to the precipitation for 5 to 10 minutes; (2) structured electric fields produce structured electron densities, ion temperatures, and ion composition; (3) the lifetime of an F-region density structure depends on several factors, including the initial location where it was formed, the magnitude of the perturbation, season, solar cycle and IMF; and (4) depending on the IMF, horizontal plasma convection can cause an initial structure to break up into multiple structures of various sizes, remain as a single distorted structure, or become stretched into elongated segments.

  2. Space Weather Topics at Ionospheric Effects Symposium 2008

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    Goodman, John

    2008-08-01

    The ionosphere has captured the interest of scientists and communications specialists for many years. Research has been intrinsically applications oriented since Guglielmo Marconi identified an ionized region within the upper atmosphere that acted like a high-altitude mirror reflecting radio waves so that long-distance communication could be achieved. His successful transatlantic radio transmissions early in the twentieth century heralded the beginning of an era of wireless communications. Eager to capitalize on this, civilian and military industries sponsored research to better understand the ionosphere. These endeavors established that the ionosphere exhibits considerable variability, with significant changes associated with ionospheric storms that are driven by solar disturbances. This variability, now termed space weather, also introduces changes in radio propagation conditions that can disrupt various radio systems, such as high-frequency and satellite communications, the Global Positioning System, radar, and specialized surveillance methods.

  3. Effect of electric fields on the daytime high-latitude E and F regions

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    Schunk, R. W.; Banks, P. M.; Raitt, W. J.

    1975-01-01

    We have obtained solutions of the coupled continuity, momentum, and energy equations for NO(+), O(+), and O2(+) ions for conditions appropriate to the daytime high-latitude E and F regions. Owing to the rapid increase of the reaction O(+) + N2 yielding NO(+) + N with ion energy, high-latitude electric fields and consequent perpendicular-E x B drifts deplete O(+) in favor of NO(+). For electric field strengths less than about 10 mV/m the depletion of O(+) is small, and the altitude profiles of ion density are similar to those found at mid-latitudes. However, for moderate electric field strengths (50 mV/m), NO(+) is substantially increased in relation to O(+) and becomes an important ion throughout the F region. For large electric fields (200 mV/m), NO(+) completely dominates the ion composition to at least 600 km, decreasing at high altitudes with a diffusive equilibrium scale height. Since the overall F region electron density decreases markedly with increasing electric field strength, it appears that high-latitude, daytime electron density troughs are directly related to the presence of ionospheric electric fields.

  4. Effects of magnetospheric lobe cell convection on dayside upper thermospheric winds at high latitudes

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    Zhang, B.; Wang, W.; Wu, Q.; Knipp, D.; Kilcommons, L.; Brambles, O. J.; Liu, J.; Wiltberger, M.; Lyon, J. G.; Häggström, I.

    2016-08-01

    This paper investigates a possible physical mechanism of the observed dayside high-latitude upper thermospheric wind using numerical simulations from the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere (CMIT) model. Results show that the CMIT model is capable of reproducing the unexpected afternoon equatorward winds in the upper thermosphere observed by the High altitude Interferometer WIND observation (HIWIND) balloon. Models that lack adequate coupling produce poleward winds. The modeling study suggests that ion drag driven by magnetospheric lobe cell convection is another possible mechanism for turning the climatologically expected dayside poleward winds to the observed equatorward direction. The simulation results are validated by HIWIND, European Incoherent Scatter, and Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. The results suggest a strong momentum coupling between high-latitude ionospheric plasma circulation and thermospheric neutral winds in the summer hemisphere during positive IMF Bz periods, through the formation of magnetospheric lobe cell convection driven by persistent positive IMF By. The CMIT simulation adds important insight into the role of dayside coupling during intervals of otherwise quiet geomagnetic activity

  5. Ionospheric Response During Four Intense Geomagnetic Storms: Similarities and Differences

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    Mannucci, A. J.; Tsurutani, B. T.; Crowley, G.; Verkhoglyadova, O. P.

    2007-05-01

    Large magnitude and hemispheric-scale increases in ionospheric plasma content are observed for daytime local times during intense geomagnetic storms. Ionospheric increases during the main phase of geomagnetic storms were identified many years ago and categorized as the "positive phase" ionospheric response. This talk will explore what we can learn using satellite data and distributed ground-based measurements, to understand the geoeffective processes at work in creating the positive phase for intense storms. The importance of electric fields penetrating to low latitudes on the dayside has received a great deal of attention recently, and is leading to revised theoretical and modeling constructs to account for the observations in a quantitative manner. We will present ground and space-based Global Positioning System (GPS) electron content data for four storms and analyze the data in light of the upstream conditions with a common epoch analysis. Modeling studies of the storm-time ionospheric behavior will be shown, using the ASPEN-TIMEGCM fully-coupled thermosphere- ionosphere (T-I) model with low-latitude electrodynamics. The ASPEN-TIMEGCM model contains storm-time effects such as winds and the resulting dynamo electric fields, but penetration E-fields including shielding are not currently included. The model runs are driven by carefully reconstructed high latitude time-dependent drivers based in part on the AMIE high latitude electrodynamics model. The time history of a modeled storm will be compared with observations. We will highlight outstanding science questions that are revealed in this study.

  6. Energetic particle precipitation into the high-latitude ionosphere and the auroral electrojets. I - Definition of electrojet boundaries using energetic electron spectra and ground-based magnetometer data

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    Winningham, J. D.; Kawasaki, K.; Rostoker, G.

    1979-01-01

    Magnetometric data are used to define the poleward and equatorward borders of the eastward electrojet in the evening sector. The relationship between central plasma sheet (cps) and boundary plasma sheet (bps) and the auroral electrojet region is explored. This relationship is used to infer the electric field configuration in the cps and bps regions. It is shown that in the evening sector the cps is threaded by field lines carrying current flowing into the ionosphere, while the bps is threaded by field lines carrying current flowing out of the ionosphere.

  7. Solar Energetic Particle Precipitation Effects on the ionosphere of Mars

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    Lillis, Robert; Larson, Davin; Luhmann, Janet; Lee, Christina; Jakosky, Bruce

    2016-10-01

    Solar Energetic Particles (SEPs) are an important, if irregular, source of ionization and energy input to the Martian atmosphere. As is the case for much-studied Polar Cap precipitation events on the earth, when SEPs precipitate into the Mars atmosphere, they cause heating, ionization, excitation and dissociation, leading to altitude-dependent changes in chemistry. We present a study of the effects of SEP ionization in the Martian atmosphere using data from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission. Specifically, we will correlate altitude profiles of thermal planetary ions (O+, CO2+ and O2+) and electrons measured by the Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS) and Langmuir Probe on the MAVEN spacecraft with fluxes of energetic protons and electrons measured by the Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) detector. First, we will present case studies of this correlation, before and during SEP events to examine short-term effects of SEP ionization. We will also examine SEP ionization under different heliospheric conditions, leading to different SEP shadowing geometries and ionization rates. Second, we will present a statistical study showing the degree to which ionospheric densities are affected by the presence of energetic particles, as a function of altitude, SEP spectrum flux and solar zenith angle. This work will provide a better understanding of this important source of ionization in the Martian upper atmosphere and hence, how more frequent and more intense SEP events in Mars' past may have affected the structure of the Martian upper atmosphere and hence atmospheric escape.

  8. Effect of high latitude filtering on NWP skill

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    Kalnay, E.; Hoffman, R.; Takacs, L. L.

    1983-01-01

    An assessment is made of the extent to which polar filtering may seriously affect the skill of latitude-longitude NWP models, such as the U.S. Navy's NOGAPS, or the GLAS fourth-order model. The limited experiments which have been completed to date with the 4 x 5-deg, 9-level version of the latter model indicate that the high latitude filter currently in operation affects its forecasting skill very little, with only one exception in which the use of the PG filter significantly improved forecasting.

  9. DURIP instrumentation support for high-latitude ionospheric research and the establishment of a dual radar/dual frequency observational capability at the Millstone Radar Facility. Final report, 1 Dec 88-30 Jun 91

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    Foster, J.C.

    1991-10-28

    Radar receiver and signal processing instrumentation was acquired and fabricated in order to establish a capability for dual 440 MHz and 1390 MHz radar operations at the M.I.T. Millstone Hill research facility. Hardware costs for a duplicate of the MIDAS radar processor were provided. This instrumentation enables a program of simultaneous, high-spatial resolution dual frequency observations of non-thermal and coherent radar backscatter from ionospheric plasma waves and turbulence at both F and E region heights. Simultaneous operation of the fully steerable Millstone Hill UHF and L-band radars in the incoherent scatter mode addresses the spatial homogeneity and simultaneity of ionospheric effects and processes.

  10. Ionospheric refraction effects on orbit determination using the orbit determination error analysis system

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    Yee, C. P.; Kelbel, D. A.; Lee, T.; Dunham, J. B.; Mistretta, G. D.

    1990-01-01

    The influence of ionospheric refraction on orbit determination was studied through the use of the Orbit Determination Error Analysis System (ODEAS). The results of a study of the orbital state estimate errors due to the ionospheric refraction corrections, particularly for measurements involving spacecraft-to-spacecraft tracking links, are presented. In current operational practice at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Flight Dynamics Facility (FDF), the ionospheric refraction effects on the tracking measurements are modeled in the Goddard Trajectory Determination System (GTDS) using the Bent ionospheric model. While GTDS has the capability of incorporating the ionospheric refraction effects for measurements involving ground-to-spacecraft tracking links, such as those generated by the Ground Spaceflight Tracking and Data Network (GSTDN), it does not have the capability to incorporate the refraction effects for spacecraft-to-spacecraft tracking links for measurements generated by the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS). The lack of this particular capability in GTDS raised some concern about the achievable accuracy of the estimated orbit for certain classes of spacecraft missions that require high-precision orbits. Using an enhanced research version of GTDS, some efforts have already been made to assess the importance of the spacecraft-to-spacecraft ionospheric refraction corrections in an orbit determination process. While these studies were performed using simulated data or real tracking data in definitive orbit determination modes, the study results presented here were obtained by means of covariance analysis simulating the weighted least-squares method used in orbit determination.

  11. The Effect of Diurnal Variations on Ionospheric Radio Occultations

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    Yelle, Roger V.; Koskinen, Tommi; Withers, Paul; Schinder, Paul J.; Moses, Julianne I.; Mueller-Wodarg, Ingo

    2016-10-01

    Radio occultations are a powerful technique for the study of atmospheres and ionospheres by planetary spacecraft. For missions to the outer solar system, the occultations always probe the terminator region of the planet. The analysis of radio occultations typically assumes symmetry along the ray path in the horizontal direction about the tangent point. While this is an excellent assumption for the neutral atmosphere where the scale length of horizontal gradients is large, it is suspect for the ionosphere where electron densities decrease rapidly from day to night. Diurnal variations in peak electron density are often several orders of magnitude and may occur over a region of a few degrees. We investigate the consequences of diurnal variations on ionospheric occultations with a ray tracing calculation for the angular deflection and frequency residual of the radio wave. The calculations are based on photochemical/diffusion models for the ionospheres of Saturn and Titan. Differences from analysis based on the assumption of horizontal symmetry are most pronounced in the bottom side ionosphere where chemical time constants are short.

  12. Space weather effects on airline communications in the high latitude regions

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    Stocker, Alan; Siddle, Dave; Warrington, Mike; Honary, Farideh; Zaalov, Nikolay; Homam, Mariyam; Boteler, David; Danskin, Donald; de Franceschi, Georgiana; Ascaneus, Svend

    2013-04-01

    In the polar regions, ground-based VHF facilities for air-traffic control are lacking (and non-existent on the Russian side of the pole) and satellite communication systems either not available or expensive to retrofit to current aircraft and hence there remains a need for HF communication systems. Unfortunately, at these latitudes space weather can significantly affect the propagation of HF radio signals and the forecasting techniques currently employed by the airline industry are somewhat crude. In this paper, a new project that aims to provide forecasting of HF propagation characteristics for use by civilian airlines operating over polar routes will be described and preliminary results presented. Previous work in this area [e.g. Stocker et al., 2007] has focussed on taking HF signal measurements (e.g. SNR, delay and Doppler spread, and direction of arrival) on a limited number of propagation paths and developing an ionospheric model that incorporates high latitude features (e.g. polar patches and arcs) which, when combined with raytracing, allows the broad characteristics of the observations to be reproduced [Warrington et al., 2012]. The new project will greatly extend this work and consists of a number of stages. Firstly, HF measurements from an extensive network of purpose built transmitters and receivers spanning the Arctic regions will be collected and analysed. In order to test a wide variety of scenarios, the propagation paths will have different characteristics, e.g. different lengths and covering different parts of the northern ionosphere (i.e. polar cap paths where both terminals are in the polar cap, trans-auroral paths, and sub-auroral paths) and observations will be taken at a range of HF frequencies for a period covering the current (so far weak) solar maximum and part of the declining phase. Simultaneously, high latitude absorption measurements utilising the Global Riometer Array (GLORIA) will be collected and analysed. Next, the observations of

  13. Physics of planetary ionospheres

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    Bauer, S. J.

    1973-01-01

    The fundamental physical and chemical processes in an idealized planetary ionosphere are considered as a general abstraction, with actual planetary ionospheres representing special cases. After describing the structure of the neutral atmospheres (the barosphere, the thermosphere, and the exosphere) and noting the principal ionizing radiations responsible for the formation of planetary ionospheres, a detailed study is made of the thermal structure of these ionospheres and of the chemical processes and plasma-transport processes occurring in them. The features of equilibrium and realistic models of planetary ionospheres are discussed, and an attempt is made to determine the extent of these ionospheres. Considering the ionosphere as a plasma, a plasma kinetic approach is developed for determining the effects of interactions between individual particles and waves in this plasma. The use of remote-sensing radio techniques and direct measurement or in situ techniques is discussed. Finally, the observed properties of the ionospheres of the Earth, Mars, Venus, and Jupiter are reviewed.

  14. Active plasma antenna in the Earth's ionosphere

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    Chugunov, Yu. V.; Markov, G. A.

    2001-11-01

    We discuss a new method for controlled stimulation of global perturbations in the Earth's ionosphere and magnetosphere and new possibilities of diagnostics of the wave-particle interaction in the ionospheric and magnetospheric plasma. The method is based on the excitation of an RF plasma-wave discharge in the electromagnetic field of a rocket-borne dipole antenna in the lower oblique-resonance frequency band. The evolution of the discharge leads to the creation of strong local disturbances at ionospheric altitudes in the form of magnetic-field-aligned plasma irregularities with controllable properties. The method was verified in 6 rocket flights at middle and polar latitudes. We review the results of these experiments, focusing considerable attention on those which show significant plasma disturbances in the magnetic flux tube where the rocket is located and which demonstrate the diversity of capabilities of this method. In particular, it is shown that a deep (by an order of magnitude) modulation of energetic (>=40keV) precipitating electrons is available. We have demonstrated that a modulated discharge in the ionosphere can operate as an active plasma antenna. A generation of ``echo'' signals at the discharge modulation frequency and an excitation of the ionospheric Alfvén resonator in the PC band have also been observed. Along with numerous scientific advantages, the method has appeared to be energy-effective and low-cost, which makes it very promising for ionospheric and magnetospheric studies as well as for various practical applications.

  15. The effect of large-scale ionospheric gradients on backscatter ionograms

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    Russell, C. J.; Dyson, P. L.; Houminer, Z.; Bennett, J. A.; Li, L.

    1997-09-01

    This paper presents the results of the synthesis of a range of backscatter ionograms using ray tracing through model ionospheres. The backscatter ionograms were obtained by the Jindalee over-the-horizon radar facility at Alice Springs in northern Australia. Sample ionograms obtained during 1990 were used, and the study concentrated on reproducing effects due to sunrise-sunset gradients and the equatorial anomaly. Backscatter ionograms were synthesized using both analytical and numerical ray tracing through ionospheric models based on FAIM (fully analytic ionospheric model). To make the synthesis realistic, signal strength was calculated taking account of ray divergence, ionospheric absorption, and antenna patterns. Analytical ray tracing produced quite realistic results when horizontal gradients were small but did not reproduce prominent features observed during sunrise-sunset or when propagation occurred through the equatorial anomaly region. Since the analytical ray tracing was restricted to a single vertical profile which could be tilted, this result shows that gradients in ionospheric electron density, rather than simple tilts, are most significant in determining propagation characteristics. Numerical ray tracing through ionospheric models based on the FAIM model reproduced dominant features of backscatter ionograms for those situations when analytical ray tracing proved inadequate. Major seasonal variations were also reproduced. Overall, the results of this initial study show that many premier features on backscatter ionograms, including the power variation of the backscattered signals, can be realistically modeled using ray tracing and ionospheric models. Further work is required before all the detailed structure of backscatter ionogram traces can be synthesized and accurately interpreted in terms of ionospheric structure.

  16. Effects of Soft Electron Precipitation on the Coupled Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere

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    Zhang, B.; Lotko, W.; Brambles, O.; Wiltberger, M. J.; Wang, W.; Schmitt, P. J.; Lyon, J.

    2011-12-01

    Global simulations play an important role in understanding the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere (MIT) system. The MIT interaction involves both electrodynamic and plasma transport processes, and it is influenced by precipitating particles that deposit both thermal and kinetic energy from the magnetosphere in the ionosphere-thermosphere. Currently, global simulation codes do not include soft electron precipitation, which can significantly influence the thermospheric and ionospheric structure. In this study, two types of causally specified soft electron precipitation, direct-entry cusp and broadband electron precipitation, are implemented in the Coupled Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere (CMIT) model. The direct entry cusp electron precipitation is modeled by specifying the electron thermal flux and temperature in a dynamically determined cusp area. The broadband electron precipitation is regulated by the downward Alfvenic Poynting flux based on empirical relations from Polar and FAST satellite data. Simulation results show that while both types of soft electron precipitation have only minor effects on the ionospheric conductance, they can significantly modify the plasma distribution in the F-region ionosphere and the neutral density in the thermosphere.

  17. ALTAIR Radar Plasma Drifts and in situ Electric and Magnetic Field Measurements on Two Sounding Rockets and the C/NOFS Satellite in the Low Latitude Ionosphere at Sunset

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    Kudeki, Erhan; Pfaff, Robert; Rowland, Douglas; Klenzing, Jeffrey; Freudenreich, Henry

    2016-07-01

    We present ALTAIR incoherent scatter radar plasma drifts and in situ electric field, magnetic field, and plasma density measurements made simultaneously with probes on two sounding rockets and the C/NOFS satellite in the low latitude ionosphere in the vicinity of Kwajalein Atoll. The coincident data were gathered during sunset conditions prior to a spread-F event during the NASA EVEX Campaign. The sounding rocket apogees were 180 km and 330 km, while the C/NOFS altitude in this region was ~ 390 km. Electric field data from all three platforms display upwards vertical plasma drifts, while the zonal drifts change direction as a function of altitude and/or local time. The variable drifts provide evidence of a dynamic plasma environment which may contribute to the unstable conditions necessary for spread-F instabilities to form.

  18. Ionization effects due to solar flare on terrestrial ionosphere

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    Wu, S. T.; Tan, A.

    1976-01-01

    Sudden frequency deviation ionospheric disturbances related to the flares of May 18 and 19, 1973 were observed from the NASA/MSFC high frequency Doppler sounder array system in Huntsville, Alabama. The results are compared with those observed at Table Mountain near Boulder, Colorado and at the University of Hawaii.

  19. Effect of solar Coronal Mass Ejections on the ionosphere

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    Sheiner, Olga; Fridman, Vladimir; Rakhlin, Alexander; Pershin, Alexsander; Vybornov, Feodor

    The influence of solar processes on the state of near-earth space is constantly the object of serious study. First of all the solar radiation affects the parameters of the ionosphere and ionizing processes in it. The basic level indicator of the ionized particles is the critical frequency f0F2 of the reflection of radio signal during sounding of ionosphere. Understanding of the role of Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) in global solar-terrestrial processes allow us to put up the problem about their possible influence on near Earth’ processes and ionosphere behavior. Earlier the authors proposed the procedure of the detection the influence of CMEs on the differential parameters of the upper ionosphere Deltaf0F2 as more sensitive in comparison with the traditional methods. First results were based on the data of regular observations of critical frequency f0F2 during the cycle of solar activity (1975-1986). To verify the relationship discovered we used in the proposed study the data of critical frequency f0F2, determined from uniform ionograms obtained with the modern digital Ionosonde CADI. This ionosonde is installed at the landfill NIRFI "Vasilsursk" (near Nizhny Novgorod), and working program of regular observations allowed to obtain ionograms at least once in 1 minutes. The accuracy of determining the critical frequency was less than ± 50 kHz. There are many examples of time coincidence between the periods of CMEs existence and negative deflection in Deltaf0F2 behaviour.

  20. Ionospheric redistribution during geomagnetic storms

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    Immel, T J; Mannucci, A J

    2013-01-01

    [1]The abundance of plasma in the daytime ionosphere is often seen to grow greatly during geomagnetic storms. Recent reports suggest that the magnitude of the plasma density enhancement depends on the UT of storm onset. This possibility is investigated over a 7year period using global maps of ionospheric total electron content (TEC) produced at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The analysis confirms that the American sector exhibits, on average, larger storm time enhancement in ionospheric plasma content, up to 50% in the afternoon middle-latitude region and 30% in the vicinity of the high-latitude auroral cusp, with largest effect in the Southern Hemisphere. We investigate whether this effect is related to the magnitude of the causative magnetic storms. Using the same advanced Dst index employed to sort the TEC maps into quiet and active (Dst<−100 nT) sets, we find variation in storm strength that corresponds closely to the TEC variation but follows it by 3–6h. For this and other reasons detailed in this report, we conclude that the UT-dependent peak in storm time TEC is likely not related to the magnitude of external storm time forcing but more likely attributable to phenomena such as the low magnetic field in the South American region. The large Dst variation suggests a possible system-level effect of the observed variation in ionospheric storm response on the measured strength of the terrestrial ring current, possibly connected through UT-dependent modulation of ion outflow. PMID:26167429

  1. Analytical study of nighttime scintillations using GPS at low latitude station Bhopal

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    Maski, Kalpana; Vijay, S. K.

    2015-07-31

    Sporadically structured ionosphere (i.e. in-homogeneities in refractive index) can cause fluctuations (due to refraction effects) on the radio signal that is passing through it. These fluctuations are called ionospheric scintillations. Low latitude region is suitable for studying these scintillations. The influence of the ionosphere on the propagation of the radio wave becomes very marked with reference to communication or navigational radio system at very low frequency (VLF) to a high frequency (HF), which operate over the distances of 1000 km or more. Radio wave communication at different frequencies depends on structure of the ionosphere. With the advent of the artificial satellites, they are used as a prime mode of radio wave communication. Some natural perturbation termed as irregularities, are present in the form of electron density of the ionosphere that cause disruption in the radio and satellite communications. Therefore the study of the ionospheric irregularities is of practical importance, if one wishes to understand the upper atmosphere completely. In order to make these communications uninterrupted the knowledge of irregularities, which are present in the ionosphere are very important. These irregularities can be located and estimated with the help of Ionospheric TEC and Scintillation. Scintillation is generally confined to nighttime hours, particularly around equatorial and low latitudes.

  2. A Modeling Study of the Ionospheric F Region Electron Densities

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    Wang, W.; Burns, A. G.; Killeen, T. L.

    2002-12-01

    The high-resolution Thermosphere/Ionosphere Nested Grid (TING) model has been used to study the variability of ionospheric F region electron densities under various geophysical conditions. Important space weather phenomena such as the tongue of ionization and mid-latitude electron density trough, which are not well simulated in global models, can be readily studied using high spatial resolution nested grids. In this presentation we will discuss the effects of geomagnetic activity, solar cycle, seasonal and UT variations on the ionospheric F-region electron densities. It is found that geomagnetic activity can greatly enhance the polar cap tongue of ionization and nighttime auroral F region electron densities (blobs). Such enhancements in auroral electron densities have a strong effect not only locally, but also in the mid latitudes as a result of changes in the neutral circulation.

  3. Solar Flare and IMF Sector Structure Effects in the Lower Ionosphere

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    Lastovicka, J.

    1984-01-01

    About 1% of all sudden ionospheric disturbances (SIDs) observed at the Panska Ves Observatory (Czechoslovakia), were found to be not of solar-XUV origin. Among them, the very rare SWF events (observed at L = 2.4) of corpuscular origin are the most interesting. The IMF sector structure effects in the midlatitude lower ionosphere are minor in comparison with effects of solar flares, geomagnetic storms, etc. There are two basic types of effects. The first type is a disturbance, best developed in geomagnetic activity, and observed in the night-time ionosphere. It can be interpreted as a response to sector structure related changes of geomagnetic (= magnetospheric) activity. The other type is best developed in the tropospheric vorticity area index and is also observed in the day-time ionosphere in winter. This effect is quietening in the ionosphere as well as troposphere. While the occurrence of the former type is persistent in time, the latter is severely diminished in some periods. All the stratosphere, the 10-mb level temperature and height above Berlin-Tempelhof do not display any observable IMF section structure effect.

  4. Solar flare and IMF sector structure effects in the lower ionosphere

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    Lastovicka, J.

    1984-05-01

    About 1% of all sudden ionospheric disturbances (SIDs) observed at the Panska Ves Observatory (Czechoslovakia), were found to be not of solar-XUV origin. Among them, the very rare SWF events (observed at L 2.4) of corpuscular origin are the most interesting. The IMF sector structure effects in the midlatitude lower ionosphere are minor in comparison with effects of solar flares, geomagnetic storms, etc. There are two basic types of effects. The first type is a disturbance, best developed in geomagnetic activity, and observed in the night-time ionosphere. It can be interpreted as a response to sector structure related changes of geomagnetic (magnetospheric) activity. The other type is best developed in the tropospheric vorticity area index and is also observed in the day-time ionosphere in winter. This effect is quietening in the ionosphere as well as troposphere. While the occurrence of the former type is persistent in time, the latter is severely diminished in some periods. All the stratosphere, the 10-mb level temperature and height above Berlin-Tempelhof do not display any observable IMF section structure effect.

  5. Low and Midlatitude Ionospheric Plasma Density Irregularities and Their Effects on Geomagnetic Field

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    Yokoyama, Tatsuhiro; Stolle, Claudia

    2016-10-01

    Earth's magnetic field results from various internal and external sources. The electric currents in the ionosphere are major external sources of the magnetic field in the daytime. High-resolution magnetometers onboard low-Earth-orbit satellites such as CHAMP and Swarm can detect small-scale currents in the nighttime ionosphere, where plasma density gradients often become unstable and form irregular density structures. The magnetic field variations caused by the ionospheric irregularities are comparable to that of the lithospheric contribution. Two phenomena in the nighttime ionosphere that contribute to the magnetic field variation are presented: equatorial plasma bubble (EPB) and medium-scale traveling ionospheric disturbance (MSTID). EPB is formed by the generalized Rayleigh-Taylor instability over the dip equator and grows nonlinearly to as high as 2000 km apex altitude. It is characterized by deep plasma density depletions along magnetic flux tubes, where the diamagnetic effect produced by a pressure-gradient-driven current enhances the main field intensity. MSTID is a few hundred kilometer-scale disturbance in the midlatitude ionosphere generated by the coupled electrodynamics between the ionospheric E and F regions. The field-aligned currents associated with EPBs and MSTIDs also have significant signatures in the magnetic field perpendicular to the main field direction. The empirical discovery of the variations in the magnetic field due to plasma irregularities has motivated the inclusion of electrodynamics in the physical modeling of these irregularities. Through an effective comparison between the model results and observations, the physical process involved has been largely understood. The prediction of magnetic signatures due to plasma irregularities has been advanced by modeling studies, and will be helpful in interpreting magnetic field observations from satellites.

  6. Effects of electric fields and other processes upon the nighttime high-latitude F layer

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    Schunk, R. W.; Banks, P. M.; Raitt, W. J.

    1976-01-01

    The dynamics of the nighttime high-latitude F region is studied with special emphasis on the formation of the electron-density trough region which lies equatorward of the auroral oval. It is found that the absence of photoionization together with ordinary ionic recombination and slow plasma convection velocity can give a deep trough over a period of many hours. However, the normal global pattern of electric fields has regions of plasma convection sufficiently rapid to affect the rate of O(+) + N2 reactions and to speed the rate of ionospheric decay. In addition, the escape of thermal plasma via the polar winds as well as N2 vibrational excitation and enhanced N2 densities act to deplete the ionosphere. In combination, these destructive processes can readily account for the great variety of troughs found by experimentation. Thus, it appears that there is no single cause for the observed troughs, but that at various times, different processes act together to create density depressions of substantial magnitude.

  7. Topside ionospheric effects of the annular solar eclipse of 15th January 2010 as observed by DEMETER satellite

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    Pal, Sujay; Chakrabarti, Sandip Kumar; Kanta Maji, Surya; Chakraborty, Suman; Sanki, Dipak

    2016-07-01

    We present effects of the annular solar eclipse of 15th January 2010 on the topside ionosphere using the DEMETER satellite data. Measurements of the electron-ion density and electron temperature by the ISL (Instrument Sonde de Langmuir) and IAP (Instrument Analyseur de Plasma) instruments on board the DEMETER satellite during the eclipse time over the low latitude (±40) Indian ocean area are presented. We found decrease in electron density by about 25% and decrease in ion density by about 33% from the reference orbits at the altitude of the satellite (~ 660 km). Electron and ion temperatures were also found to have decreased by 200-300 K at the same altitude. Instead of simple decrease as in ion density, electron temperature showed a complex wave-like oscillation as solar eclipse progressed. Electron density decreased to a minimum value before the maximum obscuration and again starts to increase before passing through another minimum at the time of maximum obscuration. Both the minima are located at the ±10 degree geomagnetic latitude. Variations of electron and ion densities were found to follow the average solar illumination experienced by the real and conjugate paths at satellite altitude, while the electron temperature showed no such correlation.

  8. Geomagnetic storm effects on the thermosphere and the ionosphere revealed by in situ measurements from OGO 6

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    Marubashi, K.; Reber, C. A.; Taylor, H. A., Jr.

    1976-01-01

    The temporal response of the densities of upper-atmospheric ion and neutral constituents to a particular geomagnetic storm is studied using simultaneous ion and neutral-composition data obtained by the OGO 6 satellite during consecutive orbits at altitudes greater than 400 km. The investigated constituents include H(+), O(+), N2, O, He, and H. Derivation of the H density is reviewed, and the main effects of the storm are discussed, particularly temporal and global variations in the densities. It is found that: (1) the H and He densities began to decrease near the time of sudden commencement, with the decrease amounting to more than 40% of the quiet-time densities during the maximum stage at high latitudes; (2) the O and N2 densities exhibited an overall increase which began later than the change in H and He densities; (3) the H(+) density decreased differently in two distinct regions separated near the low-latitude boundary of the light-ion trough; and (4) the O(+) density showed an increase during earlier stages of the storm and decreased only in the Northern Hemisphere during the recovery phase. Certain physical and chemical processes are suggested which play principal roles in the ionospheric response to the storm

  9. Ionospheric Effects Prior to the Napa Earthquake of August 24, 2014

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    Kelley, M. C.; Swartz, W. E.; Komjathy, A.; Mannucci, A. J.; Shume, E. B.; Heki, K.; Fraser-Smith, A. C.; McCready, M. A.

    2014-12-01

    Recently, evidence that the ionosphere reacts in a reliable, reproducible manner before major earthquakes has been increasing. Fraser-Smith (1990) reported ULF magnetic field fluctuations prior to the Loma Prieta quake. Although not an ionospheric measurement, such magnetic fields before a quake are part of our explanation for the ionospheric effect. Heki (2011) and Heki and Enomoto (2013) reported in great detail the devastating March 11, 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake in which numerous GPS satellite/ground-station pairs showed apparent changes, both increases and decreases, starting 40 minutes before the event. We say "apparent" since our theory is that electric fields associated with stresses before an earthquake map through the ionosphere at the speed of light and raise or lower the main ionosphere. Both effects have been detected. Heki's results for four quakes exceeding M = 7 are shown in Figure 4 of Heki (2011). Based on the inserted curve of Heki's Figure 4 relating the size of the ionospheric effect to the quake's magnitude, we were not optimistic about detecting an effect for the 6.0 Napa quake. However, it occurred at night, when the well-known shielding effect of the ionospheric D and lower E regions for EM fields becomes very small. When this special session with a later abstract deadline was announced, JPL researchers were asked to examine GPS data from California stations. Based on their data, the plot shown (left panel) combined with a similar plot for the Tohoku-Oki earthquake (right panel, based on Heki's data) was produced. Both panels show fluctuations of STEC (Slant Total Electron Content) before the quake times (indicated by asterisks showing the positions of ionospheric penetration points (IPP) at the respective quake times). Although alternative explanations for the TEC fluctuations cannot be ruled out entirely, these results suggest that a patent-pending system able to predict an earthquake some 30 minutes before an event by using satellites

  10. The mapping of ionospheric TEC for central Russian and European regions on the base of GPS and GLONASS measurements

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    Shagimuratov, Irk; Cherniak, Iurii; Zakharenkova, Irina; Ephishov, Ivan; Krankowski, Andrzej; Radievsky, Alexander

    2014-05-01

    The total electron content (TEC) is a key parameter not only for space radio communication but also for addressing the fundamental problems of the ionosphere physics and near Earth space. Currently, the main sources of information on the TEC in the global scale are GNSS signals measurements. The spatial-temporal behavior of the ionosphere can be most effectively analyzed using TEC maps. To date, global IGS global ionospheric maps with a resolution of 2.5 degree in latitude and 5 in longitude and a time resolution of 2 h are most widely used. To study the detailed structure of the ionospheric gradients and rapid process as well as for precise positioning task it is necessary to use more precise regional TEC maps. The Regional TEC maps are currently constructed by different research groups for different regions: USA, Europe, Japan etc. The West Department of IZMIRAN research group is a one in Russia who works on the task of regional ionosphere mapping since 2000. It was developed the methodology for obtaining information on the spatial TEC distribution, TEC maps of the ionosphere on the basis of the algorithm for multi-station processing of GNSS observations. Using a set of algorithms and programs, regional TEC maps with a spatial resolution of 1° and a time resolution up to 15 min can be produced. Here is developed the approach to establish the regular online internet service for regional ionosphere mapping of the Western Russia and Eastern Europe. Nowadays the development of GLONASS navigation system is completely finished and it consists of a constellation of more than 24 satellites. It is good perspective for investigations of the ionosphere structure and dynamics on the base of the simultaneous observations of GPS and GLONASS systems. The GLONASS satellites have the inclination about 64 degrees as against GPS satellites with 56. So the GLONASS provides opportunity to study the high latitude ionosphere. The different scale electron density irregularities

  11. Recent Advances in Ionospheric Anomalies detection

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    Titov, Anton; Vyacheslav, Khattatov

    2016-07-01

    The variability of the parameters of the ionosphere and ionospheric anomalies are the subject of intensive research. It is widely known and studied in the literature ionospheric disturbances caused by solar activity, the passage of the terminator, artificial heating of high-latitude ionosphere, as well as seismic events. Each of the above types of anomalies is the subject of study and analysis. Analysis of these anomalies will provide an opportunity to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of ionospheric disturbances. To solve this problem are encouraged to develop a method of modeling the ionosphere, based on the assimilation of large amounts of observational data.

  12. Storm-time Magnetospheric Effects on Electric Fields in the Subauroral Ionosphere

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    Wolf, R. A.; Garner, T. W.; Goldstein, J.; Sazykin, S.; Spiro, R. W.

    2001-12-01

    Although the inner edge of the plasma sheet tends to shield the mid- and low-latitude ionosphere from the full force of magnetospheric convection, the shielding is particularly ineffective during magnetic storms. This talk will review several effects that represent quick responses to magnetospheric drivers, specifically the following: 1. Overshielding and undershielding. The overshielding electric fields, which occur during convection decreases, were predicted theoretically and observed in the post-midnight sector more than twenty years ago. The predicted patterns have been largely confirmed by statistical analysis of radar observations, although it has been necessary to modify the original overshielding idea somewhat to be consistent with the observed strength and duration. Overshielding has also been seen in plasmaspheric observations, most recently by the IMAGE spacecraft. Simulations of the main phase of a large storm predict the sustained presence of an undershielding (direct penetration) eastward electric field in the post-dusk sector, possibly triggering scintillations there. 2. Polarization jets. Simulations indicate that strong ring current injection is accompanied by a several-degree-wide westward-moving jet of plasma in the dusk-midnight quadrant, just equatorward of the auroral zone. These have been observed in recent years from CRRES and Millstone Hill. 3. Interchange-associated electric-field eddies. These are predicted by recent Rice Convection Model simulations and have not, as far as we know, been reported observationally. We predict their occurrence in the early recovery phase of a magnetic storm whose main phase terminates with a strong and sustained northward turning of the interplanetary magnetic field. They should occur in a band roughly 5 degrees wide, just equatorward of the auroral zone, in the dusk-midnight sector.

  13. Ionospheric effects in active retrodirective array and mitigating system design

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    Nandi, A. K.; Tomita, C. Y.

    1980-01-01

    The operation of an active retrodirective array (ARA) in an ionospheric environment (that is either stationary or slowly-varying) was examined. The restrictions imposed on the pilot signal structure as a result of such operation were analyzed. A 3 tone pilot beam system was defined which first estimates the total electron content along paths of interest and then utilizes this information to aid the phase conjugator so that correct beam pointing can be achieved.

  14. The Effect of Ionospheric Models on Electromagnetic Pulse Locations

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    Fenimore, Edward E.; Triplett, Laurie A.

    2014-07-01

    Locations of electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) determined by time-of-arrival (TOA) often have outliers with significantly larger errors than expected. In the past, these errors were thought to arise from high order terms in the Appleton-Hartree equation. We simulated 1000 events randomly spread around the Earth into a constellation of 22 GPS satellites. We used four different ionospheres: “simple” where the time delay goes as the inverse of the frequency-squared, “full Appleton-Hartree”, the “BobRD integrals” and a full raytracing code. The simple and full Appleton-Hartree ionospheres do not show outliers whereas the BobRD and raytracing do. This strongly suggests that the cause of the outliers is not additional terms in the Appleton-Hartree equation, but rather is due to the additional path length due to refraction. A method to fix the outliers is suggested based on fitting a time to the delays calculated at the 5 GPS frequencies with BobRD and simple ionospheres. The difference in time is used as a correction to the TOAs.

  15. Variability of total electron content in the high-latitude ionosphere following solar maximum. Final report, 27 August 1992-26 November 1994

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    Andreasen, C.C.; Holland, E.A.

    1995-03-01

    A data archive of Total Electron Content CIEC data was developed through operation and maintenance of GPS satellite receiver equipment at Shemya, AK; Hanscom AFB, MA; Thule AB, Greenland; Tucuman, Argentina; and Agua Verde, Chile. Scintillation data can be extracted from much of this database. The Shemya, AK, data provide a valuable source for characterizing TEC morphology and variability with look direction at this site. The Shemya data were also used in an initial assessment of the seasonal and directional specification accuracy of the Bent ionospheric model, specific to this site. Analysis of an existing NWRA database has produced ionospheric trough boundary signatures in the sub auroral European sector. These signatures will support studies aimed at real time detection of the trough boundary. Innovative software techniques were developed to improve data quality in the areas of multipath integration (the Multipath Template Technique) and the automated calibration of an installed receiver system for the combination of all system components` contributions to pseudorange error (SCORE:: Self-Calibration Of pseudoRange Errors).

  16. Response of the mid-latitude D-region ionosphere to the total solar eclipse of 22 July 2009 studied using VLF signals in South Korean peninsula

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    Phanikumar, D. V.; Kwak, Y.-S.; Patra, A. K.; Maurya, A. K.; Singh, Rajesh; Park, S.-M.

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, we analyze VLF signals received at Busan to study the the D-region changes linked with the solar eclipse event of 22 July 2009 for very short (∼390 km) transmitter-receiver great circle path (TRGCP) during local noon time 00:36-03:13 UT (09:36-12:13 KST). The eclipse crossed south of Busan with a maximum obscuration of ∼84%. Observations clearly show a reduction of ∼6.2 dB in the VLF signal strength at the time of maximum solar obscuration (84% at 01:53 UT) as compared to those observed on the control days. Estimated values of change in Wait ionospheric parameters: reflection height (h‧) in km and inverse scale height parameter (β) in km-1 from Long Wave Propagation Capability (LWPC) model during the maximum eclipse phase as compared to unperturbed ionosphere are 7 km and 0.055 km-1, respectively. Moreover, the D-region electron density estimated from model computation shows 95% depletion in electron density at the height of ∼71 km. The reflection height is found to increase by ∼7 km in the D-region during the eclipse as compared to those on the control days, implying a depletion in the Lyman-α flux by a factor of ∼7. The present observations are discussed in the light of current understanding on the solar eclipse induced D-region dynamics.

  17. The oxygen red OI 630.0 nm line nightglow intensity as an indicator of atmospheric waves propagation in the mid-latitude ionosphere F2 region

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    Javakhishvili, Giorgi; Didebulidze, Goderdzi; Gudadze, Nikoloz; Toriashvili, Lexo

    2016-04-01

    The behavior of the oxygen red OI 630.0 nm line nightglow intensity under influence of atmospheric gravity waves (AGWs) is considered, taking into account nightly changes of the thermosphere meridional wind by observations from Abastumani (41.75 N; 42.82 E). The vortical type perturbations, which can be in situ excited, are also considered. On the basis of theoretical model, the 630.0 nm line integral intensity variations are estimated taking into account thermosphere wind field changes and atmospheric waves propagation influence on the nighttime ionosphere F2 layer. A possibility of identification of waves propagation from polar and equatorial regions during various helio-geophysical conditions is noted. The cases of detected large scale traveling ionosphere disturbances -TIDs (mostly generated in the polar regions) and traveling atmospheric disturbances -TADs (which can be generated both in polar and equatorial regions) are demonstrated. Acknowledgements: This work has been supported by Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation Grant no. 31/56.

  18. Anomalous electron heating effects on the E region ionosphere in TIEGCM

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    Liu, Jing; Wang, Wenbin; Oppenheim, Meers; Dimant, Yakov; Wiltberger, Michael; Merkin, Slava

    2016-03-01

    We have recently implemented a new module that includes both the anomalous electron heating and the electron-neutral cooling rate correction associated with the Farley-Buneman Instability (FBI) in the thermosphere-ionosphere electrodynamics global circulation model (TIEGCM). This implementation provides, for the first time, a modeling capability to describe macroscopic effects of the FBI on the ionosphere and thermosphere in the context of a first-principle, self-consistent model. The added heating sources primarily operate between 100 and 130 km altitude, and their magnitudes often exceed auroral precipitation heating in the TIEGCM. The induced changes in E region electron temperature in the auroral oval and polar cap by the FBI are remarkable with a maximum Te approaching 2200 K. This is about 4 times larger than the TIEGCM run without FBI heating. This investigation demonstrates how researchers can add the important effects of the FBI to magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere models and simulators.

  19. Speed-dependent collision effects on radar back-scattering from the ionosphere

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    Theimer, O.

    1981-01-01

    A computer code to accurately compute the fluctuation spectrum for linearly speed dependent collision frequencies was developed. The effect of ignoring the speed dependence on the estimates of ionospheric parameters was determined. It is shown that disagreements between the rocket and the incoherent scatter estimates could be partially resolved if the correct speed dependence of the i-n collision frequency is not ignored. This problem is also relevant to the study of ionospheric irregularities in the auroral E-region and their effects on the radio communication with satellites.

  20. Quantifying ionospheric effects on time-domain astrophysics with the Murchison Widefield Array

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    Loi, Shyeh Tjing; Murphy, Tara; Bell, Martin E.; Kaplan, David L.; Lenc, Emil; Offringa, André R.; Hurley-Walker, Natasha; Bernardi, G.; Bowman, J. D.; Briggs, F.; Cappallo, R. J.; Corey, B. E.; Deshpande, A. A.; Emrich, D.; Gaensler, B. M.; Goeke, R.; Greenhill, L. J.; Hazelton, B. J.; Johnston-Hollitt, M.; Kasper, J. C.; Kratzenberg, E.; Lonsdale, C. J.; Lynch, M. J.; McWhirter, S. R.; Mitchell, D. A.; Morales, M. F.; Morgan, E.; Oberoi, D.; Ord, S. M.; Prabu, T.; Rogers, A. E. E.; Roshi, A.; Shankar, N. Udaya; Srivani, K. S.; Subrahmanyan, R.; Tingay, S. J.; Waterson, M.; Wayth, R. B.; Webster, R. L.; Whitney, A. R.; Williams, A.; Williams, C. L.

    2015-11-01

    Refraction and diffraction of incoming radio waves by the ionosphere induce time variability in the angular positions, peak amplitudes and shapes of radio sources, potentially complicating the automated cross-matching and identification of transient and variable radio sources. In this work, we empirically assess the effects of the ionosphere on data taken by the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope. We directly examine 51 h of data observed over 10 nights under quiet geomagnetic conditions (global storm index Kp < 2), analysing the behaviour of short-time-scale angular position and peak flux density variations of around ten thousand unresolved sources. We find that while much of the variation in angular position can be attributed to ionospheric refraction, the characteristic displacements (10-20 arcsec) at 154 MHz are small enough that search radii of 1-2 arcmin should be sufficient for cross-matching under typical conditions. By examining bulk trends in amplitude variability, we place upper limits on the modulation index associated with ionospheric scintillation of 1-3 per cent for the various nights. For sources fainter than ˜1 Jy, this variation is below the image noise at typical MWA sensitivities. Our results demonstrate that the ionosphere is not a significant impediment to the goals of time-domain science with the MWA at 154 MHz.

  1. Irregularities in ionospheric plasma clouds: their evolution and effect on radio communication. Technical report

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    Vesecky, J.F.; Chamberlain, J.W.; Cornwall, J.M.; Hammer, D.A.; Perkins, F.W.

    1980-09-01

    Both satellite radio communications, which travel through the Earth's ionosphere, and high frequency (HF) sky wave circuits, which use the ionosphere as a refracting medium, can be strongly affected by radio wave scintillation. High altitude nuclear explosions cause scintillation (by strongly disturbing the ionosphere) and thus severely degrade satellite radio communications over a large region. Since further atmospheric nuclear tests are banned, a thorough understanding of the physics involved in both the disturbed ionosphere and its interaction with radio waves is necessary in order to design radio communications systems which will operate satisfactorily in a nuclear environment. During the 1980 JASON Summer Study we addressed some aspects of the evolution of ionospheric irregularities following a high altitude nuclear explosion--the radio wave propagation theory being apparently well understood for the satellite link case. In particular, we have worked on irregularity evolution at late times (approx. hours) after an explosion and the impact of early time irregularity structure on late time evolution. We also raise the question of scintillation effects on HF sky wave communications.

  2. Assessment of ionospheric threat modeling techniques over Marmara Region

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    Onur Karslioglu, Mahmut; Yeganehsahab, Amir; Durmaz, Murat

    2016-04-01

    It is generally known that extreme ionospheric density associated with severe magnetic storm degrades the Global Navigation satellite Systems (GNSS) measurements also at mid - to high latitudes. Strong solar activity can cause large local spatial and temporal gradients in the delays induced on the GNSS signals by the ionosphere. The local nature of gradients can result in significant decorrelation between Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) Ground Stations and the GNSS receiver on board the aircraft. For the mitigation of this effect either a special functional architecture is established to monitor the ionosphere on the basis of so called Extended GBAS or ionospheric threat models can be constructed for a certain region. In this work two different techniques have been evaluated for the estimation of ionospheric threat model parameters consisting of width, slope and velocity of the ionospheric wave front by using real ground-based observations from both GPS and GLONASS in the Marmara Region. The data collected between 2012 and 2015 also containing high ionospheric activities are pre-processed to extract ionospheric gradients. Ionospheric delays at each ionospheric piercing point are determined by applying a local ionospheric Total Electron Content (TEC) modeling and filtering techniques on the basis of raw carrier-phase observations. The ionospheric fronts are searched by looking at high ionospheric gradients which result from ionospheric delay differences between ionospheric piercing points. The first technique of the threat model evaluation is based on the propagation of an ideal plane wave as a wave front, velocity of which is estimated on the basis of a Gauss Markov Model using an ordinary least square estimation procedure. The remaining parameters namely slope and width are calculated afterwards using rate of change gradients and the duration of the wave front in context with the estimated front velocity. In the second technique both the magnitude of the

  3. Analysis of the disturbed electric field effects in the sporadic E-layers at equatorial and low latitude regions

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    Araujo Resende, Laysa Cristina; Moro, Juliano; Denardini, Clezio Marcos; Carrasco, Alexander J.; Batista, Paulo; Chen, Sony Su; Batista, Inez S.; Andrioli, Vania Fatima

    2016-07-01

    In the present work we analyze the disturbed electric field effects in the sporadic E-layers at equatorial regions, Jicamarca (11.57°S, 76.52°O, I: -2°) and São Luís (2°S, 44° O, I: -2.3°), and at low latitude regions, Fortaleza (3.9°S, 38.45°O, I: -9°) and Cachoeira Paulista (22.42°S, 45°O, I: -15°). We have conducted a deep analysis to investigate these effects using a theoretical model for the ionospheric E region, called MIRE. This model is able to simulate the Es layers taking into account the E region winds and electric fields. It calculates the densities for the main molecular (NO^{+}, O_{2}^{+}, N_{2}^{+}) and metallic ions (Fe^{+}, Mg^{+}) by solving the continuity and momentum equations for each species. The main purpose of this analysis is to verify the disturbed electric fields role in the occurrence or disruption of Es layers through simulations. The analysis show that the Es layer formation and dynamics can be influenced by the prompt penetration electric fields that occur during magnetic disturbances. Therefore, the simulations present interesting results that helps to improve the understanding of Es layer behavior during the disturbed periods.

  4. Modeling Ionospheric Electrodynamics (Invited)

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    Huba, J. D.

    2009-12-01

    We present modeling results of ionospheric electrodynamics using the 3D NRL ionosphere model SAMI3. Recently, SAMI3 has been upgraded to solve the potential equation that determines the electrostatic potential from the ionospheric conductances (Pedersen and Hall) and drivers: neutral wind, gravity, and parallel current systems. We present results showing the impact of different neutral wind models (e.g., HWM93, HWM07, TIMEGCM) on the dynamics of the low- to mid-latitude ionosphere, as well as the Region 1 and 2 current systems. We point out issues and concerns with obtaining an accurate specification of the global electric field within the context of existing models.(with J. Krall, G. Joyce, S. Slinker, and G. Crowley). Research supported by NASA and ONR

  5. Electric Field and Plasma Density Observations of Irregularities and Plasma Instabilities in the Low Latitude Ionosphere Gathered by the C/NOFS Satellite

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    Pfaff, Robert F.; Freudenreich, H.; Rowland, D.; Klenzing, J.; Liebrecht, C.

    2012-01-01

    The Vector Electric Field Investigation (VEFI) on the C/NOFS equatorial satellite provides a unique data set which includes detailed measurements of irregularities associated with the equatorial ionosphere and in particular with spread-F depletions. We present vector AC electric field observations gathered on C/NOFS that address a variety of key questions regarding how plasma irregularities, from meter to kilometer scales, are created and evolve. The talk focuses on occasions where the ionosphere F-peak has been elevated above the C/NOFS satellite perigee of 400 km as solar activity has increased. In particular, during the equinox periods of 2011, the satellite consistently journeyed below the F-peak whenever the orbit was in the region of the South Atlantic anomaly after sunset. During these passes, data from the electric field and plasma density probes on the satellite have revealed two types of instabilities which had not previously been observed in the C/NOFS data set: The first is evidence for 400-500km-scale bottomside "undulations" that appear in the density and electric field data. In one case, these large scale waves are associated with a strong shear in the zonal E x B flow, as evidenced by variations in the meridional (outward) electric fields observed above and below the F-peak. These undulations are devoid of smaller scale structures in the early evening, yet appear at later local times along the same orbit associated with fully-developed spread-F with smaller scale structures. This suggests that they may be precursor waves for spread-F, driven by a collisional shear instability, following ideas advanced previously by researchers using data from the Jicamarca radar. A second result is the appearance of km-scale irregularities that are a common feature in the electric field and plasma density data that also appear when the satellite is near or below the F-peak at night. The vector electric field instrument on C/NOFS clearly shows that the electric field

  6. Effects of Crustal Fields on the Ionosphere of Mars as seen by MAVEN

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    Vogt, Marissa F.; Withers, Paul; Flynn, Casey L.; Andersson, Laila; Brain, David; Mitchell, David; Connerney, Jack; Espley, Jared R.

    2016-10-01

    Mars lacks a global intrinsic magnetic field but possesses regions of strong crustal magnetic field that are concentrated in the southern hemisphere. Previous studies have used Mars Global Surveyor or Mars Express data to show that these crustal fields influence the electron densities in the Martian ionosphere. However, many of these studies relied on remote radio occultation or radar sounding measurements and therefore relied on models to infer the crustal magnetic field strength and direction. In fall 2015 the MAVEN spacecraft passed through these crustal field regions at low altitudes, on the day side, and collected comprehensive measurements of the local plasma and magnetic field properties. The MAVEN observations therefore provide an excellent dataset with which to examine the effects of crustal fields on the ionosphere. We report on the MAVEN electron density measurements in the southern crustal field regions and discuss the influence of the magnetic field direction and topology on the dayside Martian ionosphere.

  7. Techniques and Tools for Estimating Ionospheric Effects in Interferometric and Polarimetric SAR Data

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    Rosen, P.; Lavalle, M.; Pi, X.; Buckley, S.; Szeliga, W.; Zebker, H.; Gurrola, E.

    2011-01-01

    The InSAR Scientific Computing Environment (ISCE) is a flexible, extensible software tool designed for the end-to-end processing and analysis of synthetic aperture radar data. ISCE inherits the core of the ROI_PAC interferometric tool, but contains improvements at all levels of the radar processing chain, including a modular and extensible architecture, new focusing approach, better geocoding of the data, handling of multi-polarization data, radiometric calibration, and estimation and correction of ionospheric effects. In this paper we describe the characteristics of ISCE with emphasis on the ionospheric modules. To detect ionospheric anomalies, ISCE implements the Faraday rotation method using quadpolarimetric images, and the split-spectrum technique using interferometric single-, dual- and quad-polarimetric images. The ability to generate co-registered time series of quad-polarimetric images makes ISCE also an ideal tool to be used for polarimetric-interferometric radar applications.

  8. VLF Radio Observations and Modeling of the Ionospheric Effects of SGR 1550-5418

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    Carlson, B. E.; Lehtinen, N. G.; Cohen, M.; Fishman, G. J.; Kouveliotou, C.; van der Horst, A.; Chaplan, V.; Inan, U. S.

    2010-12-01

    Cosmic gamma-ray bursts ionize the upper atmosphere, affecting sub-ionospheric propagation of very-low-frequency (VLF) radio waves. Perturbations of VLF radio signals can therefore be used to study gamma-ray burst effects on the ionosphere. We present observations of VLF radio signal perturbations coincident with bursts observed by the Fermi satellite to be produced by soft gamma-ray repeater (SGR) 1550-5418 on January 22, 2009. Massive VLF signal amplitude perturbations as large as 15 dB are seen coincident with the gamma-ray events. Models of gamma-ray ionization and chemical recovery of the upper atmosphere are then used to drive simulations of VLF radio propagation. Simulation results are compared to the observed radio data and to Fermi gamma-ray observations and are used to constrain the properties of the ionosphere and the gamma-ray events.

  9. How the effects of winds and electric fields in F2-layer storms vary with latitude and longitude - A theoretical study

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    Mendillo, M.; He, X.-Q.; Rishbeth, H.

    1992-01-01

    The effects of thermospheric winds and electric fields on the ionospheric F2-layer are controlled by the geometry of the magnetic field, and so vary with latitude and longitude. A simple model of the daytime F2-layer is adopted and the effects at midlatitudes (25-65 deg geographic) of three processes that accompany geomagnetic storms: (1) thermospheric changes due to auroral heating; (2) equatorward winds that tend to cancel the quiet-day poleward winds; and (3) the penetration of magnetospheric electric fields are studied. At +/- 65 deg, the effects of heating and electric fields are strongest in the longitudes toward which the geomagnetic dipole is tilted, i.e., the North American and the South Indian Ocean sectors. Because of the proximity of the geomagnetic equator to the East Asian and South American sectors, the reverse is true at +/- 25 deg.

  10. Ionospheric Specifications for SAR Interferometry (ISSI)

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    Pi, Xiaoqing; Chapman, Bruce D; Freeman, Anthony; Szeliga, Walter; Buckley, Sean M.; Rosen, Paul A.; Lavalle, Marco

    2013-01-01

    The ISSI software package is designed to image the ionosphere from space by calibrating and processing polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (PolSAR) data collected from low Earth orbit satellites. Signals transmitted and received by a PolSAR are subject to the Faraday rotation effect as they traverse the magnetized ionosphere. The ISSI algorithms combine the horizontally and vertically polarized (with respect to the radar system) SAR signals to estimate Faraday rotation and ionospheric total electron content (TEC) with spatial resolutions of sub-kilometers to kilometers, and to derive radar system calibration parameters. The ISSI software package has been designed and developed to integrate the algorithms, process PolSAR data, and image as well as visualize the ionospheric measurements. A number of tests have been conducted using ISSI with PolSAR data collected from various latitude regions using the phase array-type L-band synthetic aperture radar (PALSAR) onboard Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Advanced Land Observing Satellite mission, and also with Global Positioning System data. These tests have demonstrated and validated SAR-derived ionospheric images and data correction algorithms.

  11. In Situ Measurements of CLO at Mid-Latitudes: Is there an Effect from Mt. Pinatubo?

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    Avallone, L. M.; Toohey, D. W.; Proffitt, M. H.; Margitan, J. J.; Chan, K. R.; Anderson, J. G.

    1993-01-01

    Observations of ClO from 20 to 60 deg N made before and after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo are compared for changes which may result from increased sulfate aerosol surface area. Using ozone as a vertical coordinate and examining data at similar latitudes and seasons, elevated abundances of ClO are found at low latitudes (20 to 30 deg N), an effect which decreases with increasing latitude. For the flights compared, there appear to be no differences, within the uncertainty of the measurements, at latitudes poleward of 40 deg N. These results are consistent with the idea that the hydrolysis of N2O5 on sulfate aerosols becomes saturated at moderate aerosol loadings.

  12. Ionospheric effects of the missile destruction on 9 December 2009

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    Kozlovsky, Alexander; Shalimov, Sergey; Lukianova, Renata; Lester, Mark

    2014-05-01

    We report on ionosonde and meteor radar observations made in Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (SGO, 67°22'N, 26°38'E, Finland) on 9 December 2009, during a test launch of the Russian solid propellant military missile. Due to a technical problem, the missile was self-destroyed around 07 UT at an ionospheric height (near 200 km altitude) over the Kola Peninsula (Russia), at a distance about 500 km to east from the observatory. Products of the explosion were spread into a large area and reached the region of SGO meteor radar observations in about 2 h (around 09 UT). After about 3 h (around 10 UT), a sporadic E layer presumably composed of the remains including long-lived metallic (aluminum and its oxides) ions, was observed near the zenith of the SGO ionosonde. We discuss possible mechanisms accounting for transport of the remains. (1) Since the event occurred during a long-lasting period of extremely low solar and magnetic activity, the ionospheric electric field was unlikely to play a substantial role in the transport of the remains and sporadic E layer formation. (2) The horizontal transport of the remains cannot be explained by the neutral winds based on empirical models. (3) Theoretical estimations suggest that the observed transport could be due to thermospheric turbulence.

  13. Towards estimation of atmospheric tidal effects on the ionosphere via data assimilation

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    Solomentsev, Dmitry; Cherniak, Yakov; Titov, Anton; Khattatov, Boris; Khattatov, Vyacheslav

    2015-11-01

    The impact of atmospheric tides on the night time ionosphere is now being a subject of the extensive research within the scientific community. The plausible effect has been observed using the multiple space-borne instruments (e.g. COSMIC/FORMOSAT-3 constellation, TIMED GUVI and NASA IMAGE). Along with the observations, several modelling attempts has been undertaken to prove or refute the interrelation between the atmospheric tides and the wave-four longitudinal night time ionosphere structure. The scope of the current article is to assess the data assimilation ionosphere model capabilities in representing the longitudinal effect in the night time ionosphere induced by the DE3 atmospheric tide. Along with this, the core physics-based model capabilities in estimating the same effect are presented and discussed. For the current research, two periods were taken into consideration: the autumn equinox of the years 2006 and 2012. In the current article the data assimilation and physics-based models calculation results are presented and discussed along with the models' error estimation and analysis.

  14. Equatorial transport of Saturn's ionosphere as driven by a dust-ring current system

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    Ip, W.; Mendis, D.A.

    1983-03-01

    The diurnal modulation of the dust ring current of Saturn's D-ring causes field-aligned Birkeland currents ot flow near the dawn and dusk terminators and close across the mid-latitude ionosphere. One consequence of this current system is the establishment of a global convection pattern in the equatorial outer ionosphere. Outward motion of the dayside ionosheric plasma as well as the corresponding absorption effect of the inner ring system might be one physical cause of the depletion of the ionospheric content of Saturn.

  15. Mid-latitude thermospheric dynamics as observed by the North American Thermosphere-Ionosphere Observing Network of imaging Fabry-Perot interferometers

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    Makela, J. J.; Meriwether, J. W.; Ridley, A. J.; Castellaz, M. W.; Ciocca, M.; Fisher, D. J.

    2012-12-01

    In June and July of 2012, three new imaging Fabry-Perot interferometers (FPI) were installed at the Urbana Atmospheric Observatory in Urbana, IL (University of Illinois), Peach Mountain Observatory in Pinkney, MI (University of Michigan), and Richmond, KY (Eastern Kentucky University). Together with the existing FPI operating at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Rosman, NC (Clemson University), these FPIs form the initial deployment of the North American Thermosphere-Ionosphere Observing Network (NATION). NATION represents a new midlatitude chain of instruments capable of providing measurements of the thermospheric neutral winds and temperatures through observations of the redline emission at 630.0 nm. We present results from the first five months of operations of these instruments. The capabilities of the network are also demonstrated, first with each instrument operating as a stand alone observatory and then with each instrument operating in concert with one another to form a distributed sensing system capable of providing temperature and horizontal vector wind measurements over the midwestern United States.

  16. Impacts of Space Weather Effects on the Ionospheric Vertical Total Electron Content

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    Hinrichs, Johannes; Bothmer, Volker; Mrotzek, Niclas; Venzmer, Malte; Erdogan, Eren; Dettmering, Denise; Limberger, Marco; Schmidt, Michael; Seitz, Florian; Börger, Klaus; Brandert, Sylvia; Görres, Barbara; Kersten, Wilhelm F.

    2016-04-01

    Space weather effects on the terrestrial ionospheric vertical total electron content (VTEC) are caused by solar EUV- and X-Ray emissions, solar wind streams and coronal mass ejections (CMEs), amongst other processes. They can lead to major disturbances of telecommunication and navigation systems. Accurately predicting the global VTEC distribution is thus of utmost importance for our societal infrastructure. Here we present results obtained within the German space situational awareness project OPTIMAP (OPerational Tool for Ionosphere Mapping And Prediction) through analyzing the solar effects on the global and regional distribution as well as on the temporal variation of the ionospheric VTEC. For the state-of-the-art analysis in the OPTIMAP project, key data from the GOES, SDO, ACE, SOHO, Proba2 and STEREO missions are analysed together with ground based parameters such as the F10.7 index. The ionospheric data are taken from global VTEC-maps provided by the International GNSS Service (IGS). The results will be used as input for the development of an improved operational VTEC forecast service providing forecasts up to five days in advance.

  17. The lower ionosphere effects caused by the tsunami-driven internal gravity waves

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    Rozhnoi, Alexander; Solovieva, Maria; Shalimov, Sergei; Levin, Boris; Shevchenko, Georgy; Hayakawa, Masashi

    2014-05-01

    Measurements from the VLF/LF station in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Russia) were used to observe the response of the lower ionosphere to the tsunami triggered by the 2010 Chili earthquake. This earthquake produced the trans-ocean tsunami, which severely affected the coastal communities of Chile and presented a serious threat for all Pacific Ocean coasts including the far eastern coast of Russia. Disturbances in the phase and amplitude of the VLF signal propagating from the transmitter in Hawaiian Islands were observed during the tsunami wave passage recorded by the Deep-ocean Assessments and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) bottom pressure stations. The tsunami propagation time from the source to Hawaii Islands was about 14 h and to the coast of Russia about 21 h. The new point discussed here is that we observed a second tsunami and its ionospheric effects which have been missed in the previous observations in the upper ionosphere. Nevertheless, the presence of the second tsunami is confirmed by both the VLF and DART's measurements. The tsunamigenic effects in the ionosphere were compared to the in-situ sea-level DART measurements near Hawaii Islands and not far from Kamchatka. The frequency of the maximum spectral amplitude both for the VLF and DART data was found to be in the range of periods of 8-60 min which corresponds to the period of the internal gravity waves generated by tsunami.

  18. Tropical cyclone effects on the equatorial ionosphere: First result from the Indian sector

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    Guha, Anirban; Paul, Bapan; Chakraborty, Monti; De, Barin Kumar

    2016-06-01

    Ionospheric response to the effects of tropical cyclone (TC) "Mahasen" in 2013 and Hudhud in 2014 is studied on the equatorial ionosphere over the Indian sector for the first time using Global Positioning System-derived total electron content (TEC) data. We observed an anomalous decrease of 3.8 TEC unit (1 TECU = 1016 el m-2) in vertical TEC (VTEC) value from the monthly mean for TC Mahasen and 2.1 TECU for TC Hudhud on the day of the landfall. We have also observed similar VTEC depletion of 1.5, 1.9, and 2.1 TECU for three different receivers on the landfall day for TC Vongfong over Japan. This anomalous decrease is observed over a wide zone around the trajectory of the cyclone during the active cyclonic storm stage. This observed anomaly might be the result of combined effect of TC-inspired gravity waves, ejection of neutral particles from the terminator of a TC, and lightning electric fields which redistribute the chemical constituents of the ionosphere by increasing the number of neutral particles at different ionospheric heights, thus decreasing the TEC over the satellite-receiver path.

  19. Dust Storm Signatures in Global Ionosphere Map of GPS Total Electron Content

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    Lin, Fang-Tse; Shih, Ai-Ling; Liu, Jann-Yenq; Kuo, Cheng-Ling; Lin, Tang-Huang; Lien, Wei-Hung

    2016-04-01

    In this paper both MODIS data and GIM (global ionosphere map) TEC (total electron content) as well as numerical simulations are used to study ionospheric dust storm effects in May 2008. The aerosol optical depth (AOD) and the LTT (latitude-time-TEC) along the Sahara longitude simultaneously reach their maximum values on 28 May 2008. The LLT (latitude-longitude-TEC) map specifically and significantly increases over the Sahara region on 28 May 2008. The simulation suggests that the dust storm may change the atmospheric conductivity, which in turn modifies the GIM TEC over the Sahara area.

  20. IMF polarity effects on the equatorial ionospheric F-region

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    Sastri, J.H.

    1985-01-01

    An exploratory study is made of the influence, during the equinoxes, of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) sector structure on the ionospheric F-region using ionosonde data from several equatorial stations for a 3-yr period around the 19th sunspot cycle maximum. It is found that, compared with days having positive IMF polarity, the post-sunset increase of h'F near the dip equator and the depth of the equatorial ionization anomaly (EIA) are reduced during the vernal equinox and enhanced during the autumnal equinox on days with negative IMF polarity. Similar trends are also noted in the data for the 20th sunspot cycle maximum, but with reduced amplitude. The systematic changes in the F-region characteristics suggest a modification of the equatorial zonal electric fields in association with the IMF polarity-related changes in the semi-annual variation of geomagnetic activity. 24 references.

  1. Ionospheric effects of the missile destruction on December 9, 2009

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    Kozlovsky, Alexander; Shalimov, Sergey; Lukianova, Renata

    2014-05-01

    We report on ionosonde and meteor radar observations made in Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory (SGO, 67N, 27E, Finland) on December 9, 2009 during a test launch of the Russian solid propellant military missile. Because of the technical problem the missile was self-destroyed around 07 UT at ionospheric height (170-260 km) over the Kola Peninsula (Russia), at a distance about 500 km to east from the observatory. Products of the explosion, including long-lived ionized aluminum oxides, were spread into the large area and reached the region of SGO meteor radar observations in about 2 hours (around 09 UT). After about 3 hours (around 10 UT) a sporadic E layer presumably composed of the remains was observed close to the zenith of the SGO ionosonde. We present the data and discuss possible mechanisms accounting for both vertical and horizontal transport of the remains. Theoretical estimations suggest that the observed transport could be likely due to thermospheric turbulence.

  2. Cyclotron resonance effects on stochastic acceleration of light ionospheric ions

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    Singh, N.; Schunk, R. W.; Sojka, J. J.

    1982-09-01

    The production of energetic ions with conical pitch angle distributions along the auroral field lines is a subject of considerable current interest. There are several theoretical treatments showing the acceleration (heating) of the ions by ion cyclotron waves. The quasi-linear theory predicts no acceleration when the ions are nonresonant. In the present investigation, it is demonstrated that the cyclotron resonances are not crucial for the transverse acceleration of ions by ion cyclotron waves. It is found that transverse energization of ionospheric ions, such as He(+), He(++), O(++), and O(+), is possible by an Electrostatic Hydrogen Cyclotron (EHC) wave even in the absence of cyclotron resonance. The mechanism of acceleration is the nonresonant stochastic heating. However, when there are resonant ions both the total energy gain and the number of accelerated ions increase with increasing parallel wave number.

  3. Cyclotron resonance effects on stochastic acceleration of light ionospheric ions

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    Singh, N.; Schunk, R. W.; Sojka, J. J.

    1982-01-01

    The production of energetic ions with conical pitch angle distributions along the auroral field lines is a subject of considerable current interest. There are several theoretical treatments showing the acceleration (heating) of the ions by ion cyclotron waves. The quasi-linear theory predicts no acceleration when the ions are nonresonant. In the present investigation, it is demonstrated that the cyclotron resonances are not crucial for the transverse acceleration of ions by ion cyclotron waves. It is found that transverse energization of ionospheric ions, such as He(+), He(++), O(++), and O(+), is possible by an Electrostatic Hydrogen Cyclotron (EHC) wave even in the absence of cyclotron resonance. The mechanism of acceleration is the nonresonant stochastic heating. However, when there are resonant ions both the total energy gain and the number of accelerated ions increase with increasing parallel wave number.

  4. Global effects on Ionospheric Weather over the Indian subcontinent at Sunrise and Sunset

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    Basak, Tamal; Pal, S.; Chakrabarti, S. K.

    2010-10-20

    Study of Very Low Frequency (VLF) electromagnetic wave is very important for knowing the behavior of the Ionospheric layers due to Sunrise-Sunset, Earthquakes, Solar flares, Solar eclipses and other terrestrial and extra terrestrial radiations. We study the properties of the variation of the VLF signal strength theoretically all over Indian sub-continent. As an example, we concentrate on the VLF signal transmitted by Indian Naval Transmitter VTX at Vijayanarayanam (Latitude 08 deg. 23', Longitude 77 deg. 45') near the southern tip of Indian subcontinent. As has been noticed, several receiving stations placed during the VLF campaign in all over India, the VLF signal strength varies significantly with place and time. To understand the diurnal and seasonal variation of the received signal, a complete knowledge of physics of intensity distribution of the VLF signal is essential. The spatial variation of VLF signal plays an important role in selecting future VLF stations. In the wave-hop theoretical model presented here, horizontally stratified ionospheric layers have been considered. The VLF wave emitted by the transmitter has both the ground wave and the sky wave components. The ground wave attenuates during propagation. The sky wave component experiences reflections by the ionosphere on its way to the receiver and its attenuation depends on the degree of ionization. Intensity variation occurs at a given receiver location for interference among singly and multiply reflected waves. This has been simulated considering some simplified and justifiable assumptions. This spatial variation wave-hop theoretical model developed here has been compared with LWPC code generated results.

  5. Geomagnetic Storm Effects in the Low- to Middle-Latitude Upper Thermosphere

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    Burns, A. G.; Killeen, T. L.; Deng, W.; Carignan, G. R.; Roble, R. G.

    1995-01-01

    In this paper, we use data from the Dynamics Explorer 2 (DE 2) satellite and a theoretical simulation made by using the National Center for Atmospheric Research thermosphere/ionosphere general circulation model (NCAR-TIGCM) to study storm-induced changes in the structure of the upper thermosphere in the low- to middle-latitude (20 deg-40 deg N) region of the winter hemisphere. Our principal results are as follows: (1) The winds associated with the diurnal tide weaken during geomagnetic storms, causing primarily zonally oriented changes in the evening sector, few changes in the middle of the afternoon, a combination of zonal and meridional changes in the late morning region, and mainly meridional changes early in the morning; (2) Decreases in the magnitudes of the horizontal winds associated with the diurnal tide lead to a net downward tendency in the vertical winds blowing through a constant pressure surface; (3) Because of these changes in the vertical wind, there is an increase in compressional heating (or a decrease in cooling through expansion), and thus temperatures in the low- to middle-latitudes of the winter hemisphere increase; (4) Densities of all neutral species increase on a constant height surface, but the pattern of changes in the O/N2 ratio is not well ordered on these surfaces; (5) The pattern of changes in the O/N2 ratio is better ordered on constant pressure surfaces. The increases in this ratio on constant pressure surfaces in the low- to middle-latitude, winter hemisphere are caused by a more downward tendency in the vertical winds that blow through the constant pressure surfaces. Nitrogen-poor air is then advected downward through the pressure surface, increasing the O/N2 ratio; (6) The daytime geographical distribution of the modeled increases in the O/N2 ratio on a constant pressure surface in the low- to middle-latitudes of the winter hemisphere correspond very closely with those of increases in the modeled electron densities at the F2 peak.

  6. Ionospheric research opportunity

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    Rickel, Dwight

    1985-05-01

    Ground-based explosions have been exploited successfully in the past as a relatively controlled source for producing ionospheric disturbances. On June 25, the Defense Nuclear Agency will conduct a high explosives test on the northern section of the White Sands Missile Range. Approximately 4,800 tons of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil (ANFO) will be detonated at ground level, producing an acoustic shock wave with a surface pressure change of approximately 20 mbar at a 6 km range. This shock front will have sufficient strength to propagate into the ionosphere with at least a 10% change in the ambient pressure across the disturbance front in the lower F region. Such an ionospheric perturbation will give ionospheric researchers an excellent opportunity to investigate acoustic propagation at ionospheric heights, shock dissipation effect, the ion-neutral coupling process, acoustic-gravity wave (traveling ionospheric disturbance) generation mechanisms, and associated RF phenomena.

  7. Effect of enhanced x-ray flux on the ionosphere over Cyprus during solar flares

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    Mostafa, Md. Golam; Haralambous, Haris

    2015-06-01

    In this work we study the effect of solar flares on the ionosphere over Cyprus. Solar flares are impulsive solar activity events usually coupled with Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). The arrival and the subsequent impact of solar flares on geospace, following an eruption on the Sun's surface is almost immediate (around 9 min) whereas the impact of CMEs is rather delayed (2-3 days) as the former is based on X-ray radiation whereas the latter phenomenon is related with particles and magnetic fields travelling at lower speeds via the Solar Wind. The penetration of X-rays down to the Dregion following such an event enhances the electron density. This increase can be monitored by ionosondes, which measure the electron density up to the maximum electron density NmF2. The significance of this increase lies on the increase of signal absorption causing limited window of operating frequencies for HF communications. In this study the effect of enhanced X-ray flux on the ionosphere over Cyprus during solar flares has been investigated. To establish the correlation and extent of impact on different layers, data of X-ray intensity from Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) and ionospheric characteristics (D & F layer) over Nicosia station (35° N, 33° E) were examined for all solar flares during the period 2011-2014. The analysis revealed a positive and good correlation between frequency of minimum reflection, fmin and X-ray intensity for D layer demonstrating that X-rays play a dominant role in the ionization of lower ionosphere. Hence, X-ray flux can be used as a good proxy for studying the solar flare effects on lower ionosphere. The correlation coefficient between maximum electron density of F layer, NmF2 and X-ray intensity was found to be poor.

  8. Hemispheric Asymmetry and Universal Time Effects in Ionospheric Total Electron Content and Outflow Rates

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    Perlongo, N. J.; Welling, D. T.; Ridley, A. J.; Glocer, A.; Immel, T. J.; Katus, R. M.; Liemohn, M. W.

    2014-12-01

    Recent studies have suggested that the strength of the ionospheric response to a geomagnetic storm may be a function of Universal Time (UT), with storms that peak in the post-noon UT having the strongest reaction. The strength of the ring current has also been observed to depend on the UT of the storm peak. A recent superposed epoch analysis found that storm intensity is enhanced when the storm peak occurs near 0 UT compared to 12 UT. Ionospheric outflow has been shown to be a significant contributor to magnetospheric dynamics, especially during storm time. It is possible that the changes in the ring current resulting from outflow significantly contribute to the subsequent UT effect. The Polar Wind Outflow Model (PWOM) and the Global Ionosphere-Thermosphere Model (GITM) are used to investigate this dependence by simulating particular storms shifted both to each of the seasons, and in time during the day. The system response is analyzed and compared for both hemispheres using an unshifted base simulation for each storm. The total electron content, electron and ion temperatures, total ionospheric outflow fluence at different altitudes, as well as the magnitude and spatial distributions of outflow are investigated.

  9. Ionospheric and magnetospheric effects of solar flares monitored by ground-based riometer and magnetometers

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    Ronan Coelho Stekel, Tardelli; Schuch, Nelson Jorge; Echer, Ezequiel; Guarnieri, Fernando; Makita, Kazuo; Espindola Antunes, Cassio; Moro, Juliano; Machado Paulo, Claudio

    The solar flare incidence follows a behavior similar to the solar cycle activity, which results in periodic disturbances on the Earth's ionosphere and magnetosphere. The correlation of this phenomenon can provide important information about the magnetosphere, the Sun/Earth interaction, as well as events occurring in the ionosphere which can, for instance, generate disturbances in telecommunications, small satellites or even in the space weather. Riometer and magnetometers data analysis can provide useful way for measuring and understanding the effects of solar flare radiation in the ionosphere and magnetosphere. The Solar Flare effect (SFE) is associated with the sudden change of ionospheric currents caused by the extra ionization produced by soft X-ray (0.1 to 9.0 nm) and EUV (9.0 to 100.0 nm) radiation from the solar flare. The objective of this work is to present the correlation of the ionospheric and magnetospheric (H, D, Z) sudden disturbances due to high-intensity solar flares (M and X class), that can emit up to 1032 ergs of energy. For this purpose, analysis were performed for the riometer and magnetometers dedicated to study the Solar-Earth interactions at the Southern Space Observatory (SSO/CRS/INPE -MCT), (29.4° S, 53.8° W, 480m a.s.l), São Martinho da a Serra, RS, Brazil. To identify and investigate the sudden radiation increase caused by the solar flare, the X-ray data (0.1 to 0.8 nm) from GOES Satellites and the EUV data (26.0 to 34.0 nm and 0.1 to 50.0 nm) from the Solar EUV Monitor (SEM) on the SOHO spacecraft are correlated. With the analysis of these ground-based instruments and spacecrafts data, the correlation of the solar activity and the magnetospheric and ionospheric disturbances were performed, as for the Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SID) and Magnetic Crochet about 60% D-component variation during a large solar flare was observed.

  10. Storm Signatures and Irregularities in the Equatorial Ionosphere Observed by Using FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC (Invited)

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    Liu, J. G.; Chen, L.; Hsu, R.; Lee, I.; Chang, G.; Yu, S.; Liu, T.

    2013-12-01

    This paper reports that fluctuations in the vertical electron density triggering by magnetic storms and irregularities of S4 scintillations in the equatorial ionosphere probed by FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC (F3/C). For the storm study, the electron density profiles derived by the F3/C RO (radio occultation) in high-, mid- and low-latitudes during the quiet time and disturbed periods are subdivided into four sectors, noon, dusk, midnight, and dawn, to find wavy characteristics. The wavelet transformation is further applied to examine the profiles before and during the storm period. Above 300km, the ionosphere becomes very structured, and the amplitude in fluctuations of 15~30km wavelength significantly enhances during the storm period, especially high latitude region. The concurrence in changes of the geomagnetic index and the ionospheric density suggest that penetration electric fields and energy inputs at high latitudes play important roles. On the other hand, the F3/C RO provides an excellent opportunity to monitor three-dimensional structures and dynamics of the ionospheric scintillations during the low solar activity year of 2007-2013. Measurements of the global F3/C S4 index are subdivided and examined in various latitudes, longitudes, altitudes, and seasons. The F-region scintillations in the equatorial and low-latitude ionosphere start around post-sunset period and often persist till post-midnight hours (0300 MLT, magnetic local time) during the March and September equinox as well as December Solstice seasons. The E-region scintillations reveal a clear solar zenith effect and yield pronounced intensities in mid-latitudes during the Summer Solstice seasons, which are well correlated with occurrences of the sporadic E-layer. Finally, impact of the F3/C follow-on, FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2, mission on ionospheric space weather monitoring will be briefed.

  11. Long-term monthly statistics of the mid-latitude ionospheric E-layer peak electron density in the Northern geographic hemisphere during geomagnetically quiet and steadily low solar activity conditions

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    Pavlov, Anatoli; Pavlova, Nadezhda

    2016-07-01

    Long-term hourly values of the ionospheric E-layer peak electron density, NmE, measured during the time period of 1957-2014 by 4 mid-latitude ionosondes (Wallops Island, Boulder, de l'Ebre, and Rome) in the Northern geographic hemisphere were processed to select periods of geomagnetically quiet and low solar activity conditions to calculate several descriptive statistics of NmE close to noon for each month in a year, including the mathematical expectation of NmE, the standard deviations of NmE from the mathematically expected NmE, and the NmE variation coefficient. The month-to-month variability of these descriptors allowed us to identify months of a year when they reach their extremes (maxima, minima). We found that the most probable NmE cannot be considered as the best statistical parameter among the most probable NmE and the mathematically expected NmE in statistical studies of month-to-month variations of NmE. Depending on a choice of an ionosonde and a month, the calculated NmE variation coefficient changes from 5 to 12 %.

  12. GNSS station characterisation for ionospheric scintillation applications

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    Romano, Vincenzo; Spogli, Luca; Aquino, Marcio; Dodson, Alan; Hancock, Craig; Forte, Biagio

    2013-10-01

    Ionospheric scintillations are fluctuations in the phase and amplitude of the signals from GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) occurring when they cross regions of electron density irregularities in the ionosphere. Such disturbances can cause serious degradation of several aspects of GNSS system performance, including integrity, accuracy and availability. The two indices adopted worldwide to characterise ionospheric scintillations are: the amplitude scintillation index, S4, which is the standard deviation of the received power normalised by its mean value, and the phase scintillation index, σΦ, which is the standard deviation of the de-trended carrier phase. Collaborative work between NGI and INGV supports a permanent network of GISTM (GPS Ionospheric Scintillation and TEC Monitor) receivers that covers a wide range of latitudes in the northern European sector. Data from this network has contributed significantly to several papers during the past few years (see e.g. De Franceschi et al., 2008; Aquino et al., 2009; Spogli et al., 2009, 2010; Alfonsi et al., 2011). In these investigations multipath effects and noise that contaminate the scintillation measurements are largely filtered by applying an elevation angle threshold. A deeper analysis of the data quality and the development of a more complex filtering technique can improve the results obtained so far. The structures in the environment of each receiver in the network which contaminate scintillation measurements should be identified in order to improve the quality of the scintillation and TEC data by removing error sources due to the local environment. The analysis in this paper considers a data set characterised by quiet ionospheric conditions of the mid-latitude station located in Nottingham (UK), followed by a case study of the severe geomagnetic storm, which occurred in late 2003, known generally as the "Halloween Storm".

  13. Ionosphere-thermosphere perturbations due to lower atmospheric waves

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    Schunk, Robert; Gardner, Larry; Scherliess, Ludger; Thompson, Donald; Sojka, Jan

    We are developing a thermosphere-ionosphere-plasmasphere data assimilation model that will be used as an upper atmospheric component for an ocean-atmosphere model. This data assimilation model is based on a physics model of the ionosphere-plasmasphere system that covers the E-region, F-region, topside ionosphere, and plasmasphere (90 - 30,000 km). The model is capable of assimilating data from a variety of sources, including bottomside Ne profiles from ionosondes, slant GPS/TEC from a network of stations, in situ Ne from DMSP satellites, lineof-sight UV emissions measured by satellites, and occultation data. The data are assimilated via an ensemble Kalman filter technique. The thermosphere data assimilation model has been constructed from a physics-based, global, thermosphere model using an ensemble Kalman filter technique. This model will eventually be able to assimilate UV radiances from the SSUSI and SSULI instruments, in situ winds and densities along satellite tracks, and satellite drag data. The coupled data assimilation model will be used for studies of the effect that troposphere weather disturbances have on the upper atmosphere. Preliminary simulations have been conducted with the physics-based ionosphere-thermosphere model of the effect that upward propagating tides (diurnal, semi-diurnal, terdiurnal), sound waves, and gravity waves have on the ionosphere-thermosphere system at middle and low latitudes. The status of this modeling effort will be reviewed. The wave effects will also be compared with thermosphere disturbances generated by the ionosphere.

  14. Developments of STIM, the Saturn Thermosphere Ionosphere Model

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    Aylward, A. D.; Smith, C. G.; Miller, S.; Millward, G.

    2005-05-01

    The STIM (Saturn Thermosphere Ionosphere Model) model is a joint venture betwen University College London, Imperial College London, Boston University and the University of Arizona to develop a 3-d global circulation model of the Saturnian system - the primary aim being to use this as a tool for interpretation and testing of Cassini data. After initial work producing a basic thermosphere model (Muller-Wodarg et al 2005), examining issues to do with the ionosphere (Moore et al 2005) and examining auroral heating effects (Smith et al 2005), a global coupled ionosphere-plasmasphere has been added to the model. At low latitudes the model calculates ion densities on closed flux tubes passing through the ring plane. At high latitudes it performs self-consistent calculations of Joule heating and ion drag based on the calculated thermospheric and ionospheric parameters. The plasmasphere is complicated for Saturn by the strength of the centrifugal force which can dominate the forces in the outer flux tubes. Studies initially used H+ and H3+ as the principle ions but for the future it will be necessary to look at the consequences of the rings supplying OH or oxygen from ring ice particles. The high-latitude morphology is being refined as Cassini data constrains it. Long-term plans for the STIM development will be discussed.

  15. The effects of convection on the summertime mid-latitude overworld

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    Dessler, A. E.

    2006-09-01

    Halogen Occultation Experiment measurements of H2O are used to investigate the influence of mid-latitude convection on the summertime overworld between 30° N and 40° N. We find that most of the convective influence over this latitude range occurs over the Asian monsoon and over North America. Over North America, the effects of convection extend to ~410 K (17.5 km). Over Asia, the effects of convection extend to ~460 K (19 km), about 50 K (1.5 km) higher than over North America.

  16. Monte Carlo Calculations of F-region Incoherent Radar Spectra at High Latitudes: the Effect of O+-O+ Coulomb Collisions

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    Barghouthi, I.; Barakat, A.

    We have used Monte Carlo simulations of O+ velocity distributions in the high latitude F-region to improve the calculation of incoherent radar spectra in auroral ionosphere. The Monte Carlo simulation includes ion-neutral O+ -- O resonant charge exchange and polarization interactions as well as Coulomb self-collisions O+ -- O+. At a few hundreds kilometers of altitude, atomic oxygen O and atomic oxygen ion O+ dominate the composition of the auroral ionosphere and, consequently, the influence of O+ -- O+ Coulomb collisions becomes significant. In this study we consider the effect of O+ -- O+ collisions on the incoherent radar spectra in the presence of large electric field (˜ 100 mVm-1). As altitude increases, (i.e. the role of O+ -- O+ becomes significant), the 1-D O+ ion velocity distribution function becomes more Maxwellian and the features of the radar spectrum corresponding to non-Maxwellian ion velocity distribution (e.g. baby bottle and triple hump shapes) evolve to Maxwellian ion velocity distribution (single and double hump shapes). Therefore, O+ -- O+ Coulomb collisions act to istropize the 1-D O+ velocity distribution, and modify the radar spectrum accordingly, by transferring thermal energy from the perpendicular direction to the parallel direction.

  17. Observations and simulations of the ionospheric lunar tide: Seasonal variability

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    Pedatella, N. M.

    2014-07-01

    The seasonal variability of the ionospheric lunar tide is investigated using a combination of Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC) observations and thermosphere-ionosphere-mesosphere electrodynamics general circulation model (TIME-GCM) simulations. The present study focuses on the seasonal variability of the lunar tide in the ionosphere and its potential connection to the occurrence of stratosphere sudden warmings (SSWs). COSMIC maximum F region electron density (NmF2) and total electron content observations reveal a primarily annual variation of the ionospheric lunar tide, with maximum amplitudes occurring at low latitudes during December-February. Simulations of the lunar tide climatology in TIME-GCM display a similar annual variability as the COSMIC observations. This leads to the conclusion that the annual variability of the lunar tide in the ionosphere is not solely due to the occurrence of SSWs. Rather, the annual variability of the lunar tide in the ionosphere is generated by the seasonal variability of the lunar tide at E region altitudes. However, compared to the observations, the ionospheric lunar tide annual variability is weaker in the climatological simulations which is attributed to the occurrence of SSWs during the majority of the years included in the observations. Introducing a SSW into the TIME-GCM simulation leads to an additional enhancement of the lunar tide during Northern Hemisphere winter, increasing the lunar tide annual variability and resulting in an annual variability that is more consistent with the observations. The occurrence of SSWs can therefore potentially bias lunar tide climatologies, and it is important to consider these effects in studies of the lunar tide in the atmosphere and ionosphere.

  18. Effects of the intense geomagnetic storm of September-October 2012 on the equatorial, low- and mid-latitude F region in the American and African sector during the unusual 24th solar cycle

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    de Jesus, R.; Fagundes, P. R.; Coster, A.; Bolaji, O. S.; Sobral, J. H. A.; Batista, I. S.; de Abreu, A. J.; Venkatesh, K.; Gende, M.; Abalde, J. R.; Sumod, S. G.

    2016-02-01

    The main purpose of this paper is to investigate the response of the ionospheric F layer in the American and African sectors during the intense geomagnetic storm which occurred on 30 September-01 October 2012. In this work, we used observations from a chain of 20 GPS stations in the equatorial, low- and mid-latitude regions in the American and African sectors. Also, in this study ionospheric sounding data obtained during 29th September to 2nd October, 2012 at Jicamarca (JIC), Peru, São Luis (SL), Fortaleza (FZ), Brazil, and Port Stanley (PST), are presented. On the night of 30 September-01 October, in the main and recovery phase, the h´F variations showed an unusual uplifting of the F region at equatorial (JIC, SL and FZ) and mid- (PST) latitude stations related with the propagations of traveling ionospheric disturbances (TIDs) generated by Joule heating at auroral regions. On 30 September, the VTEC variations and foF2 observations at mid-latitude stations (American sector) showed a long-duration positive ionospheric storm (over 6 h of enhancement) associated with large-scale wind circulations and equatorward neutral winds. Also, on 01 October, a long-duration positive ionospheric storm was observed at equatorial, low- and mid- latitude stations in the African sector, related with the large-scale wind circulations and equatorward neutral winds. On 01 and 02 October, positive ionospheric storms were observed at equatorial, low- and mid-latitude stations in the American sector, possibly associated with the TIDs and an equatorward neutral wind. Also, on 01 October negative ionospheric storms were observed at equatorial, low- and mid-latitude regions in the American sector, probably associated with the changes in the O/N2 ratio. On the night of 30 September-01 October, ionospheric plasma bubbles were observed at equatorial, low- and mid- latitude stations in the South American sector, possibly associated with the occurrence of geomagnetic storm.

  19. Modeling the effects of snowpack on heterotrophic respiration across northern temperate and high latitude regions: Comparison with measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide in high latitudes

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    McGuire, A.D.; Melillo, J.M.; Randerson, J.T.; Parton, W.J.; Heimann, Martin; Meier, R.A.; Clein, J.S.; Kicklighter, D.W.; Sauf, W.

    2000-01-01

    Simulations by global terrestrial biogeochemical models (TBMs) consistently underestimate the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) at high latitude monitoring stations during the nongrowing season. We hypothesized that heterotrophic respiration is underestimated during the nongrowing season primarily because TBMs do not generally consider the insulative effects of snowpack on soil temperature. To evaluate this hypothesis, we compared the performance of baseline and modified versions of three TBMs in simulating the seasonal cycle of atmospheric CO2 at high latitude CO2 monitoring stations; the modified version maintained soil temperature at 0 ??C when modeled snowpack was present. The three TBMs include the Carnegie-Ames-Stanford Approach (CASA), Century, and the Terrestrial Ecosystem Model (TEM). In comparison with the baseline simulation of each model, the snowpack simulations caused higher releases of CO2 between November and March and greater uptake of CO2 between June and August for latitudes north of 30??N. We coupled the monthly estimates of CO2 exchange, the seasonal carbon dioxide flux fields generated by the HAMOCC3 seasonal ocean carbon cycle model, and fossil fuel source fields derived from standard sources to the three-dimensional atmospheric transport model TM2 forced by observed winds to simulate the seasonal cycle of atmospheric CO2 at each of seven high latitude monitoring stations, in comparison to the CO2 concentrations simulated with the baseline fluxes of each TBM, concentrations simulated using the snowpack fluxes are generally in better agreement with observed concentrations between August and March at each of the monitoring stations. Thus, representation of the insulative effects of snowpack in TBMs generally improves simulation of atmospheric CO2 concentrations in high latitudes during both the late growing season and nongrowing season. These simulations highlight the global importance of biogeochemical processes during the

  20. Characteristics of ionospheric storms in East Asia during 2002-2014

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    Wang, Xiao; Zherebtsov, Gelii; Wang, Guojun; Ratovsky, Konstantin; Romanova, Elena; Shi, Jiankui

    2016-07-01

    The ionosphere experiences intense response during the geomagnetic storm and it varies with latitude and longitude. The DPS-4 digisonde measurements and GPS-TEC data of ionospheric stations located at different latitudes in the longitudinal sector of 90-130°E during 2002 to 2014 were analyzed to investigate the ionospheric effects in the different latitude of East Asia during geomagnetic storm. About 80 geomagnetic storms are selected according to the Dst index and observed data and they are in different seasons and different solar activity levels. A few quiet days' averages of data before geomagnetic storm were used as the undisturbed level. Results show that for the middle and high latitude, the short-lived positive disturbance associated with the initial phase of the every storm was observed in each season and then the disturbances were negative till the termination of storm. At the low latitude, storm-time disturbances of foF2 have obvious diurnal, seasonal and solar cycle characteristics. Generally, geomagnetic activity will cause foF2 to increase at daytime and decrease at nighttime except for the summer in low solar activity period. The intensity of response of foF2 is stronger at nighttime than that at daytime. The negative ionospheric storm effect is the strongest in summer and the positive ionospheric storm effect is the strongest in winter. In high solar activity period, the diurnal variation of the response of foF2 is very pronounced in each season, and the strong ionospheric response can last several days. In low solar activity period, ionospheric response has very pronounced diurnal variation in winter only. It's notable that geomagnetic activities occurred at local time nighttime can cause stronger and longer responses of foF2 at the low latitude. For the TEC data, strong disturbances can be observed simultaneously from high latitude to low latitude during the main phase of some storms. Generally strong/weak storms can cause the negative

  1. Topside ionospheric response to solar EUV variability

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    Anderson, Phillip C.; Hawkins, Jessica M.

    2016-02-01

    We present an analysis of 23 years of thermal plasma measurements in the topside ionosphere from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft. The H+/O+ ratio and density vary dramatically with the solar cycle; cross-correlation coefficients between E10.7 and the daily averaged densities are greater than 0.85. The ionospheric parameters also vary dramatically with season, particularly at latitudes away from the equator where the solar zenith angle varies greatly with season. There are also 27 day solar rotation periodicities in the density, associated with periodicities in the directly measured solar EUV flux. Empirical orthogonal function analysis captures over 95% of the variation in the density in the first two principal components. The first principal component (PC1) is clearly associated with the solar EUV while the second principal component (PC2) is clearly associated with the solar zenith angle variation. The magnitude of the variation of the response of the topside ionosphere to solar EUV variability is shown to be closely related to the ionospheric composition. This is interpreted as the result of the effect of composition on the scale height in the topside ionosphere and the "pivot effect" in which the variation in density near the F2 peak is amplified by a factor of e at an altitude a scale height above the F2 peak. When the topside ionosphere is H+ dominated during solar minimum, DMSP may be much less than a scale height above the F2 peak while during solar maximum, when it is O+ dominated, DMSP may be several scale heights above the F2 peak.

  2. Electrical coupling between the E and F regions and its effect on low-latitude electrodynamic drifts produced by the atmospheric dynamo

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    Crain, D.J.

    1991-01-01

    The global ionospheric electrostatic potential distribution is determined using a realistic first-principle ionosphere model and simple wind distributions. The low-latitude ion drifts are calculated for various wind distributions and for self-consistent plasma and potential distributions. These drifts are compared with the plasma drifts observed at Jicamarca, and show considerable improvement over previous dynamo models. The role of the F-region dynamo is determined to be significantly greater than previously assumed. The zonal neutral wind in the F region is shown to be the major source of low-latitude electric fields and the reversal of this wind is linked to the formation of enhanced electric fields in the post-sunset period. The reversal of this wind and the large size of the conductivity ratio are the principal factors that determine the behavior of the post-sunset enhancement of vertical ion drift at low latitudes.

  3. Climate Effects on High Latitude Daphnia via Food Quality and Thresholds

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    Przytulska, Anna; Bartosiewicz, Maciej; Rautio, Milla; Dufresne, France; Vincent, Warwick F.

    2015-01-01

    Climate change is proceeding rapidly at high northern latitudes and may have a variety of direct and indirect effects on aquatic food webs. One predicted effect is the potential shift in phytoplankton community structure towards increased cyanobacterial abundance. Given that cyanobacteria are known to be a nutritionally poor food source, we hypothesized that such a shift would reduce the efficiency of feeding and growth of northern zooplankton. To test this hypothesis, we first isolated a clone of Daphnia pulex from a permafrost thaw pond in subarctic Québec, and confirmed that it was triploid but otherwise genetically similar to a diploid, reference clone of the same species isolated from a freshwater pond in southern Québec. We used a controlled flow-through system to investigate the direct effect of temperature and indirect effect of subarctic picocyanobacteria (Synechococcus) on threshold food concentrations and growth rate of the high latitude clone. We also compared the direct effect of temperature on both Daphnia clones feeding on eukaryotic picoplankton (Nannochloropsis). The high latitude clone had a significantly lower food threshold for growth than the temperate clone at both 18 and 26°C, implying adaptation to lower food availability even under warmer conditions. Polyunsaturated fatty acids were present in the picoeukaryote but not the cyanobacterium, confirming the large difference in food quality. The food threshold for growth of the high latitude Daphnia was 3.7 (18°C) to 4.2 (26°C) times higher when fed Synechococcus versus Nannochloropsis, and there was also a significant negative effect of increased temperature and cyanobacterial food on zooplankton fatty acid content and composition. The combined effect of temperature and food quality on the performance of the high latitude Daphnia was greater than their effects added separately, further indicating the potentially strong indirect effects of climate warming on aquatic food web processes. PMID

  4. Climate Effects on High Latitude Daphnia via Food Quality and Thresholds.

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    Przytulska, Anna; Bartosiewicz, Maciej; Rautio, Milla; Dufresne, France; Vincent, Warwick F

    2015-01-01

    Climate change is proceeding rapidly at high northern latitudes and may have a variety of direct and indirect effects on aquatic food webs. One predicted effect is the potential shift in phytoplankton community structure towards increased cyanobacterial abundance. Given that cyanobacteria are known to be a nutritionally poor food source, we hypothesized that such a shift would reduce the efficiency of feeding and growth of northern zooplankton. To test this hypothesis, we first isolated a clone of Daphnia pulex from a permafrost thaw pond in subarctic Québec, and confirmed that it was triploid but otherwise genetically similar to a diploid, reference clone of the same species isolated from a freshwater pond in southern Québec. We used a controlled flow-through system to investigate the direct effect of temperature and indirect effect of subarctic picocyanobacteria (Synechococcus) on threshold food concentrations and growth rate of the high latitude clone. We also compared the direct effect of temperature on both Daphnia clones feeding on eukaryotic picoplankton (Nannochloropsis). The high latitude clone had a significantly lower food threshold for growth than the temperate clone at both 18 and 26°C, implying adaptation to lower food availability even under warmer conditions. Polyunsaturated fatty acids were present in the picoeukaryote but not the cyanobacterium, confirming the large difference in food quality. The food threshold for growth of the high latitude Daphnia was 3.7 (18°C) to 4.2 (26°C) times higher when fed Synechococcus versus Nannochloropsis, and there was also a significant negative effect of increased temperature and cyanobacterial food on zooplankton fatty acid content and composition. The combined effect of temperature and food quality on the performance of the high latitude Daphnia was greater than their effects added separately, further indicating the potentially strong indirect effects of climate warming on aquatic food web processes.

  5. Effect on atmospheric CO2 from seasonal variations in the high latitude ocean

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    Volk, Tyler

    1989-01-01

    Data from the North Pacific gyre, Bering Sea, and North Atlantic show large seasonal fluctuations in the pCO2 of surface waters. The seasonal variation in these latitudes apparently has a generic pattern: higher surface water pCO2 in winter and lower in summer. Satellite data will eventually help decipher the relative effects of temperature and biological production in the seasonal carbon cycle, but as yet little work has been done on what possible role the seasonality of pCO2 in the high latitudes might have on the average value of atmospheric pCO2. A model is developed that shows the average value for atmospheric pCO2 depends upon the ratio of the rates at which the ocean/atmosphere system moves toward equilibrium values during the summer and winter conditions of the high latitude ocean.

  6. Effects of a solar wind dynamic pressure increase in the magnetosphere and in the ionosphere

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    Juusola, L.; Andréeová, K.; Amm, O.; Kauristie, K.; Milan, S. E.; Palmroth, M.; Partamies, N.

    2010-10-01

    On 17 July 2005, an earthward bound north-south oriented magnetic cloud and its sheath were observed by the ACE, SoHO, and Wind solar wind monitors. A steplike increase of the solar wind dynamic pressure during northward interplanetary magnetic field conditions was related to the leading edge of the sheath. A timing analysis between the three spacecraft revealed that this front was not aligned with the GSE y-axis, but had a normal (-0.58,0.82,0). Hence, the first contact with the magnetosphere occurred on the dawnside rather than at the subsolar point. Fortunately, Cluster, Double Star 1, and Geotail happened to be distributed close to the magnetopause in this region, which made it possible to closely monitor the motion of the magnetopause. After the pressure front had impacted the magnetosphere, the magnetopause was perceived first to move inward and then immediately to correct the overshoot by slightly expanding again such that it ended up between the Cluster constellation with Double Star 1 inside the magnetosphere and Geotail in the magnetosheath. Coinciding with the inward and subsequent outward motion, the ground-based magnetic field at low latitudes was observed to first strengthen and then weaken. As the magnetopause position stabilised, so did the ground-based magnetic field intensity, settling at a level slightly higher than before the pressure increase. Altogether the magnetopause was moving for about 15 min after its first contact with the front. The high latitude ionospheric signature consisted of two parts: a shorter (few minutes) and less intense preliminary part comprised a decrease of AL and a negative variation of PC. A longer (about ten minutes) and more intense main part of the signature comprised an increase of AU and a positive variation of PC. Measurements from several ground-based magnetometer networks (210 MM CPMN, CANMOS, CARISMA, GIMA, IMAGE, MACCS, SuperMAG, THEMIS, TGO) were used to obtain information on the ionospheric E×B drift

  7. Optimization of satellite coverage in observing cause and effect changes in the ionosphere, magnetosphere, and solar wind. Master's thesis

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    Loveless, M.J.

    1993-06-01

    Disturbances in the ionosphere sometimes cause adverse effects to communications systems, power grids, etc. on the earth. Currently, very little, if any, lead time is given to warn of an impending problem. If a forecast could be made of ionospheric occurrences, some lead time may be given to appropriate agencies and equipment may be saved. Most changes that occur in the ionosphere are a result of interaction of energy, currents, etc. between the magnetosphere and/or solar wind. Before a forecast can be made, however, improvement of ionospheric models currently in use need to be made. The models currently depict features in various regions of the ionosphere but not always where these features are actually observed. So an improvement to the model is needed to create an accurate baseline condition, or in other words an accurate depiction of the current ionosphere. Models could be improved by inputting real-time data from the ionosphere into the model. This data would come from satellites and/or ground-based stations.

  8. Tritium in precipitation of Vostok (Antarctica): conclusions on the tritium latitude effect.

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    Hebert, Detlef

    2011-09-01

    During the Antarctic summer of 1985 near the Soviet Antarctic station Vostok, firn samples for tritium measurements were obtained down to a depth of 2.40 m. The results of the tritium measurements are presented and discussed. Based on this and other data, conclusions regarding the tritium latitude effect are derived.

  9. Effects of interhemisphere transport on plasma temperatures at low latitudes.

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    Bailey, G. J.; Moffett, R. J.; Hanson, W. B.; Sanatani, S.

    1973-01-01

    The thermal balance of the equatorial plasma between 300 and 800 km is examined. Steady state nighttime calculations are made for O+, H+, and electrons. The following features are included: collisional heat transfer between ions, electrons, and neutrals; ion and electron thermal conduction along the field lines; curvature of the field lines; nonlinear advection due to field-aligned ion and electron motions; and convective compression or expansion due to field-aligned and E x B motions. The ion velocities necessary to calculate the effects of convection are obtained from the work of Moffett and Hanson, who include a meridional wind across the magnetic equator in their calculations. It is shown that field-aligned interhemisphere plasma flows appreciably affect the plasma temperatures.

  10. Modeling the effects of ionospheric scintillation on GPS/Satellite-Based Augmentation System availability

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    Conker, Robert S.; El-Arini, M. Bakry; Hegarty, Christopher J.; Hsiao, Thomas

    2003-02-01

    Ionospheric scintillation is a rapid change in the phase and/or amplitude of a radio signal as it passes through small-scale plasma density irregularities in the ionosphere. These scintillations not only can reduce the accuracy of GPS/Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) receiver pseudorange and carrier phase measurements but also can result in a complete loss of lock on a satellite. In a worst case scenario, loss of lock on enough satellites could result in lost positioning service. Scintillation has not had a major effect on midlatitude regions (e.g., the continental United States) since most severe scintillation occurs in a band approximately 20° on either side of the magnetic equator and to a lesser extent in the polar and auroral regions. Most scintillation occurs for a few hours after sunset during the peak years of the solar cycle. Typical delay locked loop/phase locked loop designs of GPS/SBAS receivers enable them to handle moderate amounts of scintillation. Consequently, any attempt to determine the effects of scintillation on GPS/SBAS must consider both predictions of scintillation activity in the ionosphere and the residual effect of this activity after processing by a receiver. This paper estimates the effects of scintillation on the availability of GPS and SBAS for L1 C/A and L2 semicodeless receivers. These effects are described in terms of loss of lock and degradation of accuracy and are related to different times, ionospheric conditions, and positions on the Earth. Sample results are presented using WAAS in the western hemisphere.

  11. Evaluation of six ionospheric models as predictors of TEC

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    Brown, L.D.; Daniell, R.E.; Fox, M.W.; Klobuchar, J.A.; Doherty, P.H.

    1990-05-03

    The authors have gathered TEC data from a wide range of latitudes and longitudes for a complete range of solar activity. This data was used to evaluate the performance of six ionospheric models as predictors of Total Electron Content (TFC). The TEC parameter is important in correcting modern DOD space systems, which propagate radio signals from the earth to satellites, for the time delay effects of the ionosphere. The TEC data were obtained from polarimeter receivers located in North America, the Pacific, and the East Coast of Asia. The ionospheric models evaluated are: (1) the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI); (2) the Bent model; (3) the Ionospheric Conductivity and Electron Density (ICED) model; (4) the Penn State model; (5) the Fully Analytic Ionospheric Model (FAIM, a modification of the Chiu model); and (6) the Damen-Hartranft model. They will present extensive comparisons between monthly mean TEC at all local times and model TEC obtained by integrating electron density profiles produced by the six models. These comparisons demonstrate that even thought most of the models do very well at representing f0F2, none of them do very well with TEC, probably because of inaccurate representation of the topside scale height. They suggest that one approach to obtaining better representations of TEC is the use of f0E2 from coefficients coupled with a new slab thickness developed at Boston University.

  12. On differences of magnetic storm effects on ionosphere above neighbouring locations

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    Buresova, Dalia; Bosco Habarulema, John; Thobeka Katamzi, ama; Lastovicka, Jan; Chum, Jaroslav; Sindelarova, Tereza; Mosna, Zbysek; Urbar, Jaroslav; Kouba, Daniel

    2016-04-01

    The paper is focused on cases of different ionospheric reaction above a few neighbouring European and South African locations to disturbances induced by CIR/HSS-related storms. Most of storms involved in the analysis occurred within the 23rd and 24th solar cycle. We analysed variability of the F2 layer critical frequency foF2, peak height hmF2 and GPS TEC values for the entire storm period. Both positive and negative deviations of foF2, hmF2 and TEC have been obtained independently on season. Observed differences in ionospheric effects (mainly in positive effects) for the individual events and neighbouring locations are well pronounced both in foF2 and hmF2. We considered an impact of several factors (e.g. intensity of geomagnetic storm, local geomagnetic situation, and season, difference between geographic and geomagnetic coordinates etc.) with aim to identify the "main players".

  13. A Campaign to Study Equatorial Ionospheric Phenomena over Guam

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    Habash Krause, L.; Balthazor, R.; Dearborn, M.; Enloe, L.; Lawrence, T.; McHarg, M.; Petrash, D.; Reinisch, B. W.; Stuart, T.

    2007-05-01

    With the development of a series of ground-based and space-based experiments, the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) is in the process of planning a campaign to investigate the relationship between equatorial ionospheric plasma dynamics and a variety of space weather effects, including: 1) ionospheric plasma turbulence in the F region, and 2) scintillation of radio signals at low latitudes. A Digisonde Portable Sounder DPS-4 will operate from the island of Guam (with a magnetic latitude of 5.6° N) and will provide measurements of ionospheric total electron content (TEC), vertical drifts of the bulk ionospheric plasma, and electron density profiles. Additionally, a dual-frequency GPS TEC/scintillation monitor will be located along the Guam magnetic meridian at a magnetic latitude of approximately 15° N. In campaign mode, we will combine these ground-based observations with those collected from space during USAFA's FalconSAT-3 and FalconSAT-5 low-earth orbit satellite missions, the first of which is scheduled to be active over a period of several months beginning in the 2007 calendar year. The satellite experiments are designed to characterize in situ irregularities in plasma density, and include measurements of bulk ion density and temperature, minority-to- majority ion mixing ratios, small scale (10 cm to 1 m) plasma turbulence, and ion distribution spectra in energy with sufficient resolution for observations of non-thermalized distributions that may be associated with velocity- space instabilities. Specific targets of investigation include: a) a comparison of plasma turbulence observed on- orbit with spread F on ionograms as measured with the Digisonde, b) a correlation between the vertical lifting of the ionospheric layer over Guam and the onset of radio scintillation activity along the Guam meridian at 15° N magnetic latitude, and c) a correlation between on-orbit turbulence and ionospheric scintillation at 15° N magnetic latitude. These relationships

  14. Investigation of the Effects of Solar and Geomagnetic Changes on the Total Electron Content: Mid-Latitude Region

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    Ulukavak, Mustafa; Yalcinkaya, Mualla

    2016-04-01

    The Global Positioning System (GPS) is used as an important tool for ionosphere monitoring and obtaining the Total Electron Content (TEC). GPS satellites, positioned in the Earth's orbit, are used as sensors to investigate the space weather conditions. In this study, solar and geomagnetic activity variations were investigated between the dates 1 March-30 June 2015 for the mid-latitude region. GPS-TEC variations were calculated for each selected International GNSS Service (IGS) station in Europe. GNSS data was obtained from Crustal Dynamics Data and Information System (CDDIS) archive. Solar and geomagnetic activity indices (Kp, F10.7 ve Dst) were obtained from the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Canadian Space Weather Forecast Centre (CSWFC) and Data Analysis Center for geomagnetism and Space Magnetism Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University (WDC) archives. GPS-TEC variations were determined for the quiet periods of the solar and geomagnetic activities. GPS-TEC changes were then compared with respect to the quiet periods of the solar and geomagnetic activities. Global Ionosphere Maps (GIM) IONEX files, obtained from the IGS analysis center, was used to check the robustness of the GPS-TEC variations. The investigations revealed that it is possible to use the GPS-TEC data for monitoring the ionospheric disturbances.

  15. The effect of latitude on the risk and seasonal variation in hip fracture in Sweden.

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    Odén, Anders; Kanis, John A; McCloskey, Eugene V; Johansson, Helena

    2014-10-01

    Although the optimal requirement of vitamin D for skeletal health in the general community is controversial, vitamin D deficiency impairs bone mineralization and increases bone turnover via secondary hyperparathyroidism, thus accelerating bone loss and increasing fracture risk. Support for a role of vitamin D deficiency in the epidemiology of hip fracture is found in the seasonal variation of hip fracture incidence that is reported in several studies. If the association were causal, then the incidence and amplitude of the seasonal variation in hip fracture risk should vary by latitude. We addressed this hypothesis by examining the incidence of hip fracture in men and women aged 50 years or more from Sweden (latitudes 55 to 69°) between 1987 and 2009. In order to reduce double counting, only one fracture in a period of a year was counted per individual. Men contributed 104,888 fractures in 33,313,065 person years and women 264,362 fractures in 38,387,660 person years. The effects of season and latitude were examined by Poisson regression. As expected, hip fracture rates were higher in women than in men. After adjustment for age, season and population density, hip fracture incidence increased by 3.0% (95% CI: 2.7-3.2%) per degree increase in latitude for men and by 1.9% (95% CI: 1.8-2.1%) for women. There was a marked seasonal variation of hip fracture with the highest risk in February and lower by 37.5% in men and by 23.5% women during the summer. There were significant interactions of amplitude of the seasonal variation with latitude (p < 0.001 for both men and women), indicating that seasonal variation during the year was more pronounced in the north of Sweden than in the south. The associations found with latitude and season is consistent with a role of vitamin D in hip fracture causation.

  16. The spectral effect of the ionospheric irregularities on the scintillation of transionospheric signals

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    Lyle, R.; Kuo, S.P.; Huang, J.

    1995-12-31

    The effect of the spectral width {Delta}k of the ionospheric density irregularity an scintillation of the transionospheric signal is examined. The results show that the Scinti1lation Index S{sub 4} depends strongly on {Delta}/k which can enhance or reduce S{sub 4} value depending on the wave length of the irregularity. However, a 10% spectral width reduces S{sub 4} to a negligibly small value almost independent of the scale length of the irregularity.

  17. An instrument for probe diagnostic of ionospheric plasma with compensation for spacecraft-charge effect

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    Ivanitskii, A.S.; Kashirin, A.I.; Chasovitin, Yu.K.; Chkalov, V.G.

    1994-10-01

    A device to probe ionospheric plasma that includes a simple circuit to eliminate the spacecraft-charge effect on the probe potential is described. It can record the current-voltage curves of the probe at particle currents of 15 nA-60 {mu}A over voltages of -2.5...+3.5 V when the voltage on the spacecraft surface with respect to the ambient potential is -3.5...+2.5 V.

  18. Effects of high power R.F. fields in the atmosphere and the ionosphere

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    Ganguly, Suman

    1990-04-01

    The effects of high-power RF fields generated in the context of a strategic defense system on the atmosphere and ionosphere are discussed. The significance of density perturbations, electron accelerations, IR emissions, optical emissions, UV emissions, generation of RF noise field, and air breakdown due to the fields are discussed. The impact of these physical changes on communication, jamming, surveillance, and tracking are noted.

  19. Effects of the Ionosphere on Passive Microwave Remote Sensing of Ocean Salinity from Space

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    LeVine, D. M.; Abaham, Saji; Hildebrand, Peter H. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Among the remote sensing applications currently being considered from space is the measurement of sea surface salinity. The salinity of the open ocean is important for understanding ocean circulation and for modeling energy exchange with the atmosphere. Passive microwave remote sensors operating near 1.4 GHz (L-band) could provide data needed to fill the gap in current coverage and to complement in situ arrays being planned to provide subsurface profiles in the future. However, the dynamic range of the salinity signal in the open ocean is relatively small and propagation effects along the path from surface to sensor must be taken into account. In particular, Faraday rotation and even attenuation/emission in the ionosphere can be important sources of error. The purpose or this work is to estimate the magnitude of these effects in the context of a future remote sensing system in space to measure salinity in L-band. Data will be presented as a function of time location and solar activity using IRI-95 to model the ionosphere. The ionosphere presents two potential sources of error for the measurement of salinity: Rotation of the polarization vector (Faraday rotation) and attenuation/emission. Estimates of the effect of these two phenomena on passive remote sensing over the oceans at L-band (1.4 GHz) are presented.

  20. Measurements of possible D- and E-region telecommunications effects during ionospheric heating. Final report

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    Showen, R L

    1980-02-01

    For this research project, measurements were made of the effects that heating the ionosphere might have on the passage of radiowaves through the D- and E-regions. The purpose of this work was to simulate the effects of the proposed Solar Power Satellite microwave power beam on the lower ionosphere. The increased electron temperatures produced by the Platteville, Colorado, HF ionospheric heater caused cross-modulation on certain radiowaves when the heater was rapidly modulated (the Luxembourg effect). Small amounts of cross-modulation were detected at four frequencies between 60 kHz and 5 MHz. Attempts were made to detect phase path changes - indicative of electron number density changes - while the heater was slowly cycled on and off. No phase path changes could be seen for radiowaves of frequency 10.2 or 60 kHz. If these results are extrapolated to the powers and frequency of the Solar Power Satellite power beam, then no significant impact from D- and E-region modification on telecommunications services are expected.

  1. HF Propagation Effects Caused by an Artificial Plasma Cloud in the Ionosphere

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    Joshi, D. R.; Groves, K. M.; McNeil, W. J.; Caton, R. G.; Parris, R. T.; Pedersen, T. R.; Cannon, P. S.; Angling, M. J.; Jackson-Booth, N. K.

    2014-12-01

    In a campaign carried out by the NASA sounding rocket team, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) launched two sounding rockets in the Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, in May 2013 known as the Metal Oxide Space Cloud (MOSC) experiment to study the interactions of artificial ionization and the background plasma and measure the effects on high frequency (HF) radio wave propagation. The rockets released samarium metal vapor in the lower F-region of the ionosphere that ionized forming a plasma cloud that persisted for tens of minutes to hours in the post-sunset period. Data from the experiments has been analyzed to understand the impacts of the artificial ionization on HF radio wave propagation. Swept frequency HF links transiting the artificial ionization region were employed to produce oblique ionograms that clearly showed the effects of the samarium cloud. Ray tracing has been used to successfully model the effects of the ionized cloud. Comparisons between observations and modeled results will be presented, including model output using the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI), the Parameterized Ionospheric Model (PIM) and PIM constrained by electron density profiles measured with the ALTAIR radar at Kwajalein. Observations and modeling confirm that the cloud acted as a divergent lens refracting energy away from direct propagation paths and scattering energy at large angles relative to the initial propagation direction. The results confirm that even small amounts of ionized material injected in the upper atmosphere can result in significant changes to the natural propagation environment.

  2. Declining effect of latitude on melanoma mortality rates in the United States. A preliminary study.

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    Lee, J A

    1997-09-01

    The gradient of mortality from melanoma of the skin with latitude among US whites was estimated from the slopes of semilogarithmic models fitted to the state-specific mortality rates and the latitudes of the states' capital cities. The upward gradient of mortality from north to south for malignant melanoma of the skin has been decreasing since 1950-1959, when data first became available, through 1960-1969, 1970-1979, and 1988-1992. By the early years of the 21st century, rates of melanoma mortality in the contiguous United States are expected to be unaffected by latitude. For the country as a whole, melanoma mortality rates have been rising for many years. This rise has become progressively slower, such that national rates have been projected to stabilize in the near future. While increasing geographic mobility has probably played a role in reducing the latitude effect, melanoma mortality rates may have reached levels at which increased exposure of US whites to sunlight has little incremental effect.

  3. The effect of large-scale tropospheric storms on the ionospheres of giant planets

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    Matcheva, Katia

    2015-11-01

    It is well recognized that large-scale storms in the Earth troposphere can leave observable signatures in the structure of the ionosphere in terms of local electron density distribution. Terrestrial numerical models indicate that thunderstorms can change the electron density by more than an order of magnitude (Shao et al. 2012). The atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn are riddled by atmospheric storms of all scales. Lightning has been successfully detected in optical images in the tropospheres of both planets. Our work presents a theoretical study of the dynamical and electromagnetic effects of large thunderstorms on the vertical plasma distribution in the ionospheres of Jupiter and Saturn and compares the predicted signatures with the available electron density profiles from the Galileo and the Cassini missions.

  4. Spatial effects of HF multiple scattering in the ionosphere: Experimental observations

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    Zabotin, Nikolay; Bullett, Terence

    2011-08-01

    The theory of multiple scattering of MF/HF radio waves by intermediate-scale (0.1-5 km) ionospheric irregularities predicts a very distinctive distribution of the relative integral intensity of a signal reflected from the ionosphere in the vicinity of a ground-based transmitter. It is significantly reduced within a distance of about several tens of kilometers. A ring of enhancement occurs at a greater distance. At still larger distances from the transmitter, effects of multiple scattering are weakened and the integral intensity returns to its undisturbed value. While there are experimental confirmations of the "anomalous attenuation" effect near the transmitter location, no attempt has yet been made to track the intensity features at the larger distances. This paper presents results of the first experimental campaign of this kind that was conducted in September-November 2009 in and around Boulder, CO. The results obtained confirm that significant deviations from the predictions of geometrical optics occur, and these deviations are in general agreement with the theory of multiple scattering in the ionosphere.

  5. Ionospheric effects of rocket exhaust products (HEAO-C, Skylab and SPS-HLLV)

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    Zinn, J; Sutherland, D; Stone, S N; Duncan, L M; Behnke, R

    1980-10-01

    This paper reviews the current state of our understanding of the problem of ionospheric F-layer depletions produced by chemical effects of the exhaust gases from large rockets, with particular emphasis on the Heavy Lift Launch Vehicles (HLLV) proposed for use in the construction of solar power satellites. The currently planned HLLV flight profile calls for main second-stage propulsion confined to altitudes below 124 km, and a brief orbit-circularization maneuver at apogee. The second-stage engines deposit 9 x 10/sup 31/ H/sub 2/O and H/sub 2/ molecules between 56 and 124 km. Model computations show that they diffuse gradually into the ionospheric F region, where they lead to weak but widespread and persistent depletions of ionization and continuous production of H atoms. The orbit-circularization burn deposits 9 x 10/sup 29/ exhaust molecules at about 480-km altitude. These react rapidly with the F2 region 0/sup +/ ions, leading to a substantial (factor-of-three) reduction in plasma density, which extends over a 1000- by 2000-km region and persists for four to five hours. Also described are experimental airglow and incoherent-scatter radar measurements performed in conjunction with the 1979 launch of satellite HEAO-C, together with prelaunch and post-launch computations of the ionospheric effects. Several improvements in the model have been driven by the experimental observations. The computer model is described in some detail.

  6. Ionospheric Effects of X-Ray Solar Bursts in the Brazilian Sector

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    Becker-Guedes, F.; Takahashi, H.; Costa, J. E.; Otsuka, Y.

    2011-12-01

    When the solar X-ray flux in the interplanetary medium reaches values above a certain threshold, some undesired effects affecting radio communications are expected. Basically, the magnitudes of these effects depend on the X-ray peak brightness and duration, which drive the intensity of the ionosphere response when the associated electromagnetic wave hit the sunlit side of the Earth atmosphere. An important aspect defining the severity of damages to HF radio communications and LF navigation signals in a certain area is the local time when each event takes place. In order to create more accurate warnings referred to possible radio signal loss or degradation in the Brazilian sector, we analyze TEC maps obtained by a GPS network, formed by dual-frequency receivers spread all over the country, to observe ionospheric local changes during several X-ray events in the 0.1-0.8 nm range measured by GOES satellite. Considering the duration, peak brightness, and local time of the events, the final purpose of this study is to understand and predict the degree of changes suffered by the ionosphere during these X-ray bursts. We intend using these results to create a radio blackout warning product to be offered by the Brazilian space weather program named EMBRACE (Estudo e Monitoramento BRAsileiro do Clima Espacial): Brazilian Monitoring and Study of Space Weather.

  7. Rotation of the ionospheric electric potential caused by spatial gradients of ionospheric conductivity

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    Nakamizo, A.; Yoshikawa, A.; Ohtani, S.; Ieda, A.; Seki, K.

    2013-12-01

    The present study focuses on the relationship between the inhomogeneity of the ionospheric conductivity and the rotation of the ionospheric potential. By applying a simplified version of the Hall-conjugate separation method [Yoshikawa, in preparation] to a global ionospheric potential solver, we analyze calculated potential structures separating them into the primary field and secondary field (the polarization field generated by the Hall effect). Calculations are performed with the following conditions for simplification. Here we call the diagonal and off-diagonal components of the conductivity tensor used in the potential solver SGTT/SGPP and SGTP, respectively, and we regard them as Pedersen and Hall conductivities for the high-latitude region. Besides, we call SGTP 'effective-Hall conductivity' based on its characteristics. (1) The input is a dawn-dusk and day-night symmetric R1-FAC. (2) The basic conductivity distribution is homogeneous in the longitudinal direction with only the latitudinal gradient by solar EUV and equatorial enhancement, no day-night difference and no auroral enhancement. (3) From the basic distribution, SGTP is changed with respect to the fixed SGTT/SGPP with the Hall-Pedersen ratio and offset that are applied globally. It is confirmed that the rotation angle (polarization field) is not so changed when we add only offsets but it becomes larger as the Hall-Pedersen ratio increases. This result is not only consistent with a theoretical prediction [Yoshikawa et al., 2013b] but also provides the fact that the ionospheric internal process, the primary-secondary fields generation process, does affect largely on the potential structure, and eventually on the magnetosphere-ionosphere processes. By combining the previously obtained and current results, we will clarify how the potential structure is actually described by the primary field and secondary field. The results can be applied to qualitatively/quantitatively identify the ionospheric causes

  8. Thermospheric tidal effects on the ionospheric midlatitude summer nighttime anomaly using SAMI3 and TIEGCM

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    Chen, C. H.; Lin, C. H.; Chang, L. C.; Huba, J. D.; Lin, J. T.; Saito, A.; Liu, J. Y.

    2013-06-01

    This paper is the first study to employ a three-dimensional physics-based ionosphere model, SAMI3, coupled with the National Center for Atmospheric Research Thermosphere Ionosphere Electrodynamics General Circulation Model (TIEGCM) and Global Scale Wave Model to simulate the mesospheric and lower thermospheric tidal effects on the development of midlatitude summer nighttime anomaly (MSNA). Using this coupled model, the diurnal variation of MSNA electron densities at 300 km altitude is simulated on both June solstice (day of year (DOY) 167) and December solstice (DOY 350) in 2007. Results show successful reproduction of the southern hemisphere MSNA structure including the eastward drift feature of the southern MSNA, which is not reproduced by the default SAMI3 runs using the neutral winds provided by the empirical Horizontal Wind Model 93 neutral wind model. A linear least squares algorithm for extracting tidal components is utilized to examine the major tidal component affecting the variation of southern MSNA. Results show that the standing diurnal oscillation component dominates the vertical neutral wind manifesting as a diurnal eastward wave-1 drift of the southern MSNA in the local time frame. We also find that the stationary planetary wave-1 component of vertical neutral wind can cause diurnal variation of the summer nighttime electron density enhancement around the midlatitude ionosphere.

  9. Improvement of Klobuchar model for GNSS single-frequency ionospheric delay corrections

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    Wang, Ningbo; Yuan, Yunbin; Li, Zishen; Huo, Xingliang

    2016-04-01

    Broadcast ionospheric model is currently an effective approach to mitigate the ionospheric time delay for real-time Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) single-frequency users. Klobuchar coefficients transmitted in Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation message have been widely used in various GNSS positioning and navigation applications; however, this model can only reduce the ionospheric error by approximately 50% in mid-latitudes. With the emerging BeiDou and Galileo, as well as the modernization of GPS and GLONASS, more precise ionospheric correction models or algorithms are required by GNSS single-frequency users. Numerical analysis of the initial phase and nighttime term in Klobuchar algorithm demonstrates that more parameters should be introduced to better describe the variation of nighttime ionospheric total electron content (TEC). In view of this, several schemes are proposed for the improvement of Klobuchar algorithm. Performance of these improved Klobuchar-like models are validated over the continental and oceanic regions during high (2002) and low (2006) levels of solar activities, respectively. Over the continental region, GPS TEC generated from 35 International GNSS Service (IGS) and the Crust Movement Observation Network of China (CMONOC) stations are used as references. Over the oceanic region, TEC data from TOPEX/Poseidon and JASON-1 altimeters are used for comparison. A ten-parameter Klobuchar-like model, which describes the nighttime term as a linear function of geomagnetic latitude, is finally proposed for GNSS single-frequency ionospheric corrections. Compared to GPS TEC, while GPS broadcast model can correct for 55.0% and 49.5% of the ionospheric delay for the year 2002 and 2006, respectively, the proposed ten-parameter Klobuchar-like model can reduce the ionospheric error by 68.4% and 64.7% for the same period. Compared to TOPEX/Poseidon and JASON-1 TEC, the improved ten-parameter Klobuchar-like model can mitigate the ionospheric

  10. Ionospheric calibration for single frequency altimeter measurements

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    Schreiner, William S.; Born, George H.; Markin, Robert E.

    1994-03-01

    This study is a preliminary analysis of the effectiveness (in terms of altimeter calibration accuracy) of various ionosphere models and the Global Positioning System (GPS) to calibrate single frequency altimeter height measurements for ionospheric path delay. In particular, the research focused on ingesting GPS Total Electron Content (TEC) data into the physical Parameterized Real-Time Ionospheric Specification Model (PRISM), which estimates the composition of the ionosphere using independent empirical and physical models and has the capability of adjusting to additional ionospheric measurements. Two types of GPS data were used to adjust the PRISM model: GPS receiver station data mapped from line-of-sight observations to the vertical at the point of interest and a grid map (generated at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory) of GPS derived TEC in a sun-fixed longitude frame. The adjusted PRISM TEC values, as well as predictions by the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI-90), a climatological (monthly mean) model of the ionosphere, were compared to TOPEX dual-frequency TEC measurements (considered as truth) for a number of TOPEX sub-satellite tracks. For a 13.6 GHz altimeter, a Total Electron Content (TEC) of 1 TECU 10(exp 16) electrons/sq m corresponds to approximately 0.218 centimeters of range delay. A maximum expected TEC (at solar maximum or during solar storms) of 10(exp 18) electrons/sq m will create 22 centimeters of range delay. Compared with the TOPEX data, the PRISM predictions were generally accurate within the TECU when the sub-satellite track of interest passed within 300 to 400 km of the GPS TEC data or when the track passed through a night-time ionosphere. If neither was the case, in particular if the track passed through a local noon ionosphere, the PRISM values differed by more than 10 TECU and by as much as 40 TECU. The IRI-90 model, with no current ability to unseat GPS data, predicted TEC to a slightly higher error of 12 TECU. The performance of

  11. Ionospheric calibration for single frequency altimeter measurements

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    Schreiner, William S.; Born, George H.; Markin, Robert E.

    1994-01-01

    This study is a preliminary analysis of the effectiveness (in terms of altimeter calibration accuracy) of various ionosphere models and the Global Positioning System (GPS) to calibrate single frequency altimeter height measurements for ionospheric path delay. In particular, the research focused on ingesting GPS Total Electron Content (TEC) data into the physical Parameterized Real-Time Ionospheric Specification Model (PRISM), which estimates the composition of the ionosphere using independent empirical and physical models and has the capability of adjusting to additional ionospheric measurements. Two types of GPS data were used to adjust the PRISM model: GPS receiver station data mapped from line-of-sight observations to the vertical at the point of interest and a grid map (generated at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory) of GPS derived TEC in a sun-fixed longitude frame. The adjusted PRISM TEC values, as well as predictions by the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI-90), a climatological (monthly mean) model of the ionosphere, were compared to TOPEX dual-frequency TEC measurements (considered as truth) for a number of TOPEX sub-satellite tracks. For a 13.6 GHz altimeter, a Total Electron Content (TEC) of 1 TECU 10(exp 16) electrons/sq m corresponds to approximately 0.218 centimeters of range delay. A maximum expected TEC (at solar maximum or during solar storms) of 10(exp 18) electrons/sq m will create 22 centimeters of range delay. Compared with the TOPEX data, the PRISM predictions were generally accurate within the TECU when the sub-satellite track of interest passed within 300 to 400 km of the GPS TEC data or when the track passed through a night-time ionosphere. If neither was the case, in particular if the track passed through a local noon ionosphere, the PRISM values differed by more than 10 TECU and by as much as 40 TECU. The IRI-90 model, with no current ability to unseat GPS data, predicted TEC to a slightly higher error of 12 TECU. The performance of

  12. Dipole tilt angle effects on the latitude of the cusp and cleft/low-latitude boundary layer

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    Newell, P.T.; Meng, C.I. )

    1989-06-01

    A large data set of approximately 12,000 Defense Meteorological Satellite Program satellite F7 crossings of the cusp or the cleft (i.e., the dayside magnetospheric boundary layer) over a 3-year period is studied for seasonal dependence in latitudinal position. A carefully tested algorithm is used to distinguish the various dayside particle precipitation regions and boundaries. It is found that in the 1,100-1,300 MLT sector, the cusp proper exhibits about {minus}0.06{degree} magnetic latitude (MLAT) shift for each degree increase in dipole tilt angle. Thus the difference between the average summer and winter cusp positions is close to 4{degree} MLAT, approximately symmetric about equinox. For the cleft (magnetospheric boundary layer) the variation is smaller. For example, in the 0700-0900 MLT sector the cleft equatorward boundary shift is {minus} 0.027{degree} MLAT/1{degree} dipole tilt. These results are in general agreement with the predictions of empirical magnetospheric magnetic field models. Various ground-based and low-altitude observations can be systematically affected by the seasonal latitudinal shift herein documented.

  13. Regional estimation of electric fields and currents in the polar ionosphere

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    Sato, M.; Kamide, Y.; Richmond, A.D.; Brekke, A.; Nozawa, S. ||

    1995-02-01

    A new technique is presented to estimate electric fields and currents in a localized region of the high-latitude ionosphere by combining two magnetogram-inversion algorithms. This paper describes the concept and practical procedures of the method as well as the first results of our efforts in which this new scheme is applied to northern Scandinavia, computing the ionospheric parameters on a small scale. Examining latitudinal profiles of these parameters and precipitating particles, it is found that the region of the most intense precipitation in the morning sector is located equatorward of the region of the strongest electric field. To evaluate the relative importance of ionospheric and magnetospheric effects, the field-aligned current is divided into two components: (del Sigma) dot E and Sigma del dot E. These two components give often the opposite directions in the resultant field-aligned currents. The relative strength of the two components appears to vary considerably with latitude.

  14. North-south asymmetry of the high-latitude thermospheric density: IMF BY effect

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    Yamazaki, Yosuke; Kosch, Michael J.; Sutton, Eric K.

    2015-01-01

    Previous studies have established that the y component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF By) plays a role in the north-south asymmetry of the high-latitude plasma convection and wind. The effect of the positive/negative IMF By in the Northern Hemisphere resembles the effect that the negative/positive IMF By would have in the Southern Hemisphere. In this study, we demonstrate that the IMF By effect can also contribute to the hemispheric asymmetry of the thermospheric density. We use high-accuracy air drag measurements from the CHAllenging Minisatellite Payload (CHAMP) satellite and SuperMAG AE index during the period 2001-2006 to examine the response of the high-latitude thermospheric density to geomagnetic activity. Our statistical analysis reveals that the density response at 400 km is greater in the Southern Hemisphere under positive IMF By conditions, and greater in the Northern Hemisphere under negative IMF By conditions. The results suggest that the IMF By effect needs to be taken into account in upper atmospheric modeling for an accurate description of high-latitude densities during periods of enhanced geomagnetic activity.

  15. Improved Ionospheric Correction for DGPS by taking into account the Horizontal Gradient Effect over the Equatorial Region

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    Nagarajoo, Karthigesu

    Improved Ionospheric Correction for DGPS by taking into account the Horizontal Gradient Effect over the Equatorial Region K Nagarajoo Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia 86400 Parit Raja Johor Darul Takzim Email: karthi@uthm.edu.my DGPS is a system where the range error at a reference station will be eliminated from the range measurement at the user, which `view' the same satellite, presuming that the satellite's path to both the reference station and the user experience common errors due to the ionosphere, clock errors, multipath etc. In this assumption, the error due to the ionospheric refraction is assumed to be the same for the two closely spaced paths (such as a baseline length between reference station and the user is 10km) and thus the presence of ionospheric horizontal gradient is ignored. If a user's path is exposed to a drastically large ionosphere gradient (i.e., over the equatorial region), the large difference of ionosphere delays between the reference station and the user can result in significant position error for the user. Apart from that, the difference in the elevation angle at the reference and the user that `view' the same satellite to get the range measurement does also introduce some millimetre to centimetre of range difference. The neglect of the effect due to the presence of an ionospheric horizontal gradient and the elevation angle's difference (at both ends of the baseline) will cause a significant amount of error in the final DGPS user positioning. In this work, those two effects have been investigated in order to obtain a more accurate ionospheric correction for DGPS and have been found to be roughly comparable showing that they are both important. By performing ray-tracing calculations (using Jones 3-D Ray Tracing program) with and without a linear horizontal ionosphere gradient, the effects of elevation angle and horizontal gradient have been separated and a final positioning improvement of about 8cm has been shown at the user of a

  16. Large-Scale Ionospheric Effects Related to Electron-Gyro Harmonics: What We Have Learned from HAARP.

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    Watkins, B. J.; Fallen, C. T.; Secan, J. A.

    2014-12-01

    The HAARP ionospheric modification facility has unique capabilities that enable a wide range of HF frequencies with transmit powers ranging from very low to very high values. We will review a range of experiment results that illustrate large-scale ionospheric effects when the HF frequencies used are close to electron gyro-harmoncs and we focus mainly on the 3rd and 4th harmonics. The data are primarily from the UHF diagnosticc radar and total electron content (TEC) observations through the heated topside ionosphere. Radar data for HF frequencies just above and just below gyro harmoncs show significant differences in radar scatter cross-section that suggest differing plasma processes, and this effect is HF power dependent with some effects only observable with full HF power. For the production of artificial ionization in the E-region when the HF frequency is near gyro-harmoncs the results differ significantly for relatively small (50 kHz) variations in the HF frequency. We show how slow FM scans in conjunction with gyro-harmonic effects are effective in producing artificial ionization in the lower ionosphere.In the topside ionosphere enhanced density and upward fluxes have been observed and these may act as effective ducts for the propagation of VLF waves upward into the magneosphere. Experimental techniques have been developed that may be used to continuously maintain these effects in the topside ionossphere.

  17. Response of migrating tides to the stratospheric sudden warming in 2009 and their effects on the ionosphere studied by a whole atmosphere-ionosphere model GAIA with COSMIC and TIMED/SABER observations

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    Jin, H.; Miyoshi, Y.; Pancheva, D.; Mukhtarov, P.; Fujiwara, H.; Shinagawa, H.

    2012-10-01

    This paper compares results from a whole atmosphere-ionosphere coupled model, GAIA, with the COSMIC and TIMED/SABER observations during the 2008/2009 northern winter season. The GAIA model has assimilated meteorological reanalysis data by a nudging method. The comparison shows general agreement in the major features from the stratosphere to the ionosphere including the growth and decay of the major stratospheric sudden warming (SSW) event in 2009. During this period, a pronounced semidiurnal variation in the F region electron density and its local-time phase shift similar to the previous observations are reproduced by the model and COSMIC observation. The model suggests that the electron density variation is caused by an enhanced semidiurnal variation in the E × B drift, which is probably related to an amplified semidiurnal migrating tide (SW2) in the lower thermosphere. The model and TIMED/SABER observation show that the SW2 tide amplifies at low latitudes from the stratosphere to the thermosphere as well as the phase variation. Possible mechanisms for the SW2 variability in the low latitude stratosphere could be the change of its propagation condition, especially the (2, 2) mode, due to changing zonal background wind and meridional temperature gradient, and/or an enhancement of its source due to redistribution of stratospheric ozone. Present results also show a prominent long-term variation of the terdiurnal migrating component (TW3) in the ionosphere and atmosphere.

  18. Ionospheric correction based on ingestion of global ionospheric maps into the NeQuick 2 model.

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    Yu, Xiao; She, Chengli; Zhen, Weimin; Bruno, Nava; Liu, Dun; Yue, Xinan; Ou, Ming; Xu, Jisheng

    2015-01-01

    The global ionospheric maps (GIMs), generated by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Center for Orbit Determination in Europe (CODE) during a period over 13 years, have been adopted as the primary source of data to provide global ionospheric correction for possible single frequency positioning applications. The investigation aims to assess the performance of new NeQuick model, NeQuick 2, in predicting global total electron content (TEC) through ingesting the GIMs data from the previous day(s). The results show good performance of the GIMs-driven-NeQuick model with average 86% of vertical TEC error less than 10 TECU, when the global daily effective ionization indices (Az) versus modified dip latitude (MODIP) are constructed as a second order polynomial. The performance of GIMs-driven-NeQuick model presents variability with solar activity and behaves better during low solar activity years. The accuracy of TEC prediction can be improved further through performing a four-coefficient function expression of Az versus MODIP. As more measurements from earlier days are involved in the Az optimization procedure, the accuracy may decrease. The results also reveal that more efforts are needed to improve the NeQuick 2 model capabilities to represent the ionosphere in the equatorial and high-latitude regions. PMID:25815369

  19. Ionospheric Correction Based on Ingestion of Global Ionospheric Maps into the NeQuick 2 Model

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    Yu, Xiao; She, Chengli; Zhen, Weimin; Bruno, Nava; Liu, Dun; Yue, Xinan; Ou, Ming; Xu, Jisheng

    2015-01-01

    The global ionospheric maps (GIMs), generated by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Center for Orbit Determination in Europe (CODE) during a period over 13 years, have been adopted as the primary source of data to provide global ionospheric correction for possible single frequency positioning applications. The investigation aims to assess the performance of new NeQuick model, NeQuick 2, in predicting global total electron content (TEC) through ingesting the GIMs data from the previous day(s). The results show good performance of the GIMs-driven-NeQuick model with average 86% of vertical TEC error less than 10 TECU, when the global daily effective ionization indices (Az) versus modified dip latitude (MODIP) are constructed as a second order polynomial. The performance of GIMs-driven-NeQuick model presents variability with solar activity and behaves better during low solar activity years. The accuracy of TEC prediction can be improved further through performing a four-coefficient function expression of Az versus MODIP. As more measurements from earlier days are involved in the Az optimization procedure, the accuracy may decrease. The results also reveal that more efforts are needed to improve the NeQuick 2 model capabilities to represent the ionosphere in the equatorial and high-latitude regions. PMID:25815369

  20. Effect of wave-particle interaction on the outflow of ions at high latitudes

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    Barakat, Abdallah R.

    1991-01-01

    The objective of the research is to use the low-frequency wave spectrum measured by the Plasma Wave Instrument on the DE-1 spacecraft to include the wave-particle interaction (WPI) in the different polar wind models that are available at Utah State University. A Monte Carlo technique was used to simulate the ion diffusion in the velocity space due to scattering by the waves. This enabled us to study the effect of WPI on the magnitude as well as the composition of the outflow of the ionospheric ions. In particular, in the first year the 1-D semi-kinetic code developed by Barakat and Schunk (1983) was modified in order to include the effect of the WPI.

  1. Finding of the key formation mechanisms of the ionospheric response to sudden stratospheric warming using GSM TIP model

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    Klimenko, Vladimir; Klimenko, Maxim; Bessarab, Fedor; Korenkov, Yurij; Karpov, Ivan

    The Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) is a large-scale phenomenon, which response is detected in the mesosphere, thermosphere and ionosphere. SSW ionospheric effects are studied using multi-instrumental satellites and by ground-based measurements. We report a brief overview of the observational and theoretical results of the global ionospheric response and its formation mechanisms during Sudden Stratospheric Warming. We also present the results of our investigation of thermosphere-ionosphere response to the SSW obtained within the Global Self-consistent Model of the Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Protonosphere (GSM TIP). The SSW effects were modeled by specifying various boundary conditions at the height of 80 km in the GSM TIP model: (1) by setting the stationary perturbations s = 1 of the temperature and density at high latitudes; (2) by setting the global distribution of the neutral atmosphere parameters, calculated in the TIME-GCM and CCM SOCOL models for the conditions of the SSW 2009 event. It has been shown that the selected low boundary conditions do not allow to fully reproduce the observed variation in the ionospheric parameters during SSW 2009 event. Based on observations of the velocity of vertical plasma drift obtained by the incoherent scatter radar at Jicamarca, we introduced additional electric potential in the GSM TIP model, which allowed us to reproduce the zonal electric field (ÉB vertical plasma drift) and the observed SSW effects in the low-latitude ionosphere. Furthermore, we tried to reproduce the SSW ionospheric effects by including internal gravity waves in the high-latitude mesosphere. We discuss the model calculation results and possible reasons for model/data disagreements and give the proposals for further investigations. This work was supported by RFBR Grants №12-05-31217 and №14-05-00578.

  2. The study of the midlatitude ionospheric response to geomagnetic activity at Nagycenk Geophysical Observatory

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    Berényi, Kitti; Kis, Árpád; Barta, Veronika; Novák, Attila

    2016-04-01

    Geomagnetic storms affect the ionospheric regions of the terrestrial upper atmosphere, causing several physical and chemical atmospheric processes. The