Atmosphere Ionosphere Magnetosphere Section - AIM

Dependence of solar-wind/magnetosphere/ionosphere coupling on the geomagnetic dipole strength

The stand-off distance Rs image
Friday, November 2, 2012

The possible effects of geomagnetic-field changes over periods of millennia on solar wind/magnetosphere/ionosphere/thermosphere coupling was examined, by altering the strength of the geomagnetic dipole in the Coupled Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere (CMIT) model.

Impact of high-speed streams and co-rotating interaction regions on the thermosphere-ionosphere

Comparison of thermospheric neutral density at 400 km image
Friday, November 2, 2012

Changes in the thermosphere-ionosphere system caused by high-speed streams in the solar wind, and the co-rotating interaction regions they engender, were studied using a combination of CMIT and TIEGCM simulations and data analysis. 

Global ionospheric climatology

NmF2 climatology for 2007 to 2010 in magnetic latitude bins image
Friday, November 2, 2012

Extensive analyses of COSMIC data for 2007–2010 have revealed a number of features concerning seasonal and solar-cycle variation. Low-latitude ionospheric peak density NmF2 was dominated by the semi-annual anomaly, the equatorial anomaly and the annual asymmetry.

Ionospheric storm effects of disturbed electric fields

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A comprehensive modeling investigation of ionospheric and thermospheric variations during a prompt penetration electric field on 9 November 2004.

Solar-flare effects on ionospheric electrodynamics

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The sudden increase of X-ray and extreme ultra-violet irradiance during flares increases the density of the ionosphere through enhanced photoionization.

Thermosphere Ionosphere Electrodynamic General Circulation Models (TGCMs)

The NCAR TGCM's are three-dimensional, time-dependent models of the EARTH's neutral upper atmosphere.

HiWind

HiWind was the first balloon borne Fabry-Perot interferometer designed to measure summer time polar cap thermospheric neutral winds. Thermospheric wind measurements are critically needed for space weather research. HiWind was launched June 14, 2011 from Kiruna, Sweden.

Fabry Perot Interferometer at Resolute Bay, Canada

Resolute, Canada (75N) is the site chosen for the deployment of the National Science Foundation Advance Modular Incoherent Scatter Radar (AMISR). AMISR is a state of the art phase array radar, which allows fast electronic steering of the radar beam to track fast moving auroral features.

Fabry-Perot Interferometer at Palmer, Antarctica

The Palmer station Fabry-Perot interferometer project is funded by the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs. The goal is to study the upper atmosphere and ionosphere over the Antarctica Peninsula. Palmer station is an year-around US Antarctica Research station located on the Anvers Island near the Antarctica Peninsula.

Fabry-Perot Interferometer at Boulder, Colorado

On March 16, 2012, a Fabry-Perot Interferometer (FPI) was installed at the NCAR Marshall field site, just to the south-east of Boulder, to observe thermospheric and mesospheric winds.

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