Data-Driven Ensemble Modeling of Equatorial Ionospheric Electrodynamics

Graphic depicting root-mean-square difference of the plasma drift
Thursday, February 4, 2021

A Case Study During a Minor Storm Period Under Solar Minimum Conditions: The dayside equatorial ionospheric electrodynamics exhibits strong variability driven simultaneously by highly changeable external forcings that originate from the Sun, magnetosphere, and lower atmosphere.

Migrating Semidiurnal Tide during the September Equinox Transition in the Northern Hemisphere

Graphic depicting migrating semidiurnal tide
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Specified Dynamics Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model with thermosphere-ionosphere eXtension (SD-WACCMX) simulations are used to investigate the solar migrating semidiurnal tide (SW2) around September equinox at middle to high latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere.

Modeling Diurnal Variation Magnetic Fields for Mantle Induction Studies

Graphic image of the magnetic Bx component
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Accurate models of the spatial structure of ionospheric magnetic fields in the daily variation (DV) band (periods of approximately a few hours to a day) would enable use of magneto-variational methods for three-dimensional imaging of upper mantle and transition zone electrical conductivity.

Alfvénic thermospheric upwelling in a global geospace model

Graphic images from CHAMP satellite
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

First author, William Lotko, reveals that the CHAMP satellite orbiting near 400 km altitude near the magnetic cusp routinely traversed thermospheric density enhancements (up to 50%) that are not predicted by empirical models.

Global Maps of the Magnetic Field in the Solar Corona

Graphic image of magnetic field model

An international team led by solar physicists from Peking University, China and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), USA, has recently measured the global magnetic field of the solar corona for the first time.

Dynamics of Late-Stage Reconnection in the 2017 September 10 Solar Flare

Graphic depicting white light images
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

In this multi-instrument paper, we search for evidence of sustained magnetic reconnection far beyond the impulsive phase of the X8.2-class solar flare on 2017 September 10.

Planetary wave (PW) generation in the thermosphere driven by the PW-modulated tidal spectrum

Graphic image of Q6DW zonal wind amplitudes
Thursday, July 16, 2020

The National Center for Atmospheric Research thermosphere-ionosphere-electrodynamics general circulation model (TIE-GCM) is used to conduct numerical experiments that isolate and elucidate a substantial modication of the quasi-6-day wave (Q6DW) above 110 km due to presence of the planetary wave (

Global Modeling of Equatorial Spread F with SAMI3/WACCM-X

Graphic image of the comparison of 135.6 nm emissions
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

We report the first results of a global ionosphere/thermosphere simulation study that self-consistently generates large-scale equatorial spread F (ESF) plasma bubbles in the post-sunset ionosphere.

Simulated trends in ionosphere-thermosphere climate due to predicted main magnetic field changes from 2015 to 2065

Photograph of TEC in 2015
Friday, May 15, 2020

Summary or Abstract: The strength and structure of the Earth's magnetic field is gradually changing. These changes do not only affect the difference between the geographic and magnetic pole, which we have to consider when we hike in higher latitude regions.

A distinct magnetic property of the inner penumbral boundary III. Analysis of simulated sunspots

Graphic image depicting radial profiles of continuum intensity
Friday, May 8, 2020

The analyses of sunspot observations revealed a fundamental magnetic property of the umbral boundary, the invariance of the vertical component of the magnetic field.


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