Convection in the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere System: a Multi-Mission Survey of its Response to IMF By Reversals

Case, Nathan (2019) Convection in the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere System: a Multi-Mission Survey of its Response to IMF By Reversals. In: AGU Fall Meeting 2019, 2019-12-092019-12-13, Moscone Center.

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Abstract

The By-component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) has consistently been shown to exert significant influence on the variability of the coupled solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere system. Through multiple superposed epoch analyses, we have identified some of the timings involved in the SW-M-I system's response to reversals in the orientation of the IMF By component. Data from the Cluster Electron Drift Instrument indicates that the lobes respond quickly, with initial changes starting in as a little as 5 min after a reversal and an end state being reached within 30-40 min. Data from the ground-based SuperDARN radar network show that the corresponding ionospheric flows (≥75° MLAT) also respond on these prompt timescales. However, at least on these short timescales, plasma flows recorded by a range of spacecraft in the plasmasheet do not show a clear response to the IMF By reversals and nor do the counterpart flows in the SuperDARN data (60-65° MLT). We discuss the significance of these results in terms of the different driving mechanisms that may be at play.

Item Type:
Contribution to Conference (Poster)
Journal or Publication Title:
AGU Fall Meeting 2019
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139940
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Deposited On:
09 Jan 2020 11:05
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