In this paper we investigate the temporal evolution and geometric properties of solar supergranular features. For this purpose we apply an automatic feature-tracking algorithm to a 6-day time series of 18 near-surface flowmaps (Duvall and Gizon, 2000) containing 548 target objects. Lifetimes are calculated by measuring the time elapsing between the birth and death of each target. Using an exponential fit on the lifetime distribution of single supergranules we derived a mean lifetime of 22 hours. Based on the application of segmentation numerical procedures, we estimated characteristic geometric parameters such as area distributions of supergranular cells. We also derive the relationship between measured lifetime and the area of the supergranules.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - May 2004|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science