High-latitude thermospheric wind observations and simulations with SuperDARN data driven NCAR TIEGCM during the December 2006 magnetic storm

Qian Wu, B. A. Emery, S. G. Shepherd, J. Michael Ruohoniemi, N. A. Frissell, J. Semeter

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Abstract

Ion convection pattern derived from the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network potential pattern (SDP) data is developed for the National Center for Atmospheric Research Thermosphere Ionosphere Electrodynamic General Circulation Model. The December 2006 geomagnetic storm event was simulated with the SDP ion convection pattern and two other existing input options (Heelis and Weimer convection models). The high-latitude thermospheric wind simulated with SDP showed very good agreement with the Fabry-Perot interferometer thermospheric wind data inside the polar cap at Resolute, Canada (74.7N, 94.8W, magnetic latitude 84). The Heelis model overestimated the winds during the storm event, because the model does not consider the cross polar cap potential saturation at high global geomagnetic index (Kp) values. The Weimer model provides a better performance than the Heelis model in this case. However, it has a larger discrepancy compared to the SDP results. The SDP provides an alternative data-based tool for study of the ionosphere/thermosphere interactions in the polar cap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6021-6028
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research A: Space Physics
Volume120
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

Keywords

  • SuperDARN
  • TIEGCM
  • polar cap ionosphere
  • thermospheric wind

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