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Empirical storm-time correction to the international reference ionosphere model E-region electron and ion density parameterizations using observations from TIMED/SABER
Author(s): C. J. Mertens; J. R. Winick; J. M. Russell; M. G. Mlynczak; D. S. Evans; Dieter Bilitza; X. Xu
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Paper Abstract

The response of the ionospheric E-region to solar-geomagnetic storms can be characterized using observations of infrared 4.3 um emission. In particular, we utilize nighttime TIMED/SABER measurements of broadband 4.3 um limb emission and derive a new data product, the NO+(v) volume emission rate, which is our primary observationbased quantity for developing an empirical storm-time correction the IRI E-region electron density. In this paper we describe our E-region proxy and outline our strategy for developing the empirical storm model. In our initial studies, we analyzed a six day storm period during the Halloween 2003 event. The results of this analysis are promising and suggest that the ap-index is a viable candidate to use as a magnetic driver for our model.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6745, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XII, 67451L (25 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.737318
Show Author Affiliations
C. J. Mertens, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
J. R. Winick, Air Force Research Labs. (United States)
J. M. Russell, Hampton Univ. (United States)
M. G. Mlynczak, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
D. S. Evans, NOAA Space Environment Ctr. (United States)
Dieter Bilitza, George Mason Univ. (United States)
X. Xu, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6745:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XII
Adolfo Comerón; Richard H. Picard; Klaus Schäfer; James R. Slusser; Aldo Amodeo, Editor(s)

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