Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2019

Presentation information

[E] Oral

P (Space and Planetary Sciences ) » P-EM Solar-Terrestrial Sciences, Space Electromagnetism & Space Environment

[P-EM10] Multi-scale Coupling in the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere System

Mon. May 27, 2019 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM A05 (TOKYO BAY MAKUHARI HALL)

convener:Yue Deng(University of Texas at Arlington), Toshi Nishimura(Boston University), Huixin Liu(Earth and Planetary Science Division, Kyushu University SERC, Kyushu University), Yanshi Huang(Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen), Chairperson:Yue Deng(University of Texas at Arlington), Huixin Liu(Kyushu University, Japan), Yanshi Huang(Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China), Yukitoshi Nishimura(Boston University)

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

[PEM10-06] Meso-scale forcing in the upper atmosphere: sources and impacts

*Yue Deng1, Qingyu Zhu1, Cissi Lin1 (1.University of Texas at Arlington)

Keywords:Meso-scale forcing , upper atmosphere, Joule heating, Gravity waves

We present a systematical study crossing both data analysis and model simulation to improve the specification of the energy and momentum inputs into the ionosphere-thermosphere (IT) system, especially at the meso-scale, and the system response. Our results are organized in two parts. First, two-years of Swarm satellite field-aligned current (FAC) data have been analyzed in order to study the distributions of mean pattern and variability of FACs on different scales (small scale: <150 km; mesoscale: 100~500 km; large scale: >500 km). The FAC distributions are then implemented in the Global Ionosphere-Thermosphere Model (GITM) to assess relative contributions of FACs at different scales to Joule heating. To enhance our capability to directly simulate the meso- and small-scale structures, GITM has been improved with a local patch grid refinement capability. Utilizing GITM with the new grid structure, the meso- and small-scale gravity wave perturbations have been included at the lower boundary of GITM to simulate the influence of meso- and small-scale gravity waves on the upper atmosphere.