2017 Workshop:high latitude IT coupling

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New Challenges in High-Latitude Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling

Location, Date/Time and Duration

2 hours


Yanshi Huang
Cheryl Huang
Olga Verkhoglyadova
Andy Gerrard
Geonhwa Jee

Workshop Categories

Altitudes: IT - Latitudes: polar - Inst/Model: satellite - Other:

Format of the Workshop

Short Presentations

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The workshop addresses the outstanding unsolved problems in the energy coupling processes of Earth’s Ionosphere-Thermosphere (IT) system at high-latitudes. The goal is to improve the IT predicting and forecasting capabilities through raising and solving these problems. This workshop fits one of the themes in the CEDAR Strategic Planning for the Next Decade: variability in the Space-Atmosphere Interaction Region. The topics covered are related to several thrusts in the CEDAR Strategic Plan (2011) such as thrust #1: Encourage and Undertake a Systems Perspective to Geospace and thrust #2: Explore Exchange Processes at Interfaces and Boundaries. The questions of this workshop will be addressed through comprehensive studies of observational data and numerical model simulations. Current measurements of the high-latitude energy input (DMSP, CHAMP, SWARM etc.) and energy dissipation into neutral and plasma (radars, FPIs, GRACE etc.) are available to investigate the IT coupling processes. Numerical simulation results can be compared to the observations to test if the ionospheric and thermospheric heating is correctly specified in the models.


Solar wind energy is dissipated in the ionosphere- thermosphere (IT) system through Joule heating and particle precipitation at high latitudes. The ionospheric currents heat the thermosphere through ion-neutral collisions with subsequent ion drag, while the energetic particles heat the thermosphere through ionization, excitation and dissociation of the neutral species. There is increasing evidence that heating of ions and neutrals occurs at very high latitudes besides in the auroral zones for both geomagnetic quiet and active times, which is not well described by models. We solicit presentations of high latitude IT coupling processes responsive to solar wind energy input. We encourage presentations with new results from numerical modeling and data analysis relevant to outstanding unsolved problems. These preliminary studies will help to improve our understanding of the IT coupling at high latitudes and to formulate new challenges in the community.


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