2020 Workshop:Vertical coupling and MSTIDs

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Latest findings on the Earth’s atmosphere vertical coupling and its relationship with MSTIDs.

Location, Date/Time and Duration

2 hours


Fabio Vargas
Pedrina Terra
Jens Lautenbach
Christiano Brum

Workshop Categories

Altitudes: IT - Latitudes: mid-latitude - Other:

Format of the Workshop

Short Presentations

Estimated attendance


Requested Specific Days

Not to conflict with gravity wave or related MLT sessions

Special technology requests

A 16:9 compatible projector with HDMI and VGA inputs


Medium-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances (MSTIDs) are one of the most observed perturbations in the nighttime ionosphere in mid-latitudes. Gravity waves propagating upward from the troposphere can penetrate to the higher ionosphere and contribute to the formation of MSTIDs. Still, the electrodynamical coupling processes between E and F regions and the behavior of the thermospheric neutral winds are also believed to have a critical role for these thermosphere/ionosphere oscillations as well. In short, multiple aspects of MSTID, such as their nature and evolution, are still not apparent and need the full attention of the aeronomy community. In this workshop, we want to gather the most recent advances in MSTID studies using joint observations utilizing clusters of instruments such as ISR radars, imagers, ionosondes, VLS receivers, FPI, Lidars, etc., and data from recent satellite missions such as ICON, GOLD, and COSMIC II. These joint efforts are to define the full features of MSTIDs oscillations since their origin up to the IT system and shed light on the different aspects of their dynamics.


The workshop will emphasize state-of-the-art investigations of the atmospheric processes that enable or indicate coupling and energy transfer within the atmosphere layers, including the MSTIDs phenomena. The workshop will be composed of short presentations (~10 minutes). We welcome submissions on methodologies, including theory, modeling, observation, and experiment. Particularly attention is given to mid-latitude, but studies from other latitudes are also welcome.

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