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Climate Summary of South Africa     Full-text available via subscription  
Climatic Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 54)
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Earth Perspectives - Transdisciplinarity Enabled     Open Access  
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Global Meteorology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Atmospheric Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
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Large Marine Ecosystems     Full-text available via subscription  
Mathematics of Climate and Weather Forecasting     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Mediterranean Marine Science     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Meteorologica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Meteorological Applications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Meteorologische Zeitschrift     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Mètode Science Studies Journal : Annual Review     Open Access  
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Monthly Weather Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
Nature Climate Change     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 65)
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Open Journal of Modern Hydrology     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Revista Brasileira de Meteorologia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Revista Iberoamericana de Bioeconomía y Cambio Climático     Open Access  
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Tellus A     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
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The Cryosphere (TC)     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
The Cryosphere Discussions (TCD)     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
The Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
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Urban Climate     Hybrid Journal  
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Weatherwise     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
气候与环境研究     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
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  • On the temporal evolution of the tropical stratospheric ozone
    • Authors: Costas A. Varotsos; Maria N. Efstathiou; Arthur P. Cracknell
      Pages: 1 - 5
      Abstract: Publication date: May 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volumes 157–158
      Author(s): Costas A. Varotsos, Maria N. Efstathiou, Arthur P. Cracknell
      According to recent findings the tropospheric-stratospheric temperature in the tropical atmosphere exhibits long range power-law persistence, which becomes stronger as the altitude increases. Because the ozone content is closely associated with the solar radiation and temperature we explore this effect in the vertical ozone distribution. We therefore analyze the tropical monthly mean ozone volume mixing ratios during `1980–2014, which is based on model simulations at heights 30−50km. The results obtained confirm that the modeled ozone data do not exhibit long-range power law correlations and therefore are not biased by a persistent signal.

      PubDate: 2017-03-27T15:55:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.03.010
      Issue No: Vol. 157-158 (2017)
  • Generalized models for estimation of diffuse solar radiation based on
           clearness index and sunshine duration in India: Applicability under
           different climatic zones
    • Authors: Basharat Jamil; Abid T. Siddiqui
      Pages: 16 - 34
      Abstract: Publication date: May 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volumes 157–158
      Author(s): Basharat Jamil, Abid T. Siddiqui
      Generalized models for assessment of monthly average diffuse solar radiation over India were established using long-term solar radiation data available for 15 years (1986–2000) obtained from Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune. Regression analysis was employed to correlate the diffuse fraction ( K ̅ d ) with clearness index ( K ̅ t ) and relative sunshine period v ( S ̅ S ̅ o ) together. Seven new models (with two input variables i.e. global solar radiation and relative sunshine period) were developed using data of the measurement sites. Well-established models from literature were also compared with the proposed models. Statistical tests used to evaluate the accuracy of models were mean bias error, root mean square error, mean percentage error, coefficient of determination, t-statistics and normalized median absolute deviation. Global performance indicator (GPI) was used to rank the models. Further, the empirical models were applied on the five representative locations under diverse climatic zones (i.e. Hot & Dry, Warm & Humid, Temperate, Cold and Composite climates) prescribed by the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) for India. Proposed models were also compared within each climatic zone and best model was recommended. Developed models were found to have good performance on collective data as well as under each climatic zone individually.

      PubDate: 2017-04-03T16:22:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.03.013
      Issue No: Vol. 157-158 (2017)
  • Unexpected East-West effect in mesopause region SABER temperatures over El
    • Authors: Esteban R. Reisin; Jürgen Scheer
      Pages: 35 - 41
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 31 March 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Esteban R. Reisin, Jürgen Scheer
      We find that mesopause region temperatures determined by the SABER instrument on the TIMED satellite during nocturnal overpasses at El Leoncito (31.8°S, 69.3°W) are several kelvins higher when SABER observes from the East than when it observes from the West. We distinguish between altitudes corresponding to the nominal emission heights of the OH and O2 airglow layers. The East-West temperature differences of 4.5K obtained for OH-equivalent height, and of 3.5K for O2-equivalent height are surprising, because an effect of the South Atlantic Anomaly on SABER temperature is unexpected. However, the ground-based data obtained with our airglow spectrometer at El Leoncito show that such a SABER artifact can be ruled out. Rather, the phenomenon is explained as a consequence of the temporal sampling of the nocturnal variation, which is mostly due to the semidiurnal tide. The monthly mean tide is strongest from April to September with a mean amplitude of 6.9K for OH, and of 10.5K for O2 rotational temperature, but the contribution to the East-West effect varies strongly from month to month because of differences in the temporal sampling. This mechanism should be active at other sites, as well.

      PubDate: 2017-04-03T16:22:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.03.016
      Issue No: Vol. 157-158 (2017)
  • Comparison of quiet time vertical plasma drifts with global empirical
           models over the Indian sector: Some insights
    • Authors: Kuldeep Pandey; R. Sekar; S.P. Gupta; D. Chakrabarty; B.G. Anandarao
      Pages: 42 - 54
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 28 March 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Kuldeep Pandey, R. Sekar, S.P. Gupta, D. Chakrabarty, B.G. Anandarao
      The threshold vertical plasma drifts and their polarities are inferred from E-region irregularities reported earlier using different experiments conducted from India during geomagnetically quiet time. In addition, the hourly variations of magnetometer data sets are used in conjunction with an equatorial electrojet model (Anandarao, 1976) to deduce the vertical drifts around noon time (10:00–140:0 LT). These results are then compared with the vertical drifts presented by empirical models (Scherliess and Fejer, 1999; Fejer et al., 2008a) corresponding to the 60 ° E longitude sector. In general, the vertical drifts presented by empirical models are consistent with those inferred from snapshot measurements of E-region irregularities at different local times of the day except around sunrise hours. Further, the vertical drifts presented by Fejer et al. (2008a) model match fairly well with seasonally averaged vertical drifts deduced (within 1 σ variation) using magnetometer data. A time difference is noticed between occurrence of pre-reversal enhancement in vertical drifts over India reported earlier using different techniques and Scherliess and Fejer (1999) model. Probable reason for the time difference is discussed. The occurrence characteristic of afternoon equatorial counter electrojet in June solstice during low solar epoch is consistent with the drifts obtained from empirical models. The seasonally averaged vertical drifts during nighttime reported earlier using ionosonde/HF radar experiments are not consistent with the presence of streaming plasma waves on a few occasions. Further, nocturnal vertical drifts are systematically under-estimated and probable reason for this is discussed.

      PubDate: 2017-04-03T16:22:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.03.012
      Issue No: Vol. 157-158 (2017)
  • Temporal variation of Black Carbon concentration using Aethalometer
           observations and its relationships with meteorological variables in
           Karachi, Pakistan
    • Authors: Samina Bibi; Khan Alam; Farrukh Chishtie; Humera Bibi; Said Rahman
      Pages: 67 - 77
      Abstract: Publication date: May 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volumes 157–158
      Author(s): Samina Bibi, Khan Alam, Farrukh Chishtie, Humera Bibi, Said Rahman
      Black Carbon (BC) mass concentration was measured continuously for every five-minute interval with ground-based Aethalometer at an urban site in Karachi for the period from 2006 to 2008. In this study, the temporal (diurnal, monthly and seasonal) variations of BC and its relationship with meteorological variables were analyzed. Monthly averaged concentrations of BC ranged from 2.2 to 12.5µg/m3, with maximum in the month of January 2007 and minimum in the month of June 2006. BC showed higher concentrations during the months of January, February and November while lower during the months of May, June, July and August throughout the years. It also displayed comparatively high concentrations during winter and postmonsoon, while moderate during premonsoon and low during summer. Diurnal analysis of BC concentration showed sharp peaks between 07:00 and 09:00 LST and again around 22:00 during all the months. Moreover, the relationship between BC concentration and meteorological variables such as Temperature (Temp), Relative Humidity (RH), Wind Speed (WS), Visibility (VIS) and RainFall (RF) was found and it was observed that BC concentration showed an inverse relationship with all these meteorological variables. Finally, the analysis of the Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory (HYSPLIT) cluster trajectories revealed that almost all the clusters were originating from southwest of the study site.

      PubDate: 2017-04-11T16:52:25Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.03.017
      Issue No: Vol. 157-158 (2017)
  • Observed effects in the equatorial and low-latitude ionosphere in the
           South American and African sectors during the 2012 minor sudden
           stratospheric warming
    • Authors: R. de Jesus; I.S. Batista; A.J. de Abreu; P.R. Fagundes; K. Venkatesh; C.M. Denardini
      Pages: 78 - 89
      Abstract: Publication date: May 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volumes 157–158
      Author(s): R. de Jesus, I.S. Batista, A.J. de Abreu, P.R. Fagundes, K. Venkatesh, C.M. Denardini
      In this paper, the effects of a minor sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event of 2012 in the ionosphere over South American and African sectors have been studied using C/NOFS satellite data and GPS observations. Also, the magnetometer measurements obtained at two stations in the equatorial and low-latitude regions in the South American sector are presented. There were significant Vertical Total Electron Content (VTEC) depletions in the afternoon in both South American and African sectors during the 2012 minor SSW event. A novel feature of the present study is the reduction of the quasi 16-day oscillation (periods ranging from 11 to 20 days) in the daily averaged VTEC in the Brazilian and African sector during an SSW event. Also, the results for the Brazilian sector show an amplification of the ~2–6day period in the daily averaged VTEC at equatorial and low-latitude regions, after the SSW temperature peak. This investigation shows that a minor SSW can affect the irregularities at ionospheric heights in the Brazilian and African sectors. Ground-based magnetometer measurements in the American sector shows strongly enhanced equatorial electrojet (EEJ) after the SSW temperature peak.

      PubDate: 2017-04-11T16:52:25Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.04.003
      Issue No: Vol. 157-158 (2017)
  • Excitation mechanism of non-migrating tides
    • Authors: Yasunobu Miyoshi; Dora Pancheva; Plamen Mukhtarov; Hidekatsu Jin; Hitoshi Fujiwara; Hiroyuki Shinagawa
      Pages: 24 - 36
      Abstract: Publication date: April 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 156
      Author(s): Yasunobu Miyoshi, Dora Pancheva, Plamen Mukhtarov, Hidekatsu Jin, Hitoshi Fujiwara, Hiroyuki Shinagawa
      Using an atmosphere-ionosphere coupled model, the excitation source and temporal (seasonal and interannual) variations in non-migrating tides are investigated in this study. We first focus our attention on temporal variations in eastward moving diurnal tide with zonal wavenumber 3 (DE3), which is the largest of all the non-migrating tides in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT). Our simulation results indicate that upward propagation of the DE3 excited in the troposphere is sensitive to the zonal mean zonal wind in the stratosphere and mesosphere. The DE3 amplitude is enhanced in the region where the vertical shear of the zonal mean zonal wind is positive (westerly shear). Quasi-2-year variation in the DE3 amplitude in the MLT region is generated by quasi-2-year variation in the zonal mean zonal wind between 40 and 70km, which is modulated by the stratospheric QBO. The excitation mechanisms of SW3 (westward moving semidiurnal tide with zonal wavenumber 3) and SW1 (westward moving semidiurnal tide with zonal wavenumber 1) are also investigated. During equinoxes, the SW3 and SW1 are excited by tropospheric heating (latent heat release and solar radiative heating) associated with cumulus convection in the tropics, and propagate upward into the MLT region. On the other hand, during solstices, SW3 and SW1 are generated in the winter stratosphere and mesosphere through the nonlinear interaction between the stationary planetary wave and migrating semidiurnal tide, and propagate upward to the lower thermosphere. The excitation sources of other non-migrating tides are also discussed.

      PubDate: 2017-03-02T13:00:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.02.012
      Issue No: Vol. 156 (2017)
  • Terrestrial gamma-ray flashes in the BeppoSAX data archive
    • Authors: A. Ursi; C. Guidorzi; M. Marisaldi; D. Sarria; F. Frontera
      Pages: 50 - 56
      Abstract: Publication date: April 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 156
      Author(s): A. Ursi, C. Guidorzi, M. Marisaldi, D. Sarria, F. Frontera
      Up to now, Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs) have been mostly observed by instruments on-board satellites devoted to astrophysics: after the discovery by the BATSE/CGRO experiment in the early 90's, this elusive phenomenon has been further detected by RHESSI, by the AGILE satellite and by the Fermi space telescope. The Italian/Dutch satellite BeppoSAX (1996–2002) was one of the most important high-energy astrophysics missions, especially for what concerns the field of Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs). Its payload housed the Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor (GRBM), a segmented detector that could, in principle, have observed TGFs as well. Motivated by this possibility, we carried out, for the first time, a systematic search for TGFs in the BeppoSAX data archive, ending up with a sample of 12 TGF candidates. Among them, we also found a peculiar event, whose light curve characteristics may represent the signature of a mirrored Terrestrial Electron Beam (TEB).

      PubDate: 2017-03-08T13:15:44Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.02.014
      Issue No: Vol. 156 (2017)
           OVER NIGERIA
    • Authors: B. Adeyemi; M.I. Akerele
      Pages: 57 - 71
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 March 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): B. Adeyemi, M.I. Akerele
      This paper investigates the importance of seasonality and stationarity of climatological data to effective forecast of a meteorological parameter – the specific humidity, ‘q’. This was done by computing q using monthly datasets of temperature and relative humidity from twenty carefully selected stations for twenty-six (26) years (1970–1995). The data were retrieved from the archives of the Nigerian Meteorological Agencies. The data were analysed to examine its seasonality as well as stationarity which are considered to be the basic requirements for good and accurate forecasting in climate studies. The stations were grouped into four climatic regions namely: the Sahel, Guinea Savanna, Rainforest and Derived Savanna regions. It was found that stations from the Guinea Savanna and Sahelian regions show more seasonality and stationarity compared to stations in Rainforest and Derived Savanna regions. Forecast was then carried out using three techniques which are: the ordinary Autoregressive model, Harmonic Analysis and Exponential Smoothing modelling techniques. These were analysed and evaluated using series of statistical error analysis methods. Exponential smoothing technique, which incorporates the seasonal components of the data into its model, was found to give the most accurate and reliable results with minimal statistical errors, re-iterating the importance of seasonality and stationarity in effective climate forecast.

      PubDate: 2017-03-08T13:15:44Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.03.001
      Issue No: Vol. 156 (2017)
  • “Long-hissler” fine structure within auroral hiss: A review
           and synthesis
    • Authors: Howard F. Kim; James LaBelle; Maria Spasojević
      Pages: 72 - 79
      Abstract: Publication date: April 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 156
      Author(s): Howard F. Kim, James LaBelle, Maria Spasojević
      One of the most prominent fine-structures of auroral hiss is the “long-hissler”, defined here as a dispersed feature embedded within broadband auroral hiss emissions in the frequency range 1–40kHz and lasting longer than 0.3s. While theory is limited, there is evidence that hisslers can be used in remote sensing of density characteristics at altitudes of thousands of km. By applying an automatic threshold algorithm to VLF data collected at South Pole 2230–0130 UT daily during June–August 2014, 22h of auroral hiss are identified on 49 of 93 days analyzed, for an occurrence rate of 9.7% during the applicable MLT interval. From manual inspection of these intervals, 414 groups (trains) of long hisslers are identified on 34 of the 49 days on which hiss occurred. Median lower (upper) frequency bounds of these features are 8 (22)kHz, median frequency–time slope is −10kHz/s, and median hissler repetition time within a train (hissler period) is 1.2s. Hissler period and frequency–time slope are inversely related. Data from previous studies are reviewed to provide a comprehensive description of the phenomenon. Contrary to some previous studies, subsequent long hissler features are found to commonly overlap in time, and no evidence is found for an inverse relationship between hissler train duration and geomagnetic activity.

      PubDate: 2017-03-16T13:57:21Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.03.002
      Issue No: Vol. 156 (2017)
  • On the relationship between the QBO/ENSO and atmospheric temperature using
           COSMIC radio occultation data
    • Authors: Pan Gao; Xiaohua Xu; Xiaohong Zhang
      Pages: 103 - 110
      Abstract: Publication date: April 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 156
      Author(s): Pan Gao, Xiaohua Xu, Xiaohong Zhang
      In this paper, the spatial patterns and vertical structure of atmospheric temperature anomalies, in both the tropics and the extratropical latitudes, associated with the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO) in the upper troposphere and stratosphere are investigated using global positioning system (GPS) radio occultation (RO) measurements from the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC) Formosa Satellite Mission 3 mission from July 2006 to February 2014. We find that negative correlations between the atmospheric temperature in the tropics and ENSO are observed at 17–30km in the lower stratosphere at a lag of 1–4 months and at a lead of 1 month. Out-of-phase temperature variation is observed in the troposphere over the mid-latitude band and in-phase behaviour is observed in the lower stratosphere. Interestingly, we also find that there is a significant negative correlation at a lag of 1–3 months from 32km to 40km in the mid-latitude region of the Northern Hemisphere. The atmospheric temperature variations over mid-latitude regions in both hemispheres are closely related to the QBO. There are also two narrow zones over the subtropical jet zone where the QBO signals are strong in both hemispheres, approximately parallel to the equator. Finally, we develop a new robust index to describe the strength of the ENSO and QBO signal.

      PubDate: 2017-03-20T14:01:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.03.008
      Issue No: Vol. 156 (2017)
  • Electrical conductivity channels in the atmosphere produced by
           relativistic-electron microbursts from the magnetosphere
    • Authors: Joseph E. Borovsky
      Pages: 22 - 26
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 155
      Author(s): Joseph E. Borovsky
      The properties of a cylindrical-shaped magnetic-field-aligned channel of electrical conductivity produced by the precipitation of relativistic-electrons into the atmosphere during a spatially localized magnetospheric microburst are estimated. The conducting channel connects the middle atmosphere (~50km) to the ionosphere. A channel diameter of ~ 8km with an electric conductivity of 1.2×10−9 Ω−1m−1 near the bottom and 1.8×10−7 Ω−1m−1 higher up is found. In the fair-weather electric field, the higher-conductivity portions of the channel can carry substantial electrical currents.

      PubDate: 2017-02-04T11:57:29Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.01.004
      Issue No: Vol. 155 (2017)
  • First observations of electron gyro-harmonic effects under X-mode HF
           pumping the high latitude ionospheric F-region
    • Authors: N.F. Blagoveshchenskaya; T.D. Borisova; A.S. Kalishin; T.K. Yeoman; I. Häggström
      Pages: 36 - 49
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 155
      Author(s): N.F. Blagoveshchenskaya, T.D. Borisova, A.S. Kalishin, T.K. Yeoman, I. Häggström
      We provide the first experimental evidence of the sensitivity of phenomena induced by extraordinary (X-mode) polarized HF high power radio waves to pump frequency stepping across the fifth electron gyro-harmonic (5fce) from below to above. The results were obtained at the EISCAT (European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association) HF heater facility near Tromsø under effective radiated powers of 456–715MW, when the HF pump wave was transmitted into the magnetic zenith. We have analyzed the behavior and intensities of various spectral lines in the narrowband stimulated electromagnetic emission (SEE) spectra observed far from the heater, HF-enhanced plasma and ion lines (HFPL and HFIL) from EISCAT UHF incoherent scatter radar spectra, and artificial field-aligned irregularities from CUTLASS (Co-operative UK Twin Located Auroral Sounding System) observations, depending on the frequency offset of the pump field relative to the 5fce. At pump frequencies below 5fce the narrowband SEE spectra exhibited very intense so-called stimulated ion Bernstein scatter (SIBS), accompanied by other spectral components, associated with stimulated Brillouin scatter (SBS), which are greatly suppressed and disappeared in the vicinity of 5fce and did not reappear at fH>5fce. As the pump frequency reached 5fce, the abrupt enhancements of the HFPL and HFIL power, the appearance of cascade lines in the plasma line spectra, and the onset of increasing CUTLASS backscatter power occurred. That is opposite to the ordinary mode (O-mode) effects in the vicinity of 5fce. The X-mode pumping at frequencies below and in the vicinity of the fifth electron gyro-harmonic clearly demonstrated an ascending altitude of generation of induced plasma and ion lines from the initial interaction height, whereas for O-mode heating the region of interaction descended. The observations are consistent with the coexistence of the electron acceleration along and across the geomagnetic field at fH<5fce, while only very strong electron acceleration along the magnetic field was observed at fH≥5fce.

      PubDate: 2017-02-10T12:24:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.02.003
      Issue No: Vol. 155 (2017)
  • ANFIS, SVM and ANN soft-computing techniques to estimate daily global
           solar radiation in a warm sub-humid environment
    • Authors: Victor H. Quej; Javier Almorox; Javier A. Arnaldo; Laurel Saito
      Pages: 62 - 70
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 February 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Victor H. Quej, Javier Almorox, Javier A. Arnaldo, Laurel Saito
      Daily solar radiation is an important variable in many models. In this paper, the accuracy and performance of three soft computing techniques (i.e., adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS), artificial neural network (ANN) and support vector machine (SVM)) were assessed for predicting daily horizontal global solar radiation from measured meteorological variables in the Yucatán Peninsula, México. Model performance was assessed with statistical indicators such as root mean squared error (RMSE), mean absolute error (MAE) and coefficient of determination (R2). The performance assessment indicates that the SVM technique with requirements of daily maximum and minimum air temperature, extraterrestrial solar radiation and rainfall has better performance than the other techniques and may be a promising alternative to the usual approaches for predicting solar radiation.

      PubDate: 2017-02-10T12:24:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.02.002
      Issue No: Vol. 155 (2017)
  • On the role of horizontal wind shears in the generation of F0.5 layers
           over the dip equatorial location of Thiruvananthapuram: A numerical
           simulation study
    • Authors: N. Mridula; Tarun Kumar Pant
      Pages: 79 - 85
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 155
      Author(s): N. Mridula, Tarun Kumar Pant
      A numerical simulation is carried out to estimate the rate of convergence of ionization required to produce a F0.5 layer with peak plasma frequency (foF0.5) of 3.2MHz from three different background layer densities, over Thiruvananthapuram (8.5°N; 77°E; dip latitude ~ 0.5°N), a dip equatorial station in India. Further the simulation study is extended to understand the convergences required by considering the seasonal mean peak F0.5 layer frequencies also. One possible mechanism by which this convergence can be produced is by a horizontal shear in the meridional wind. The corresponding shears required to generate the layer with the above convergence conditions are estimated. It is found that gravity waves are capable of generating wind shears, leading to the pooling of ionization and the generation of the layer over the dip equator. A meridional wind with the gravity wave induced wind shear is numerically estimated. Finally, the short scale gravity waves of periods around 3–23min have been inferred to be more efficient in generating the wind shear when compared to large scale horizontal waves leading to the generation of F0.5 layer.

      PubDate: 2017-02-23T12:45:38Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.02.005
      Issue No: Vol. 155 (2017)
  • Statistical analysis of mesospheric gravity waves over King Sejong
           Station, Antarctica (62.2°S, 58.8°W)
    • Authors: Hosik Kam; Geonhwa Jee; Yong Kim; Young-bae Ham; In-Sun Song
      Pages: 86 - 94
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 155
      Author(s): Hosik Kam, Geonhwa Jee, Yong Kim, Young-bae Ham, In-Sun Song
      We have investigated the characteristics of mesospheric short period (<1h) gravity waves which were observed with all-sky images of OH Meinel band and OI 557nm airglows over King Sejong Station (KSS) (62.22°S, 58.78°W) during a period of 2008–2015. By applying 2-dimensional FFT to time differenced images, we derived horizontal wavelengths, phase speeds, and propagating directions (188 and 173 quasi-monochromatic waves from OH and OI airglow images, respectively). The majority of the observed waves propagated predominantly westward, implying that eastward waves were filtered out by strong eastward stratospheric winds. In order to obtain the intrinsic properties of the observed waves, we utilized winds simultaneously measured by KSS Meteor Radar and temperatures from Aura Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS). More than half the waves propagated horizontally, as waves were in Doppler duct or evanescent in the vertical direction. This might be due to strong eastward background wind field in the mesosphere over KSS. For freely propagating waves, the vertical wavelengths were in the interquartile range of 9–33km with a median value of 15km. The vertical wavelengths are shorter than those observed at Halley station (76°S, 27°W) where the majority of the observed waves were freely propagating. The difference in the wave propagating characteristics between KSS and Halley station suggests that gravity waves may affect mesospheric dynamics in this part of the Antarctic Peninsula more strongly than over the Antarctic continent. Furthermore, strong wind shear over KSS played an important role in changing the vertical wavenumbers as the waves propagated upward between two airglow layers (87 and 96km).

      PubDate: 2017-02-23T12:45:38Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.02.006
      Issue No: Vol. 155 (2017)
  • First ground-based observations of mesopause temperatures above the
           Eastern-Mediterranean Part I: Multi-day oscillations and tides
    • Authors: Israel Silber; Colin Price; Carsten Schmidt; Sabine Wüst; Michael Bittner; Emilio Pecora
      Pages: 95 - 103
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 155
      Author(s): Israel Silber, Colin Price, Carsten Schmidt, Sabine Wüst, Michael Bittner, Emilio Pecora
      The mesopause region (~90km altitude) is the coldest region of our atmosphere, and is found at the boundary between the upper mesosphere and lower thermosphere. Ground-based spectrometers, which are sensitive to the emissions from the hydroxyl (OH*) airglow layer (lying at ~87km altitude), are used to monitor the temperature variability within the mesosphere-lower-thermosphere (MLT), at high temporal resolution. The variability of the MLT region of the atmosphere is driven by momentum deposition from gravity waves, atmospheric tides and planetary waves. The displacement of air caused by these waves can produce strong temperature, wind and species concentration perturbations. In this study we present an analysis of 4-years of OH* rotational temperature data, acquired with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) GRIPS-10 (Ground Based Infrared P-branch Spectrometer) instrument, which was installed in Israel in November 2011. This instrument provided the first long-term ground-based observations of airglow emissions in the Eastern Mediterranean. We show the nocturnal mean temperature analysis, which includes time series as well as spectral analysis of the data. In addition, we obtain (migrating) tidal oscillation estimates from the high resolution (1min) data, by using harmonic fitting, and we analyze the variability of planetary wave signatures in the residual temperature data, which are retrieved after the removal of the tidal harmonic fits from the data. In this analysis of the residual data we find a dominant quasi-5–7 day planetary wave influence on the mesopause temperatures above the Eastern Mediterranean.

      PubDate: 2017-03-02T13:00:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2016.08.014
      Issue No: Vol. 155 (2017)
  • Advances in lightning research
    • Authors: Vernon Cooray; Farhad Rachidi
      First page: 181
      Abstract: Publication date: February 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 154
      Author(s): Vernon Cooray, Farhad Rachidi

      PubDate: 2017-02-15T12:30:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2016.10.014
      Issue No: Vol. 154 (2017)
  • Cloud-to-ground lightning activity in Colombia and the influence of
    • Authors: D. Aranguren; J. López; J. Inampués; H. Torres; H. Betz
      Pages: 182 - 189
      Abstract: Publication date: February 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 154
      Author(s): D. Aranguren, J. López, J. Inampués, H. Torres, H. Betz
      Lightning activity on the Colombian mountains, where the altitude varies from 0 to more than 5000MSL, is studied based on VLF/LF lightning detection data and using a 2012–2013 dataset. The influence of altitude is observed by evaluating cloud-to-ground lightning incidence at different altitude intervals. The relationship between ground flash density and altitude gradient vectors is studied. Results show a clear dependence of the flash density on elevation.

      PubDate: 2017-02-15T12:30:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2016.08.010
      Issue No: Vol. 154 (2017)
  • Equivalent slab thickness of the ionosphere over Europe as an indicator of
           long-term temperature changes in the thermosphere
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 25 April 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Norbert Jakowski, Mohammed Mainul Hoque, Jens Mielich, Chris Hall
      Simultaneous measurements of the total electron content (TEC) and the peak electron density NmF2 at vertical sounding stations enable the estimation of the equivalent slab thickness of the ionosphere. This shape parameter, defined as the ratio of the observables TEC and NmF2 of the vertical electron density profile, is closely related to the neutral gas scale height under steady-state conditions at daytime. In this paper we present for the first time a long term trend (LTT) analysis of the equivalent slab thickness for estimating long term trends of thermospheric temperature changes. The analysis is made for 5 vertical sounding stations located in the latitude range 40 – 70°N in Europe and covers the entire solar cycle 23 during the years 1995 – 2009. The observations indicate a long term decrease of the equivalent slab thickness at all ionosonde stations considered here from 11 – 62km/decade with increasing tendency towards higher latitudes. Since the seasonal dynamics of the slab thickness clearly overestimates expected temperature changes, it has been found that composition changes, in particular the atomic oxygen/molecular nitrogen density ratio, contribute essentially to the high dynamics of the equivalent slab thickness closely associated with the occurrence of the well-known daytime winter anomaly in Northern mid-latitudes. In analogy, to explain remaining temperature overestimates in the long term trends of the equivalent slab thickness, it is assumed that a long term increase of the atomic oxygen/molecular nitrogen density ratio exist. So the contraction (decrease of scale height and equivalent slab thickness) and the lowering (decrease of the peak density height hmF2) of the electron density profile can be understood in a consistent manner. It is demonstrated that a permanent monitoring of the equivalent slab thickness can contribute to explore long term changes of the thermosphere. To get quantitative estimates of thermospheric temperature changes based on this new LTT monitoring technique, more detailed studies including first principles models are needed.

      PubDate: 2017-04-25T02:54:04Z
  • Long-Term Trends in the D- and E-Region Based on Rocket-Borne Measurements
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 25 April 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): M. Friedrich, C. Pock, K. Torkar
      Electron densities obtained from rocket borne measurements are compared to an empirical, steady state model built from these data. The ratios between each measured value and its corresponding model value vs. time yield trends which significantly vary with altitude. Notably above 120 to 130km the electron densities generally increase, whereas between 95 and 120km the ionosphere appears stable. Somewhere below 80 to 90km - depending on the investigated data subset - there is again a positive trend down to below 70km. Tentative explanations such as cooling of the mesosphere are suggested and may be confirmed by comprehensive theoretical models of the upper atmosphere.

      PubDate: 2017-04-25T02:54:04Z
  • Analysis of small-scale structures in lidar observations of noctilucent
           clouds using a pattern recognition method
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 April 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): C. Ridder, G. Baumgarten, J. Fiedler, F-J. Lübken, G. Stober
      Noctilucent clouds (NLC) have been observed with the ALOMAR Rayleigh/Mie/Raman lidar at 69°N using a temporal resolution of 30s since 2008. We present an approach to identify and analyze the localized small scale wave structures of the varying altitude of the NLC layers in the range of 5–30min that may be caused by gravity waves. Small scale gravity waves breaking in the mesopause region contribute notably to the momentum flux but are difficult to observe and to characterize. The approach is based on a template matching method using generalized structures to be identified in the NLC observations. The new method permits the identification of structures that are present in NLC only for a time too short to appear in a Fourier or wavelet spectrum. Without the need for a continuous time series the method can handle multiple NLC layers and data gaps. In the 2000h of NLC data from the years 2008–2015, we find almost 5000 single wave structures with a total length of 738h. The structures are found on average 400m below the NLC centroid altitude and a large number of the structures has a length at the lower limit of 5min. With the background wind from the meteor radar near ALOMAR a horizontal scale is estimated based on the length of the individual structures. The distribution of horizontal scales shows a peak of wave structures at 15–20km in accordance with the horizontal wavelengths found by ground-based camera observations of NLC.

      PubDate: 2017-04-25T02:54:04Z
  • Mesospheric Temperature Trends derived from Standard Phase-Height
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 April 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Dieter H.W. Peters, Günter Entzian, Philippe Keckhut
      New homogeneous time series of daily standard phase-height (SPH) and daily plasma scale-height (PSH) have been derived from a 50-year long-radio-wave measurement of the broadcasting station Allouis (France, 162kHz). The signal was received at Kühlungsborn (54°N, 12°E, Mecklenburg, Germany) and the present series is a third release. The daily time series of SPH shows in its spectrum dominant modes which are typical for the solar cycle (SC), for El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and for quasi-biannual oscillation (QBO), indicating solar and lower atmospheric influences. Surprisingly, the time series of daily PSH shows a band of dominant cycles larger than 16 years. In order to exclude the influence of the winter anomaly in the determination of column-integrated mesospheric temperature trends the phase-height-temperature procedure is confined to summer months. The derived thickness temperature of the mesosphere decreased statistically significant over the period 1959–2008 after pre-whitening with summer mean of solar sun spot numbers. The trend value is in the order of about −1.05K / decade if the stratopause trend is excluded. The linear regression is more pronounced, −1.35K / decade for the period of 1963–1985 (2 SCs), but weaker, −0.51K / decade during 1986-08 (last 2 SCs). The linear regression is in very good agreement with a mean column-integrated mesospheric trend derived from OHP-Lidar temperatures on a monthly mean basis for the last two SCs. This clearly shows that the thickness temperature of the mesosphere derived from phase-height measurement is a useful proxy for the long-term summer temperature change in the mesosphere from 1959 until 2008.

      PubDate: 2017-04-25T02:54:04Z
  • Ionospheric effects of magneto-acoustic-gravity waves: Dispersion relation
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 20 April 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): R. Michael Jones, Lev A. Ostrovsky, Alfred J. Bedard
      There is extensive evidence for ionospheric effects associated with earthquake-related atmospheric disturbances. Although the existence of earthquake precursors is controversial, one suggested method of detecting possible earthquake precursors and tsunamis is by observing possible ionospheric effects of atmospheric waves generated by such events. To study magneto-acoustic-gravity waves in the atmosphere, we have derived a general dispersion relation including the effects of the Earth's magnetic field. This dispersion relation can be used in a general atmospheric ray tracing program to calculate the propagation of magneto-acoustic-gravity waves from the ground to the ionosphere. The presence of the Earth's magnetic field in the ionosphere can radically change the dispersion properties of the wave. The general dispersion relation obtained here reduces to the known dispersion relations for magnetoacoustic waves and acoustic-gravity waves in the corresponding particular cases. As far as we know, no ray tracing program is now available to calculate the propagation of magneto-acoustic-gravity waves or just magnetoacoustic waves in the atmosphere. The work described here is the first step in achieving a generalized ray tracing program permitting propagation studies of magneto-acoustic-gravity waves.

      PubDate: 2017-04-25T02:54:04Z
  • New results in studying foF2 trends
    • Authors: Alexey Danilov
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 April 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Alexey Danilov
      It is shown that there are three causes of the difference in values of trends in the F2-layer parameters obtained by different groups of authors: using initial data series of different length, the absence of the allowance for seasonal changes in trends and the absence of the allowance for diurnal changes in trends. The problem how the deep minimum of solar activity of 2008—2009 influenced the trends in the critical frequency of the F2 layer and whether are the negative trends in foF2 conserved in the following five years is considered. It is obtained that in the vast majority of cases, the monotonous change in the curves used to derive the foF2 trend was distorted in the years close to the anomalously low minimum of solar activity in 2008—2009. That reduced the magnitude of the obtained negative trend in the critical frequency as compared with the results based on the data to 2009. The change in the dependence of the F2-layer critical frequency on its height hmF2 is considered based on two sources of initial data. It is obtained that the slope k of the foF2 dependence on hmF2 systematically decreases from the earlier ("etalon") period 1958–1980 to later periods 1988–2010, 1998–2010, and 1998–2014. As far as the foF2 value depends on the atomic oxygen concentration at heights of the F region much stronger than hmF2, the found decrease in k confirms the concept of a decrease in the atomic oxygen concentration in the thermosphere with time formulated by the authors earlier.

      PubDate: 2017-04-11T16:52:25Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.04.002
  • Observation of Polar Mesosphere Summer Echoes Using the Northernmost MST
           Radar at Eureka (80°N)
    • Authors: N. Swarnalingam; W. Hocking; D. Janches; J. Drummond
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 April 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): N. Swarnalingam, W. Hocking, D. Janches, J. Drummond
      We investigate long-term Polar Mesosphere Summer Echoes (PMSEs) observations conducted by the northernmost geographically located MST radar at Eureka (80°N, 86°W). While PMSEs are a well recognized summer phenomenon in the polar regions, previous calibrated studies at Resolute Bay and Eureka using 51.5MHz and 33MHz radars respectively, showed that PMSE backscatter signal strengths are relatively weak in the polar cap sites, compared to the auroral zone sites (Swarnalingam et al., 2009b; Singer et al., 2010). Complications arise with PMSEs, in which the echo strength is controlled by the electrons, which are, in turn, influenced by heavily charged ice particles as well as the variabilities in the D-region plasma. In recent years, PMSE experiments were conducted inside the polar cap utilizing a 51MHz radar located at Eureka. In this manuscript, we investigate calibrated observations, conducted during 2009 - 2015. Seasonal and diurnal variations of the backscatter signal strengths are discussed and compared to previously published results from the ALOMAR radar, which is a radar of similar design located in the auroral zone at Andenes, Norway (69°N, 16°E). At Eureka, while PMSEs are present with a daily occurrence rate which is comparable to the rate observed at the auroral zone site for at least two seasons, they show a great level of inter-annual variability. The occurrence rate for the strong echoes tends to be low. Furthermore, comparison of the absolute backscatter signal strengths at these two sites clearly indicate that the PMSE backscatter signal strength at Eureka is weak. Although this difference could be caused by several factors, we investigate the intensity of the neutral air turbulence at Eureka from the measurements of the Doppler spectrum of the PMSE backscatter signals. We found that the level of the turbulence intensity at Eureka is weak relative to previously reported results from three high latitude sites.

      PubDate: 2017-04-03T16:22:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.03.015
  • IFC-Ed. board
    • Abstract: Publication date: April 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 156

      PubDate: 2017-04-03T16:22:02Z
  • The Spatial Structure of the Oncoming Solar Wind at Earth and the
           Shortcomings of a Solar-Wind Monitor at L1
    • Authors: Joseph E. Borovsky
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 30 March 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Joseph E. Borovsky
      The mesoscale (RE to 100's of RE) magnetic field structure of the solar wind as it approaches Earth is visualized in a Y-Z (GSE) plane upstream of the Earth. The visualization is created with a modified Voronoi diagram generated to represent some of the statistical properties of the solar wind: (1) the Parker-spiral average alignment of the solar-wind magnetic flux tubes, (2) the observed variation in the orientation of the individual flux tubes about the Parker-spiral direction, and (3) the observed variability of the diameters of individual flux tubes. The flux-tube structure, the magnetic-field vector structure, and the motional-electric-field structure of the oncoming solar wind is visualized and discussed. For instance, variations in the clock angle of the solar-wind magnetic field are associated with variations in the orientations of the passing magnetic flux tubes. Using this visualization, two-spacecraft transverse-to-radial correlations of solar-wind magnetic field are discussed, as is a case of two spacecraft on two sides of the Earth seeing an extended period of very different solar-wind properties. The solar-wind visualization is also used to discuss and quantify some shortcomings of using a single solar-wind monitor at L1 to determine the temporal properties of the solar wind that will hit the Earth: those shortcomings are (1) the aberration of the solar wind, (2) the directional variability of the solar-wind velocity vector, and (3) the orbit of the monitor about the L1 point.

      PubDate: 2017-04-03T16:22:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.03.014
  • Dynamo theory and perspectives of forecasting solar cycles
    • Authors: Dmitry Sokoloff
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 25 March 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Dmitry Sokoloff
      Various approaches to forecasting the solar cycle based on solar dynamo models are considered. The importance of separating predictions of catastrophic events such as the Maunder minimum, predictions of general trends in solar activity between Grand minima, and forecasts of the next cycle, based on current knowledge of previous cycles is noted. The role of fluctuations of dynamo drivers for the forecast is emphasized. The polar magnetic field in the current cycle is considered as a natural predictor of the amplitude of the following cycle.

      PubDate: 2017-03-27T15:55:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.03.011
  • Solar effect on the Rayleigh-Taylor instability growth rate as simulated
           by the NCAR TIEGCM
    • Authors: Qian
      Abstract: Publication date: April 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 156
      Author(s): Qian Wu
      The TIEGCM (Thermosphere Ionosphere Electrodynamics General Circulation Model) is used to investigate the solar effect on the equatorial ionospheric Rayleigh-Taylor (R-T) instability growth rate, which is responsible for the occurrence of the plasma bubbles. The R-T growth rate is calculated for the solar maximum year 2003 and minimum 2009. The growth rate is strongly dependent on the solar activity. During solar maximum, the pre-reversal enhancement is much stronger leading to higher R-T growth rate. The R-T growth rates from the TIEGCM follow the same solar dependence as the observed occurrence of equatorial plasma bubbles by DMSP satellites. The R-T growth rate also enhances when the day/night terminator is parallel to the magnetic field line near the equator. The R-T growth rate does not correlate well with the solar F10.7 index on a short time scale (~10 days) because the field-line integrated electron content gradient cancels out the positive correlation between the vertical ion drift with the F10.7 index. The TIEGCM result shows the importance of the electron content gradient to the R-T growth rate and the plasma bubble occurrence. The bubble occurrence rates were estimated based on the vertical ion drift simulation results.

      PubDate: 2017-03-20T14:01:16Z
  • A review of recent progress in trends in the upper atmosphere
    • Authors: Jan
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 March 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Jan Laštovička
      The anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases affect not only the weather and climate in the troposphere; they affect also long-term trends in the mesosphere-thermosphere-ionosphere system, where the amplitudes of anthropogenic changes are substantially larger than in the troposphere. The last four years have seen significant progress in investigating these trends but also some new puzzles have been created. Observations of the CO2 trend in the lower thermosphere appeared but their interpretation is a matter of debate. The role of ozone in mesospheric temperatures and E-region ionosphere has been confirmed and quantified. Agreement between observational and simulated trends in the thermospheric density, supported by satellite observations of radiative cooling was reached but the most recent result re-opened the problem. Much new partial information about trends in the ionospheric F region was reported. Also new information on other experimental trends helped to improve our understanding of long-term trends in the upper atmosphere. Significant progress has been reached in modelling the long-term trends; in a few parameters the agreement with observed trends is now not only quantitative but also qualitative. Several attempts to explain ionospheric trends without CO2 appeared but they are shown not to be correct; CO2 remains to be the primary (although not the only) trend driver. On the other hand, many open questions or puzzles, listed in Concluding remarks, remain to be investigated.

      PubDate: 2017-03-20T14:01:16Z
  • A TIEGCM Numerical Study of the Source and Evolution of Ionospheric
           F-region Tongues of Ionization: Universal Time and Interplanetary Magnetic
           Field Dependence
    • Authors: Jing Liu; Wenbin Wang; Alan Burns; Libo Liu; Joe McInerney
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 12 March 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Jing Liu, Wenbin Wang, Alan Burns, Libo Liu, Joe McInerney
      The National Center for Atmospheric Research Thermosphere-Ionosphere Electrodynamics General Circulation Model (TIEGCM) has been employed to systematically study the source and evolution of the ionospheric F-region Tongue of Ionization (TOI), which is electron density enhancement in the polar region. The model is run for different Universal Times (UT), season and Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) conditions. It is found that: (1) The TOI formation is critically dependent on UT, preferentially near 2000 UT in the Northern Hemisphere (NH) and near 1600 UT in the Southern Hemisphere (SH). These are the intervals when the high-latitude ion convection throat is closer to the middle-latitude high plasma density source region, so that more plasma can be directly transported into the polar cap region; (2) this different UT dependence between the two Hemispheres occurs, not only because of the different separation of the magnetic poles from the geographic poles in the two hemispheres, but also because of the UT dependence of the mid-latitude source locations (local time, latitude) and the magnitude of plasma density enhancements; (3) the TOI is generally stronger in the SH than it is in the NH, and in winter than in summer; (4) IMF By operates in the opposite sense in the two hemispheres in terms of the TOI pattern such that positive/negative IMF By tends to deflect the TOI toward the morning/afternoon sector in the NH. The opposite condition occurs in the SH.

      PubDate: 2017-03-16T13:57:21Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.03.005
  • Some new insights of the characteristics of equatorial plasma bubbles
           obtained from Indian region
    • Authors: V.L. Narayanan; S. Gurubaran; M.B. Berlin Shiny; K. Emperumal; P.T. Patil
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 12 March 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): V.L. Narayanan, S. Gurubaran, M.B. Berlin Shiny, K. Emperumal, P.T. Patil
      All-sky imaging observations of OI 630.0nm airglow were carried out in campaign mode from Panhala (16.8°N, 74.1°E geographic; 11.1°N dip latitude), India, during January to March 2008. On 14 of 37 nights, equatorial plasma bubbles were observed. The drift speeds were observed to decrease with time in concurrence with the previous results. The tilts were mostly westward while on rare occasions the plasma bubbles tilt eastwards. The drifts were found to be relatively lesser on disturbed nights while the tilts appear to be marginally larger. The interdepletion distances (or bubble spacings) also showed a decreasing trend with time till midnight indicating that the bubbles approach each other with the passage of time. Such a behavior is not reported earlier and it seems to have important implications for understanding the time evolution of plasma bubbles. On occasions, the bubbles occurred in groups. An ionosonde operating over Indian dip equatorial site Tirunelveli (1.1°N dip latitude) was used to study the variations in the base height of the ionosphere during the plasma bubble observations. The ionosonde measurements indicate lack of significant pre-reversal enhancement (PRE) during geomagnetic quiet days in which the bubbles were observed.

      PubDate: 2017-03-16T13:57:21Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.03.006
  • Earth's magnetic field effect on MUF calculation and consequences for hmF2
           trend estimates
    • Authors: Ana G. Elias; Bruno S. Zossi; Erdal Yiğit; Zenon Saavedra; Blas F. de Haro Barbas
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 11 March 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Ana G. Elias, Bruno S. Zossi, Erdal Yiğit, Zenon Saavedra, Blas F. de Haro Barbas
      Knowledge of the state of the upper atmosphere, and in particular of the ionosphere, is essential in several applications such as systems used in radio frequency communications, satellite positioning and navigation. In general, these systems depend on the state and evolution of the ionosphere. In all applications involving the ionosphere an essential task is to determine the path and modifications of ray propagation through the ionospheric plasma. The ionospheric refractive index and the maximum usable frequency (MUF) that can be received over a given distance are some key parameters that are crucial for such technological applications. However, currently the representation of these parameters are in general simplified, neglecting the effects of Earth's magnetic field. The value of M(3000)F2, related to the MUF that can be received over 3000km is routinely scaled from ionograms using a technique which also neglects the geomagnetic field effects assuming a standard simplified propagation model. M(3000)F2 is expected to be affected by a systematic trend linked to the secular variations of Earth's magnetic field. On the other hand, among the upper atmospheric effects expected from increasing greenhouse gases concentration is the lowering of the F2-layer peak density height, hmF2. This ionospheric parameter is usually estimated using the M(3000)F2 factor, so it would also carry this “systematic trend”. In this study, the geomagnetic field effect on MUF estimations is analyzed as well as its impact on hmF2 long-term trend estimations. We find that M(3000)F2 increases when the geomagnetic field is included in its calculation, and hence hmF2, estimated using existing methods involving no magnetic field for M(3000)F2 scaling, would present a weak but steady trend linked to these variations which would increase or compensate the few kilometers decrease (~2km per decade) expected from greenhouse gases effect.

      PubDate: 2017-03-16T13:57:21Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.03.004
  • Observational indications of downward-propagating gravity waves in middle
           atmosphere lidar data
    • Authors: N. Kaifler; B. Kaifler; B. Ehard; S. Gisinger; A. Dörnbrack; M. Rapp; R. Kivi; A. Kozlovsky; M. Lester; B. Liley
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 March 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): N. Kaifler, B. Kaifler, B. Ehard, S. Gisinger, A. Dörnbrack, M. Rapp, R. Kivi, A. Kozlovsky, M. Lester, B. Liley
      Two Rayleigh lidars were employed at a southern-hemisphere mid-latitude site in New Zealand (45°S) and a northern-hemisphere high-latitude site in Finland (67°N) in order to observe gravity waves between 30 and 85km altitude under wintertime conditions. Two-dimensional wavelet analysis is used to analyze temperature perturbations caused by gravity waves and to determine their vertical wavelengths and phase progression. In both datasets, upward phase progression waves occur frequently between 30 and 85km altitude. Six cases of large-amplitude wave packets are selected which exhibit upward phase progression in the stratosphere and/or mesosphere. We argue that these wave packets propagate downward and we discuss possible wave generation mechanisms. Spectral analysis reveals that superpositions of two or three wave packets are common. Furthermore, their characteristics often match those of upward-propagating waves which are observed at the same time or earlier. In the dataset means, the contribution of upward phase progression waves to the potential energy density E p is largest in the lower stratosphere above Finland. There, E p of upward and downward phase progression waves is comparable. At 85km one third of the potential energy carried by propagating waves is attributed to upward phase progression waves. In some cases E p of upward phase progression waves far exceeds E p of downward phase progression waves. The downward-propagating waves might be generated in situ in the middle atmosphere or arise from reflection of upward-propagating waves.

      PubDate: 2017-03-16T13:57:21Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.03.003
  • IFC-Ed. board
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 155

      PubDate: 2017-03-02T13:00:13Z
  • Effect of Tropospheric Models on Derived Precipitable Water Vapor over
           Southeast Asia
    • Authors: Zhoobin Rahimi; Helmi Zulhaidi Mohd Shafri; Faridah Binti Othman; Masayu Norman
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 February 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Zhoobin Rahimi, Helmi Zulhaidi Mohd Shafri, Faridah Binti Othman, Masayu Norman
      An interesting subject in the field of GPS technology is estimating variation of precipitable water vapor (PWV). This estimation can be used as a data source to assess and monitor rapid changes in meteorological conditions. So far, numerous GPS stations are distributed across the world and the number of GPS networks is increasing. Despite these developments, a challenging aspect of estimating PWV through GPS networks is the need of tropospheric parameters such as temperature, pressure, and relative humidity (Liu et al., 2015). To estimate the tropospheric parameters, global pressure temperature (GPT) model developed by (Boehm et al., 2007) is widely used in geodetic analysis for GPS observations. To improve the accuracy, (Lagler et al., 2013) introduced GPT2 model by adding annual and semi-annual variation effects to GPT model. Furthermore,(Boehm et al., 2015)(Boehm et al., 2015)(Boehm et al., 2015) (Boehm et al., 2015) proposed the GPT2 wet (GPT2w) model which uses water vapor pressure to improve the calculations. The global accuracy of GPT2 and GPT2w models has been evaluated by previous researches (Fund et al., 2011) (Munekane and Boehm, 2010); however, investigations to assess the accuracy of global tropospheric models in tropical regions such as Southeast Asia is not sufficient. This study tests and examines the accuracy of GPT2w as one of the most recent versions of tropospheric models (Boehm et al., 2015). We developed a new regional model called Malaysian Pressure Temperature (MPT) model, and compared this model with GPT2w model. The compared results at one international GNSS service (IGS) station located in the south of Peninsula Malaysia shows that MPT model has a better performance than GPT2w model to produce PWV during monsoon season. According to the results, MPT has improved the accuracy of estimated pressure and temperature by 30% and 10%, respectively, in comparison with GPT2w model. These results indicate that MPT model can be a good alternative tool in the absence of meteorological sensors at GPS stations in Peninsula Malaysia. Therefore, for GPS-based studies, we recommend MPT model to be used as a complementary tool for the Malaysia Real-Time Kinematic Network to develop a real-time PWV monitoring system.

      PubDate: 2017-03-02T13:00:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.02.011
  • Parametric study of density cavities caused by ion outflow in the topside
    • Authors: Liyuan Mei; William Lotko; Roger H. Varney; Joe D. Huba
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 February 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Liyuan Mei, William Lotko, Roger H. Varney, Joe D. Huba
      Plasma density cavities are correlated with heavy ion outflow where ions are heated transversely by wave particle interactions (WPIs). This paper presents the first result of a 3D ionospheric fluid model that incorporates plasma temperature anisotropies and a phenomenological treatment of WPIs, leading to transversely accelerated ions (TAIs). It is demonstrated that O+ outflow can generate density cavities in the topside ionosphere. With the empirical heating rate applied in a designated heating region on the dayside, the O+ species in the heating region is accelerated upward by the mirror force. The O+ species below the heating region upflows under the parallel pressure gradient force and the parallel electric force. As the O+ species flows upward, the plasma is eroded both below and inside the heating region. Parametric modeling studies show that the depth of density cavities in the upper ionosphere increases as the heating rate increases. The percent change in the density of the cavity relative to the local background density is practically independent of the low-altitude cutoff of the heating region, but the altitude of the relative density minimum moves upward with the increasing altitude of cutoff. The O+ flux is insensitive to the change of the heating rate, while depends strongly on the altitude of cutoff. Using empirical values of the initial heating rate and the height of the low-altitude boundary as input, the ranges of the modeled electron density and the O+ outflow moments are in reasonable agreement with observations of a storm-time density cavity observed by the FAST satellite. The 3D ionospheric model has the potential to be coupled to magnetospheric models for magnetosphere-ionosphere (MI) coupling.

      PubDate: 2017-03-02T13:00:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.02.013
  • Ionospheric Plasma Disturbances Generated by Naturally Occurring
           Large-scale Anomalous Heat Sources
    • Authors: Rezy Pradipta; Min-Chang Lee; Anthea J. Coster; Craig A. Tepley; Michael P. Sulzer; Sixto A. Gonzalez
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 February 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Rezy Pradipta, Min-Chang Lee, Anthea J. Coster, Craig A. Tepley, Michael P. Sulzer, Sixto A. Gonzalez
      We report the findings from our investigation on the possibility of large-scale anomalous thermal gradients to generate acoustic-gravity waves (AGWs) and traveling ionospheric disturbances (TIDs). In particular, here we consider the case of summer 2006 North American heat wave event as a concrete example of such large-scale natural thermal gradients. This special scenario of AGW/TID generation was formulated based on the results of our experiments at the Arecibo Observatory in July 2006, followed by a systematic monitoring/surveillance of total electron content (TEC) fluctuations over North America in 2005-2007 using the MIT Haystack Observatory's Madrigal database. The data from our Arecibo experiments indicate a continual occurrence of intense AGW/TID over the Caribbean on 21-24 July 2006, and the Madrigal TEC data analysis shows that the overall level of TID activity over North America had increased by ∼0.2 TECU during the summer 2006 heat wave event. Our proposed scenario is in agreement with these empirical observations, and is generally consistent with a number of past ionospheric HF heating experiments related to AGW/TID generation.

      PubDate: 2017-02-23T12:45:38Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.02.010
  • Ionospheric F-region observations over American sector during an intense
           space weather event using multi-instruments
    • Authors: A.J. de Abreu; I.M. Martin; P.R. Fagundes; K. Venkatesh; I.S. Batista; R. de Jesus; M. Rockenback; A. Coster; M. Gende; M.A. Alves; M. Wild
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 21 February 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): A.J. de Abreu, I.M. Martin, P.R. Fagundes, K. Venkatesh, I.S. Batista, R. de Jesus, M. Rockenback, A. Coster, M. Gende, M.A. Alves, M. Wild
      The critical interaction between the magnetosphere and ionosphere during intense geomagnetic storms continues to be important to space weather studies. In this investigation, we present and discuss the ionospheric F-region observations in the equatorial, low- and mid-latitude regions in both hemispheres over American sector during the intense geomagnetic storm on 01–03 June 2013. The geomagnetic storm reached a minimum Dst of −119 nT at 0900 UT on 01 June. For this investigation, we present vertical total electron content (VTEC) and phase fluctuations (in TECU/min) from a chain of 10 GPS stations and the ionospheric parameters foF2 and h’F from a chain of 4 digital ionosonde stations, covering from equatorial to mid-latitudes regions over American sector during the entire storm-time period 31 May–03 June 2013. In addition, the plasma density observed from DMSP satellites is presented. The results obtained show that during the sudden impulse/SSC and throughout the main phase of the storm, a large positive phase was observed in mid-latitudes of the northern hemisphere, which could be due to changes in the thermospheric wind circulation. On the other hand, in the mid-latitudes of the southern hemisphere, no deviations are observed in VTEC and foF2 when compared to the quiet period. During the long recovery phase of the storm on 01–02 June, a north-south asymmetry is observed in the F-region. The study confirms the dominant role of the thermospheric winds on north-south asymmetry in the ionospheric F-region. The ionospheric irregularities are found to be confined in the equatorial region, of the bottomside spread-F type, before and during the geomagnetic storm. It shows that the geomagnetic storm did not affect the generation or suppression of ionospheric irregularities at the stations investigated.

      PubDate: 2017-02-23T12:45:38Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.02.009
  • Interplanetary Drivers of Daytime Penetration Electric Field into
           Equatorial Ionosphere during CIR-Induced Geomagnetic Storms
    • Authors: Thana Yeeram
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 21 February 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Thana Yeeram
      Observations based on the magnetometer data of the response of the daytime equatorial electric field to the geomagnetic storms induced by corotating interaction regions (CIRs) during 2007 – 2010 reveal many events of striking long duration of multiple short-lived prompt penetration electric fields (PPEFs). The PPEFs essentially occurred in the main phase of the storms, which are associated with the ring current and magnetic reconnection of the southward z-component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF Bz) in relation to the Alfvén waves. The behaviors of the electric field penetration during the storms are consistent with the shielding theory. Particularly, the PPEF is found to be complex due to transient variations in the solar wind dynamic pressure (SWDP) and the IMF Bz in the CIRs. The PPEF is temporary suppressed for about an hour under a shock in association with a drop in the SWDP. The interplanetary electric field Ey is the main driver of the PPEFs, when the solar wind speed, SWDP, and the symmetric ring current are nearly constant, even in the recovery phase. The PPEF is allowed under the condition of high and variable SWDP. The shocks with a northward IMF Bz shield the PPEFs when the SWDP is nearly constant. The partial ring current is strongest in the large and northward IMF Bz, where the shielding effect is greater than the undershielding caused by the large SWDP. The results may provide an important step to study equatorial and low latitude ionospheric electrodynamics in the solar minimum conditions.

      PubDate: 2017-02-23T12:45:38Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.02.008
  • Long-term variations and trends in the polar E-region
    • Authors: L.M. Bjoland; Y. Ogawa; C. Hall; M. Rietveld; U.P. Løvhaug; C. La Hoz; H. Miyaoka
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 20 February 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): L.M. Bjoland, Y. Ogawa, C. Hall, M. Rietveld, U.P. Løvhaug, C. La Hoz, H. Miyaoka
      As the EISCAT UHF radar system in Northern Scandinavia started its operations in the early 1980s, the collected data cover about three solar cycles. These long time-series provide us the opportunity to study long-term variations and trends of ionospheric parameters in the high latitude region. In the present study we have used the EISCAT Tromsø UHF data to investigate variations of the Hall conductivity and ion temperatures in the E-region around noon. Both the ion temperature and the peak altitude of the Hall conductivity are confirmed to depend strongly on solar zenith angle. However, the dependence on solar activity seems to be weak. In order to search for trends in these parameters, the ion temperature and peak altitude of the Hall conductivity data were adjusted for their seasonal and solar cycle dependence. A very weak descent (∼0.2km/ decade) was seen in the peak altitude of the Hall conductivity. The ion temperature at 110km shows a cooling trend (∼10K/ decade). However, other parameters than solar zenith angle and solar activity seem to affect the ion temperature at this altitude, and a better understanding of these parameters is necessary to derive a conclusive trend. In this paper, we discuss what may cause the characteristics of the variations in the electric conductivities and ion temperatures in the high latitude region.

      PubDate: 2017-02-23T12:45:38Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.02.007
  • Impacts of a sudden stratospheric warming on the mesospheric metal layers
    • Authors: Wuhu Feng; Bernd Kaifler; Daniel R. Marsh; Josef Höffner; Ulf-Peter Hoppe; Bifford P. Williams; John M.C. Plane
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 11 February 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Wuhu Feng, Bernd Kaifler, Daniel R. Marsh, Josef Höffner, Ulf-Peter Hoppe, Bifford P. Williams, John M.C. Plane
      We report measurements of atomic sodium, iron and temperature in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT) made by ground-based lidars at the ALOMAR observatory (69°N, 16°E) during a major sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event that occurred in January 2009. The high resolution temporal observations allow the responses of the Na and Fe layers to the SSW at high northern latitudes to be investigated. A significant cooling with temperatures as low as 136K around 90km was observed on 22–23 January 2009, along with substantial depletions of the Na and Fe layers (an ~80% decrease in the column abundance with respect to the mean over the observation period). The Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM) incorporating the chemistry of Na, Fe, Mg and K, and nudged with reanalysis data below 60km, captures well the timing of the SSW, although the extent of the cooling and consequently the depletion in the Na and Fe layers is slightly underestimated. The model also predicts that the perturbations to the metal layers would have been observable even at equatorial latitudes. The modelled Mg layer responds in a very similar way to Na and Fe, whereas the K layer is barely affected by the SSW because of the enhanced conversion of K+ ions to K atoms at the very low temperatures.

      PubDate: 2017-02-15T12:30:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.02.004
  • IFC-Ed. board
    • Abstract: Publication date: February 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 154

      PubDate: 2017-02-15T12:30:13Z
  • Quasi-Biennial Oscillation signatures in the diurnal tidal winds over
           Cachoeira Paulista, Brazil
    • Authors: Luciana Rodrigues de Araújo; Lourivaldo Mota Lima; Christoph Jacobi; Paulo Prado Batista
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 4 February 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Luciana Rodrigues de Araújo, Lourivaldo Mota Lima, Christoph Jacobi, Paulo Prado Batista
      Mesosphere/lower thermosphere winds obtained by meteor radar over Cachoeira Paulista (22.7°S, 45.0°W), Brazil, have been used to investigate the interannual variability of the diurnal tidal (DT) wind amplitude. The monthly DT displays year to year variations and their amplitudes are strongest during the westerly phase of the quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO) at the 30 hPa level. This can be observed in all seasons in the meridional component, whilst in the zonal component the signal is clearer during austral autumn, when the diurnal tide is strongest in this latitude. The spectrum obtained from the deseasonalized amplitudes shows a peak near 26 months in the meridional component, which can be associated to the stratospheric QBO. The QBO modulation of the DT amplitude shows a quasi-decadal variation, and it is stronger during the maximum of the solar cycle.

      PubDate: 2017-02-04T11:57:29Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.02.001
  • Modelling the descent of nitric oxide during the Elevated Stratopause
           Event of January 2013
    • Authors: Yvan J. Orsolini; Varavut Limpasuvan; Kristell Pérot; Patrick Espy; Robert Hibbins; Stefan Lossow; Katarina Raaholt Larsson; Donal Murtagh
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 4 February 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Yvan J. Orsolini, Varavut Limpasuvan, Kristell Pérot, Patrick Espy, Robert Hibbins, Stefan Lossow, Katarina Raaholt Larsson, Donal Murtagh
      Using simulations with a whole-atmosphere chemistry-climate model nudged by meteorological analyses, global satellite observations of nitrogen oxide (NO) and water vapour by the Sub-Millimetre Radiometer instrument (SMR), of temperature by the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS), as well as local radar observations, this study examines the recent major stratospheric sudden warming accompanied by an elevated stratopause event (ESE) that occurred in January 2013. We examine dynamical processes during the ESE, including the role of planetary wave, gravity wave and tidal forcing on the initiation of the descent in the mesosphere-lower thermosphere (MLT) and its continuation throughout the mesosphere and stratosphere, as well as the impact of model eddy diffusion. We analyse the transport of NO and find the model underestimates the large descent of NO compared to SMR observations. We demonstrate that the discrepancy arises abruptly in the MLT region at a time when the resolved wave forcing and the planetary wave activity increase, just before the elevated stratopause reforms. The discrepancy persists despite doubling the model eddy diffusion. While the simulations reproduce an enhancement of the semi-diurnal tide following the onset of the 2013 SSW, corroborating new meteor radar observations at high northern latitudes over Trondheim (63.4°N), the modelled tidal contribution to the forcing of the mean meridional circulation and to the descent is a small portion of the resolved wave forcing, and lags it by about ten days.

      PubDate: 2017-02-04T11:57:29Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.01.006
  • Raindrop size distribution and vertical velocity characteristics in the
           rainband of Hurricane Bolaven (2012) observed by a 1290MHz wind profiler
    • Authors: Dong-Kyun Kim; Dong-In Lee
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 February 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Dong-Kyun Kim, Dong-In Lee
      Microphysics and vertical velocity characteristics between weak and strong rainband regions of Hurricane Bolaven were investigated primarily from 1290MHz (UHF) wind profiler measurements on 27~28 August 2012. With a focus on regions with radar reflectivities greater than 30 dBZ below a melting level, raindrop size distributions (DSDs) and related rain parameters retrieved from profiler Doppler spectra were examined. Temporal variations in vertical structure and bright band from a widespread stratiform to a relatively narrow, intense rainband were examined as the rainbands move over the land in the southern coast of Korea. Based on vertical characteristics in radar reflectivity, Doppler velocity, and vertical air motion (w) profiles, the rainbands were classified into a stratiform (S) region with a strong bright band and mixed stratiform-convective (S-C) region with a weak or non-existent bright band. The retrieved w fields showed that updrafts were dominant in the mixed S-C region and downdrafts in the S region. More broad histograms in both radar reflectivity (Z) and mass-weighted mean diameter (D m ) were found in the S period. Compared to the Z distribution, rain rate (R) was more widely distributed in the mixed S-C region than in the S region. This is largely because R values were more variable in association with stronger updrafts in this region since they depend on fall velocities of raindrops. Higher R and smaller D m mean values were analyzed within relatively strong updrafts in the mixed S-C period compared to those in the S period. Even when the w correction is applied, the mean D m was still slightly smaller in the mixed S-C region, indicating that there is a relatively larger number of small drops than those in the S region.

      PubDate: 2017-02-04T11:57:29Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.01.005
  • First ground-based observations of mesopause temperatures above the
           Eastern-Mediterranean Part II: OH⁎-climatology and gravity wave activity
    • Authors: Sabine Wüst; Carsten Schmidt; Michael Bittner; Israel Silber; Colin Price; Jeng-Hwa Yee; Martin G. Mlynczak; James M. Russell
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 29 January 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Sabine Wüst, Carsten Schmidt, Michael Bittner, Israel Silber, Colin Price, Jeng-Hwa Yee, Martin G. Mlynczak, James M. Russell
      In this study, we present an analysis of approximately four years of nightly temperature data, acquired with the OH-spectrometer GRIPS 10 (GRound based Infrared P-branch Spectrometer), which was installed in Tel Aviv (32.11°N, 34.8°E), Israel in November, 2011 for routine measurements. As our instrument does not give any height information, we use TIMED-SABER data in order to answer the question concerning the height region our measurement technique exactly addresses. For the first time, we estimate the density of wave potential energy for periods between some minutes and some hours for this station. These values are typical for gravity waves. Since GRIPS measurements do not currently provide vertically resolved data, the Brunt-Väisälä frequency, which is needed for the estimation of potential energy density, is calculated using TIMED-SABER measurements. The monthly mean density of wave potential energy is presented for periods shorter and longer than 60min. For the winter months (November, December, and January), the data base allows the calculation of a seasonal mean for the different years. This publication is the companion paper to Silber et al. (2016). Here, we focus on oscillations with shorter periods.

      PubDate: 2017-02-04T11:57:29Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.01.003
  • Detailed study of Pi2 damped oscillations from low latitude magnetic
    • Authors: Jayashree Bulusu; Kusumita Arora; Nandini Nagarajan
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 25 January 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Jayashree Bulusu, Kusumita Arora, Nandini Nagarajan
      The study of low latitude damped Pi2 oscillations (40–150sec) are investigated using archived data from Chouttuppal (CPL), geoelctric observatory, operated by National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad, India. The period of investigation is during solar cycle 21 (1975–1983). All the Pi2 events identified during this period are subjected to detailed analysis for their association with substorm and non-substorm events. It is interesting to note that there is equal probability of occurrence of Pi2s with or without a substorm. The Pi2 frequencies associated with substorms showed an increased value in the post-midnight sector than compared to the Pre-midnight sectors. The non-substorm Pi2s are seen to be associated with lower levels of geomagnetic activity. The corresponding period of Pi2s decreases with increasing level of activity. While the generation of Pi2s are generally attributed to substorm onset, it is seen that the quiet time non-substorm events are related to plasmaspheric cavity mode resonances at low latitudes.

      PubDate: 2017-01-28T11:46:34Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.01.002
  • Study of 1-minute rain rate integration statistic in South Korea
    • Authors: Sujan Shrestha; Dong-You Choi
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 21 January 2017
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Sujan Shrestha, Dong-You Choi
      The design of millimeter wave communication links and the study of propagation impairments at higher frequencies due to a hydrometeor, particularly rain, require the knowledge of 1-min. rainfall rate data. Signal attenuation in space communication results are due to absorption and scattering of radio wave energy. Radio wave attenuation due to rain depends on the relevance of a 1-min. integration time for the rain rate. However, in practice, securing these data over a wide range of areas is difficult. Long term precipitation data are readily available. However, there is a need for a 1-min. rainfall rate in the rain attenuation prediction models for a better estimation of the attenuation. In this paper, we classify and survey the prominent 1-min. rain rate models. Regression analysis was performed for the study of cumulative rainfall data measured experimentally for a decade in nine different regions in South Korea, with 93 different locations, using the experimental 1-min. rainfall accumulation. To visualize the 1-min. rainfall rate applicable for the whole region for 0.01% of the time, we have considered the variation in the rain rate for 40 stations across South Korea. The Kriging interpolation method was used for spatial interpolation of the rain rate values for 0.01% of the time into a regular grid to obtain a highly consistent and predictable rainfall variation. The rain rate exceeded the 1-min. interval that was measured through the rain gauge compared to the rainfall data estimated using the International Telecommunication Union Radio Communication Sector model (ITU-R P.837-6) along with the empirical methods as Segal, Burgueno et al., Chebil and Rahman, logarithmic, exponential and global coefficients, second and third order polynomial fits, and Model 1 for Icheon regions under the regional and average coefficient set. The ITU-R P. 837-6 exibits a lower relative error percentage of 3.32 and 12.59% in the 5- and 10-min. to 1-min. conversion, whereas the higher error percentages of 24.64, 46.44 and 58.46% for the 20-, 30- and 60-min. to 1-min., conversion were obtained in the Icheon region. The available experimental rainfall data were sampled on equiprobable rain-rate values where the application of these models to experimentally obtained data exhibits a variable error rate. This paper aims to provide a better survey of various conversion methods to model a 1-min. rain rate applicable to the South Korea regions with a suitable contour plot at 0.01% of the time.

      PubDate: 2017-01-22T11:36:37Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2017.01.001
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