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  • Similarity analysis of the streamer zone of blue jets
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 July 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): N.A. Popov, M.N. Shneider, G.M. Milikh
      Multiple observations of Blue Jets (BJ) and Gigantic Blue Jets (GBJ) show that BJ and GBJ emits a fan of streamers similar to a laboratory leader. Moreover, in the exponential atmosphere those long streamers grow preferentially upward, producing a narrow cone confined by the aperture angle. It was also noticed that BJ are similar to the streamer zone of a leader (streamer corona) and the modeling studies based on the streamers fractal structure were conducted. Objective of this paper is to study the fractal dimension of the bunch of streamer channels emitted by BJ and GBJ, at different altitude and under the varying electric field. This similarity analysis has been done in three steps: First we described the dendritic structure of streamers in corona discharge applying the fractal theory. Then using this model and the data from existing laboratory experiments we obtained the fractal dimension of the branching streamer channels. Finally the model was validated by the observations of BJ available from the literature.

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • First identification of lunar tides in satellite observations of
           noctilucent clouds
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 July 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Christian von Savigny, Matthew T. DeLand, Michael J. Schwartz
      Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) are optically thin ice clouds occurring near the polar summer mesopause. NLCs are a highly variable phenomenon subject to different sources of variability. Here we report on a poorly understood mechanism affecting NLCs, i.e., the lunar gravitational tide. We extract remarkably clear and statistically highly significant lunar semidiurnal tidal signatures in NLC occurrence frequency, NLC albedo and NLC ice water content from observations with the Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SBUV) satellite instruments using the superposed epoch analysis method applied to a data set covering more than 3 decades. The lunar semidiurnal tide is identified in NLC measurements in both hemispheres. In addition, lunar semidiurnal tidal signatures in polar summer mesopause temperature were extracted from space borne observations with the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) and the phases of the lunar tidal signatures in NLC parameters and temperature are demonstrated to be consistent. To our best knowledge these results constitute the first identification of the lunar tide in non-visual NLC observations.

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • 3D model of small-scale density cavities in the auroral magnetosphere with
           field-aligned current
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 July 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): P.A. Bespalov, V.G. Misonova, O.N. Savina
      We propose a 3D model of small-scale density cavities stimulated by an auroral field-aligned current and an oscillating field-aligned current of kinetic Alfvén waves. It is shown that when the field-aligned current increases so that the electron drift velocity exceeds a value of the order of the electron thermal velocity, the plasma becomes unstable to the formation of cavities with low density and strong electric field. The condition of instability is associated with the value of the background magnetic field. In the case of a relatively weak magnetic field (where the electron gyro-radius is greater than the ion acoustic wavelength), the current instability can lead to the formation of one-dimensional cavities along the magnetic field. In the case of a stronger magnetic field (where the ion acoustic wavelength is greater than the electron gyro-radius, but still is less than the ion gyro-radius), the instability can lead to the formation of 3D density cavities. In this case, the spatial scales of the cavity, both along and across the background magnetic field, can be comparable, and at the earlier stage of the cavity formation they are of the order of the ion acoustic wavelength. Rarefactions of the cavity density are accompanied by an increase in the electric field and are limited by the pressure of bipolar electric fields that occur within them. The estimates of typical density cavity characteristics and the results of numerical solutions agree with known experimental data: small-scale structures with a sufficiently strong electric field are observed in the auroral regions with strong field-aligned current.

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • X-raysfrom negative laboratory sparks in air: Influence of the anode
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 July 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Pasan Hettiarachchi, Mahbubur Rahman, Vernon Cooray, Joseph Dwyer
      In this experimental work, the influence of the grounded anode geometry is studied on the X-ray production from the laboratory sparks in air at atmospheric pressure when a negative impulse voltage is applied to a high voltage rod which served as a cathode. The result shows that the smaller the diameter of the anode, the higher the energy of X-ray bursts. This observation can be explained by the mechanism that the encounter of negative and positive streamer fronts just before the final breakdown is the event that accelerates electrons to X-ray generating energies, but may not be the only mechanism that generates X-rays.

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • Testing the interactive computer method (IM) for producing K indices with
           the data of the Hurbanovo and Budkov magnetic observatories
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 18 July 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Fridrich Valach, Pavel Hejda, Miloš Revallo, Josef Bochníček, Magdaléna Váczyová
      It is generally accepted that the geomagnetic K indices derived by experienced observers are of great value. The interactive method (IM) based on the traditional hand-scaling methodology is tested in this study. The tests are performed utilising the data from the Hurbanovo and Budkov magnetic observatories. These data include both digital records of the geomagnetic field and hand-scaled K indices that had been derived by experienced observers. The authentic K indices from Hurbanovo cover the year 1997 and the same kind of data from Budkov cover the years 1994–1999. In addition to these data, hand-scaled K indices are used which were derived by the experienced observer from printed digital magnetograms for both of the observatories for the years 2000-2003. The results of this study indicate that for high values of K indices (the values being at least 5) the tested method follows the traditional hand-scaling better than the widely used computer methods FMI and AS. On the other hand, for the K indices less than 5 the tested method turns out to be the worst when compared with the FMI and AS methods. For very low geomagnetic activity (K-index values equal to 0) the performance of the tested method is comparable to the two computer methods.

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • Editor’s Note
    • Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 146

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • Editor's note
    • Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 146

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • Editor's note
    • Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 146

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • On the seasonal variability of raindrop size distribution and associated
           variations in reflectivity - rainrate relations at Tirupati, a tropical
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 July 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Y. Sulochana, T.N. Rao, K. Sunilkumar, P. Chandrika, M.Roja Raman, S.V.B. Rao
      Three years of continuous OTT Parsivel disdrometer measurements made at Tirupati (13.6°N, 79.4°E), a tropical station near the foothills of Nallamala mountains, have been used to examine the climatological seasonal differences in bulk rainfall parameters, gamma parameters, raindrop size distributions (DSDs) and reflectivity - rainfall (Z-R) relationships. These relations are derived for both stratiform and convective rain during southwest and northeast monsoon (SWM and NEM) seasons, the two primary rainfall seasons for this region. The probability distribution functions for bulk rainfall and gamma parameters during the SWM and NEM suggest the dominance of evaporation and drop sorting during the SWM. The seasonal variations are also clearly apparent in DSD with fewer big drops and more small drops during the NEM than in SWM. These differences are seen more prominantely at smaller R. As a result, the retrieved Z-R relations are found to be distinctly different during the monsoon seasons. The seasonal variations in Z-R relations are not only observed for the total data but also for the rain type-segregated data. The prefactor of the Z-R relation is found to be larger for SWM and also for stratiform rain, consistent with earlier reports from southeast India, indicating that these features are robust and representative of southeast India. The observed differences in Z-R relations are discussed in the light of microphysical differences between the seasons and rain types.

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • IFC-Ed. board
    • Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 146

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • Meteorological factors affecting lower tropospheric ozone mixing ratios in
           Bangkok, Thailand
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 147
      Author(s): S. Janjai, S. Buntoung, M. Nunez, K. Chiwpreecha, S. Pattarapanitchai
      This paper examines the influence of meteorological conditions in ozone mixing ratio measured at the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to surface wind speed and direction, surface ozone concentrations, ozonesondes and CALIPSO Lidar images were collected during the study period extending from 01/01/2014 to 30/04/2015. Surface ozone concentrations show a strong seasonality, with maximum in the dry months of December to April and minimum during the wet southwest (SW) monsoon period extending from May to October. High ozone concentrations are related to biomass burning in the northeast highland regions of the country and neighboring Myanmar and southern China. These precursors travel in a southerly direction towards Bangkok in a well-defined aerosol layer which may be at ground level or at elevated heights. The growth of the daytime mixed layer scavenges some of the upper level aerosols, although local maxima in ozone concentrations at 1–2km are a frequent feature at Bangkok. There is an evidence of fumigation in the Gulf of Thailand and a return flow via the southerly sea breezes.

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • First observational evidence for the connection between the meteoric
           activity and occurrence of equatorial counter electrojet
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 147
      Author(s): C. Vineeth, N. Mridula, P. Muralikrishna, K.K. Kumar, T.K. Pant
      This paper presents the first direct observational evidence for the possible role of meteoric activity in the generation of the equatorial Counter Electrojets (CEJ), an enigmatic daytime electrodynamical process over the geomagnetic equatorial upper atmosphere. The investigation carried out using the data from Proton Precession Magnetometer and Meteor Wind Radar over a geomagnetic dip equatorial station, Trivandrum (8.5°N, 77°E, 0.5°N dip lat.) in India, revealed that the occurrence of the afternoon CEJ events during a month is directly proportional to the average monthly meteor counts over this location. The observation is found to be very consistent during the considered period of study, i.e the years 2006 and 2007. The study vindicates that the meteor showers play a major role in setting up the background condition conducive for the generation of CEJ by reducing the strength of the upward polarization field.

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • Solar irradiance observed at Summit, Greenland: Possible links to magnetic
           activity on short timescales
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 147
      Author(s): John E. Frederick
      Measurements of ground-level visible sunlight (400–600nm) from Summit, Greenland over the period August 2004 through October 2014 define the attenuation provided by cloudiness, including its dependence on solar elevation and season. The long-term mean cloud-attenuation increases with increasing solar zenith angle, consistent with radiative transfer calculations which treat a cloud as a plane parallel layer with a strong bias toward forward scattering and an albedo for diffuse radiation near 0.1. The ratio of measured irradiance to clear-sky irradiance for solar zenith angles greater than 66° has a small, but statistically significant, positive correlation with the previous day's magnetic activity as measured by the daily A p index, but no clear relationship exists between the irradiance ratio and daily changes in the ground-level neutron flux measured at Thule over the time frame considered. A high value of A p on one day tends to be followed by a day whose ground-level solar irradiance is slightly greater than would occur otherwise. In an average sense, the visible irradiance following a day with A p>16 exceeds that following a day with A p≤16 by 1.2–1.3% with a 95% confidence range of approximately ±1.0%. The results are broadly compatible with small changes in atmospheric scattering following magnetic disturbances.

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • Thermospheric atomic oxygen concentrations from WINDII O+(2P→2D)
           732nm emission: Comparisons with the NRLMSISE-00 and C-IAM models and with
           GUVI observations
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 147
      Author(s): Gordon G. Shepherd, Young-Min Cho, Victor I. Fomichev, Oleg V. Martynenko
      Thermospheric atomic oxygen concentrations have been retrieved from observations by the Wind Imaging Interferometer (WINDII) O+(2P→2D) 732 and 733nm emissions and are compared with results obtained by the Global Ultraviolet Imager (GUVI). Although the observations compared were taken ten years apart, the periods were selected on the basis of solar activity, using the Canadian Ionosphere and Atmosphere Model (C-IAM) to bridge the time gap. Results from all of these were compared with those from the Naval Research Laboratory Mass Spectrometer and Incoherent Scatter (NRLMSISE-00) model. Comparisons were made on the basis of F10.7 solar flux, day of year, local time, season, latitude and longitude. The WINDII local time variations showed enhanced values for the Northern spring season. Latitude and longitude plots showed smooth variations for NRLMSISE-00 and large variations for both WINDII and GUVI observations; in particular a depression in atomic oxygen concentration around 40°S latitude and 100°E longitude that is tentatively identified with a longitudinal wave 1 that does not propagate in local time but has an annual variation. The averaged values showed the WINDII values to be 0.75 that of NRLMSISE-00 compared with 0.80 for GUVI. Thus the WINDII values agreed with those of GUVI to within 6%, although taken 10 years apart.

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • Coordinated study of scintillations recorded by Chinese FY-2 geostationary
           meteorological satellite and VHF coherent radar observations over south
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 147
      Author(s): Xiaomin Zuo, Tao Yu, Chunliang Xia, Jiang Huang, Jie Xu
      The first scintillation observations of Chinese FY-2 geostationary meteorological satellite (86.5°E) observed at Guangzhou (23.2°N, 113.3°E, dip 18°N) and simultaneous VHF (47.5MHz) coherent radar measurements from Sanya (18.3°N, 109.6°E, dip 13°N) during equinoctial months of 2011 and 2012 have been presented here. The observations are used for a coordinated study for the relationship between the L-band scintillation patches on the propagation path of FY-2 satellite and the extended 3-m irregularity structures known as plumes over South China. The statistical results showed that the plumes and the scintillation patches have nearly a one-to-one correspondence. In case study, the zonal drift velocity of the irregularities was estimated by comparison of the onset times of the scintillation and plume and the irregularities were found to drift eastwards at a speed ranging about tens of meters to one hundred meters per second. From the derived value of drift speed and duration of scintillation events, the irregularity patches were found to have east-west extent about a few hundred kilometers. On the other hand, the scintillation did not always occur following the appearance of plume which might be due to the associated irregularities occurring at lower altitudes failing to reach the region of the ionosphere through which the satellite to ground link passes. In addition, weak scintillations were observed on FY-2 link without any plume structure on radar backscatter maps occasionally.

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • The investigation of ionospheric response to total eclipses on 29th March,
           2006 and on 20th March, 2015 based on HF oblique sounding data
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 147
      Author(s): G.G. Vertogradov, E.G. Vertogradova
      The investigation of ionosphere response to solar eclipses was carried out. Maximum observable frequencies were analyzed during two eclipses on 29th March, 2006 and on 20th March, 2015 on several oblique sounding paths which were within the range of solar flux obscuration. The model describing local changes in the ionosphere, caused by the obscuration of solar flux during eclipse, is suggested. The computer simulation of HF radiowave propagation during the eclipses was carried out on the basis of this model, while quiet ionosphere was described by IRI-2012 model. It is shown that this approach gives adequate description of HF channel during eclipses for all propagation paths under consideration while the parameters of the model were the same for all paths. As the result of computer simulation time delays of ionosperic responses during eclipses were obtained (~1800–2000s). It was found that maximum depletion of electron concentration reached 85% in D-region for both eclipses. The electron density depletions at height of F2-peak were 48% and 34% for eclipse on 29th March, 2006 and on 20th March, 2015 respectively.

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • Solar flare impact on FUV based thermospheric O/N2 estimation
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 147
      Author(s): Y. Zhang, L.J. Paxton, H. Kil
      During/after intense solar flares, FUV based thermospheric O/N2 ratio decreases and recovers instantly, indicating that the decrease is not physical. Simulations with an increased solar X-ray (0–10nm) flux and a fixed O and N2 profiles show a significant 135.6nm/LBHS decrease that is sufficient to explain the O/N2 decrease. The false O/N2 decrease is mostly due to increased differences in O2 absorption at 135.6nm and LBHS caused by low-altitude emissions associated with enhanced X-rays. However, the heating from solar flares may cause a weak depletion in O/N2.

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • Solar activity variations of nocturnal thermospheric meridional winds over
           Indian longitude sector
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 147
      Author(s): M.K. Madhav Haridas, G. Manju, T. Arunamani
      The night time F-layer base height information from ionosondes located at two equatorial stations Trivandrum (TRV 8.5°N, 77°E) and Sriharikota (SHAR 13.7°N, 80.2°E) spanning over two decades are used to derive the climatology of equatorial nocturnal Thermospheric Meridional Winds (TMWs) prevailing during High Solar Activity (HSA) and Low Solar Activity (LSA) epochs. The important inferences from the analysis are 1) Increase in mean equatorward winds observed during LSA compared to HSA during pre midnight hours; 25m/s for VE (Vernal Equinox) and 20m/s for SS (Summer Solstice), AE (autumnal Equinox) and WS (Winter Solstice). 2) Mean wind response to Solar Flux Unit (SFU) is established quantitatively for all seasons for pre-midnight hours; rate of increase is 0.25m/s/SFU for VE, 0.2m/s/SFU for SS and WS and 0.08m/s/SFU for AE. 3) Theoretical estimates of winds for the two epochs are performed and indicate the role of ion drag forcing as a major factor influencing TMWs. 4) Observed magnitude of winds and rate of flux dependencies are compared to thermospheric wind models. 5) Equinoctial asymmetry in TMWs is observed for HSA at certain times, with more equatorward winds during AE. These observations lend a potential to parameterize the wind components and effectively model the winds, catering to solar activity variations.

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • Nonlinear responses of mesospheric emission layers to wave disturbances
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 147
      Author(s): Alexey Belyaev
      Model-based investigations of the wave-induced responses of O(1S), O2(b,0-0) and OH(8-3) emissions have been performed. A series of digital experiments performed using the one-dimensional simulation model proposed by Liu and Swenson (2003) demonstrated that, in addition to the variable component, the wave disturbance of airglow emissions has a constant component. This component is the enhancement/depletion of the background emission intensity of an emission layer. To interpret its appearance, the simplest analytical model of airglow disturbance due to a gravity wave has been constructed. This model indicates that enhancement/depletion of the background emission intensity is a nonlinear airglow response to a wave disturbance. Its magnitude depends quadratically on the wave amplitude and can reach a few dozen percent relative to the value of the zenith brightness of the unperturbed OH(8-3)/O(1S) emission layer.

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • Influence of photochemical processes on traffic-related airborne
           pollutants in urban street canyon
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 147
      Author(s): Michal Střižík, Zdeněk Zelinger, Pavel Kubát, Svatopluk Civiš, Iva Bestová, Václav Nevrlý, Petr Kadeřábek, Jan Čadil, Pavel Berger, Alexandr Černý, Pavel Engst
      The urban street canyon of Legerova Street is part of the north-south trunk road that passes through the centre of Prague and remains an unresolved environmental issue for the capital of the Czech Republic. As many as one hundred thousand cars move through this region per day, and mortality has increased as a result of dust, NOx and other exhaust pollutants. The spatial distribution of pollutants (i.e., NO2, NO, and O3) during a day was measured by combined DIAL/SODAR techniques and spot analyzers that were appropriately located near the bottom of the street canyon. The measurements were performed under different meteorological conditions (autumn versus summer period). A purely physical approach does not provide a true description of reality due to photochemical processes that take place in the street canyon atmosphere. Sunlight in the summer triggers the production of ozone and thereby influences the concentration of NO2. The formation of an inverse non-diffuse vertical concentration distribution of NO2 in the morning hours was found to be related to the direct emission of O3 in the street and its background concentration. Rapid changes of NO2 concentrations were observed over time and in the vertical profile. An approach using a photochemical reactor to describe processes in a street canyon atmosphere was developed and verified as a useful tool for prediction purposes.

      PubDate: 2016-07-24T11:30:15Z
  • Comparison of Artificial Intelligence Methods and Empirical Equations to
           Estimate Daily Solar Radiation
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 June 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Saeid Mehdizadeh, Javad Behmanesh, Keivan Khalili
      In the present research, three artificial intelligence methods including Gene Expression Programming (GEP), Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) and Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System (ANFIS) as well as, 48 empirical equations (10, 12 and 26 equations were temperature-based, sunshine-based and meteorological parameters-based, respectively) were used to estimate daily solar radiation in Kerman, Iran in the period of 1992 to 2009. To develop the GEP, ANN and ANFIS models, depending on the used empirical equations, various combinations of minimum air temperature, maximum air temperature, mean air temperature, extraterrestrial radiation, actual sunshine duration, maximum possible sunshine duration, sunshine duration ratio, relative humidity and precipitation were considered as inputs in the mentioned intelligence methods. To compare the accuracy of empirical equations and intelligence models, root mean square error (RMSE), mean absolute error (MAE), mean absolute relative error (MARE) and determination coefficient (R2) indices were used. The results showed that in general, sunshine-based and meteorological parameters-based scenarios in ANN and ANFIS models presented high accuracy than mentioned empirical equations. Moreover, the most accurate method in the studied region was ANN11 scenario with five inputs. The values of RMSE, MAE, MARE and R2 indices for the mentioned model were 1.850MJ m-2 day-1, 1.184MJ m-2 day-1, 9.58 % and 0.935, respectively.

      PubDate: 2016-06-18T18:18:09Z
  • Comparison of the dynamical response of low latitude middle atmosphere to
           the major stratospheric warming events in the northern and southern
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 June 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): G.J. Bhagavathiammal, S. Sathishkumar, S. Sridharan, S. Gurubaran
      This study presents comparison of low-latitude dynamical responses to boreal 2008/09 and austral 2002 winter Major Stratospheric Warming (MSW) events, as both events are of vortex split type. During these winters, planetary wave (PW) variability and changes in low-latitude circulation are examined using European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF) reanalysis (ERA)-interim data sets and mesospheric wind data acquired by the MF radars at Tirunelveli (8.7°N) and Rarotonga (22°S). Eliassen-Palm diagnostic is used to provide an evidence for the lateral PW energy propagation from high to low-latitudes during both the MSW events. The PW flux reaches much lower latitudes during the boreal event than during the austral event. The low-latitude westward winds at stratospheric heights are stronger (weaker) during the boreal (austral) MSW. Weak (strong) PW wave activity at low latitude mesospheric heights during boreal (austral) MSW indicates the influence of low-latitude stratospheric westward winds on the vertical propagation of PW to low-latitude mesosphere.

      PubDate: 2016-06-18T18:18:09Z
  • Comparison of IRI-2012 with JASON-1 TEC and incoherent scatter radar
           observations during the 2008–2009 solar minimum period
    • Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 146
      Author(s): Eun-Young Ji, Geonhwa Jee, Changsup Lee
      The 2008–2009 solar minimum period was unprecedentedly deep and extended. We compare the IRI-2012 with global TEC data from JASON-1 satellite and with electron density profiles observed from incoherent scatter radars (ISRs) at middle and high latitudes for this solar minimum period. Global daily mean TECs are calculated from JASON-1 TECs to compare with the corresponding IRI TECs during the 2008–2009 period. It is found that IRI underestimates the global daily mean TEC by about 20–50%. The comparison of global TEC maps further reveals that IRI overall underestimates TEC for the whole globe except for the low-latitude region around the equatorial anomaly, regardless of season. The underestimation is particularly strong in the nighttime winter hemisphere where the ionosphere seems to almost disappear in IRI. In the daytime equatorial region, however, the overestimation of IRI is mainly due to the misrepresentation of the equatorial anomaly in IRI. Further comparison with ISR electron density profiles confirms the significant underestimation of IRI at night in the winter hemisphere.

      PubDate: 2016-06-14T15:29:10Z
  • Statistical analysis of electric field parameters for negative lightning
           in Malaysia
    • Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 146
      Author(s): Chin-Leong Wooi, Zulkurnain Abdul-Malek, Noor-Azlinda Ahmad, Ali I. El Gayar
      This paper presents a comparative study on the electric field and its derivative parameters of negative lightning in Malaysia and other regions. This study is the first in Malaysia where the parameters of negative electric field and its derivative are thoroughly analyzed. 104 negative lightning flashes containing 277 negative return strokes occurring within 10–100km from the measuring station and recorded during monsoon period in the state of Johor, Malaysia had been analyzed. It was found that 73% of the recorded flashes are multiple strokes with an average multiplicity of 2.6 strokes per flash. For first return strokes, the arithmetic mean (AM) of initial peak electric field and the AM of initial peak electric field derivative are 21.8V/m and 11.3V/m/µs, respectively. The initial peaks of electric field and its derivative for first return strokes are larger than those for the subsequent return strokes. Comparison of overall results with those obtained earlier in Sri Lanka, Germany, Sweden, Japan, Florida indicates that several electric field and its derivative parameters are affected by propagation media and geographical region. Similarity of results with other countries having the same climatic condition is also observed.

      PubDate: 2016-06-14T15:29:10Z
  • Thermodynamic and dynamic structure of atmosphere over the east coast of
           Peninsular Malaysia during the passage of a cold surge
    • Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 146
      Author(s): Azizan Abu Samah, C.A. Babu, Hamza Varikoden, P.R. Jayakrishnan, Ooi See Hai
      An intense field observation was carried out for a better understanding of cold surge features over Peninsular Malaysia during the winter monsoon season. The study utilizes vertical profiles of temperature, humidity and wind at high vertical and temporal resolution over Kota Bharu, situated in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. LCL were elevated during the passage of the cold surge as the relative humidity values decreased during the passage of cold surge. Level of Free Convection were below 800hPa and equilibrium levels were close to the LFC in most of the cases. Convective available potential energy and convection inhibition energy values were small during most of the observations. Absence of local heating and instability mechanism are responsible for the peculiar thermodynamic structure during the passage of the cold surge. The wind in the lower atmosphere became northeasterly and was strong during the entire cold surge period. A slight increase in temperature near the surface and a drop in temperature just above the surface were marked by the passage of the cold surge. A remarkable increase in specific humidity was observed between 970 and 900hPa during the cold surge period. Further, synoptic scale features were analyzed to identify the mechanism responsible for heavy rainfall. Low level convergence, upper level divergence and cyclonic vorticity prevailed over the region during the heavy rainfall event. Dynamic structure of the atmosphere as part of the organized convection associated with the winter monsoon was responsible for the vertical lifting and subsequent rainfall.

      PubDate: 2016-06-14T15:29:10Z
  • Ionospheric response under the influence of the solar eclipse occurred on
           20 March 2015: Importance of autoscaled data and their assimilation for
           obtaining a reliable modeling of the ionosphere
    • Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 146
      Author(s): M. Pietrella, M. Pezzopane, A. Settimi
      This paper wants to highlight how the availability of measurements autoscaled at some reference ionospheric stations, and their assimilation by ionospheric models, was of crucial importance in determining, during the solar eclipse conditions occurred on 20 March 2015, a reliable representation of the ionosphere. Even though the solar eclipse falls in the recovery phase of the St. Patrick geomagnetic storm started on 17 March 2015, its influence on the ionospheric plasma seems undeniable. The reference ionospheric stations considered here are those of Rome (41°.8’ N, 12°.5’ E), and Gibilmanna (37°.9’ N, 14°.0’ E), Italy. Specifically, in a time interval including that of the eclipse, the electron density profiles autoscaled by the Automatic Real-Time Ionogram Scaler with True-height (ARTIST) system at San Vito (40°.6′ N, 17°.8′ E), Italy, which are here considered as the truth profiles, were compared with both the electron density profiles calculated by the IRI-SIRMUP-Profiles (ISP) model, after assimilating data recorded at Rome and Gibilmanna, and the electron density profiles provided by the IRI-CCIR model. The ISP and IRI-CCIR performances were then evaluated in terms of the root mean square errors made on the whole electron density profiles. The three-dimensional (3-D) electron density mappings of the ionosphere provided by ISP and IRI-CCIR models were also considered as the ionospheric environment by the ray tracing software tool IONORT to calculate quasi-vertical synthesized ionograms over the short radio link San Vito – Brindisi (40°.4′ N, 17°.6′ E), Italy. The corresponding synthesized values of foF2 and fxF2, obtained by IONORT-ISP and IONORT-(IRI-CCIR) procedures, were compared with those autoscaled by ARTIST from the vertical ionograms recorded at the truth site of San Vito. Some examples of IONORT-ISP and IONORT-(IRI-CCIR) synthesized ionograms are shown and discussed. Finally, comparisons in terms of foF2 deduced by long-term prediction and nowcasting maps are also shown. The results achieved in this work demonstrate how the assimilation of autoscaled data into the ionospheric models turned out to be valuable in providing a better representation of the ionospheric electron density under very unusual conditions.

      PubDate: 2016-06-14T15:29:10Z
  • Regional trends of aerosol optical depth and their impact on cloud
           properties over Southern India using MODIS data
    • Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 146
      Author(s): K. Rama Gopal, K. Raja Obul Reddy, G. Balakrishnaiah, S.MD. Arafath, N. Siva Kumar Reddy, T. Chakradhar Rao, T. Lokeswara Reddy, R. Ramakrishna Reddy
      Remote sensing of global aerosols has constituted a great scientific interest in a variety of applications related to global warming and climatic change. In the present study we investigate the spatial and temporal variations of aerosol optical properties and its impact on various properties of clouds over Southern India for the last ten years (2005–2014) by using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data retrieved from the onboard Terra and Aqua satellites. The spatial distributions of annual mean lowest Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) value is observed in Bangalore (BLR) (0.22±0.04) and the highest AOD value is noted in Visakhapatnam (VSK) (0.39±0.05). Similarly high Fine Mode Fraction (FMF) is noticed over VSK and Thiruvananthapuram (TVM), while lower values are observed in Anantapur (ATP), Hyderabad (HYD), Pune (PUNE) and BLR. From the results, a negative correlation was found between AOD and Cloud Top Temperature (CTT), Cloud Top Pressure (CTP) where as, a positive correlation was observed between AOD and Cloud Fraction (CF), Water Vapor (WV) over the selected regions. Monthly average AOD and FMF are plotted for analysis of the trends of aerosol loading in a long-term scale and both values showed statistically significant enhancing trend over all regions as derived from the MODIS measurements. Further, the annual variation of spatial correlation between MODIS and MISR (Multi - Angle Imaging Spectro Radiometer) AOD has been analyzed and the correlation coefficients are found to be higher in two of the regions VSK and PUNE (>0.8), and considerably lower for TVM (<0.7).

      PubDate: 2016-06-14T15:29:10Z
  • Empirical model of the main ionospheric trough for the nighttime winter
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 20 May 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): A.T. Karpachev, M.V. Klimenko, V.V. Klimenko, L.V. Pustovalova
      For the first time we developed an empirical model of the main ionospheric trough, MIT, for quiet (Kp=2) nighttime (18:00–06:00 LT) winter conditions in the Northern and Southern hemispheres for all levels of solar activity. The model consists of two parts: 1) the MIT position model in terms of geographical latitude and longitude; 2) the MIT shape model in terms of the latitudinal-longitudinal foF2 variations in the range of 45–75°N latitudes in the Northern hemisphere and of 40–80°S in the Southern hemisphere. Thus, an empirical model of the quiet nighttime subauroral ionosphere has been developed. To construct this model the Interkosmos-19 and CHAMP satellites data have been used. The in-situ N e measurements at the CHAMP heights were transformed to the electron density at F2 layer peak height (i.e. to N m F2 and then to foF2). In the frame of the model the diurnal and longitudinal variations in the MIT minimum position were revealed and studied in detail. Also the longitudinal and latitudinal variations in foF2 in the MIT region were investigated. Accuracy of the model was tested according to the ground-based ionospheric stations data. It is shown that the constructed model much more adequately reproduces the variations in the winter nighttime subauroral ionospheric structure, including the MIT position and shape variations, than the International Reference Ionosphere model (IRI-2012). The online version of the MIT model is available on the IZMIRAN website: for free using and more detailed testing.

      PubDate: 2016-06-14T15:29:10Z
  • Improvement of global ionospheric VTEC maps using the IRI 2012 ionospheric
           empirical model
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 June 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Cheng Wang, Chuang Shi, Hongping Zhang, Lei Fan
      In this study, vertical total electron content values derived from an ionospheric empirical model (IRI 2012) are applied to global ionospheric modeling. Firstly, a comparison of VTEC maps between IRI 2012 and IGS GIMs during the year 2014 is investigated. The comparison shows that IRI 2012 is capable of representing the TEC at middle and high latitudes. Furthermore, IRI 2012 is applied to provide priori VTEC values as virtual measurements for global ionospheric modeling during the year 2014. The results show that the new approach not only eliminates the non-physical negative VTEC values but also improves the accuracy of VTEC maps. The VTEC RMS maps are improved by 3.67%, 2.95% and 22.16% in the Northern Band, Middle Band and Southern Band of the global ionosphere, respectively. This work also investigates the consistency between VTEC maps from different solutions, IGS final products and GIMs of Ionosphere Associate Analysis Centers (IAACs). The comparisons suggest that there is a slightly better consistency between the improved VTEC maps and the IGS final products. The consistencies of the VTEC maps are improved by 4.58%, 2.76% and 4.77% in the Northern Band, Middle Band and Southern Band, respectively. The annual mean values of the root mean square (RMS) of the differences between the improved VTEC maps and GIMs of IAACs are approximately 4~6 TECU. The results indicate that the new VTEC maps using the IRI 2012 model have better agreement with the IGS final GIMs.

      PubDate: 2016-06-14T15:29:10Z
  • Estimation of nighttime dip-equatorial E-region current density using
           measurements and models
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 7 June 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Kuldeep Pandey, R. Sekar, B.G. Anandarao, S.P. Gupta, D. Chakrabarty
      The existence of the possible ionospheric current during nighttime over low-equatorial latitudes is one of the unresolved issues in ionospheric physics and geomagnetism. A detailed investigation is carried out to estimate the same over Indian longitudes using in situ measurements from Thumba ( 8.5 ° N , 76.9 ° E ), empirical plasma drift model (Fejer et al., 2008) and equatorial electrojet model developed by Anandarao (1976). This investigation reveals that the nighttime E-region current densities vary from ∼ 0.3 to ∼ 0.7A/km2 during pre-midnight to early morning hours on geomagnetically quiet conditions. The nighttime current densities over the dip equator are estimated using three different methods (discussed in methodology section) and are found to be consistent with one another within the uncertainty limits. Altitude structures in the E-region current densities are also noticed which are shown to be associated with altitudinal structures in the electron densities. The horizontal component of the magnetic field induced by these nighttime ionospheric currents is estimated to vary between ∼ 2 and ∼ 6nT during geomagnetically quiet periods. This investigation confirms the existence of nighttime ionospheric current and opens up a possibility of estimating base line value for geomagnetic field fluctuations as observed by ground-based magnetometer.

      PubDate: 2016-06-14T15:29:10Z
  • A small mission concept to the sun-earth Lagrangian L5 point for
           innovative solar, heliospheric and space weather science
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 8 June 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): B. Lavraud, Y. Liu, K. Segura, J. He, G. Qin, M. Temmer, J.-C. Vial, M. Xiong, J.A. Davies, A.P. Rouillard, R. Pinto, F. Auchère, R.A. Harrison, C. Eyles, W. Gan, P. Lamy, L. Xia, J.P. Eastwood, L. Kong, J. Wang, R.F. Wimmer-Schweingruber, S. Zhang, Q. Zong, J. Soucek, J. An, L. Prech, A. Zhang, P. Rochus, V. Bothmer, M. Janvier, M. Maksimovic, C.P. Escoubet, E.K.J. Kilpua, J. Tappin, R. Vainio, S. Poedts, M.W. Dunlop, N. Savani, N. Gopalswamy, S.D. Bale, G. Li, T. Howard, C. DeForest, D. Webb, N. Lugaz, S.A. Fuselier, K. Dalmasse, J. Tallineau, D. Vranken, J.G. Fernández
      We present a concept for a small mission to the Sun-Earth Lagrangian L5 point for innovative solar, heliospheric and space weather science. The proposed INvestigation of Solar-Terrestrial Activity aNd Transients (INSTANT) mission is designed to identify how solar coronal magnetic fields drive eruptions, mass transport and particle acceleration that impact the Earth and the heliosphere. INSTANT is the first mission designed to (1) obtain measurements of coronal magnetic fields from space and (2) determine coronal mass ejection (CME) kinematics with unparalleled accuracy. Thanks to innovative instrumentation at a vantage point that provides the most suitable perspective view of the Sun-Earth system, INSTANT would uniquely track the whole chain of fundamental processes driving space weather at Earth. We present the science requirements, payload and mission profile that fulfill ambitious science objectives within small mission programmatic boundary conditions.

      PubDate: 2016-06-14T15:29:10Z
  • IFC-Ed. board
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 145

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  • Evaluation of the impact of atmospheric ozone and aerosols on the
           horizontal global/diffuse UV Index at Livorno (Italy)
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 June 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Daniele Scaglione, Danilo Giulietti, Marco Morelli
      A study was conducted at Livorno (Italy) to evaluate the impact of atmospheric aerosols and ozone on the solar UV radiation and its diffuse component at ground in clear sky conditions. Solar UV radiation has been quantified in terms of UV Index (UVI), following the ISO 17166:1999/CIE S007/E-1998 international standard. UVI has been calculated by exploiting the libRadtran radiative transfer modelling software as a function of both the Aerosols Optical Depth (AOD) and the Total Ozone Column (TOC). In particular AOD and TOC values have been remotely sensed by the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on board the NASA's EOS (Earth Observing System) satellites constellation. An experimental confirmation was also obtained by exploiting global UVI ground-based measurements from the 26/9/14 to 12/8/15 and diffuse UVI ground-based measurements from the 17/5/15 to 12/8/15. For every considered value of Solar Zenith Angle (SZA) and atmospheric condition, estimates and measurements confirm that the diffuse component contributes for more than 50% on the global UV radiation. Therefore an exposure of human skin also to diffuse solar UV radiation can be potentially harmful for health and need to be accurately monitored, e.g. by exploiting innovative applications such as a mobile app with a satellite-based UV dosimeter that has been developed. Global and diffuse UVI variations due to the atmosphere are primarily caused by the TOC variations (typically cyclic): the maximum TOC variation detected by OMI in the area under study leads to a corresponding variation in global and diffuse UVI of about 50%. Aerosols in the area concerned, mainly of maritime nature, have instead weaker effects causing a maximum variation of the global and diffuse UVI respectively of 9% and 35% with an SZA of 20° and respectively of 13% and 10% with an SZA of 60°.

      PubDate: 2016-06-14T15:29:10Z
  • Thermosphere variation at different altitudes over the northern polar cap
           during magnetic storms
    • Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 146
      Author(s): Yanshi Huang, Qian Wu, Cheryl Y. Huang, Yi-Jiun Su
      In this study, we report observations and simulation results of heated neutrals at various altitudes inside the polar cap during two magnetic storms in January 2005. The Poynting flux measurements from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellites show enhanced energy input in the polar cap during the storm main phase, which is underestimated in the TIE-GCM simulation. Neutral temperature measurements at 250km from the ground-based Fabry-Perot Interferometer (FPI) at Resolute Bay are presented, along with the neutral density observations at 360km and 470km from Challenging Minisatellite Payload (CHAMP) and the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites, respectively. These data have been analyzed to demonstrate the altitudinal dependence of neutral response to the storm energy input. By comparing the TIE-GCM simulation results and the observations, we demonstrate that Poynting fluxes as well as the thermosphere response were underestimated in the model. The simulated neutral temperature at Resolute Bay increases by approximately 260° and 280°K for the two events, respectively, much lower than the observed temperature enhancements of 750° and 900°K. Neutral density enhancements with more than 30% increase over the background density were also observed at polar latitudes, with no clear distinction between the auroral zone and polar cap. All measurements indicate enhancements at high latitudes poleward of 80° magnetic latitude (MLAT) implying that substantial heating can occur within the polar cap during storms.

      PubDate: 2016-06-14T15:29:10Z
  • Auroral boundary movement rates during substorm onsets and their
           correspondence to solar wind and the AL index
    • Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 146
      Author(s): Tushar Andriyas
      A statistical analysis of the equatorward and poleward auroral boundary movement during substorm onsets, the related solar wind activity, GOES 8 and 10 magnetic field, and the westward auroral electrojet (AL) index is undertaken, during the years 2000–2002. Auroral boundary data were obtained from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). These boundaries were derived using auroral images from the IMAGE satellite. The timing of the onsets was derived from the Frey et al. (2004) database. Data were also classified based on the peak AL around the onset and the onset latitude, in order to analyze the differences, if any, in the rates of movement. It was found that the absolute ratio of the rate of movement of the mean poleward and equatorward boundaries was slower than the rate of mean movement around the midnight sector. The stronger the onset (in terms of the peak AL around the onset) was, the faster the rate of movement for both the boundaries. This implies that the stronger the AL signature around the onset, the weaker the magnetic field was prior to the onset and the faster it increased after the onset at GOES 8 and 10 locations. The stronger the AL signature, the thicker the latitudinal width of the aurora was, prior to the onset and higher was the increase in the width after the onset, due to large poleward and average equatorward expansion. Magnetotail field line stretching and relaxation rates as measured by GOES were also found to lie in the same order of magnitude. It is therefore concluded that the rates of latitudinal descent prior to a substorm onset and ascent after the onset, of the mean auroral boundaries, corresponds to the rate at which the tail field lines stretch and relax before and after the onset, respectively.

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  • Polar cap arcs: Sun-aligned or cusp-aligned?
    • Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 146
      Author(s): Y. Zhang, L.J. Paxton, Qinghe Zhang, Zanyang Xing
      Polar cap arcs are often called sun-aligned arcs. Satellite observations reveal that polar cap arcs join together at the cusp and are actually cusp aligned. Strong ionospheric plasma velocity shears, thus field aligned currents, were associated with polar arcs and they were likely caused by Kelvin–Helmholtz waves around the low-latitude magnetopause under a northward IMF Bz . The magnetic field lines around the magnetopause join together in the cusp region so are the field aligned currents and particle precipitation. This explains why polar arcs are cusp aligned.

      PubDate: 2016-06-14T15:29:10Z
  • Estimation of global solar radiation using an artificial neural network
           based on an interpolation technique in southeast China
    • Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 146
      Author(s): Ling Zou, Lunche Wang, Aiwen Lin, Hongji Zhu, Yuling Peng, Zhenzhen Zhao
      Solar radiation plays important roles in energy application, vegetation growth and climate change. Empirical relations and machine-learning methods have been widely used to estimate global solar radiation (GSR) in recent years. An artificial neural network (ANN) based on spatial interpolation is developed to estimate GSR in southeast China. The improved Bristow–Campbell (IBC) model and the improved Ångström–Prescott (IA–P) model are compared with the ANN model to explore the best model in solar radiation modeling. Daily meteorological parameters, such as sunshine duration hours, mean temperature, maximum temperature, minimum temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, air pressure, water vapor pressure, and wind speed, along with station-measured GSR and a daily surface GSR dataset over China obtained from the Data Assimilation and Modeling Center for Tibetan Multi-spheres (DAM), are used to predict GSR and to validate the models in this work. The ANN model with the network of 9-17-1 provides better accuracy than the two improved empirical models in GSR estimation. The root-mean-square error (RMSE), mean bias error (MBE), and determination coefficient (R 2) are 2.65MJm−2, −0.94MJm−2, and 0.68 in the IA−P model; 2.19MJm−2, 1.11MJm−2, and 0.83 in the IBC model; 1.34MJm−2, −0.11MJm−2, and 0.91 in the ANN model, respectively. The regional monthly mean GSR in the measured dataset, DAM dataset, and ANN model is analyzed. The RMSE (RMSE %) is 1.07MJm−2 (8.91%) and the MBE (MBE %) is −0.62MJm−2 (−5.21%) between the measured and ANN-estimated GSR. The statistical errors of RMSE (RMSE %) are 0.91MJm−2 (7.28%) and those of MBE (MBE %) are −0.15MJm−2 (−1.20%) between DAM and ANN-modeled GSR. The correlation coefficients and R2 are larger than 0.95. The regional mean GSR is 12.58MJm−2. The lowest GSR is observed in the northwest area, and it increases from northwest to southeast. The annual mean GSR decreases by 0.02MJm−2 decade−1 over the entire southeast China. The GSR in 52 stations experiences a decreasing trend, and 21% of the stations are significant at the 95% level.

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  • The strength and hemispheric asymmetry of Equatorial Ionization Anomaly
           during two geomagnetic storms in 2013 from Global Ionosphere Map and SAMI2
    • Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 146
      Author(s): Weihua Luo, Zhengping Zhu, Jiaping Lan
      The variations of the strength and the hemispheric asymmetry of EIA were studied by Global Ionosphere Map (GIM) and SAMI2 during two geomagnetic storm periods in March and June 2013. Compared with the 30-days median TEC, the TEC at the two crests of EIA had small variations while the TEC at the trough had a more remarkable variation for the two storms after the SSC. The TEC difference between the two EIA peaks had an increase or decrease several hours after the SSC, the asymmetry between the two crests of EIA represented by the defined asymmetry index has no obvious variations except several hours after the SSC, and EIA strength represented by the Crest-to-Trough Ratio (CTR) had a remarkable increase one day after the SSC day for March storm and decrease several hours after the SSC for June storm. The variations last several hours, with more than 40% variations compared with the value during the quiet period. The EIA peaks were also found to move toward the equator after the SSC during the two storms. The simulation from SAMI2 and HWM07 also shows that EIA crests would move toward the equator during storm time and EIA strength would decrease, which suggests that the disturbed neutral wind and disturbed electric field may be important factors affecting the EIA during the storm periods.

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  • Quantitative and qualitative assessment of diurnal variability in
           tropospheric humidity using SAPHIR on-board Megha-Tropiques
    • Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 146
      Author(s): K.N. Uma, Siddarth Shankar Das
      The global diurnal variability of relative humidity (RH) from August 2012 to May 2014 is discussed for the first time using ‘Sounder for Atmospheric Profiling of Humidity in the Inter-tropical Regions (SAPHIR)’, a microwave humidity sounder onboard Megha-Tropiques (MT). It is superior to other microwave satellite humidity sounders in terms of its higher repetitive cycle in the tropics owing to its low-inclination orbit and the availability of six dedicated humidity sounding channels. The six layers obtained are 1000–850, 850–700, 700–550, 550–400, 400–250 and 250–100hPa. Three hourly data over a month has been combined using equivalent day analysis to attain a composite profile of complete diurnal cycle in each grid (2.5°×2.5°). A distinct diurnal variation is obtained over the continental and the oceanic regions at all the layers. The magnitude in the lower tropospheric humidity (LTH), middle tropospheric humidity (MTH) and the upper tropospheric humidity (UTH) show a large variability over the continental regions compared to that over oceans. The monthly variability of the diurnal variation over the years has also been discussed by segregating into five different continental and four different oceanic regions. Afternoon peaks dominate in the LTH over the land and the desert regions. The MTH is found to vary between the evening and the early morning hours over different geographical regions and not as consistent as that of the LTH. The UTH maximum magnitude is generally observed during the early morning hours, over the continents. Interestingly, the Oceanic regions are found to have a dominant magnitude in the afternoon hours similar to that of the continents in the LTH, evening maximum in the MTH and the early morning maximum in the UTH. The underlying mechanisms involved in the variability of humidity over different regions are also discussed. The study reveals the complexity involved in the understanding the diurnal variability over the continents and open oceans.

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  • Bottom-side profile parameters (B0, B1) characteristics over the brazilian
           equatorial and low latitudes and their comparison with different options
           in the IRI-2012 model during the 24th solar minimum (2010-2011)
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 12 May 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): K. Venkatesh, P.R. Fagundes
      The present study reports the characteristics of the bottom-side profile thickness (B0) and shape (B1) parameters from ionosonde and IRI-2012 model over the Brazilian sector. The ionosonde data from an equatorial station Fortaleza and a low latitude station Cachoera Paulista during a two year period from 2010 to 2011 are considered in this study. Simultaneous comparison is made on the performance of three different options ‘Gul-1987’, ‘Bil-2000’ and the ‘ABT-2009’ for bottom-side profile estimation in the latest available IRI-2012. The diurnal and seasonal characteristics of the B0 and B1 from ionosonde measurements are studied and compared with those from the IRI-2012 model using the three different options. It is seen that the Gul-1987 method shows better predictions of the observed B0 at the equatorial and low latitudes values when compared with the other options. The latest option ‘ABT-2009’ has shown improved predictions in the estimation of B1 compared with those from the other methods particularly during the night-time hours. A comparison on the seasonal characteristics of the day maximum values of B0 between observations and the three different options in IRI-2012 reveals that the Gul-1987 method shows better predictions of the seasonal variations in B0 while ABT-2009 method shows better predictions of seasonal variations in B1. Further, an insight into the percentage of deviations in the estimation of B0 and B1 reveals that the models overestimate the B0 during night-time and underestimate the B0 (at equator) during day-time while they underestimate the B1 during night-time hours at both locations. Also, the variations in the bottom-side total electron content are studied using the three different methods in the IRI-2012 model and compared with those derived from the ionosonde observations.

      PubDate: 2016-05-15T15:15:42Z
  • Substorm probabilities are best predicted from solar wind speed
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 May 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): P.T. Newell, K. Liou, J.W. Gjerloev, T. Sotirelis, S. Wing, E.J. Mitchell
      Most measures of magnetospheric activity – including auroral power (AP), magnetotail stretching, and ring current intensity – are best predicted by solar wind-magnetosphere coupling functions which approximate the frontside magnetopause merging rate. However radiation belt fluxes are best predicted by a simpler function, namely the solar wind speed, v. Since most theories of how these high energy electrons arise are associated with repeated rapid dipolarizations such as associated with substorms, this apparent discrepancy could be reconciled under the hypothesis that the frequency of substorms tracks v rather than the merging rate – despite the necessity of magnetotail flux loading prior to substorms. Here we investigate this conjecture about v and substorm probability. Specifically, a continuous list of substorm onsets compiled from SuperMAG covering January 1, 1997 through December 31, 2007 are studied. The continuity of SuperMAG data and near continuity of solar wind measurements minimize selection bias. In fact v is a much better predictor of onset probability than is the overall merging rate, with substorm odds rising sharply with v. Some loading by merging is necessary, and frontside merging does increase substorm probability, but nearly as strongly as does v taken alone. Likewise, the effects of dynamic pressure, p, are smaller than simply v taken by itself. Changes in the solar wind matter, albeit modestly. For a given level of v (or B z ), a change in v (or B z ) will increase the odds of a substorm for at least 2h following the change. A decrease in driving elevates substorm probabilities to a greater extent than does an increase, partially supporting external triggering. Yet current v is the best single predictor of subsequently observing a substorm. These results explain why geomagnetically quiet years and active years are better characterized by low or high v (respectively) than by the distribution of merging estimators. It appears that the flow of energy through the magnetosphere is determined by frontside merging, but the burstiness of energy dissipation depends primarily on v.

      PubDate: 2016-05-09T20:52:04Z
  • Impacts of Air–Sea Exchange Coefficients on Snowfall Events over the
           Korean Peninsula
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 May 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Jung-Yoon Kang, Young Cheol Kwon
      Snowfall over the Korean Peninsula is mainly associated with air mass transformation by the fluxes across the air–sea interface during cold-air outbreaks over the warm Yellow Sea. The heat and momentum exchange coefficients in the surface flux parameterization are key parameters of flux calculations across the air–sea interface. This study investigates the effects of the air–sea exchange coefficients on the simulations of snowfall events over the Korean Peninsula using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. Two snowfall cases are selected for this study. One is a heavy snowfall event that took place on January 4, 2010, and the other is a light snowfall event that occurred on December 23–24, 2011. Several sensitivity tests are carried out with increased and decreased heat and momentum exchange coefficients. The domain-averaged precipitation is increased (decreased) with increased (decreased) heat exchange coefficient because the increased (decreased) surface heat flux leads to more (less) moist conditions in the low level of the atmosphere. On the other hand, the domain-averaged precipitation is decreased (increased) with increased (decreased) momentum exchange coefficient because the increased (decreased) momentum coefficient causes reduction (increase) of wind speed and heat flux. The variation of precipitation in the heat exchange coefficient experiments is much larger than that in the momentum exchange coefficient experiments because the change of heat flux has a more direct impact on moisture flux and snowfall amount, while the change of momentum flux has a rather indirect impact via wind speed changes. The low-pressure system is intensified and moves toward North when the heat exchange coefficient is increased because warming and moistening of the lower atmosphere contributes to destabilize the air mass, resulting in the change of precipitation pattern over the Korean Peninsula in the heat exchange coefficient experiments.

      PubDate: 2016-05-04T20:27:09Z
  • Identifying the occurrence of lightning and transient luminous events by
           nadir spectrophotometric observation
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 145
      Author(s): Toru Adachi, Mitsuteru Sato, Tomoo Ushio, Atsushi Yamazaki, Makoto Suzuki, Masayuki Kikuchi, Yukihiro Takahashi, Umran S. Inan, Ivan Linscott, Yasuhide Hobara, Harald U. Frey, Stephen B. Mende, Alfred B. Chen, Rue-Ron Hsu, Kenichi Kusunoki
      We propose a new technique to identify the occurrence of lightning and transient luminous events (TLEs) using multicolor photometric data obtained by space borne nadir measurements. We estimate the spectral characteristics of lightning and TLEs by converting the optical data obtained by the ISUAL limb experiment to the GLIMS nadir geometry. We find that the estimated spectral shapes of TLE-accompanied lightning are clearly different from those of pure lightning. The obtained results show that (1) the intensity of FUV signals and (2) the ratio of 337/red (609–753nm) spectral irradiance are useful to identify the occurrence of TLEs. The occurrence probabilities of TLEs are 10%, 40%, 80%, in the case of lightning events having the 337/red spectral irradiance ratio of 0.95, 2.95, 14.79, respectively. By using the 60% criterion of the 337/red ratio and the existence of FUV emissions, we classify the 1039 GLIMS-observed lightning events into 828 pure lightning and 211 TLE-accompanied lightning. Since the GLIMS trigger level is adjusted to observe extremely-bright events, the occurrence probability of TLEs obtained here most probably reflects the characteristics of energetic lightning. The estimated global map is consistent with previously determined distributions: the highest activities of lightning and TLEs are found over the North/South American continents, African continent, and Asian maritime regions. While the absolute occurrence number of pure lightning and TLE-accompanied lightning are found to maximize in the equatorial region, the occurrence probability of TLEs possibly increase somewhat in the mid-latitude region. Since the occurrence probabilities of TLEs are higher over the ocean than over land, it is likely that the GLIMS-observed TLEs are due primarily to elves which tends to occur more frequently over the ocean.

      PubDate: 2016-05-04T20:27:09Z
  • Study of high-latitude ionosphere: One-year campaign over Husafell,
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 145
      Author(s): S.A. Bahari, M. Abdullah, A.M. Hasbi, B. Yatim, W. Suparta, A. Kadokura, G. Bjornsson
      This paper reports on the effects of diurnal, seasonal, geomagnetic and solar activity on GPS Vertical Total Electron Content (VTEC) measurements at a high-latitude station in Husafell, Iceland (64.7°N, 21.0°W) from March 2009 to February 2010. According to the diurnal VTEC pattern, there was generally a build-up region at sunrise (0500-1000 LT), a daytime plateau in the afternoon (1200-1400 LT), and a decay region from evening to pre-dawn (1800-0400 LT). The month-to-month analysis showed high VTEC variability, particularly in February 2010, due to an increase in solar activity. The VTEC showed a high variability during both winter and the equinoxes, with the highest value being 90%, but showed a low variability in summer. Two abnormal peaks appeared at sunrise and sunset in winter and the equinoxes. These peaks were the result of steep density gradients caused by the onset and turnoff of solar radiation. The correlation analysis yielded almost no correlation between the VTEC and geomagnetic activity but showed a high correlation with solar activity for all the seasons, particularly at night-time.

      PubDate: 2016-05-04T20:27:09Z
  • Large-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances using ionospheric imaging
           at storm time: A case study on 17 march 2013
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 145
      Author(s): Jun Tang, Yibin Yao, Jian Kong, Liang Zhang
      A moderate geomagnetic storm occurred on March 17, 2013, during which large-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances (LSTIDs) are observed over China by ionosondes and GPS from Crustal Movement Observation Network of China (CMONOC) and the International GNSS Service (IGS). Ionosonde data and computerized ionospheric tomography (CIT) technique are employed to analyze the disturbances in our study. The maximum entropy cross spectral analysis (MECSA) method is used to obtain the propagation parameters of the LSTIDs. Spatio-temporal variations of ionospheric electron density (IED) and total electron content (TEC) during this geomagnetic storm over China are investigated. Disturbance images of IED and TEC are also presented in the paper. The results show two LSTID events at about 12:00UT and 15:00UT during the main phase of the storm. Besides, the LSTIDs with a duration of 40min are detected over China. It is confirmed that the LSTIDs travel from north to south with a horizontal velocity of 400–500m/s, and moved southwestwards with a horizontal velocity of 250–300m/s, respectively.

      PubDate: 2016-05-04T20:27:09Z
  • Inter-hourly variability of total electron content during the quiet
           condition over Nigeria, within the equatorial ionization anomaly region
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 7 April 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): T.T. Ayorinde, A. B Rabiu, C. Amory-Mazaudier
      The inter-hourly variability (IHV) of the Total Electron Content (TEC) over Nigeria during the quiet days (Ap<4) of the year 2013 was examined using ground-based GPS receivers installed at seven (7) different locations across Nigeria by the Nigerian Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Reference Network (NIGNET) operated by the office of the surveyor general of Nigeria. Nigeria is a country that lies within equatorial ionospheric anomaly (EIA) region. The IHV was calculated by converting the observed hourly slant TEC (STEC) value into the hourly vertical TEC (VTEC) and the differencing (∆TEC) with its corresponding hourly value from the previous day. There is a clear variation which depicts the expected temporal variability. The IHV in TEC in all the stations ranges between 0-20 TECU (TEC Units). The seasonal variation of the IHV of TEC over Nigeria maximizes (5-20 TECU) during Equinoctial months and minimizes (1-10 TECU) during the Solstice months. The IHV of TEC in September equinox period is higher than that of March equinox. Minimum value of IHV (~7 TECU at equinoxes and ~5 TECU at Solstice) was recorded at the Office of Surveyor General of the Federation (OSGF) station and the maximum value (~12 TECU at equinoxes and ~16 TECU at Solstice) was recorded at the Birni Kebbi Federal Polytechnic (BKFP) station which may be due to the fact that BKFP at 0.72° dip latitude is closer to the dip equator.

      PubDate: 2016-04-09T11:09:44Z
  • Cloud properties during active and break spells of the west african summer
           monsoon from CloudSat-CALIPSO measurements
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 April 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): E. Efon, A. Lenouo, D. Monkam, D. Manatsa
      High resolution of daily rainfall dataset from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) was used to identify active and break cloud formation periods. The clouds were characterized based on CloudSat-CALIPSO satellite images over West Africa during the summer monsoon during the period 2006-2010. The active and break periods are defined as the periods during the peak monsoon months of June to August when the normalized anomaly of rainfall over the monsoon core zone is greater than 0.9 or less than − 0.9 respectively, provided the criteria is satisfied for at least three consecutive days. It is found that about 90% of the break period and 66.7% of the active spells lasted 3-4 days. Active spells lasting duration of about a week were observed while no break spell had such a long span. Cloud macrophysical (cloud base height (CBH), cloud top height (CTH) and cloud geometric depth (∆H), microphysical (cloud liquid water content, (LWC), liquid number concentration (LNC), liquid effective radius, ice water content (IWC), ice number concentration (INC) and ice effective radius) and radiative (heating rate properties) over South Central West Africa (5°−15°N; 15°W-10°E) during the active and break spells were also analyzed. High-level clouds are more predominant during the break periods compared to the active periods. Active spells have lower INC compared to the break spells. Liquid water clouds are observed to have more radiative forcing during the active than break periods while ice phase clouds bring more cooling effect during the break spells compared to the active spells.

      PubDate: 2016-04-07T10:59:03Z
  • Multifractal analysis of lightning channel for different categories of
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 April 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): F.J. Miranda, S.R. Sharma
      A study from the point of view of complex systems is done for lightning occurred at Diamantina, Sete Lagoas and São José dos Campos, during the summer from September 2009 to April 2010. For the first time, multifractal analyses were performed for different lightning categories: two-dimensional, three-dimensional, non-branched, branched, cloud, cloud-to-ground, single and multiple. We found that when using two-dimensional images of natural lightning embedded in three dimensions to perform multifractal analysis, the interpretation of the multifractal spectrum must be restricted to identification of the multi (mono) fractal character of lightning channel and to estimation of fractal dimension. We have also observed that, on the average, each category has a specific value of fractal dimension. Categories in which branches and tortuosity are more usual, like branched and cloud categories, exhibited largest fractal dimensions due to more complexity of lightning channels. The results suggest that single and multiple lightning have similar complexities in their channels, leading to the same average values of fractal, information and correlation dimensions for both categories.

      PubDate: 2016-04-03T05:08:31Z
  • Evaluation of the inter-annual variability of stratospheric chemical
           composition in chemistry-climate models using ground-based multi species
           time series
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 April 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): V. Poulain, S. Bekki, M. Marchand, M.P. Chipperfield, M. Khodri, S. Dhomse, G.E. Bodeker, R. Toumi, M. De Maziere, J.-P. Pommereau, A. Pazmino, F. Goutail, D. Plummer, E. Rozanov, E. Mancini, H. Akiyoshi, J.-F. Lamarque, J. Austin
      The variability of stratospheric chemical composition occurs on a broad spectrum of timescales, ranging from day to decades. A large part of the variability appears to be driven by external forcings such as volcanic aerosols, solar activity, halogen loading, levels of greenhouse gases (GHG), and modes of climate variability (quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO), El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)). We estimate the contributions of different external forcings to the interannual variability of stratospheric chemical composition and evaluate how well 3-D chemistry-climate models (CCMs) can reproduce the observed response-forcing relationships. We carry out multivariate regression analyses on long time series of observed and simulated time series of several traces gases in order to estimate the contributions of individual forcings and unforced variability to their internannual variability. The observations are typically decadal time series of ground-based data from the international Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) and the CCM simulations are taken from the CCMVal-2 REF-B1 simulations database. The chemical species considered are column O3, HCl, NO2, and N2O. We check the consistency between observations and model simulations in terms of the forced and internal components of the total interannual variability (externally forced variability and internal variability) and identify the driving factors in the interannual variations of stratospheric chemical composition over NDACC measurement sites. Overall, there is a reasonably good agreement between regression results from models and observations regarding the externally forced interannual variability. A much larger fraction of the observed and modelled interannual variability is explained by external forcings in the tropics than in the extratropics, notably in polar regions. CCMs are able to reproduce the amplitudes of responses in chemical composition to specific external forcings. However, CCMs tend to underestimate very substantially the internal variability and hence the total interannual variability for almost all species considered. This lack of internal variability in CCMs might partly originate from the surface forcing of these CCMs by analysed SSTs. The results illustrate the potential of NDACC ground-based observations for evaluating CCMs.

      PubDate: 2016-04-03T05:08:31Z
  • Time distribution of heavy rainfall events in south west of IRAN
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 March 2016
      Source:Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
      Author(s): Zahra Ghassabi, G. Ali kamali, AmirHosein Meshkati, Sohrab Hajam, Nasrolah Javaheri
      Accurate knowledge of rainfall time distribution is a fundamental issue in many Meteorological-Hydrological studies such as using the information of the surface runoff in the design of the hydraulic structures, flood control and risk management, and river engineering studies. Since the main largest dams of Iran are in the south-west of the country (i.e. South Zagros), this research investigates the temporal rainfall distribution based on an analytical numerical method to increase the accuracy of hydrological studies in Iran. The United States Soil Conservation Service (SCS) estimated the temporal rainfall distribution in various forms. Hydrology studies usually utilize the same distribution functions in other areas of the world including Iran due to the lack of sufficient observation data. However, we first used Weather Research Forecasting (WRF) model to achieve the simulated rainfall results of the selected storms on south west of Iran in this research. Then, a three-parametric Logistic function was fitted to the rainfall data in order to compute the temporal rainfall distribution. The domain of the WRF model is 30.5N-34N and 47.5E-52.5E with a resolution of 0.08 degree in latitude and longitude. We selected 35 heavy storms based on the observed rainfall data set to simulate with the WRF Model. Storm events were scrutinized independently from each other and the best analytical three-parametric logistic function was fitted for each grid point. The results show that the value of the coefficient a of the logistic function, which indicates rainfall intensity, varies from the minimum of 0.14 to the maximum of 0.7. Furthermore, the values of the coefficient B of the logistic function, which indicates rain delay of grid points from start time of rainfall, vary from 1.6 in south-west and east to more than 8 in north and central parts of the studied area. In addition, values of rainfall intensities are lower in south west of IRAN than those of observed or proposed by the SCS values in the US.

      PubDate: 2016-03-25T04:35:03Z
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