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Combined model of topside ionosphere and plasmasphere derived from radio-occultation and Van Allen Probes data

Prol, Fabricio and Smirnov, Artem G. and Hoque, Mohammed Mainul and Shprits, Yuri (2022) Combined model of topside ionosphere and plasmasphere derived from radio-occultation and Van Allen Probes data. Scientific Reports. Nature Publishing Group. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-13302-1. ISSN 2045-2322.

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In the last years, electron density profile functions characterized by a linear dependence on the scale height showed good results when approximating the topside ionosphere. The performance above 800 km, however, is not yet well investigated. This study investigates the capability of the semi-Epstein functions to represent electron density profiles from the peak height up to 20,000 km. Electron density observations recorded by the Van Allen Probes were used to resolve the scale height dependence in the plasmasphere. It was found that the linear dependence of the scale height in the topside ionosphere cannot be directly used to extrapolate profiles above 800 km. We find that the dependence of scale heights on altitude is quadratic in the plasmasphere. A statistical model of the scale heights is therefore proposed. After combining the topside ionosphere and plasmasphere by a unified model, we have obtained good estimations not only in the profile shapes, but also in the Total Electron Content magnitude and distributions when compared to actual measurements from 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. Our investigation shows that Van Allen Probes can be merged to radio-occultation data to properly represent the upper ionosphere and plasmasphere by means of a semi-Epstein function.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/189040/
Document Type:Article
Title:Combined model of topside ionosphere and plasmasphere derived from radio-occultation and Van Allen Probes data
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Prol, FabricioFabricio.DosSantosProl (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7206-1705
Smirnov, Artem G.Artem Smirnov <asmirnov (at) gfz-potsdam.de>UNSPECIFIED
Hoque, Mohammed MainulMainul.Hoque (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Shprits, YuriYuri Shprits <yshprits (at) gfz-potsdam.de>UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Scientific Reports
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
Keywords:topside ionosphere and plasmasphere model, radio-occultation, Van Allen Probes data, electron density, space weather
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Solar-Terrestrial Physics SO
Location: Neustrelitz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics > Space Weather Observation
Deposited By: Hoque, Mohammed Mainul
Deposited On:31 Oct 2022 18:15
Last Modified:31 Oct 2022 18:15

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