Ionospheric signatures of magnetopause pocesses

Whilst it is well-accepted that short-duration changes to the Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) and solar wind cause high-latitude ionospheric transients observed by magnetic, optical and radar techniques, a coherent explanation of the zoo of signatures remains illusive. The paper describes some of the problems involved in the interpretation of dayside transient features, all of which result from time-and spatially-varying field-aligned currents. A brief discussion of how internal magnetospheric processes can directly affect the rate at which energy is transferred across the magnetopause is discussed. Further progress will require carefully-coordinated measurements from ground-based networks of observatories with complementary measurements from space.


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Authors: Rodger, A.S.

Editors: Moen, J., Egeland, A., Lockwood, M.

1 January, 1998
In: Moen, J., Egeland, A., Lockwood, M. (eds.). Polar Cap Boundary Phenomena, Dordrecht, Kluwer, 115-125.
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