The implications of temporal variability in wave‐particle interactions in Earth’s Radiation Belts

Changes in electron flux in Earth's outer radiation belt can be modeled using a diffusion‐based framework. Diffusion coefficients D for such models are often constructed from statistical averages of observed inputs. Here, we use stochastic parameterization to investigate the consequences of temporal variability in D. Variability time scales are constrained using Van Allen Probe observations. Results from stochastic parameterization experiments are compared with experiments using D constructed from averaged inputs and an average of observation‐specific D. We find that the evolution and final state of the numerical experiment depends upon the variability time scale of D; experiments with longer variability time scales differ from those with shorter time scales, even when the time‐integrated diffusion is the same. Short variability time scale experiments converge with solutions obtained using an averaged observation‐specific D, and both exhibit greater diffusion than experiments using the averaged‐input D. These experiments reveal the importance of temporal variability in radiation belt diffusion.


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Authors: Watt, C.E.J., Allison, H.J., Thompson, R.L., Bentley, S.N., Meredith, N.P. ORCIDORCID record for N.P. Meredith, Glauert, S.A. ORCIDORCID record for S.A. Glauert, Horne, R.B. ORCIDORCID record for R.B. Horne, Rae, I.J.

On this site: Nigel Meredith, Richard Horne, Sarah Glauert
16 January, 2021
Geophysical Research Letters / 48
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