A New Model of the Geomagnetic Variation in the Upper Atmosphere.
Final rept. 1 Apr 81-15 Aug 83,
SMITHSONIAN ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY CAMBRIDGE MA
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A new empirical model of the geomagnetic variation in the earths thermosphere and exosphere is presented. The form of the new model is similar to that developed earlier by Jacchia et al. from ESRO 4 mass spectrometer data. It differs from the earlier formulation in that it incorporates the variation with local magnetic time, allows the shape of the latitudinal response to vary with the level of geomagnetic disturbance and includes a latitude-dependent term in the thermal component of the variation. A new index of disturbance is also introduced that is designed to take into account the effect of the prior heat input associated with geomagnetic activity. The model parameters are essentially those deduced from analysis of the ESRO 4 mass spectrometer data. Some refinement of the parameters is to be expected, especially in regard to separation of thermal and mass transport effects in low latitudes. Author
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