An Improved Neutral Wind Model with Predictive Capabilities
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It has been noted that one of the more essential ingredients of any model of the F2 region of the ionosphere is an accurate estimate of the meridional neutral winds. Inaccurate neutral wind values can drastically change the models results. Since direct measurements have been difficult to make on a global scale, obtaining wind values has been a difficult problem. A servo model was developed at Utah State University to calculate the meridional neutral winds from the height of the F2 peak. This model incorporated the Mass Spectrometer Incoherent Scatter model to represent the neutral atmosphere and the International Reference Ionosphere to depict the height of the F2 peak. The servo model was designed to allow the input of F2 peak heights if desired.