Equatorial and High Latitude Irregularities: Magnetic Storm Effects in Solar Maximum Years
BOSTON UNIV MA CENTER FOR SPACE PHYSICS
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The effects of the ionosphere particularly at high latitudes and in the region of the magnetic equator have been to deteriorate radio wave propagation from rockets and satellites. Understanding the coupling between the auroral effects and the equatorial effects particularly during magnetic storms is the long term objective. The long term view is that if one understands the processes, then forecasting these effects can be possible. Even the forecasting during storm conditions which last for many hours and sometimes for days the knowledge that the deterioration is due to natural conditions rather than equipment problems will be helpful to field operations. The goal is to use many sensors to do the forecasting.