Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Mesosphere Modeling Using the TIE-GCM, TIME-GCM, and WACCM That Will Lead to the Development of a Seamless Model of the Whole Atmosphere
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH BOULDER CO
Pagination or Media Count:
LONG-TERM GOALS. A major goal of this research is to understand how elements in the coupled upper atmosphere ionosphere system interact with one another and to determine how this coupled system responds to the variable energy input from the sun and the variable input from the lower atmosphere and ocean. The research focuses on understanding the sources and characteristics of global-scale ionospheric, thermospheric, and mesospheric structure and variability and the coupling of those atmospheric regions to the lower atmosphere and ocean and to the magnetosphere and solar wind. The long-term goal is to use this research to help in the development of a seamless model of the atmosphere that extends from the ground and ocean to the exosphere of the atmosphere near 500 700 km altitude. The information from this research will be useful for ONR to develop a seamless operational model that simulates the present day structure and dynamics of the thermosphere-ionosphere-mesosphere-lower atmosphere-system including its response to solar variability and global change.
- Atmospheric Physics