An assessment of the "map-potential" and "beam-swinging" techniques for measuring the ionospheric convection pattern using data from the SuperDARN radars
journal contributionposted on 24.01.2017, 10:29 by G. Provan, T. K. Yeoman, S. E. Milan, J. M. Ruohoniemi, R. Barnes
The SuperDARN HF coherent scatter radars (Greenwald et al., 1995) provide line-of-sight (l-o-s) velocity measurements of ionospheric convection flow over the polar regions of the northern and southern hemispheres. A number of techniques have been developed in order to obtain 2-D plasma flow vectors from these l-o-s observations. This study entails a comparison of the ionospheric flow vectors derived using the "map-potential", and "beam-swinging" techniques with the vectors derived using the "merging" technique. The merging technique is assumed to be the most accurate method of deriving local flow vectors from l-o-s velocities. We can conclude that the map-potential model is significantly more successful than the beam-swinging technique at estimating both the magnitude and the direction of the large-scale ionospheric convection flow vectors. The quality of the fit is dependent on time of day, with vectors observed at low latitudes in the dawn sector agreeing most closely with the merged vector flow pattern.
CUTLASS is supported by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC grant PPA/R/R/1997/00256), UK, the Swedish Institute for Space Physics, Uppsala, and the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki. GP is supported by PPARG grant PPA/G/O/1999/00181.
CitationAnnales Geophysicae, 2002, 20 (2), pp. 191-202 (12)
Author affiliation/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/Department of Physics and Astronomy
VersionVoR (Version of Record)
Published inAnnales Geophysicae
PublisherEuropean Geosciences Union (EGU), Copernicus Publications, Springer Verlag (Germany)
Science & TechnologyPhysical SciencesAstronomy & AstrophysicsGeosciences, MultidisciplinaryMeteorology & Atmospheric SciencesGeologyASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICSGEOSCIENCES, MULTIDISCIPLINARYMETEOROLOGY & ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCESionosphereplasma convectioninstruments and techniquesradio scienceHIGH-LATITUDE CONVECTIONAURORAL BACKSCATTER EXPERIMENTDRIFT VELOCITY-MEASUREMENTSSMALL-SCALE IRREGULARITIESCOHERENT HF RADARSF-REGIONSTAREIMF