Ring Current Investigations: The Quest for Space Weather Prediction offers a comprehensive description of ring current dynamics during geomagnetic storms as part of the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere system. To help researchers develop a deeper understanding of the fundamental physics of geomagnetic storms, it includes a detailed description of energetic charged particles injection, trapping and loss. In addition, the book reviews historical and recent advances in observations, measurements, theory and simulations of the inner magnetosphere and its coupling to the ionosphere and other surrounding plasma populations.
Providing a description of the most important space weather effects driven by inner magnetospheric energetic particles during geomagnetic storms and present capabilities for their nowcast and forecast, this book is an important reference for researchers in geophysics and space science, especially those in plasma physics, the ionosphere and magnetosphere, solar-terrestrial relations, and spacecraft anomalies.
- Includes an appendix with links to downloadable video clips that illustrate features of ring current and geomagnetic storm dynamics
- Provides links for open-source code downloads
- Offers guidance on how to develop numerical models within the context of present-day understanding
2. Observations and Measurement Techniques
3. Theoretical Description
4. Ring Current Development
5. Ring Current Decay
6. Cross-Regional Coupling
7. Modeling Techniques
8. Space Weather Effects and Prediction
9. Comparative Planetary Ring Currents
Appendix: Videos and Code Links
Vania Jordanova's area of expertise includes geomagnetic storm dynamics and processes that couple the ionospheric and magnetospheric regions. Her technical work bridges theoretical plasma physics, data analysis, and computational modeling. She has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific publications in refereed journals and 13 book chapters. She was the managing guest editor of two special issues of the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics (JASTP), one published in February 2008, and one published in July 2013.
Prof. Illie's primary research is the development and application of high-performance, first-principles computational models to describe and predict the conditions in the near-Earth space leading to geomagnetic storms. Her focus is on developing new approaches to study the dynamics of plasmas and electromagnetic fields in the geospace environment and to advance the predictive capabilities of the complex dynamics occurring in the solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere system.
Chen, Margaret W.
Margaret Chen performs research on charged-particle transport, acceleration, and loss, and wave-particle interactions in the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere. Her expertise is on developing and using computer simulation models to understand better the physical processes of such phenomena and has tested simulation results against both theory and observational data. Her work also includes applying space environmental knowledge towards analysis of satellite anomalies. Chen has authored and co-authored over 50 papers in refereed journals. She has served as a Space Science Editor for Geophysics Research Letters (2007-2010) and Editor for the 1996 COSPAR Symposium D0.5: The Subauroral Ionosphere, Plasmasphere, Ring Current and Inner Magnetosphere (Adv. Space Res., 20(3), 1997).