On the high correlation between storm sudden commencements and interplanetary shocks

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Wooyeon Park1, Jeongwoo Lee1, Suyeon Oh2 and Yu Yi1, (1)Chungnam National University, Daejeon, South Korea, (2)Chonnam National University, Gwangju, South Korea
Storm Sudden Commencements (SSCs) occur due to sudden compression of magnetic field and current enhancement in the magnetopause, which is generally believed to be caused by interplanetary shock. However, neither all geomagnetic storms exhibit the SSC nor all SSCs are accompanied by interplanetary shocks. In this study, we search for geomagnetic storms without SSC using the SYM-H index data which is provided by the World Data Center for Geomagnetism Kyoto (WDC Geomag, Kyoto) during the period of 1998-2010. We also investigate the physical conditions such as density and velocity of protons, IMF Bz and total field strength provided by Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) satellite. Finally, we classify the geomagnetic storms into two groups depending on whether or not accompanied by SSC and then further classify them based on their association with interplanetary shocks. Physical characteristics of the storms in each group will briefly be discussed.