AE22A:
Ionospheric Modification by Lightning, Solar Flux, and Active Experiments I


Session ID#: 8874

Session Description:
The ionosphere is known to be modified from its ambient conditions by several thunderstorm-related phenomena including the EMP and quasi-static fields from lightning, and thunderstorm-driven gravity waves.  Ionospheric modification also results from solar disturbances including flares and eclipses.  Many observational techniques exist, including VLF remote sensing, GPS TEC, and HF sounding.

Active and controlled experiments to modify the ionosphere have for decades been a promising complement to observations of natural ionospheric modification, turning the ionosphere into an expansive laboratory.  Primary techniques include high power radio waves from HF arrays or other ground sources and high altitude particle releases. Physical phenomena stimulated include electron heating, density irregularities, plasma turbulence, optical emissions, ELF/VLF wave generation, and magnetospheric coupling.

We solicit papers presenting observations, modeling, and/or experiments related to ionospheric modification. Papers may focus on natural or active ionospheric modification, or on comparisons of the underlying physics that drive both.

Primary Convener:  Morris Cohen, Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Atlanta, GA, United States
Convener:  Robert C Moore, University of Florida - UF, Gainesville, United States
Chairs:  Morris Cohen, Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Atlanta, GA, United States and Robert C Moore, University of Florida - UF, Gainesville, United States
OSPA Liaison:  Morris Cohen, Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Atlanta, GA, United States
Co-Organized with:
Atmospheric and Space Electricity, SPA-Aeronomy, and SPA-Magnetospheric Physics

Cross-Listed:
  • SA - SPA-Aeronomy
  • SM - SPA-Magnetospheric Physics
Index Terms:

2403 Active experiments [IONOSPHERE]
3304 Atmospheric electricity [ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES]
3324 Lightning [ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES]
6929 Ionospheric physics [RADIO SCIENCE]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Natasha Jackson-Booth and Luke Selzer, QinetiQ, Malvern, United Kingdom
Martin Fullekrug1, Nathan Smith2, Andrew Mezentsev3, Robert Watson2, Ivan Astin1, Stephane Gaffet4, Adrian Evans2 and Michael J Rycroft5, (1)University of Bath, Bath, BA2, United Kingdom, (2)University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom, (3)University of Bergen, Birkeland Centre for Space Science, Bergen, Norway, (4)Univ. Nice Sophia Antipolis, Univ. Avignon, CNRS, Aix-Marseille Univ., LSBB UMS 3538, Rustrel, France, (5)CAESAR Consultancy, Cambridge, CB3, United Kingdom
Harry Gordon James, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada, Vladimir Leontievich Frolov, Radiophysical Research Institute, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, Artem M Padokhin, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia and Carl L Siefring, US Naval Research Laboratory, Plasma Physics Division, Washington, DC, United States
Earle R Williams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States, Yen-Jung Wu, University of California Berkeley, Space Sciences Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, United States, Martin Friedrich, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria and Rue-Ron Hsu, NCKU National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
Haiyan Yu, HIT Harbin Institute of Technology, Institute of Information and electrical engineering, Harbin, China and Earle R Williams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States
Paul A Bernhardt1, Carl L Siefring2, George Gatling3, Stanley J Briczinski Jr2, Juha Vierinen4, Asti Bhatt5, Robert H Holzworth II6, Michael McCarthy7, Björn Gustavsson8, Cesar La Hoz9 and Ralph Latteck10, (1)Naval Research Laboratory, Plasma Physics Division, Washington, DC, United States, (2)US Naval Research Laboratory, Plasma Physics Division, Washington, DC, United States, (3)US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, United States, (4)MIT Haystack Observatory, Westford, MA, United States, (5)SRI International Menlo Park, Menlo Park, CA, United States, (6)University of Washington Seattle Campus, Seattle, WA, United States, (7)University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Seattle, United States, (8)University of Tromso, Tromso, Norway, (9)University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway, (10)Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Radar Remote Sensing, Kühlungsborn, Germany
Robert P McCoy, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, United States
Robert C Moore, University of Florida - UF, Gainesville, United States