Identification of the different magnetic field contributions during a geomagnetic storm in magnetosphere and at ground.

Thursday, 17 December 2015
Poster Hall (Moscone South)
Mirko Piersanti1, Tommaso Alberti2, Antonio Vecchio2, Fabio Lepreti2, Umberto Villante1 and Vincenzo Carbone3, (1)University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy, (2)University of Calabria - Ponte P. Bucci, Rende, Italy, (3)Università della Calabria, Dept di Fisica, Arcavacata di Rende, Italy
Geomagnetic storms (GS) are global geomagnetic disturbances that result from the interaction between magnetized plasma that propagates from the Sun and plasma and magnetic fields in the near-Earth space plasma environment. The Dst (Disturbance Storm Time) global Ring Current index is still taken to be the definitive representation for geomagnetic storm and is used widely by researcher. Recent in situ measurements by satellites passing through the ring-current region (i.e. Van Allen probes) and computations with magnetospheric field models showed that there are many other field contributions on the geomagnetic storming time variations at middle and low latitudes. Appling the Empirical Mode Decomposition [Huang et al., 1998] to magnetospheric and ground observations, we detect the different magnetic field contributions during a GS and introduce the concepts of modulated baseline and fluctuations of the geomagnetic field. This allows to define local geomagnetic indices that can be used in discriminating the ionospheric from magnetospheric origin contribution.