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The parameterization of wave-particle interactions in the Outer Radiation Belt

Watt, C. E. J., Rae, I. J., Murphy, K. R., Anekallu, C., Bentley, S. N. and Forsyth, C. (2017) The parameterization of wave-particle interactions in the Outer Radiation Belt. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122 (9). pp. 9545-9551. ISSN 2169-9402

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We explore the use of mean-value empirical wave models in diffusion models of the Outer Radiation Belt. We show that magnetospheric wave power is not normally-distributed in time and that geomagnetic activity does not provide a deterministic proxy for the temporal variability of wave activity. Our findings indicate that current diffusion models significantly overestimate the action of wave particle interactions due to extremely low frequency and very low frequency waves in the magnetosphere. We suggest that other techniques such as stochastic parameterization will lead to a better characterization of sub-grid diffusion physics in the Outer Radiation Belt.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:72584
Publisher:American Geophysical Union


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