Atmospheric Ionization Due to Precipitating Charged Particles

  • Jan Maik Wissing
  • Jan Philipp Bornebusch
  • May-Britt Kallenrode

Abstract

Precipitating charged particles contribute to the natural variations in the Earth’s atmosphere such as ionization, electron density, and composition of e.g. NOx and Ozone. Precipitating solar energetic and magnetospheric particles show a highly dynamic behavior in space and time. We present a 3D ionization model considering the relevant particle species (electrons, protons, and alpha particles) as well as precipitation areas (polar cap and auroral oval): the Atmospheric Ionization Model OSnabrück AIMOS, and discuss some of the atmospheric consequences of precipitating particles. We present the limitations of direct comparisons between EISCAT and precipitating particles and give comparisons between incoherent scatter measurements and a combination of AIMOS and the HAMMONIA GCM to demonstrate the consistency in both methods.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Maik Wissing
    • 1
  • Jan Philipp Bornebusch
    • 1
  • May-Britt Kallenrode
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany

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