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Title: Characteristics of medium-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances observed near the Antarctic Peninsula by HF radar
Authors: Grocott, Adrian
Hosokawa, K.
Ishida, T.
Lester, Mark
Milan, Steve, E.
Freeman, M. P.
Sato, N.
Yukimatu, A. S.
First Published: 1-Sep-2013
Publisher: American Geophysical Union
Citation: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 2013, 118 (9), pp. 5830-5841
Abstract: We present a survey of medium-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances (MSTIDs) observed by a Super Dual Auroral Radar Network HF radar located in the Falkland Islands between May 2010 and April 2011. The radar has a field of view that overlooks the Antarctic Peninsula, a known hot spot of gravity wave activity. We present observations of radar ground-backscatter data, in which the signatures of MSTIDs are manifested as structured enhancements in echo power. Observed periods were in the range 30–80 min, corresponding to frequencies of 0.2–0.6 mHz. Wavelengths were generally in the range 200–800 km and phase speeds in the range 100–300 m s[superscript –1]. These values are within the ranges typically associated with medium-scale gravity waves. We find a primary population of northward (equatorward) propagating MSTIDs, which demonstrate an association with enhanced solar wind-magnetosphere coupling and a smaller, westward propagating population, that could be associated with atmospheric gravity waves excited by winds over the Andean and Antarctic Peninsula mountains or by the high winds of the Antarctic Polar Vortex.
DOI Link: 10.1002/jgra.50515
ISSN: 2169-9380
eISSN: 2169-9402
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2013. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. An edited version of this paper was published by AGU.
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